Minecraft Adventures B2G1 Free

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Q&A | August 26, 2015

    Christopher Moore: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Christopher Moore

    Note: Join us this Thursday, August 27, at Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing for an author event with Christopher Moore. Describe your latest... Continue »
    1. $18.89 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      Secondhand Souls

      Christopher Moore 9780061779787

Qualifying orders ship free.

Japanese Language Edition

Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Foreign Languages- Japanese Grammar

Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don't Tell You


Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don't Tell You Cover

ISBN13: 9784770028020
ISBN10: 4770028024
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $10.95!


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Making Sense of Japanese is the fruit of one foolhardy American's 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, "I'm still pretty sure that Japanese is not vague. Or at least, it's not as vague as it used to be. Probably."

The notorious "subjectless sentence" of Japanese comes under close scrutiny in Part One. A sentence can't 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 Rubin's 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.

About the Author

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).

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

reimeixanime, September 17, 2008 (view all comments by reimeixanime)
It's very infomative, and helpful for anyone who trying to either learn the language or understand it for daily purposes. I definitely recommend ANYONE this book to whoever wants to learn and understand Japanese.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(2 of 3 readers found this comment helpful)

Product Details

What the Textbooks Dont Tell You
Rubin, Jay
null, Jay
Kodansha USA
Reference | Language Learning
Instruction | Japanese
Reference | Language Learning and Instruction | Japanese
Reference | Language Learning & Instruction | Japanese
Foreign Languages-General
Edition Number:
1st trade pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Kodansha's Children's Classics
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
plates, figs.
5.100 x 7.100 in 0.356 lb

Other books you might like

  1. Spanish Vocabulary: An Etymological... New Trade Paper $38.50
  2. The Kanji Dictionary Used Hardcover $35.00
  3. Using Russian 2ND Edition a Guide To... New Trade Paper $61.25
  4. Tigers, Devils, and Fools: A Guide... New Trade Paper $23.75
  5. Kodansha's Elementary Kanji Dictionary Used Trade Paper $23.00
  6. Great Books: My Adventures with... Used Trade Paper $5.50

Related Subjects

Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don't Tell You Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$10.95 In Stock
Product details 144 pages Kodansha International (JPN) - Japanese Grammar 9784770028020 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.