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A Guide to Japanese Grammar

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The best website for learning Japanese grammar is now in print! My website ( has been helping people learn Japanese as it's really spoken in Japan for many years. If you find yourself frustrated that you can't understand Japanese movies or books despite having taken Japanese classes, then this book is for you. It will help you finally understand ...more
Paperback, 462 pages
Published 2012 by CreateSpace
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Otto J.S. Laari
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Extraordinarily well written introductory grammar book for non-linguists, i'd recommend this to anyone interested in the language. The grammar goes from the very beginnings of level N5 to as far as dipping your fingers under the surface of level N1, very useful to have, least as a reference book!
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can categorise this book in roughly three parts:

1/ Hey, I know this stuff! The way it's presented is interesting and new, so it's still useful.
2/ Ha, I'm learning about this right now! Oooh, good points there, useful stuff...
3/ Wow, I've heard this phrase/grammar before - interesting explanation, even if it's flying over my head for most of the time :D

In short: really really useful. Material is presented in logical order, and it's one of few books that actually talks about verb conjugation in
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has been a great addition to my studies. Whether you're self-taught or taking classes, I'd recommend picking up this book for assistance with grammar.
too confusing ?
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Extremely helpful for learning Japanese grammar, in my experience. I used the website primarily. The sentences are very useful when combined with Anki.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The root of [the] problem lies in the fact that these textbooks try to teach you Japanese with English. They want to teach you on the first page how to say, “Hi, my name is Smith,” but they don’t tell you about all the arbitrary decisions that were made behind your back. [...] In fact, the most common way to say something like “My name is Smith” in Japanese is to say “Smith”.

[...] this guide does not seek to forcibly create artificial ties between English and Japanese by presenting the material
Stephen Simpson
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really strong, solid grammar book. The organization is a little unusual if you've read a lot of "traditional" foreign language grammar book, but the organization actually makes a lot of sense as you get used to it.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the better language-learning resources I have ever used. Approachable, clear, and to-the-point, and well-organized overall. I suppose individual mileage may vary depending on how much prior learning one has had, but I certainly wish I had known about this book earlier.
Helen Ni
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book on Japanese Grammar (that doubles as Korean Grammar as well). If you are learning Japanese, please do get this book. It will save you a lot of time.
Wilde Luo
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great guidance for Japanese grammar, very interesting and enlightening.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE GOOD: does what it advertises

THE BAD: lacks exercises and does not point to where to find to them

ANYTHING ELSE: apparently Imabi is better, specially after already going through Tae Kim's
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very detailed and thorough. But in the end it's just a guide, a reference book, more than a teaching book. I find myself more confused than enlightened about new concepts, but at the same time when reading about concepts I thought I had already learned, I find that I understand them in much more depth. I wouldn't recommend using this for people learning for the first time. It's better to have at least an idea about the grammar beforehand in my opinion.
This great reference book contains the most thorough and digestible explanation of the difference in use between は and が. If you are a student of the Japanese language yourself, you will understand that no greater endorsement is possible.
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the best grammar guides especially for self-learners. I'm using this with Anki combined with morphman and the results couldn't be better for learning in context.
Now that I'm finished with this, I might move on to DOJG, Tobira, etc...
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent overview of the major concepts from the ground up. I used the iOS app to go through this guide, NOT the print book, which is laid out terribly.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was very helpful! I'm going to a Japanese language school at the moment, and the classes are totally in Japanese so there isn't an in depth explanation for grammar.
Jul 22, 2012 marked it as mine-to-read
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