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Genki, Level 1 Textbook

By lee.2951 - Posted on 17 March 2009 - Update on 07 November 2010

Image of An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, Vol. 1 (English and Japanese Edition)
Author: Chikako Shinagawa, Yoko Sakane, Yutaka Ohno, Eri Banno
Publisher: The Japan Times (1999)
Binding: Paperback, 368 pages
The Genki, Level 1 textbook provides beginning students of Japanese a solid grounding in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Twelve lessons cover situations and subjects relating to daily life and follow the high times (vacations, planning a first date, and eating out) and the low (going to the doctor and getting stood up on the first date!). Students will appreciate the functional situations and frequent introduction of colloquialisms that immediately give a taste of the living language. “Dialogue and Grammar” and “Reading and Writing” sections in the textbook contain a variety of stimulating, challenging exercises and easy to follow examples. The text is also full of cultural notes that teach students the “why”, not just “how”, of Japanese language and grammar. The first volume includes 145 kanji, comprehensive Japanese-to-English and English-to-Japanese indices, and the most frequently used vocabulary, expressions, and grammar, giving students the opportunity to apply what they have learned to their daily lives.