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Making Sense of Japanese by Jay Rubin
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Feb 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011
Read from February 20 to 21, 2011

One of those books I would give a 4.5 star rating to if half stars existed - not only incredibly useful for intermediate Japanese learners, but a really fun read to boot. It loses its (half) star due to the annoying use of Romaji throughout, which made it near impossible for me to parse sentences. However, this book is worth a read just for its explanations of Wa vs Ga, the zero pronoun, and the Johnny Carson Hodo. Other bits I found particularly useful was the mini-essay on Tsumori and Passive/Causative/Passive-Causative+verbs of giving and receiving.

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