Begin your journey to learning Japanese with this dynamic language acquisition program! Beginning Japanese will teach you to read and write all Hiragana and Katakana, read and recognize 150 kanji, and learn enough Japanese vocabulary and grammar to describe your daily life, ask others about their life, describe a person or situation, scan passages for content and meaning, and talk at a basic level about Japanese geography, history, and culture.
Organized by topic, each chapter begins with a list of learning and performance goals; lessons feature a variety of unique and exciting segments, including a manga storyline that unfolds as learners advance. This story follows the story of Kiara, an American exchange student who lives in Japan. With the help of her Japanese friends and the time-traveling Tomo Tanuki (raccoon dog), Kiara learns to speak, read, and write Japanese while she visits famous people and places in Japanese history.
Lessons also feature step-by-step writing instruction, dialogue and translation exercises (including e-mail translations!), class-interactive activities, 'culture chest' notes, and journal entries that include a mix of Japanese and English words. A 'Passport Stamp' activity and new word checklist conclude each chapter.
A free online web component features downloadable chapters, flashcards, practice sheets, updated glossaries, a Hiragana practice book, and a Katakana practice book. The included CD-ROM provides audio and visual files that accompany the text. A Beginning Japanese workbook (currently not available at Christianbook.com) may also be purchased for additional exercises.
The first level in a three-part series, the entire series will take learners from the beginning level through AP exam competency levels. Japanese-English and English-Japanese glossary included. 384 pages, hardcover with CD-ROM. High School grades and above.
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