Beginning Japanese: Your Pathway to Dynamic Language Acquisition
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Beginning Japanese: Your Pathway to Dynamic Language Acquisition

Tuttle Publishing / 2010 / Paperback

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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 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.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Tuttle Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 11.00 X 8.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0804841322
ISBN-13: 9780804841320

Publisher's Description

This is a complete Japanese textbook and language learning package for beginning learners.

Start speaking, reading and writing Japanese today with the most exciting new introduction to the Japanese language! Beginning Japanese follows the story of Kiara, an American exchange student who lives in Japan and loves to study Japanese. 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.

Illustrated with manga-style comics—a fun way to learn Japanese and written by experienced high-school Japanese teachers, this Japanese textbook will show you how to pronounce Japanese; read and write hiragana, katakana, and 125 basic kanji; and understand conversational Japanese.

Key features of this program:
  • An engaging storyline—including a time–travel adventure—unfolds as learners advance, adding motivation to master the language.
  • Authentic written, visual, and oral materials embedded naturally throughout.
  • Kanji is taught beginning with Chapter 1—and together with current vocabulary rather than separately. (At the end of Vol. 1 you'll know 148 kanji).
  • Technology is used extensively for authentic tasks.
  • A dedicated website provides additional content and updates.
  • Content is aligned with the ACTFL National Standards.
The CD–ROM includes:
  • Native Japanese language speakers.
  • Pronunciation guides.
  • Accompanying dialogues.
  • New word lists.
  • Fun songs.
  • Listening activities and tests.
  • Extensive printable exercises.
The Beginning Japanese Website includes:
  • Online games and activities.
  • Additional information and updates.
  • Downloadable Hiragana Practice Book, Katakana Practice Book, kana practice sheets.
  • Downloadable kanji and kana flash cards.
Beginning Japanese is the first volume in a 2-level series. Deepen your learning with the Beginning Japanese Workbook, a volume of drills and exercises that reinforce the lessons in the textbook. If you already speak basic Japanese, continue your learning with the second level, Intermediate Japanese. Whether you're learning Japanese for fun, preparing for a Japanese proficiency exam, or want to achieve AP- or IB-level competency, Beginning Japanese is your key to becoming a confident Japanese-speaker.

Author Bio

Michael L. Kluemper served as a board member for the National Council of Japanese Language Teachers from 2001—08, and has worked on national task forces for the implementation of a Japanese AP course. He lives in Louisville, KY.

Lisa Berkson was honored by the Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese as the language teacher of the year in 2007. She currently teaches Japanese and Chinese language classes at Dobson High School in Mesa, AZ.

Nathan Patton teaches Japanese language at Scott County High School in Georgetown, KY where he serves as Chair of the World Language Department.

Nobuko Patton has taught Japanese at the University of Kentucky, Georgetown College and Jessie Clark Middle School in Lexington, KY. She lives in Kentucky.

Editorial Reviews

"One of the newer textbooks in the intermediate space, and a little more lively perhaps than the integrated approach." —
"Last year, I discovered the Beginning and Intermediate Japanese series by Kluemper. I changed textbooks immediately after experimenting with it for a week." —Kyler Jackson, Japanese Teacher, Thomas Jefferson High School
"It provides web–based and supplementary audio resources in addition to the textbook, which progressively give students more exposure to language a little beyond their expected level of attainment, and which immerse students in culturally authentic contexts." —Geoff Biesinger, AATJ Journal

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