Summary: This new, proficiency-oriented introductory Japanese program emphasizes practical communication, the development of all four language skills, student interaction, and cultural awareness. The twelve thematically-organized chapters, each focusing on a high-frequency communicative situation, introduce students to the Japanese language and its three writing systems: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. I>Hiragana (in Chapters 1-3) and katakana (in Chapters 4-6) are introduced through unique mnemonic devices that help students learn the characters. Ninety Kanje characters are introduced in Chapters 7-12.
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