English Grammar for Students of Japanese:
The Study Guide for Those Learning Japanese
Need help learning Japanese grammar?
Supplement your textbook with English Grammar for Students of Japanese— learn the English grammatical terms your Japanese textbook assumes you know.
You will learn: see the English Grammar for Students of Japanese Table of Contents
Parts of speech — how to identify English and Japanese nouns, verbs, adjectives, particles . . .
Question: Why learn parts of speech?
So you'll choose the correct Japanese equivalent
of an English word.
Example: fish is tsuru if it’s a verb, but sakana
if it’s a noun.
Functions of words — how to identify English and Japanese subjects, direct and indirect objects . . .
Question: Why learn the functions of words?
So you’ll choose the correct particle in Japanese.
Example: wa marks the subject of the sentence
o (or wo) marks the direct object.
Grammatical terms — explanation of English and Japanese tense, Japanese polite vs. plain form, English and Japanese topic . . .
Question: Why learn grammatical terms?
So you’ll understand the terms used in your Japanese textbook.
Example: the polite form of to receive [a gift]
is itadakimasu, but the plain form is morau.
Step-by-step analysis of examples — how to get from an English structure
to an equivalent Japanese structure, see Chapter 23 of the O&H Japanese Study Guide
Question: Why offer a step-by-step analysis of examples?
So you’ll know how to get from an English structure
to a Japanese structure.
Example: Mr. Suzuki gave me a book.
Suzukisan wa watashi ni hon wo kuremashita.
(word-for-word: Suzuki Mr. to me a book gave)
"This is the best book to teach you all-things-grammar for Japanese. Everything you will ever need to know about Japanese grammar, you can learn from this book."
—Nemo Daison, student
Each chapter in English Grammar for Students of Japanese covers a grammar point
- grammar explained as it relates to English, with examples
- grammar explained as it relates to Japanese
- examples in romanized Japanese, with word-for-word meaning and grammatical identification
English Grammar for Students of Japanese also offers
Reviews— To test your comprehension of chapters by doing the short Reviews at the end of most chapters (an Answer key is in the back of the book).