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Japanese for Busy People Series

Japanese for Busy People Revised 3rd Edition

Japanese For Busy People, as the title suggest, a concise course for "busy" students who want to learn natural, spoken Japanese as effectively as possible in a limited amount of time. This worldwide best-selling series was prepared by a working group of experienced Japanese language instructors who revised and tested the material in an authentic classroom environment. Now the series is being thoroughly revised to make learning Japanese easier than ever.

NEWWhat's New!

Apps for all lessons (L1 through L25) in Japanese for Busy People I are available to download from both the App Store and Google Play.

iOS version: Use the keyword "AJALT" to look for the app.

                   Requires iOS 5.0 or later. 

Android version: Use the keyword "Japanese for Busy People" to look for the app.

                           Requires Android 4.0 or later.


Each lesson includes WORD POWER, TARGET DIALOGUE, SHORT DIALOGUE(S), and QUIZ.

Japanese for Busy People I

Japanese for Busy People I

Romanized Version

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Japanese for Busy People I

Kana Version

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Features of Volume 1

Unit Structure

The book's 25 lessons have been organized into 11 units, each dealing with a specific theme.

Culture Notes
Culture notes featuring images of Japan introduce the themes of the units.

Free CD

The text comes with a free audio CD that includes recordings of dialogues and exercises from the book. The natural speed of the Japanese narration helps to improve listening skills

Illustrations

340 illustrations make for a stimulating and effective learning experience.

 

How to Use the Text

Culture Notes

Read the culture notes at the beginning of each unit to expand your understanding of Japan and its people.

Grammar
Study the Grammar overview in each unit to get an idea of the kinds of grammatical items you will encounter in the unit.

Lesson

Proceed through the lessons (there are two or three in each unit) to acquire practical conversation skill.

Japanese for Busy People II

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Romanized text

(for students who have not mastered Hiragana yet.)

 

Lesson1

Lesson2

Lesson3

Quiz1 Unit1

Lesson4

Lesson5

Lesson6

Quiz2 Unit2

Features of Volume 2

Unit Structure

Like the JBPI, the book's lessons are organized into 5 units, each of which covering a specific topic. They will help expand the student's breadth of conversation with increasingly more complex subject matters.

Illustrations
Each section includes lists of theme-specific words and expressions, accompanied by illustrations, to help expand the student's vocabulary.

Free CD

The text comes with a free audio CD that includes recordings of dialogues and exercises from the book. The natural speed of the Japanese This edition presents a new method of studying Kanji. Each unit offers 10 topic-specific Kanji to add to the vocabulary.

Kanji

This edition presents a new method of studying Kanji. Each unit offers 10 topic-specific Kanji to add to the vocabulary.

 

How to Use the Text

Grammar

Study the grammar and syntax related to the topic covered in each unit

Words and expressions
Study the words and expressions related to the topic.

Practice speaking

Follow example conversations and practice speaking about the topic.

Review usage

Read a short text on the topic to review usage.

Japanese for Busy People III

Japanese for Busy People III

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Features of Volume 3

Unit Structure

Volume 3 comprises five study units, each of which covering a specific topic of study. Students will gradually get acquainted with the Japanese society, while studying the vocabulary and syntax required for more advanced levels. They will also learn the appropriate expressions and words that are essential for day-to-day interactions with people in Japan.

Reading Materials for Better Comprehension

Each section includes lists of theme-specific words and expressions, accompanied by illustrations, to help expand the student's vocabulary.

Free CD

The text comes with a free audio CD that includes recordings of dialogues and exercises from the book. The natural speed of the Japanese narration helps to improve listening skills.

Kanji

This edition presents a new method of studying Kanji. Each unit offers 10 topic-specific Kanji to add to the vocabulary.

 

How to Use the Text

Grammar

Study the grammar and syntax related to the topic covered in each unit.

Words and expressions
Study the words and expressions related to the topic.

Practice speaking

Follow example conversations and practice speaking about the topic.

Review usage

Read a short text on the topic to review usage.

Japanese for Busy PeopleT:
The Workbook for the Revised 3rd Edition

Japanese for Busy PeopleT:Teacher's Manual for the Revised 3rd Edition

・For practicing your conversation skills.

・Accompanies the newly revised "Japanese for Busy People I" textbook.

・Conversations with illustrations.

・CD included.

 

This workbook includes exercise conversations from the textbook, short dialogs, target dialogs, and additional materials, many of which are accompanied by illustrations. The CD, designed for listening and speaking exercises, is an ideal resource for private lessons, in a class setting, or for independent studies.

Japanese for Busy PeopleT:
Teacher's Manual for the Revised 3rd Edition (Japanese version only)

Japanese for Busy PeopleU:The Workbook for the Revised 3rd Edition

 

Japanese for Busy PeopleU:
The Workbook for the Revised 3rd Edition

Japanese for Busy PeopleU:The Workbook for the Revised 3rd Edition

This workbook accompanies the Japanese for Busy People II, Revised 3rd Edition, and offers exercise problems for practicing the sentence forms and grammar introduced in each Lesson in the main textbook. The workbook is a useful tool for independent studies, as well as for private and group lessons with an instructor. A CD-ROM, that is included with the workbook, provides listening exercises. The reading materials include a "blog written by a Canadian living in Japan." Students will practice reading by following the blog entries, that correspond with each Lesson, and writing in comments. The exercises toward the end of the workbook involve words and expressions for more advanced conversations, for example, for setting up an appointment or exchanging information.

