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THE BOOK OF JAPANESE LANGUAGE

A book to learn Japanese in a logical and comprehensive way.

THE BOOK OF JAPANESE LANGUAGE

A book to learn Japanese in a logical and comprehensive way.

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About

The Book of Japanese Language is a book conceived so that the student of Japanese can have in a single volume all the necessary information to begin to understand and express oneself in the language. 

 One of the main problems for anyone who decides to venture into learning the Japanese language is its difficulty due to the great differences that this language has with English or other Indo-European languages, from writing through vocabulary to grammar and word order. All parts of the Japanese language are different from those of English.

These great differences between Japanese and English mean that trying to learn the language "naturally" as an adult is not usually very effective. It is essential for the adult learner to acquire a grammatical foundation in order to understand Japanese sentences.

For many people, grammar can be a mysterious and sordid obstacle that in many cases ends up making the student frustrated. This is due to the fact that in many traditional learning approaches grammar is often introduced little by little, in a slow and non-organic way, without giving the opportunity to take an integral and practical perspective. Another problem may be that the student tries to translate or import grammatical patterns from English to Japanese or vice versa, just provoking funny results in the meantime.

What The Book of Japanese Language offers is a comprehensive and exhaustive look into Japanese grammar and key words used in everyday life, all explained in detail and depth. 

The Book of Japanese Language is a book that offers in a single volume all the necessary knowledge to be able to speak and understand the Japanese language. The content of the book is distributed in the following sections:

  •  Preliminaries: Introduction to different linguistic and grammatical concepts required for the adult learner of a language as distinctive as Japanese, in addition to the basic peculiarities of the language (typology, phonetics, writing, etc).
  •  Vocabulary: Fundamental words for everyday communication in Japanese language, explained in detail and with etymological information.
  •  Grammar Explanations: Logical and comprehensive explanations of grammatical forms and usages of the contemporary Japanese language.
  •  Expressing yourself in Japanese: Japanese grammar displayed as translations from English expressions to Japanese.
  •  Grammar Dictionary: Dictionary organized in alphabetical order of all relevant grammatical endings of modern Japanese.

Let's have a look at each part of the book:

The Preliminaries part is an introduction to the different particularities of the Japanese such as Morphology, Phonlogy, Writing, Parts of Speech, Syntax and Register.

Pitch accent chart
Introduction to Japanese Writing

The vocabulary part is a compendium of commonly used words divided into the following parts of speech: 

  • Pronouns
  • Nouns
  • Numerals (and counters)
  • Adverbs
  • Interjections 
  • Conjunctions
  • Ideophones (onomatopeia)
  • Affixes (prefixes and suffixes)
Nouns related to the concept of 'family'
Consecutive Conjunctions

Entry Example:

As shown in the example above, each entry of the book is composed of the following parts:

  • JLPT* Level [*Japanese Language Proefency Test]:
  • Color-coded type of word:
  • Color-coded register of the word:
  • Accentuated romaji
  • Kana or Kanji (Original Japanese writing)
  • Meanings in English
  • Etymology.
  • Notes when needed.

The Grammatical Explanations section offers a detailed explanation of all Japanese grammatical forms and conjugations.  

Functions of the Gerundive Form of the verb
Formation and functions of the Perfective Form of the verb

Each Grammatical Explanation section has detailed information in the formation and fucntions of each grammatical forms, filled with example sentences and conjugation paradigms.

Click here to take a deeper look into the Grammar Explanations section (10 pages preview

The Expressing Yourself in Japanese section is a guide to expressing in Japanese those grammatical forms that you know in English. 

Imperfective Aspects (from English to Japanese)
Perfective Aspects (from English to Japanese)

Each entry of the Expressing Yourself in Japanese section is dedicated to some aspectual (time) or modal (feeling, intention, etc) expression described in english followed by all the possible forms in which you can say that expression in Japanese.

Entry Example: 

The Grammar Dictionary is an alphabetical dictionary of the most relevant grammatical endings of the Japanese language. 

Grammatical Dictionary entries under the letter A
Grammatical Dictionary entries under the letter B

Each entry of the Grammar Dictionary has detailed and comprehensive information of the grammatical form pertaining to its formation, meaning and usage rules (e.g. which type of word can an ending or particle be attached to).

Entry Example: 

 Here you can have a glimpse the conents of the book altogether:

Click on the image to take a closer look into the contents of the book

So who is this book for?

  • For the student who wants to learn Japanese grammar and vocabulary from zero.
  • For the intermediate student who wants to consolidate his or her knowledge of Japanese.
  • For the advanced student who wants a practical and comprehensive reference book.
  • For anyone curious about the "mysterious" Japanese language.

And what makes this book different?

  •  All in One: The Book of Japanese Language is actually four books in one , so you can find in one volume grammatical and lexical information that you would otherwise need several different books to compile.
  •  From Basic to Advanced: The Book of Japanese Language covers all levels of learning, from the most basic, through the intermediate level, up to an advanced level, so you do not need to buy three different books separated by levels.
  •  More than the Web: Each part of the book contains detailed information on etymology and usage rules that are often difficult or impossible to find on English-language websites.
  •  Integral System: All parts of the book share a symbolic system that helps the student to easily understand the grammatical forms when reviewing each entry.

Why Kickstarter?

To be able to make a book of this magnitude and color two things are necessary: 1. A print run large enough for production to be economically viable. 2. An audience out there willing to read it. 

A book like this, which requires a lot of effort and dedication, would be impossible to realize without a passionate and curious community capable of helping in its creation.

That's why I turn to Kickstarter to give it the last push this book needs to become a reality that readers can fully enjoy.

It's only up to you to be able to enjoy this book and have others do it too! Thank you for your support!

What you can get

  •  Digital Edition: PDF version of the book directly sent to your email account.
  •  The Book: A paperback version of the book, 6*9 inches with color pages.
  •  Deluxe Edition: A hardcover, bigger version of the book, 7*10 inches in size with color pages.
  •  Super Deluxe Edition: A hardcover, bigger version of the book with your name appearing in the acknowledgments section and a dedicated hand signature
  • The book, the Deluxe or Super Deluxe Edition + A copy of my previous The World of Kanji: One of the above editions of the book plus a copy of the World of Kanji, a book that helps you learning kanji through real etymologies.

 Here are some reviews of the readers of The World of Kanji:

"A must have if you are considering a kanji etymology reference book. Just what I've been looking for!"

"This is the absolut best kanji book i've ever used and even seen. I also really love the design of the book and all the different index tables. Worth every single penny!"

More info here. 

Risks and challenges

To make a publishing project of this size is not an easy task and it is always necessary to take into consideration many unpredictable factors. For instance, in my previous project I found some challenges in the packaging that made me learn a lot. In this project I will try my best to apply everything I learned and deliver the book in the best conditions possible and in the stipulated time.

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