Elementary Japanese is designed for students who are just beginning their study of the Japanese language at the first-year college level or on their own. The author and contributors have created a highly structured approach to learning Japanese based on acquiring the fundamental patterns and constructions of the language as well as the Japanese writing system including the primary Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji characters. Each volume of this two-book set is designed for one semester of study. The books feature detailed grammatical explanations which make them extremely useful as references and for review purposes when traveling to Japan or preparing for the Japanese Language Proficiency Examination JLPT. MP3 audio recordings are included with each volume on free CDs making this a great way to learn Japanese on your own while ensuring that you learn the correct pronunciation.
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Boston: Tuttle. Elementary Japanese is designed for people beginning their study of the Japanese language at the basic level. Because of its ample grammatical explanation, it can also serve as a grammatical reference. It is suitable for college courses as well as individual study. One possibility is to cover Volume I in the first semester, and Volume II in the second semester, using the first week of the second semester to review Volume I.
They attempt to explain the rationale behind grammatical constructions and their usage, rather than introducing them as mere facts. Historical changes and morphological processes, e. Whenever appropriate, Japanese and equivalent English expressions are compared and contrasted, enabling students to utilize their already acquired knowledge of language use.
Virtually all exercises emulate actual uses of the language rather than imposing mechanical drills. They are designed primarily for use in classroom activities, emphasizing interaction among students.
They can also be used for self-testing at the end of each lesson, in which case, the user is advised to play two or more roles if necessary. While introducing a total of basic kanji, Elementary Japanese explains the fundamental differences between ideographic primarily representing ideas and phonographic representing sounds, e.
English writing systems. Moreover, it utilizes kanji while an increasing number of people today use hiragana, e. There are two reasons for this choice. First, repetitive exposure to and frequent utilization of kanji help learners to retain them. For these reasons, Elementary Japanese employs kanji whenever plausible.
Cultural information and proverbs are interspersed. Abundant and innovative uses of illustrations and visual aids are provided throughout Elementary Japanese. The dialogs employ comic strip format, a method that enables learning sentences strongly associated with actual daily life situations.
When a grammatical particle or a kanji radical is introduced, it is signaled by a clear visual marking, enabling students to locate relevant paragraphs quickly and at the point of need. Upon completing the activities provided in Elementary Japanese , students can expect to be able to a describe themselves, their families and friends, b talk about daily events, using basic vocabulary and grammatical constructions, c understand conversations on those topics as well as classroom instructions, d read and write short, simple compositions.
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