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ISBN-13: 978-0618966288 ISBN-10: 0618966285 Edition: 2nd

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Chapter 1: The Japanese Sound System and Hiragana. Chapter 2: Greetings and Introductions. Chapter 3: Daily Routines. Chapter 4: Japanese Cities. Chapter 5: Japanese Homes. Chapter 6: Leisure Time.

About the Author

Yukiko Abe Hatasa received her Ph.D. in linguistics in 1992 from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She has taught all levels of Japanese for over twenty-five years, and has worked on curriculum development and teacher training in five major institutions in the US, Australia, and Japan. She is known nationwide, as one of the premier Japanese methodologists in the US and Japan. She is currently a professor of Japanese pedagogy at Hiroshima University.

Professor Kazumi Hatasa received his Ph.D. in education in 1989 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a professor at Purdue University and Director of the Japanese School at Middlebury College. He is recognized internationally for his work in software development for the Japanese language and distributes most of his work as freeware over the Internet.

Professor Seiichi Makino received his Ph.D. in linguistics in 1968 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an internationally prominent Japanese linguist and scholar who is recognized throughout the world for his scholarship and for his many publications. Before beginning his tenure at Princeton University in 1991, he taught Japanese language, linguistics and culture at the University of Illinois while training lower division language coordinators. He is an experienced ACTFL oral proficiency trainer in Japanese and frequently trains Japanese instructors internationally in proficiency-oriented instruction and in the administration of the Oral Proficiency Interview. Professor Makino has been the Academic Director of the Japanese Pedagogy M.A. Summer Program at Columbia University since 1996. He also directs the Princeton-in-Ishikawa Summer Program.
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Product Details

  • Series: NAKAMA 1A
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 2 edition (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618966285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618966288
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By niquepg on May 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a very good book if you are taking Japanese inside a classroom. If you are studying Japanese on your own this book will not prove to be great book, because the explanation are not so great compared to other Japanese books like "genki". Therefore, I give the book 4 out of 5 because the author can really work on his explanation on Japanese grammar.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MegaRed on July 12, 2011
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This is a pretty great book if used inside a classroom because then you have an instructor to clarify some things but is not appropriate for self study. It has some pretty cool tricks to remember Hiragana and it is essential that this book be purchased with the In text CD as well as accompanied w/ the workbook and SAM audio system, which is pretty pricey considering that this is only half of a textbook. Overall, i would not recommend this book to any serious Japanese student. I've heard Genki and Adventures in Japanese are pretty good beginner books but this is just sad. I'm disappointed that my instructor chose this text.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Davis on September 21, 2010
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This is the book my son used while taking a Japanese college class. I have several Japanese instruction books and this is one of the best ones. Excellent seller and prompt delivery.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Erin on November 9, 2009
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I am currently using his book in an introductory Japanese class in college. Before this class, I was self-studying with lots of different materials, including several textbooks.

I have the 1st edition of Nakama, which is terrible. When I began to seriously study on my own, I bought the Genki textbooks (which I absolutely love). This new Nakama, to me, seems like an attempt to compete with other books like Genki that present information in a way that makes more sense. It has most of the same material as its precursor, but it is organized a little better, and the page layout looks a little nicer... but definitely (still) not worth the asking price. If you have a choice, check out Genki or other textbooks first.

Genki 1: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 1 (English and Japanese Edition)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sumie Mishima on October 13, 2011
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For two semesters I've been using this textbook and student Workbook along with the CD's that you buy separately for both. They are overpriced and poorly designed. Despite having a native speaking instructor I found the activities and homework clumsy and often hard to follow. They were usually out of sequence meaning you often did activity B on page 35 before activity A on page 34 the following week. It was common for words and phrases that were not covered to come up at critical points which made it unnecessarily confusing. I have friends who are native speakers who found the instructions harder to follow than the language itself.

The lesson device used is primarily talking about school: the level, major, name, country of origin etc. Unfortunately the phrase for college student or graduate student is almost ten syllables long. In other words, it's a mouthful. It's also boring especially if you're not in school. I know these are phrases I will never need to use. By comparison I need to know how to get somewhere, order food and even communicate basic likes and dislikes. This kind of basic communication might be buried in there somewhere but not organized and hard to find.

I'm actually changing schools to get away from these awful textbooks. The only good thing about the textbook is the mnemonic devices for memorizing Hiragana and Katakana. However there are other books on just "kana" that use similar devices and cost a fraction of these textbooks. There is also an app for iPhone and iPad called "Kana" by Jan Bogner that help you write it accurately. When it comes to the "kanas" it's route memorization that just requires a lot of written repetition and taking them "five" at a time (a, i, u, e,o; ka, ki, ku, ke, ko etc.). You really don't even need these books for learning them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachael on April 4, 2011
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It's horrible. The homework consistently uses vocabulary that you have not been introduced to and often have no way of knowing. A lot of my time is spent looking up things that could have been easily put in the vocabulary rather than practicing the grammar. The lessons are also not well written and confusing.
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By Ashly Small on November 9, 2013
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Shipping was extremely fast i bought it with the workbook. They are both great and is great for learning. It was brand new and exactly what i expected
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