Common Japanese Collocations: A Learner's Guide to Frequent Word Pairings

Common Japanese Collocations: A Learner's Guide to Frequent Word Pairings

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By (author) Kakuko Shoji

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  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 190mm x 22mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Tokyo
  • ISBN 10: 4770031238
  • ISBN 13: 9784770031235
  • Edition: Bilingual edition
  • Edition statement: Bilingual
  • Sales rank: 117,052

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Collocations are word combinations that occur in natural speech more frequently than can be explained by chance. In English, we say, take a bath (or have a bath in British English), but in Japanese the equivalent is get in a bath, o-furo ni hairu. The verb hairu is the one that collocates with o-furo. It has long been recognised that the study of collocations can lead to more natural language production, and yet until now there has been no book on the subject for learners of Japanese. "Common Japanese Collocations" will be the first resource to introduce the most frequently used noun-and-verb and noun-and-adjective combinations. The book is divided into five thematic chapters centering on daily life. Each chapter presents more than a hundred key entries, which consist of a noun and a selection of words that go with that noun. Some collocations come with example sentences that demonstrate how the words pair can be used in a sentence. In addition, throughout the book there are notes on common usage errors.

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Author information

KAKUKO SHOJI has been an instructor of Japanese at the University of Hawaii since 1968, and is the author of Basic Connections and Japanese Core Words and Phrases (both published by Kodansha International). Shoji was also the supervising editor of Kodansha's Effective Japanese Usage Guide.

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By Vanessa 20 Dec 2013 3

This book is good to students of all levels learn new ways of saying things. Although it's small if you, it's good if you still study but you'll need a bigger one to know more. I really love the book it give some ideas to improve your Japanese. I really liked the way it is written its easy to understand. It's a good one.