Japanese in MangaLand

Japanese in MangaLand

Learning the Basics

Book - 2003
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Learn written and spoken Japanese through the popular comics or "mangas". Includes concise lessons with practical exercises and a mini-guidebook of the 160 essential kanji characters.
Publisher: Tokyo : Japan Publications Trading Co. ; New York, N.Y. : U.S. distributor, Kodansha International/USA through Oxford Univ. Press, c2003
ISBN: 9784889961157
4889961151
Characteristics: 269 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Niimura, Ken

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michaelhohl Apr 02, 2013

Every time the grammatical particles ha, ga, and wo, which you need to construct all but the simplest sentences come up, the author says, "Don't worry about that now, we'll get to it later." He finally gets to them, in Chapter 17! Way too late. And then he confuses you by identifying a word as an object but using the subject particle ga on it, without explaining why. (Because it isn't actually an object, it's a predicate nominative, but he never tells you that.)

This spoiled the book for me. I didn't continue beyond that.

Unless you are a complete beginner just looking to "get your feet wet" with Japanese, I don't recommend this book. If you already know a little about the language like I did, I think you'll probably share my poor opinion.

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