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    Naoko Chino(Author)

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Particles are one of the most difficult aspects of the Japanese language. This is precisely why there are a good number of books on the market dealing with the subject. Most of these books take up particles as independent entities, so that after having studies them, students are, if all goes well, familiar with the functions of the individual particles. One unfortunate side to this approach is that some of the particles share the same functions (but with slight differences), and so even though students may have grasped the general nature of each particle, they are not sure about the differences between the particles that have similar functions.


Well-known language book author Naoko Chino solves this problem by grouping the particles by function, defining them, giving samples of usage, and clarifying differences. Each section is followed by dual-purpose quizzes that allow readers to test and practice their knowledge. In this way, while not replacing general reference books on particles, this book goes a step beyond them and helps students nail down the troubling differences between particles.


For students who find themselves befuddled when confronting such differences, How to Tell the Difference Between Japanese Particles should prove the perfect tool to further their understanding.


By grouping particles that are similar in function, this book helps students pin down differences in usage that would ordinarily take years to master. Definitions, sample sentences, usage notes, and quizzes enable students to move to a higher level of comprehension.

By grouping particles that are similar in function, this book helps students pin down differences in usage that would ordinarily take years to master. Definitions, sample sentences, usage notes, and quizzes enable students to move to a higher level of comprehension. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. NAOKO CHINO resides in Tokyo, where she is a lecturer at Sophia University. She is the author of All About Particles, Japanese Verbs at a Glance, and A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Sentence Patterns, all published by Kodansha International.

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  • Naoko Chino(Author)
  • Kodansha International; Bilingual edition (November 16, 2012)
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  • By naware on February 18, 2010

    I just read one of the other reviews where somebody said that they are having to look up a lot of words in the sentences. Every sentence in this book is translated so I'm not sure why somebody would have to look words up. When I ran across words that I didn't know, I just looked at the translated English sentence. But I totally agree with that reviewer that it would be unpleasant to use this book if you have a very small Japanese vocabulary.There are some very careless mistakes in the quiz answers in Chapter 13, which could screw you up pretty bad if your intuitive grasp of the grammar isn't good enough to recognize that the book is mistaken. I watch a lot of Japanese drama so I am starting to know what would be right and wrong in Japanese. I asked some Japanese experts and they confirmed that I am correct and that the book has mistakes.I was sort of mad about the mistakes and even more mad that after I wrote the publishers about the mistakes they didn't even bother to respond to me. This book is supposed to be teaching me particles and if the answers are wrong then it is going to misdirect my learning. I thought the book was supposed to catch my mistakes not vice versa.I will type out the mistakes so that you can see for yourself if the book is wrong or not. You are supposed to choose the correct particle and place it in the empty space.Question: Toshokan ( ) Chuugoku-go ( ) shinbun ( ) arimasu.1. no 2. ga 3. niAnswer:2, 3, 1.So this book is saying the correct placement of the particles would make this sentence: Toshokan ga Chuugoku-go ni shinbun no arimasu.Ok. That sentence makes NO sense whatsoever. If anyone cares to know what it should say, I am 99 percent sure that the correct sentence would be, 'Toshokan ni Chuugoku-go no shinbun ga arimasu.' Translation: There is/are Chinese language newspapers in the library.And quiz question 5 in the same chapter has a big mistake in it also because it has four spaces where a particle is required but then it lists three particles as the answer.Question:Watashi ( ) ie ( ) chikaku ( ), ku ( ) kouen ga arimasu.1. ni 2. noAnswer:2, 1, 2.I believe the answer should be 'Watashi no ie no chikaku ni, ku no kouen ga arimasu." That would be 2,2,1,2. Translation: Near to my house, there is a neighborhood park.Uh, can the incompetent people who typed or edited this book count? Four blank spaces but three answers....These mistakes are so outrageous that I am giving the book 1 star. Anyone who bought this book and diligently studied from it deserves an apology from the publisher. I wonder how many other mistakes are in it.As a grammar reference, this book is good. As a workbook, just ok. I like it that all of the Japanese text is presented in both kanji/kana and romaji because it means I don't have to look up kanji that I don't know. This book has taken the approach of giving the learner the main rule for each particle in a given situation.The book seems to maybe be geared toward working adults. Many of the example sentences use words like 'business meeting,' 'project,' 'business trip,' 'supervisor,' etc.The general test in the back of the book and the quizzes after each chapter are very easy. But that might be because I watch a lot of Japanese movies so I am beginning to have an intuitive understanding of what particles to use when even though I have never formally studied particles. I think the quiz questions are shallow in their scope. I began by taking the General Quiz in the end of the book without having read any of the book yet. I did that so that at the end of the book I can have an idea of how much I learned from the book versus how much I already knew. I got a 70 percent on the General Quiz before reading anything in the book. I think the General Quiz was watered down. Perhaps it was made to be very easy (a lot of the answer choices were very obvious) so that, due to receiving a good score, anyone finishing the book would believe they learned a lot from the book. Perhaps I am a cynic but for what other reason would the final test be so easy? I also had a score of 80 percent on the first quiz of the book when I pretested myself without reading any of the book. There is no way I should be doing that well on any test of Japanese particles before studying them.But this book does make for pretty painless learning. So far it has only taken me about 30 minutes to read each chapter and less than 15 minutes to complete the chapter quizzes. The general quiz is longer. There are 19 chapters in the book so I think you could finish this book in two weeks if you spend an hour studying it everyday. I went through half of the book the first week by spending about an hour studying from it each day.I liked this book okay but I am put out by the mistakes in the answer key as well as by the publisher's failure to respond to my email to them about the mistakes. I do like "The Japanese Particle Workbook," by Taeko Kamiya better. I have a review of that book, too.By the way, what is with these complete wanks that will tag your review that 'it wasn't helpful.' Uh, hello, it is obvious that they are just doing that because they don't like my opinion. I leave pretty thorough reviews so I don't see how I am not helpful. Whether you agree with me or not is another matter. What is this? A popularity contest? Hmmm, I guess they are not voting for me for prom queen, either? Well, good, then I won't have to go Carrie on them. Hey, Stephen King, if you are reading this--that was a hell of a book...Where did you get the idea for the creepy prayer closet? Brilliant. I've been in a gypsy fortune teller's house--no kidding, they actually had a frigging little prayer closet in there. But there was no red-eyed little Jesus in there.

