Japanese Core Words and Phrases: Things You Can't Find in a Dictionary
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc: Bilingual edition (11 Feb. 2013)
By: Kakuko Shoji (Author)
The book is divided into two parts, each of which is arranged in alphabetical order. The first part is devoted to words indicating physical as well as psychological distance-roughly equivalent to ':this,': ':that,': ':that over there,': and ':where,': but quite different in usage. Physical distance is covered in most textbooks, but psychological distance-every student's nemesis-is not.
The second part of the book covers a variety of idiomatic expressions, many of which appear in Japanese proficiency tests. Each entry word or phrase is not simply explained but exemplified in sentence form, clarifying its meaning (in the case of many students) for the very first time.
Japanese Core Words and Phrases has a great deal to offer the beginning student and much to offer the intermediate student. Little more can be asked of a book on the Japanese language.
Previously published in the Power Japanese series as Core Words and Phrases: Things You Can't Find in a Dictionary.