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This text aims to offer entertaining shortcuts to mastering the Japaneseanguage. It offers creative approaches to common problems that plagueeginning students of Japanese. Difficult areas involving subjects,djectives, verbs and particles are covered, in a straightforward, readableormat.
JAY RUBIN is a professor of Japanese literature at Harvard University, where he has employed the pedagogical techniques contained in Making Sense of Japanese "as infrequently as possible." He has authored Injurious to Public Morals: Writers and the Meiji State and Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words, edited Modern Japanese Writers, and translated Soseki Natsume's Sanshiro and The Miner and Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood, and After the Quake (Knopf and Harvill, 2002).
Table of Contents
Introduction: Learning the Language of the Infinite
The Myth of the Subjectless Sentence
Wa and Ga: The Answers to Unasked Questions
The Invisible Man's Family Reunion
The Explainers: Kara Da, Wake Da, No Da
The Johnny Carson Hodo
Shiru and Wakaru: To Know You Is Not Necessarily to Understand You
Tsumori and the Vanishing Beefsteak
You Say Kimeru and I Say Kimaru
Warning: This Language Works Backwards
The Pleasures of Reading Japanese
The Unbelievable Complexity of Being: Aru vs. De Aru