Japanese for Busy PeopleU&V:
Teacher's Manual for the Revised 3rd Edition (Japanese version only)

Japanese for Busy PeopleU&V:Teacher's Manual for the Revised 3rd Edition 教師用指導書

 

Japanese for Busy PeopleV:
The Workbook for the Revised 3rd Edition

Japanese for Busy PeopleV:The Workbook for the Revised 3rd Edition

Each lesson in this workbook provides practice problems for helping students apply what they have learned. Each unit provides quizzes for reviewing the grammar and reading materials for improving the comprehension level. Practice problems cover the same topics covered in the main textbook in order to help students learn vocabulary more quickly through repetition.

Japanese for Busy People:
Kana Workbook for the Revised 3rd Edition

Japanese for Busy People:Kana Workbook for the Revised 3rd Edition

The Kana Workbook includes exercises for helping the student learn to recognize, pronounce, and write each Katakana. The student will learn one character at a time and move onto reading and writing words and simple sentences and practice pronunciation using a CD that comes with the book. The student will also learn interesting facts about Japanese characters, traditional Japanese tools and crafts, and English words that have originated in Japan by reading the notes, written in English, throughout the book.

Japanese for Busy People series

Japanese for Busy People comprises the following features:

 

  • A fully integrated three-level series with related supplementary materials, which is suitable for both self-study and classroom use, forms a comprehensive course in basic Japanese.
  • The Japanese for Busy People series requires about 300 hours of classroom instruction. At each level, enough vocabulary and grammar has been provided to enable the learner to easily communicate in uncomplicated adult Japanese.。
  • Students who have completed all three levels of this series will acquire language skills generally equivalent to Level 3 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

Japanese for Busy People The Main Text : Contents for Each Volume

 

General Language Objectives Grammatical

Structural Goals

Situational

Function Goals    New

Vocabulary

Class

Time
T
  • "Survival Japanese"-the absolute minimum of Japanese ability to live in Japan
  • Speaking and dealing with different situations
    • Simple sentences (noun phrases, verb phrases, adjective phrases)
    • Minimum amount of vocabulary, expressions, and sentence patterns needed for survival
  • Reading and writing hiragana and katakana
  • Essential everyday situations, including shopping, ordering at restaurants, using public transport, greetings, and simple conversation
877 words

50-60 hours
U
  • General communication skills
  • Ability to have conversations about day-to-day activity and about oneself
  • Forming complex sentences (including attributive modifiers, tenses, and conditions)
  • Familiarity with frequently used vocabulary and sentence patterns-Basic
  • Reading and writing basic kanji-Basic
  • Typical everyday situations, such as planning a trip and choosing a gift, etc.
  • About oneself
1,367 words

100-120 hours

V

  • More natural and effective communication skills
  • Understand and know how to use the vocabulary related to the Japanese society, as well as uniquely-Japanese expressions
  • Using sentence patterns for a variety of purposes
  • Using formal and colloquial expressions appropriate to a variety of situations
  • Ability to use vocabulary, sentence patterns, and expressions in everyday conversation-Applied
  • Reading and writing basic kanji-Applied
  • Ability to select appropriate words and phrases for different situations and speech levels, such as having a meeting about holding a party, greetings for job transfers and leaving,
  • News (fads, the environment, education, crimes)
1,101 words

100-120 hours

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Supplementary Materials

Japanese for Busy People series offers a full range of supplementary materials to support a comprehensive Japanese curriculum, making the Japanese for Busy People series suitable for both self-study and classroom use.

Japanese for Busy People Workbooks
(Vol.1-3; with Free CD)

Core Points

  1. mproves oral fluency, and enables nonnative students to speak Japanese at normal conversational speed
  2. Can be used for homework and self-review
  3. Coordinated with the exercises and quizzes
T
  • Basic Japanese sentence pattern
  • Encourages basic oral fluency
U
  • Complex sentence patterns
  • Expands vocabulary and increases sentence patterns and expressions
V
  • Practice problems designed to show how to apply various sentence structures for more effective communication
  • Quizzes designed to illustrate common mistakes in grammar and usage
  • Reading materials for better comprehension
Japanese for Busy People
Kana Workbook
(with free CD)
One Volume
  • Effective mastery of hiragana and katakana
  • Fully integrated with Japanese for Busy People I
  • Free CD enhances oral fluency

Japanese for Busy People
Teacher's Manual

(Japanese version only)

T、U&
V
A comprehensive and practical resource for all instructors using Japanese for Busy People series

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◆About the contents (AJALT):TEL:(03)3459-9620 FAX:(03)3459-9660

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