Japanese the Manga Way

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About Japanese the Manga Way

Japanese the Manga Way: An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure is written by Wayne P. Lammers.

Japanese difficult? Study boring? No way! Not with this "real manga, real Japanese" approach to learning.

Presenting all spoken Japanese as a variation of three basic sentence types, Japanese the Manga Way shows how to build complex constructions step by step. Every grammar point is illustrated by an actual manga published in Japan to show how the language is used in real life, an approach that is entertaining and memorable.

As an introduction, as a jump-start for struggling students, or (with its index) as a reference and review for veterans, Japanese the Manga Way is perfect for all learners at all levels. Raised in Japan, Wayne P. Lammers (Ph.D. in Japanese) taught at the university level. He was translation editor for Mangajin and now does commercial translation. He is the award-winning translator of Still Life and Evening Clouds and lives in Portland, Oregon.


  • Media: How To
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Age Rating: 7+
  • Release Date: 1/31/2005
  • Page Count: 312
  • Dimensional Weight: 1.5

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Great resource for learning through manga

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This is a great book for learning the fundamentals of Japanese grammar. It can be approached by students of any level, although I do recommend already being familiar with the kana scripts, as the book has tables for them but doesn't teach any memorization techniques.

The way it is structured in breaking down grammar through manga is thoroughly explained at the beginning of the book, making it easy to follow along and understand the lessons. The manga featured are from series that deal with real-life situations since they tend to have more natural grammar and common-usage phrases. Some examples include Crayon Shin-chan and What's Michael?

The book covers quite a few grammar points, such as addressing the three basic sentence types, politeness levels, various particles and their usages, modifying verbs, adjectives, nouns, etc. There is also an appendix of manga featured within the text, making it easy to find further information if any series grabs your interest.