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Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Dont Tell You
Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Dont Tell You by Jay Rubin 4770028024 9784770028020
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Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Dont Tell You by Jay Rubin

Making Sense of Japanese is the fruit of one foolhardy Americans thirty-year struggle to learn and teach the Language of the Infinite. Previously known as Gone Fishin, this book has brought Jay Rubin more feedback than any of his literary translations or scholarly tomes, even if, he says, you discount the hate mail from spin-casters and the stray gill-netter. To convey his conviction that the Japanese language is not vague, Rubin has dared to explain how some of the most challenging Japanese grammatical forms work in terms of everyday English. Reached recently at a recuperative center in the hills north of Kyoto, Rubin declared, Im still pretty sure that Japanese is not vague. Or at least, its not as vague as it used to be. Probably. The notorious subjectless sentence of Japanese comes under close scrutiny in Part One. A sentence cant be a sentence without a subject, so even in cases where the subject seems to be lost or hiding, the author provides the tools to help you find it. Some attention is paid as well to the rest of the sentence, known technically to grammarians as the rest of the sentence. Part Two tackles a number of expressions that have baffled students of Japanese over the decades, and concludes with Rubins patented technique of analyzing upside-down Japanese sentences right-side up, which, he claims, is far more restful than the traditional way, inside-out. The scholar, according to the great Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume, is one who specializes in making the comprehensible incomprehensible. Despite his best scholarly efforts, Rubin seems to have done just the opposite. Previously published in the Power Japanese series under the same title and originally as Gone Fishin in the same series.

Author: Jay Rubin

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 144

Publisher: Kodansha USA

Publication Date: 2002-03-01

Our Price: $4.29

ISBN: 4770028024

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