Shelves: languages , non-fiction I am self studying using this book and book two of the series. This book is excellent for the student who is self studying, because all of the grammar an vocabulary are explained thoroughly. There is very little left up to the student to try to figure out; and though the exercises are designed for use in a classroom, they can be easily adapted. Additionally, this book is all-in-one in that it offers dialogues, cultural notes, grammar, vocabulary, and kanji in one volume. It also comes with a CD I am self studying using this book and book two of the series.

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New vocabulary i The dialog is the core of each lesson as it contains all of the grammatical constructions to be studied in that lesson. 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.

Second, while the use of hiragana for such words has become conventionalized, many people still prefer to use kanji. 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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