Item description for Japanese for College Students III: Text (Basic Japanese for College Students) by International Christian University...
Japanese for College Students: Text is a genuinely integrated, comprehensive course for learning every aspect of beginning Japanese: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It utilizes a functional approach tried and proved in the classrooms of International Christian University, known for the excellence and experience of its staff. In three volumes, the series contains 300 hours of study, 2,000 words, and 450 kanji. Volume 3 is concerned with social and public situations relevant to college life, enabling the student make formal introductions, make use of polite expressionis, and ask permission. This volume can be used with three separately sold cassettes tapes, totally 170 minutes of listening. Features of Japanese for College Students: Text Listening and Speaking * Varied, ready-to-use drill exercises make preparation a snap * All activities within the text-no additional workbooks to buy * Focused exercises utilize essential vocabulary * Functional approach emphasizes quick attainment of useful skills * Hundreds of additional related exercises included in the Teacher's Manual. * Set of tapes (sold separately) enhances the speed and fluency of language learning Grammar Notes * Clear, straightforward explanations * Plentiful examples eliminate the need for confusing, semi-grammatical terms * Two Comprehensive grammar indexes (English and Japanese) for easy reference to the text * Cultural and linguistic information provided as necessary Reading * Relevant, interesting, and up-to-date material * Passages integrate previously learned material while concentrating on new vocabulary * Two vocabulary indexes give definitions, kanji, and the place first introduced in the text * Traditional Japanese subscript pronunciation guide (rubi) added where necessary * Both horizontal and vertical printing are given, as well as hand-written passages * Comprehension checks and reading/writing activities accompany each passage Writing * Employs the three Japanese scripts-hiragana, katakana, and kanji-from the outset * Kanji introduced according to relevance and frequency of use * New kanji presented with all common readings and stroke order * Kanji index makes it easy to find previously introduced characters
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10" Width: 7.4" Height: 0.5" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Dec 15, 1996
Publisher Kodansha International
ISBN 4770019998 ISBN13 9784770019998
Reviews - What do customers think about Japanese for College Students III: Text (Basic Japanese for College Students)?
Excellent Book Jan 7, 2008
This is an excellent Japanese book for any college student that want to improve his skills.
Pretty good book Nov 6, 2006
At the beginning of each chapter, a number of sentences are written in Japanese. I would have liked to see translations of those sentences on the same page. But, that is not a big problem. I like the "Grammar notes" in each chapter. They are clear, easy to understand and well organized. Ii hon desu.
The best language textbook I've ever used. Jul 17, 2003
This book is GREAT. I can't get enough of it. I went through the whole thing (the first one, there are four in the whole set) and I'm taking it with me next year when I go to be a foreign exchange student in Japan because it's such an indispensable guide. The exercises are pretty thorough and the readings are really good. The grammar in it can be a little much at times, but it's still excellent. And, once you work through it you feel like you've mastered it. The only thing that I don't absolutely love about it is that I think that if you read some supplementary things (on the internet or whatever) about verbs especially ... (and adjectives a little) you'll be even better off. But it's not completely necessary, only if you want to fully understand EVERY aspect of the verbs, but the book still does a great job. I recommend it 100% to anyone wanting to really learn Japanese.
A dry but helpful solution Jun 25, 2002
This is a very dry and boring book but it does teach Japanese. The text goes far into particles and verb conjugations. A complete mastery of Japanese is in this three volume set. It teach approximately 10 kanji at the end of each chapter. It provides reading excercises and grammar points. This is also useful for learning English from Japanese. Not as useful in learning english as it teaches Japanese. Provides informaiton on the readings and is overall one of the best buys for the price. Should be used with many supplements. Does not completely differientate the particles. A chart would have been useful. Does not point out many conjugation problems that other texts seem to when ddealing with the "ta and te" forms of the verb. Excellent for the college student and even somewhat on the college level. I use this for self-teaching myself.
A step in a different direction for textbooks Mar 28, 2000
Designed to be used in classes with an experienced instructor who is familiar with the CLT method of language learning (Comunicative Language Learning), this series can be used easily by the student studying alone. The lessons are set on and around the International Christian Univesity campus, but (as is written in the intoduction) there is no need to stick to any set lessons. The text was designed to be flexible and usable the world over.
As a word of advice, however, it would be best to accompany these texts with other grammer, vocabulary, and character guides as sometimes (and for some people) the explanations offered in the text are incomplete or difficult to understand.
With application, particulary in an academic setting, in mind this series is most highly recomended for use in college classes. Unlike other texts, "natural" language (Japanese) is stressed above all else, even at the expense of quick understanding, meaning a knowlegable instructor or friend can be indespensible for fuller mastery.