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日本語の秘密/ The Key to NIHON-GO

by 岸本建夫 [Kishimoto Tatsuo] 1999
OCR/Corr by most.cyak@gmail.com, Oct 2014


Section 4 Japanese is a Free-Spirited Language

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   IGNORE the “Verb Conjugation Charts” in Your Textbooks

  Scholars have created “verb conjugation charts” where verbs are organized grammatically. These are charts which use 5 columns, or one upper and lower column, to organize the conjugation of verbs into different categories. They may not be found in textbooks for the beginning foreign student, but if you ever see such a chart, you shouldn’t use it for your study. You should ignore it. Japanese study is carried out to learn conversation, reading and writing. Unless you’re interested in delving into the complexities of grammar, you won’t need to use these “verb conjugation charts”. Committing the charts to memory will not help you either. At any rate, this was so in my case, and I’m sure it’s the same for almost all Japanese children.

  Japanese is an advanced language, but and it does have a series of clear and simple rules which are easy to remember. Among these, I’m particularly fond of its well-ordered regularity in the conjugation of verbs. Studying Japanese verb conjugation is really quite easy, but these, “verb conjugation charts” make it difficult.

  Instead, I have organized a new “verb conjugation table” for this book (see tables A.1-3 in the Appendix.) If the foreign student uses this chart, he can be sure to master the Japanese language.

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