Learn Japanese through Minna No Nihongo
All About Minna No Nihongo
Intended to be used by a general adult learner, the books help the students to deal with the people around them through conversations that involve some negotiation and problem-solving. With all these things, the students are gradually ushered to a pre-intermediate level of Japanese grammar.
Though the books do not study aids for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), a student who was able to complete book one is estimated to be at the N5 level of the JLPT while completion of book two meant that the student is already at the N4 level.
Translation & Grammatical Notes
Kanji Study & Practice
One thing about using the Minna no Nihongo books is that the students should have at least a basic working knowledge of hiragana and katakana. Though this might be a bit of a challenge for some, it is what probably sets this series apart from the other books which are written in romaji, or English letters. The Minna no Nihongo is written entirely in Japanese, and one must refer to the translation text for the pronunciation. It is recommended to have a hiragana and katakana syllabaries handy, for reference.
Each book contains 25 chapters which are composed of sentence patterns are arranged according to the level of difficulty, in terms of comprehension. It is done in such a way so that the students can consistently and gradually build up their knowledge and ability.
The series is known for cultivating the practical conversational skills of the students by understanding basic grammar and vocabulary and exposure to everyday conversations in various settings.
Grammar lessons and exercises are presented in such a way that the function and usage are easily understood. It also covers every grammar point needed to be fluent at the intermediate level, as well as items and example sentences that will enable the student to proceed to an advanced level.
Aside from the main textbooks and the Translation and Grammatical Notes, the series also comes with two sets of CDs. It is on these disks that the student will find recorded vocabulary, sentence patterns, example sentences, drill, and dialogues, which are also part of each chapter of the books. Meanwhile, the questions from all the chapters are recorded on the fourth CD of each set.