'Making Sense of Japanese' is the fruit of one foolhardy American's thirty-year struggle to learn and teach the Language of the Infinite. To convey his conviction that 'the Japanese language is not vague,' Rubin has dared to explain how some of the most challenging Japanese grammatical forms work in terms of everyday English. The notorious 'subjectless sentence' of Japanese comes under close scrutiny in Part One. A sentence can't be a sentence without a subject, so even in cases where the subject seems to be lost or hiding, the author provides the tools to help you find it. Some attention is paid as well to the rest of the sentence, known technically to grammarians as 'the rest of the sentence'. Part Two tackles a number of expressions that have baffled students of Japanese over the decades, and concludes with Rubin's patented technique of analyzing upside-down Japanese sentences right-side up.