Colloquial Japanese provides a step-by-step course in Japanese as it is written and spoken today. This new edition has been completely rewritten by experienced teachers; it combines an accessible approach with a thorough treatment of the language, equipping learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Japanese in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.
Key features include:
- progressive coverage of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
- jargon-free explanations of grammar, with key structures presented through user-friendly diagrams
- Coverage of the different writing systems of Japanese: hiragana, katakana and kanji
- an extensive range of focused and stimulating exercises
- realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of scenarios
- useful vocabulary lists throughout the text
- additional resources available at the back of the book, including a full answer key, a grammar summary, a verb/adjective list with conjugation aid, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues
Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Japanese will be an indispensable resource both for independent learners and for students taking courses in Japanese.
Supplementary exercise sheets for hiragana, katakana and kanji and two additional units are available for free download at http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415593304/ The units cover more advanced features of Japanese and incorporate a wide assortment of supporting exercises.
Accompanying audio material is available to purchase separately on two CDs or in MP3 format, or comes included in the great value Colloquial Japanese pack. Recorded by native speakers, the audio complements the book and will help enhance learners’ listening and speaking skills.
By the end of this course, you will be at Level B1 of the Common European Framework for Languages and at the Intermediate-Mid on the ACTFL proficiency scales.
Introduction 1. Watashi wa Nihon-jin desu. I am Japanese 2. Tanjōbi waitsu desu ka? When is your birthday? 3. Otearai wa doko desu ka? Where is the toilet? 4. Ano kamerawaikura desu ka? How much is that camera over there? 5. Donna ongaku ga suki desu ka? What kind of music do you like? 6. Watashi warainen Nihon e ikimasu. I will go to Japan next year 7. Watashi wayoku sūpā de hiru-gohan o kaimasu I often buy lunch at the supermarket 8. Ōsaka ni yūmē na (o)shiro ga arimasu There is a famous castle in Osaka 9. Nichi-yōbi issho ni ēga o mimasen ka? Won’t you watch film with me on Sunday? 10. Dōshite atarashī pasokon ga hoshī desu ka? Why do you want to have a new PC? 11. Shinjuku Gyoen wahirokute kirē na kōen desu. Shinjuku Gyoen is a spacious and beautiful park. 12. Musuko san wase gatakai desu ne. Your son is tall, isn’t he? 13. Koko ni suwatte mo ī desu ka? May I sit down here? 14. Kinō no yoru 8-jigoro ēga o mite imashita I was watching a film at around 8pm yesterday 15. Pūru de oyoidari, toshokan de hon o karitarishimasu I do various things such as swimming in the pool and borrowing books at the library 16. Sukoshi dakesupeingo o hanasu koto ga dekimasu I can speak Spanish a little bit English translation of dialogues from unit 9 to unit 16 Grammar summary Appendix Key to exercises Japanese – English glossary English – Japanese glossary Index of Language Points