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Beginning Japanese for Professionals: Book 1

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Emiko Konomi, Portland State University

Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13: 9781329996779

Publisher: Portland State University Library

Language: English

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Table of Contents

Before We Begin
Lesson 0
Greetings and Common Expressions
A Greetings,
B Offering and Accepting, Thanking,
C Addressing Someone,
D Apologizing,
E Starting and Ending Eating/Drinking, Requesting,
F Entering a room,
G Leaving and Coming Back to Home/ Office,
H Meeting People for the First Time,
I Taking Leave,
J Parting,
K Retiring at Night
Lesson 1
New to the Office
Dialogue 1
1-1-1 Verbs Non-Past Affirmative and Negative
1-1-2 Affirming and Negating
1-1-3 Sentence Particles Ka, Ne(e)
1-1-4 Adverbs
Dialogue 2
1-2-1 Noun + Verb
1-2-2 Ko-so-a-do Series
1-2-3 Clause particle kedo
1-2-4 Particle Wa indicating Contrast
1-2-5 Particle Mo indicating Addition
Dialogue 3
1-3-1 Negative questions as invitation
1-3-2 Chotto Impact Softener
1-3-3 Aizuchi: How to be a Good Listener
1-3-4 Personal References
1-3-5 Sentence Particle Yo Indicating New Information
Dialogue 4
1-4-1 Verbs in the Past From
1-4-2 Compound Verbs
Lesson 2
Meeting People
Dialogue 1
2-1-1 /Noun + desu / ‘is X'
2-1-2 Clock Time
2-1-3 Hesitation Noises: Anou and Etto
Dialogue 2
2-2-1 Noun no Noun
2-2-2 Loan Words
2-2-3 Introductions and Exchange of Business Cards
Dialogue 3
2-3-1 Echo Questions
2-3-2 Ano X Ko-so-a-do Series #2
Dialogue 4
2-4-1 Days of the Week
2-4-2 Noun to Noun
2-4-3 The Past Form of /X desu/ X deshita
Lesson 3
Settling down
Dialogue 1
3-1-1 Adjective Sentences
3-1-2 Adjective + Noun
3-1-3 Arimasu ‘there is X'
Dialogue 2
3-2-1 Numbers and Classifiers (~en, ~doru, ~ban)
3-2−2 Pronoun No
3-2-3 Ka Nee ‘I wonder'
Dialogue 3
3-3-1 Na-Nouns
3-3-2 Adjective ~Ku Forms As Adverbs
Dialogue 4
3-4-1 X toka Y, X ya Y ‘X and Y among Others'
3-4-2 X mo Y mo ‘Both X and Y' ‘Neither X nor Y'
Lesson 4
Project Team
Dialogue 1
4-1-1 ~mashou Suggesting or Offering to Do Something
4-1-2 Particle O Marking the Object
4-1-3 Reason + Kara
Dialogue 2
4-2-1 Particle Ga Marking the Subject
Dialgoue 3
4-3-1 Double-Subject Sentences
4-3-2 ~tai ‘Want to Do X'
Dialogue 4
4-4-1 More Classifiers: ~hon?~tsu
4-4-2 Quantity Expressions

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.