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Beginning Japanese for Professionals: Book 1

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Emiko Konomi, Portland State University

Copyright Year: 2015

ISBN 13: 9781329996779

Publisher: Portland State University Library

Language: English

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Reviewed by Masako D'Auria, Adjunct faculty, Bunker Hill Community College on 3/29/23

The book covers all aspects of language learning. It comes with audio recording, which is indispensable when learning a new language. The audio files are easily accessible to us teachers and students alike --- The students will no longer have to... read more

Reviewed by Ayami Makino, Instructor, James Madison University on 5/24/20

The text can be used for self-study, online or in-class course. The pedagogical focus is on oral communication, and the text provides comprehensive topics to teach students the practical language skills to successfully interact with Japanese... read more

Reviewed by Carol Esaki Brunson, affiliate, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 3/4/20

I thought it covered the necessary topics very well. read more

Reviewed by Susan Tanabe, Adjunct/Part time Instructor of Japanese, Chemeketa Community College on 5/23/19

Topics ("Can Do" points) are part of the introduction. Lessons are arranged by practical theme. Each dialogue, drill, excercise, and vocabulary list aligns cultural linguistics and grammatical points with the theme of the lesson. read more

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 0 Greetings and Common Expressions
  • Lesson 1 New to the Office
  • Lesson 2 Meeting People
  • Lesson 3 Settling down
  • Lesson 4 Project Team

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  • About the Book

    This textbook is designed for beginning learners who want to learn basic Japanese for the purpose of living and working in Japan. Unlike textbooks written primarily for students, whose content largely centers on student life, this book focuses more on social and professional life beyond school.

    As a beginning level textbook, this book includes many elementary grammar patterns (Japanese Language Proficiency Test Levels 5 and 4), but the vocabulary and situations are selected specifically for working adults. Explanations are kept concise so as to only cover key points. The main focus is on oral communication and the accompanying audio is to be used extensively. This textbook can be used for self-study, as part of an online course, or as a traditional college course.

    About the Contributors


    Emiko Konomi received a PhD in Linguistics from Cornell University and has been on the faculty of the School of Business Administration at Portland state University since 2014. Prior to joining SBA, Emiko taught in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at PSU. She also has extensive experience training Japanese language instructors at various teacher-training programs across the country. Currently Emiko teaches all levels of Japanese to students in the Masters of International Management program.

    Known for her passionate teaching style and dedication to quality teaching, Emiko received the 2011 and 2015 John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teaching Awards from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her academic research focuses on Japanese linguistics and pedagogy. 

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