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ISBN-13: 978-0804840569 ISBN-10: 0804840563 Edition: Paperback with disc

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Paperback with disc edition (March 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804840563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804840569
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the newer textbooks in the intermediate space, and a little more lively perhaps than the integrated approach." —Japanesestudent.info

"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

About the Author

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.

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It facilitates students engaging learning and understand the context.
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I highly recommend this book to any one who wants to learn Japanese.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Leo Sieben on August 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I saw this in a local bookstore and was charmed by its attractive look and use of manga for dialogues.
I picked it up and started to go through it deeper at home.

My early conclusion is that this book is intended for use in a classroom as a textbook, and not something for individual self-study. Here's why:
1) The other reviews are correct when saying that you really need to feel very comfortable with hiragana and katakana before you come to this book. I expect that in a classroom, the teacher would spend as much time as necessary to introduce the kana. And being fairly systematic, they leave it to the teacher to go about it however he/she sees fit. As an example, in an early activity, the book challenges you to write your English name in katakana. But it doesn't go into any detail about how to convert sounds which aren't in Japanese to katakana.

2) Also, the book doesn't have English translations of the dialogues, or many of the vocabulary words. This is obviously not a problem in a classroom setting. It's possible to look up words one at a time in the dictionary in the back, but leaving them out in the chapters themselves just seems like evidence that their target audience is classroom students.

3) The website component has extra materials but you have to be part of a class to make use of it. The teacher has to make a special account and then when you create your username, you have to pick which teacher is yours. So self-learners are missing out on some amount of content that they paid for.

4) I don't like that all exercises are relegated to the Workbook sold separately. I thought the Workbook would be only for additional practice, and that the main book would have some exercises too. But so far it seems like all the exercises in the main book are clearly intended for classrooms where you would talk with your friends in pairs.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Caleb on August 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up at boarders for 20% off since it's liquidating and I love it. don't believe what those other reviews say about needing a working knowledge of hiragana before starting this book. this book offers complete alphabets with phonetic translations, the CD rom that comes with the book helps you out with the more difficult sounds. You DO NOT need to join a teachers class to gain full access to the online materials. the only thing you need to join it for is the games section because that is hosted by a third party website designed for school use. you could pay 150 bucks to gain access to it but you don't need to. the content that is readily available to you even before you make an account on the website offers kana and konji flash cards and kana workbooks with some activities. there is little translation for you in the text book itself when it comes to the dialogue and some vocab but it offers pictures so it makes you work your brain more which will help learning. also this book teaches you to read and write as you speak so you use more of you senses while learning which helps retain information. also I find if I'm stuck on a word I can almost see what it looks like in japanese and all of a sudden I can remember it!
This book is meant for classroom use so some of the exercises in it are kind of awkward, the work book would not be a bad buy but I don't think you need it if you just steadily work on the content in the book. get down the vocab and suggested hiragana before progressing to the next chapter, a chapter a week maybe. there is no quick and easy way to learn a language but this is the best i've come across yet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yuko B. on January 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am using Beginning Japanese in my classroom, with high school students, and We are enjoying it very much.

First of all, my students love the manga for the dialogues. It facilitates students engaging learning and understand the context. My students ask me for a permission to take the textbook home!

I like the content, too. The Dialogues, which are also in straight text, are longer than those of AIJ; so I feel that it is more practical, and there is A LOT of cultural content (including traditional and contemporary culture, social interactions, and even its historythat). I love the point that "culture notes" are NOT separated from the main component. My students also enjoy them, we have a chat about the component or context every time after reading a dialogue.

We love the vocubulary lists with creative and cute pictures/drawings with colores! My students often smile with the pictures/drawings and ask me some questions about the pictures because those reflect Japanese cultural. (ex. "telephone" is introduced with a picture of a green public phone seen in Japan.) It may be a bit inconvenient because there is no English equivarent with those vocab. pictures, but the textbook has glossaries after each chapter and at end of the textbook. So I encourage my students to utilize those glossaries in order to build their self-learning skills.

Our school for sure will purchase "Intermediate Japanese" when it is published!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James J Ball on July 29, 2010
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This book requires a solid working ability in Hirogana & Katakana.
The vocabulary index is very awkward. The chapters don't relate to
each other as progressive content.

However, it has been very good for my purpose which is to hone my
limited language skills from a different viewpoint.

It is a bit expensive for the content. Not a particularly good
value, but worth it for me.
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Michael L. Kluemper began his study of Japanese language in 1987 as an art education student, initially to learn more about the people who created the ceramics in which he was so interested. Kluemper was a JET Program participant from 1990-93 in Akita-ken, and has been teaching about Japanese language and culture since that time. He has been teaching both Japanese language and visual arts at Jasper High School, Jasper, IN since 1999. Serving as a board member for the National Council of Japanese Language Teachers from 2001-08, Kluemper served as president, newsletter editor, and on national task forces for the implementation of a Japanese AP course, National Board Certification for teachers, and various advocacy campaigns. He has been involved in long-term planning committees for the council as well as ACTFL (The American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages), and was a member of the first AP Japanese Test Development Committee. He is a College Board Consultant for the AP Japanese program has presented on various issues from advocacy to aligning courses to standards at conferences across the country. Kluemper teaches Japanese at the high school level at Ballard High School in Louisville, KY.