  • By K. on December 6, 2012

    I`ve already taken two years of Japanese, but had quit because I was always behind and it was always too confusing. I decided that I should try again, and ordered some books so I could go at my own slow pace. I particularly have problems with particles, and decided this book would help with my problem. This is not a complete list of all the particles, so it would help to also order "All about Particles" if you aren`t sure you`ll be able to pick it up through your curriculum. I do not recommend getting only this book as your end all Japanese reference, as it really works best as a supplement to another course, such as busuu or a textbook. I like that the book really compares different similar particles, but it is not the best choice if you learn best from charts and other visual aids, as there is a complete lack of those. (I wish there was a Venn diagram to illustrate the similarities and differences!) This is also a great reference in how the table of contents are set up, as it shows particles in useful groups like telling time, or telling directions. I do like the quizzes to help review lessons, or to check what you still need to learn. I hate the inclusion of Romanji, and I really would have proffered if the phonetic version of the sentence (each sentence in the examples are listed 3 times, in with kanji, romanji, and English) had been in hiragana. I think I would have liked to get this book the very first lesson of Japanese I took, to avoid all my frustration, so I think this really would be great for a beginner or intermediate student. I think, if you were closer to fluent, it might be more useful to get "All about Particles" as a sort of particle dictionary for infrequent look ups to remind you if you forget the meanings or proper choice in a sentence.

  • By krispy_enterprises on October 14, 2013

    I used this in conjunction with Meguro Learning Center's cheat sheet to study for the JLPTN4. It was pretty good but there were lots of pages with only 1-2 sample sentences. Waste of trees. I often had to refer to Routledge's Comprehensive JP Grammar for the trickier grammar points. If you're on a budget ... this book is //not// essential

  • By Dorya Rascon on July 8, 2013

    Very useful and complete. It really helps you to understand the multiple uses of every single japanese particle and the difference between them.

  • By Zack Davisson on July 31, 2005

    "I sat at the chair." "I went on school today." That is probably what most of us sound like when we start really speaking Japanese, merrily swapping around all those cute little "ni"s, "wa"s, "de"s and "ga"s. It gets even worse at an upper level when the mysterious "hodo"s and "kana"s start rearing their ugly heads. Particles are one of the most confusing aspects of Japanese, and one of the biggest road blocks to conversational fluency.Every student of Japanese could use "How to Tell the Difference Between Japanese Particles." It is a practical, concise little book that contains a wealth of information. Unlike Naoko Chino's previous particle book, "All About Particles," this volume contains practice exercises and demonstrations of the most common mistakes of Japanese particles. It is more of a workbook, that should be followed from start to finish.Chino takes several similar but confusing particles, such as "particles indicating time" or "particles used for comparison," then highlights the different usages of each particle, along with demonstration sentences in both English, kana and romaji. Like all good Japanese books, the emphasis is on the kana, with the romaji and English doing support work. After each chapter, there are several quizzes to test your new knowledge. The book closes with an overall test on the entire book.The comparative nature of this book, along with the repeated quizzes, make "How to Tell the Difference Between Japanese Particles" one of the most useful Japanese study guides that I own. It serves a niche purpose, but a very useful and necessary one.


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