A Handbook of Colloquial Japanese

A Handbook of Colloquial Japanese

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Travelling in order to recover from a nervous breakdown, Basil Hall Chamberlain (1850-1935) arrived in Yokohama, Japan, in May 1873. He was immediately fascinated by traditional Japanese culture. At the same time, the national drive for modernisation in the wake of the Meiji Restoration had created a demand for teachers of English. Chamberlain was taken on as a tutor in the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy, at the same time studying the Japanese language to such good effect that in 1886 he was made professor of Japanese and philology at the Imperial University (later Tokyo University). This 1888 Japanese primer is split into theoretical and practical parts: a Japanese grammar and a vocabulary of useful words and phrases. Chamberlain gives both literal and free translations of phrases and short texts for the learner. His encyclopaedia of Japan, Things Japanese (1890) is also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection.
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  • Paperback | 498 pages
  • 144.78 x 215.9 x 33.02mm | 521.63g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English, Japanese
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual, Reissue
  • 1108080472
  • 9781108080477

Table of contents

Preface; Part I. Theoretical Part: 1. Introductory remarks; 2. Pronunciation and latter-changes; 3. The noun; 4. The pronoun; 5. The postposition; 6. The numeral; 7. The adjective; 8. The verb; 9. The verb (cont.); 10. The adverb, interjection and conjunction; 11. Honorifics; 12. Syntax; Part II. Practical Part: 1. Anglo-Japanese vocabulary; 2. Short phrases in common use; 3. Additional useful phrases; 4. Easy questions and answers; 5. Proverbs; 6. Scraps of conversations; 7. Anecdotes; 8. Two chapters of a novel; 9. A leading article; 10. Japanese-English vocabulary; Index of subjects treated; Additions and corrections.
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