Nakama 1 is a complete, flexible introductory program designed to present the fundamentals of the Japanese language to college students. Presented in two parts, Nakama 1a and Nakama 1b, the program focuses on proficiency-based language learning, emphasizes practical communication and student interaction, and fosters the development of all four language skills and cultural awareness. Thematically organized chapters focus on high-frequency communicative situations and introduce students to the Japanese language and its three writing systems: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Maintaining the program's balanced approach, the new edition features updated technology resources, new authentic art, and practical, contemporary vocabulary to enhance both teaching and learning.

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The language that thousands of us want to learn for reasons such as work, fun, or watching anime without subtitles me.

There are so many PuniPuni videos and others like it online, so I thought it would be easy to learn Japanese because as it seemed at the time there was always a video which answered every burning question I asked. I had no idea about more complex sentences and phrases, idioms, etc.

The internet helped a lot, and by the time I bought the book along with its workbook , I already knew basic vocabulary, hiragana , and some kanji , but I never imagined how much more I would know and how detailed the answers to my newfound questions would be by the end of the textbook.

However, the vocabulary is indeed relevant family members, body parts, useful adjectives, etc. Did I mention there are pages? The important thing to remember here is to pace yourself. Perhaps the best asset to this textbook is its articulacy in issuing instruction. The kanji or Chinese-adopted characters are introduced in every chapter. Each chapter uses the kanji in easy-to-understand ways and even draws out pictures to show where the symbols came from.

This textbook and workbook which has plenty of space for writing practice, of course can save you the pain and humiliation of having a group of Japanese kids laugh and grab the pencil out of your hands mid-word.

Thanks, Nakama 1. Conjugation is super important in this language due to certain verb or adjective endings and prefixes and suffixes for words, names, and titles having certain meanings and extensions of expressions. As for verb and adjective conjugation, there are MANY detailed charts and other visuals that explain exactly how to conjugate them depending on the situation, the person or people you are in a conversation with, etc. When I say the authors thought of everything beginners and intermediate learners should really know, I mean exactly that.

Not to mention the legitimate cultural examples that go along with each chapter. Before practicing with a partner or even by yourself , you can study how the situation can be handled. There is a full dialogue in the textbook utilizing grammar points outlined within the same chapter.

It gives an example of what can happen and how you can handle taking directions from a native speaker. In the workbook, you will find pages adjacent to the textbook chapters where you can fill in the blanks of a conversation within a scenario such as ordering food or asking the price of your meal, or the exercise will prompt you to play out the scene with a partner. Either way, these dialogues are some serious teaching and learning techniques that I can truly say make this textbook-workbook duo one of the best on the market.

But I had no other choice plus my professor took off points from grades if we forgot one of the books at home, even on the very first day of class. I barely stepped foot in the classroom and my grade was already dropping.

I want you to experience it for yourself, however I will say that you can expect to speak Japanese at an intermediate level with much confidence in your comprehension abilities. But with easy-to-follow instructions , challenging textbook exercises , challenging workbook exercises , thorough explanations , and detailed visuals with hand-printed writing examples and templates for hiragana , katakana , and kanji , what else could a novice learner ask for in a learning tool?

The positive aspects definitely outweigh the negative. At the very least, you will benefit from the pictorials and easy-to-grasp concepts, so do yourself a favor and buy the books.

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