Basic Technical Japanese by Edward E. DaubBasic Technical Japanese by Edward E. Daub

Basic Technical Japanese

byEdward E. Daub, R. Byron Bird, Nobuo Inoue

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Even if you have had no Japanese-language training, you can learn how to translate technical manuals, research publications, and reference works. Basic Technical Japanese takes you step by step from an introduction to the Japanese writing system through a mastery of grammar and scientific vocabulary to reading actual texts in Japanese. You can use the book to study independently or in formal classes.
    This book places special emphasis on the kanji (characters) that occur most often in technical writing. There are special chapters on the language of mathematics and chemistry, and vocabulary building and reading exercises in physics, chemistry, biology, and biochemistry. With extensive character charts and vocabulary lists, Basic Technical Japanese is entirely self-contained; no dictionaries or other reference works are needed.

Edward E. Daub is professor emeritus of engineering and professional development at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. R. Byron Bird is professor emeritus of chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Nobuo Inoue was professor of mechanical engineering at the Science University of Tokyo.
Title:Basic Technical JapaneseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:800 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 1.5 inPublished:December 15, 2010Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299127346

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Table of Contents


Conventions and Notation

Kanji for Basic Technical Japanese

Chapter 1 Introduction

1.1 Kanji

1.2 Katakana

1.3 Hiragana

1.4 Particles

1.5 Sentence Structure

1.6 Nouns, Verbs, and Adjectives

1.7 Further Comments on the Writing System

1.8 How to Study This Book

1.9 Reference Works

Chapter 2 Pronunication and Romanization

2.1 Vowels

2.2 Double Vowels

2.3 Consonants

2.4 Palatalized Consonants

2.5 Doubled Consonants

2.6 The Syllabary: Modified Hepburn Romanization

2.7 The Syllabary: Kunrei-Shiki Romanization

2.8 Romanization Used in Reference Works

Chapter 3 Katakana

3.1 The Basic Katakana Table

3.2 The Modified Katakana

3.3 The Palatized Consonants in Katakana Syllables

3.4 The Doubled Vowels

3.5 The Doubled Consonants

3.6 Supplement to the Katakana Syllabary

3.7 Guidelines for Reading Gairaigo Written in Katakana

3.8 Indexing Entries in Listings Based on Kana

3.9 The Katakana Syllabary in Common Gairagio

Chapter 4 Hiragana

4.1 The Basic Hiragana Table

4.2 The Modified Hiragana

4.3 The Palatalized Consonants in Hiragana Syllables

4.4 The Doubled Vowels

4.5 The Doubled Consonants

Chapter 5 Kanji

5.1 Writing Kanji: Stroke Order and Stroke Count

5.2 Radicals

5.3 On and Kun Readings

5.4 Jukugo

5.5 Nelson's Kanji Dictionary

5.6 How We Present Kanji in Each Chapter

5.7 How to Learn Kanji

Chapter 6 Elementary Sentence Structure; Basic Verbs

6.1 Nouns and Pronouns

6.2 Words

6.3 Particles

6.4 Verbs

6.5 Verb

6.6 Verb

6.7 Verb

Chapter 7 Present-Tense Forms; Complex Sentence Structure

7.1 The Present Tense of Verbs

7.2 The Present Tense of i-Adjectives

7.3 The Present Tense of na- and no-Adjectives

7.4 Modifying Clauses

7.5 Conjunctions and Compound Sentences

7.6 Verbs That Do Not Have Objects

Chapter 8 Past-Tense Forms; Noun- and Verb-Following Expressions

8.1 The Past Tense of Verbs

8.2 The Past Tense of i-Adjectives

8.3 The Past Tense of na- and no-Adjectives

8.4 Noun-Following Expressions

8.5 Nouns

8.6 Verb-Following Expressions

Chapter 9 Connective and Conjuctive Forms

9.1 The Connective Form of Verbs

9.2 The Connective Form of Adjectives

9.3 Constructions Made from the Form plus Auxiliary Verbs

9.4 The Conjunctive Form of Verbs

9.5 The Conjunctive Form of Adjectives

9.6 Compound Verbs

Chapter 10 Provisional and Conditional Forms

10.1 The Provisional Form of Verbs

10.1 The Provisional Form of Adjectives

10.3 Constructions Made with the Provisional

10.4 The Use of

10.5 The Conditional Form of Verbs and Adjectives

10.6 Transitive-Intransitive Verb Pairs

Chapter 11 Passive, Causative, and Potential Verbs; More on Adjectives

11.1 The Passive Verbs

11.2 The Potential Verbs

11.3 The Causative Verbs

11.4 Comparative and Superlative Adjective Expressions

11.5 Adverbs, Nouns, and Verbs Derived from Adjectives

11.6 Adjectives Derived from Other Parts of Speech

Chapter 12 Tentative Forms; Miscellaneous Expressions

12.1 The Tentative Form of Verbs

12.2 The Tentative Form of Adjectives

12.3 The Tentative plus and Other Constructions with

12.4 Interrogative Words with the Particles

12.5 More Noun-Following Expressions

12.6 More Verb-Following Expressions

Chapter 13 Other Verb and Adjective Forms

13.1 The Representative Form of Verbs and Adjectives

13.2 The Desiderative Adjectives

13.3 The Imperative Forms of Verbs

13.4 The Verb Suffixes

13.5 Polite and Honorific Forms Used in Instructional Manuals

Chapter 14 Mathematical Terminology

14.1 The Kanji Used for Numbers

14.2 Numbers Used in Technical Terms

14.3 Numbers with Units and Counters

14.4 Numbers with Prefixes and Suffixes

14.5 Appropriate Numbers

14.6 Some Mathematical Expressions

Chapter 15 Chemical Nomenclature

15.1 The Elements

15.2 Binary Compounds

15.3  Bases, Acids, and Salts

15.4 Coordination Compounds

15.5 Organic Compounds

15.6 Biochemical Compounds

Chapter 16 Vocabulary Building and Translation Examples, I

Chapter 17 Vocabulary Building and Translation Examples, II

Chapter 18 Vocabulary Building and Readings in Physics

Chapter 19 Vocabulary Building and Readings in Chemistry

Chapter 20 Vocabulary Building and Readings in Biology and Biochemistry

Appendix A Table of Verb Forms

Appendix B Table of Adjective Forms

Appendix C Additonal Kanji Frequent in Technical Japanese

Kanji Charts

Kanji Listed by Stroke Count with "On"  REadings

Kanji Vocabulary List

Hiragana Vocabulary List

Subject Index

Editorial Reviews

“Well-structured and carefully written. [Basic Technical Japanese] provides the reader with thoughtful instruction on how to utilize the chapters to their full potential. . . . It contains copious materials, exercises, instructional information, and valuable teaching hints.”—Michio Tsutsui, Journal of Japanese Studies