- Paperback: 403 pages
- Publisher: Kuroshioshuppan; a edition (July 15, 2009)
- Language: Japanese, English
- ISBN-10: 4874244475
- ISBN-13: 978-4874244470
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tobira (Japanese and English Edition) (Japanese) Paperback – July 15, 2009
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Tobira would be an excellent backbone textbook for a serious third-year college-level course in Japanese. The authors expect the students to have completed one of several widely-used introductory/intermediate series (Genki, Yookoso, or Nakama) in preparation for work at this level. I'd imagine that many instructors would want to introduce some material to bridge from these to Tobira. I'd estimate that students who master the Tobira material would test up to a "B2" on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages scale; have a shot at a S2+/R2+ on the Interagency Language Roundtable scale; and do very well on the N3 level of the new Japanese Language Proficiency Test. More importantly, they would have a solid foundation for further study using unedited materials.
The intermediate-to-advanced level is hard for everyone. Students, after several years of study, naturally want to begin using the language to pursue their individual interests. Unfortunately, students of Japanese, unlike students of commonly studied "Western" languages, are not quite at that point yet; frustration is not unusual. Teachers, on the other hand, are often faced with a classroom of students with widely different interests - ranging from manga to a job with the Bank of Japan - and with different introductory/intermediate experiences, including some who have lived in Japan. Realizing this, I think Tobira does a pretty good job of providing at least something for everyone while continuing to develop students' overall reading, speaking, and listening skills.Read more ›
- As far as kanji goes, Tobira users are "assumed to have learned the 290 kanji introduced in most major beginning level Japanese textbooks" (the Tobira website has these kanji listed). Prior to your course's start, I would recommend looking over this list to assure that these kanji are familiar because there tends to be little conformity in terms of introducing kanji among the popular beginner texts. In total, Tobira covers 503 new kanji (based on JLPT level 2 kanji) with 35 kanji introduced in each chapter, and this number is subdivided into kanji that a student must learn to read and write (RW Kanji) and those that one need only know how to read. In practice, though, a bunch of kanji that do not necessarily require your attention are interspersed so you can learn these at your own discretion (which you should). Beginners may find it jarring that the textbook makes no effort to formally teach kanji so know that you will have to develop your own kanji learning method (at this level a kanji dictionary should always be nearby).
- Grammar points are given brief explanations at the end of each chapter.Read more ›
I am only 2-3 chapters into it but I love it already, the material provided is very approachable while remaining highly practical. I self-study by myself most of the time so I skip most of the "roleplay" sections, and put a heavier emphasis on doing the worksheets, etc. Tobira provides an online tool you can use to "roleplay" out the dialogues as well, without needing another person to do it with.
It is absolutely essential you sign up on the Tobira website and download their supplemental learning materials to get the maximum effect out of this textbook; Tobira provides tons of worksheets and other study materials for every chapter absolutely free.
I have NOT bought the accompanying grammar or kanji workbooks so I cannot comment on their usefulness, but the worksheets they provide on the site for grammar and kanji exercises are excellent.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I picked this textbook based on reviews I could find. It is perfect for my level, which is close to N3 (I took and passed JLPT N4 in December 2015). This texbook is just right. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Yolanta
The book was in perfect condition and came with a hand-written thank you note. Whoever wrote it had very nice handwriting, and I thought it was very sweet. Thank you! \(^-^)/Published 21 days ago by Beans
A very basic and in depth introduction to learning Japanese grammar and vocabulary. However, you should already know how to form basic sentences and the entire Japanese alphabet to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I received the book. I have not quite used it yet. After looking over the textbook, it is primarily in Japanese, which is good. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aileen
Extremely detailed work on, I should say advanced intermediate Japanese, It provides the student proficiency in N3 as well as some elements of N2 JLPT. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Manikandan VR
I'm reviewing this textbook from the perspective of somebody who has never taken a formal Japanese class but has somehow struggled to what corresponds to the "advanced" 3rd... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jose Alvarez Grimaldos
Book is great. The copy I received had a little damage/water damage which was an eye sore, but nothing detrimental.Published 8 months ago by Chris
This textbook is a huge step up from previous texts I've tried. It's a large enough challenge that there is a lot to learn and I feel more accomplished since I was stuck at a wall... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Yura
If you are learning Japanese and are intermediate level, this book is probably good for you. It's a bit more complex than basic books and has some nice longer essay style passages... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michelle