Learning Japanese for Real by Senko K. Maynard

Learning Japanese for Real by Senko K. Maynard

Learning Japanese for Real:
A Guide to Grammar, Use, and Genres of the Nihongo World

by Senko K. Maynard.
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press; Bilingual edition (April 1, 2011)


  1. Intro.
  2. Background on the Japanese language and the Japanese.
  3. Variation and Change in Nihongo, including regional variations, youth language, new dialects, etc.
  4. The Nihongo sound system: morae, vowels, long vowels, double consonants, etc.
  5. Scripts: kanji, hiragana, katakana.
  6. Kinds of words: Chinese-derived and Japanese-derived; incorporation of foreign words.
  7. Words in grammar (nouns, pronouns, noun prefixes and suffixes, i-adjectives, na-adjectives, demonstratives, particles, verbs, conjugations of verbs and adjectives.
  8. Essential simple sentences.
  9. Enhanced simple sentences.
  10. Complex sentences.
  11. Emotive expressions.
  12. Interaction strategies.
  13. Conversation management.
  14. Gestures and signals.
  15. Rhetorical figures of speech.
  16. Discourse organization.
  17. Genre appreciation: categories and mixes.
  18. Selected popular culture genres.
  19. Methods of learning Nihongo.
  20. Tools and resources.

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