This Japanese language book contains 61 short lessons grouped into 14 chapters--each of which presents a wide variety of activities and exercises and yet is designed to be covered in a single session. This daily multivitamin approach to learning Japanese makes it easy to track your progress and to review later An audio CD comes free with the book, providing native speaker recordings giving correct pronunciations for the dialogs and vocabulary in each lesson. Contemporary Japanese is a textbook series for beginning students of Japanese at the college or high school level. It is intended for classroom use as well as self-study. Each lesson in the book is very short and has a single, clearly-defined objective. All lessons make use of the active discovery approach which encourages rapid learning through guess and try problem-solving and participation as opposed to rote memorization. This highly effective method uses real-life conversations that make learning fun by involving you in a conversation with your peers. It also removes the fear of saying something wrong Key Features of This Japanese language textbook include:
Basic sounds, words, phrases and kana
Describing the property of people and things
Identifying things and people
Expressing what you have
Using numbers and katakana
Talking about the past
Coming and going
Relating states and events
Describing daily-life activities
Talking about the present
Location of people and things
Expressing the characteristics of people and things
Available separately is Contemporary Japanese Workbook Volume 1. This accompanying Japanese workbook serves as a supplementary material as well as a standalone comprehensive workbook for practicing and reviewing the language. An audio CD containing drills, dialogs and listening comprehension exercises for most activities accompanies the workbook. All disc content is alternatively accessible on tuttlepublishing.com/downloadable-content.
About the Author
Dr. Eriko Sato is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She teaches Japanese language, linguistics and pedagogy as well as translation studies and acquisition of Asian languages. She serves as the adviser for teacher education program for Japanese. Dr. Sato developed numerous courses including the first online Japanese course at her University. She has also authored or co-authored a number of books for teaching and learning Japanese including Contemporary Japanese, Japanese Demystified, Japanese for Dummies, Complete Japanese Grammar, Basic Japanese, Basic Japanese: Introduction of the Structure of Japanese, Essential Japanese Grammar, My First Japanese Kanji Book, and Learning Japanese Kanji.