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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. 

NEWWhat's New!

Japanese for Busy People Series

     

                    Enhanced Edition

                 立ち読み

E-books for the following versions of Japanese for Busy People are now available: Volume I, Romanized Version; Volume I, Kana Version; Volume II; and Volume III.

 

Following formats are supported:

・Enhanced Ebook (with sound files from the hard-copy CD)

・Ebook  

 

Digital version offers the following features:

(1) A table of content with links to the chapters

(2) Links in the text that are highlighted in blue

(3) Highlighting, note taking, copying, and online search capabilities

(4) Enhanced Ebook allows the reader to browse while listening to
     sound files

  

※ Pricing and purchasing information available on Kodansha USA

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.
  • 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.

Japanese for Busy People Ⅰ

Japanese for Busy People I

Romanized Version

browsetable of contents

 

Japanese for Busy People I

Kana Version

browsetable of contents

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.

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.

 

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Japanese for Busy People Ⅱ

browsetable of contents

 

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.

Kanji

This edition presents a new method of studying kanji. Each unit offers about 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 lesson.

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.

 

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Japanese for Busy People Ⅲ

Japanese for Busy People III

table of contents

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.

Kanji

This edition presents a new method of studying kanji. Each lesson 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.

 

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

 

General Language Objectives

Grammatical Structural Goals

Situational Function Goals    New VocabularyClass Time
  • "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 conversations
877 words

50-60 hours
  • 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
about 1,367 words

100-120 hours

  • 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

  

Japanese for Busy People Workbook & App

Core Points

  •  Improves oral fluency, and enables nonnative students to speak Japanese at normal conversational speed
  •  Can be used for homework and self-review
  •  Coordinated with the exercises and quizzes

 

Japanese for Busy People Ⅰ: The Workbook for the Revised 3rd Edition

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

・Basic Japanese sentence pattern
・Encourages basic oral fluency

 

This workbook includes exercise conversations from the textbook, Short Dialogues, Target Dialogues, 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.

    

                                 

 

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Japanese for Busy People Ⅱ: The Workbook for the Revised 3rd Edition

Japanese for Busy People?:The Workbook for the Revised 3rd Edition

・Complex sentence patterns

・Expands vocabulary and increases sentence patterns and expressions

 

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.

   

 

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Japanese for Busy People Ⅲ: The Workbook for the Revised 3rd Edition

Japanese for Busy People?:The Workbook for the Revised 3rd Edition

・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

 

Each lesson in this workbook provides practice problems for helping students apply what they have learned. Each lesson 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.

   

 

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

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

・Effective mastery of hiragana and katakana

・Fully integrated with Japanese for Busy People I

・Free CD enhances oral fluency

 

The Kana Workbook includes exercises for helping the student learn to recognize, pronounce, and write each hiragana and katakana. The student will learn one character at a time and move onto reading and writing words and simple sentences. 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.

  

  

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Japanese for Busy People Ⅰ: App

App for all lessons (Lesson 1 through Lesson 25) in Japanese for Busy People I is 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 later.


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

Japanese for Busy People : Teacher's Manual (Japanese version only)

A comprehensive and practical resource for all instructors using Japanese for Busy People series

 

Japanese for Busy People Ⅰ: 

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

Japanese for Busy People?:The Workbook for the Revised 3rd Edition

 

 

 

 

 

  

 *Available on Amazon and other bookstores.

 


Japanese for Busy People Ⅱ & Ⅲ: 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 *Available on Amazon and other bookstores.

 

                    

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