Japanese the Manga Way

Japanese difficult?
Study boring?
Not if you use the Stone Bridge approach to learning…

An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure
by Wayne P. Lammers

January 2005 (Berkeley, CA) — Stone Bridge Press, publisher of books about Japan, wants students everywhere to take this book of comics to school! Former MANGAJIN translation editor Wayne P. Lammers has written a “real manga, real Japanese” resource and study manual for language students and teachers.

Presenting all spoken Japanese as a variation of three basic sentence types, JAPANESE THE MANGA WAY shows you how to build complex constructions step by step. Manga actually published in Japan is used to illustrate key grammar points and show how the language is used in real life.

Learning with manga makes rules and structures easy to remember, and also lets you experience colloquialisms, contractions, interjections, and other elements of speech that get short shrift in more formal textbooks. At the same time, you'll find a wealth of solid information to give you confidence at exam time.

With a detailed index, numerous tables and sidebars, and a complete guide to pronunciation, JAPANESE THE MANGA WAY is ideal as an introduction for the independent student, as a supplement for the beginning classroom, and as a reference or review for advanced learners.

Wayne P. Lammers grew up in Japan and has taught Japanese at the university level. An award-winning translator, he was the translation editor for MANGAJIN magazine for seven years. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

JAPANESE THE MANGA WAY: An Illustrated Guide to Grammar & Structure is written by Wayne P. Lammers and published by Stone Bridge Press. It retails for US $24.95, is 312 pages, paper, with over 500 Black & White illustrations. ISBNs 1-880656-90-6 and 9781880656907

Featuring illustrations from:
Ai ga Hoshii -- Ashita mo Genki -- Bar Remon Hato -- Bono Bono -- Buchō Shima Kōsaku -- Dai-Tokyo Binbo Seikatsu Manyuaru -- Furiten-kun -- Garushia-kun -- Ishii Hisaichi Senshū -- Kachō Shima Kōsaku -- Kaisha-in no Merodii -- Kaji Ryūsuke no Gi -- Kariage-kun -- Kureyon Shin-chan -- Maboroshi no Futsu Shojo -- Naku na! Tanaka-kun -- Nat-chan wa ne!? -- Natsuko no Sake -- Natsu no Kura -- Obatarian -- Ojama Shimasu -- Okusama Shinkaron -- OL Shinkaron -- Rakuten Famirii -- Shoot! -- Take'emon-ke no Hitobito -- What's Michael? -- Zusetsu Gendai Yogo Binran

The three basic sentence types -- Sentence particles -- Desu and -masu -- Simple questions with ka -- Doing things with suru -- Modifying verbs, adjectives, & desu -- Modifying nouns -- Explanatory No -- Ga marks the subject -- O marks the direct object -- Wa marks the topic -- Ko-so-a-do words -- Some high-traffic particles -- Connecting words -- Quoting with to -- Complete sentence modifiers -- Question words -- The past forms -- The -te form -- Negative verbs -- Negative adjectives & desu -- Let's do it! -- Desire -- If and when -- More -te form expressions -- Probably, surely, maybe -- Commands -- Can do -- Passive verbs -- Making it happen -- Giving and receiving -- Appearances and hearsay


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