Nakama 1 Enhanced, Student text: Introductory Japanese: Communication, Culture, Context,
3rd Edition

Yukiko Abe Hatasa, Kazumi Hatasa, Seiichi Makino

ISBN-13: 9780357142134 | ISBN-10: 0357142136

Copyright 2021

| Published 2020

| 592 pages

List Price USD $99.95


NAKAMA 1 ENHANCED is a complete, flexible introductory program designed to present the fundamentals of the Japanese language to college students. Presented in two parts, NAKAMA 1A and NAKAMA 1B, the program focuses on proficiency-based language learning, emphasizes practical communication and student interaction, and fosters the development of all four language skills and cultural awareness. Thematically organized chapters focus on high-frequency communicative situations and introduce users to the Japanese language and its three writing systems: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Maintaining the program's balanced approach, the new edition features updated technology resources, new authentic art, and practical, contemporary vocabulary to enhance learning.

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Meet the Authors

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Yukiko Abe Hatasa received her Ph.D. in linguistics in 1992 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught all levels of Japanese for over twenty-five years, and has worked on curriculum development and teacher training in five major institutions in the US, Australia, and Japan. She is known nationwide as one of the premier Japanese methodologists in the US and Japan. She is currently a professor of Japanese pedagogy at Hiroshima University.

Kazumi Hatasa received his Ph.D. in education in 1989 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a professor at Purdue University and Director of the Japanese School at Middlebury College. He is recognized internationally for his work in software development for the Japanese language and distributes most of his work as freeware over the Internet.

Seiichi Makino received his Ph.D. in linguistics in 1968 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an internationally prominent Japanese linguist and scholar who is recognized throughout the world for his scholarship and for his many publications. Before beginning his tenure at Princeton University in 1991, he taught Japanese language, linguistics, and culture at the University of Illinois while training lower division language coordinators. He is an experienced ACTFL oral proficiency trainer in Japanese and frequently trains Japanese instructors internationally in proficiency-oriented instruction and in the administration of the Oral Proficiency Interview. Professor Makino has been the Academic Director of the Japanese Pedagogy M.A. Summer Program at Columbia University since 1996. He also directs the Princeton-in-Ishikawa Summer Program. In 2014, the Japanese government honored Dr. Seiichi Makino with a decoration: The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for his outstanding contributions in the mutual academic exchanges between Japan and the United States and the development of Japanese language education.

  • New! Revised dialogues, exercises, and vocabulary presentations reflect current cultural practices and social situations typical of students in Japan; Dialogue Phrase Notes provide more detailed explanations for expressions used.
  • New! Enhanced and expanded art program features culturally authentic manga-style illustrations that reflect contemporary Japanese culture.
  • Clear, easy-to-follow grammar explanations stress language functions and highlight their use and appropriateness in social interactions.
  • Comprehensive vocabulary presentations support acquisition with illustrations and captions, the chapter dialogue, clear explanations, and follow-up activities.
  • Readings immediately following the Kanji section include author-generated texts that provide practice and reading strategies.
  • New! Earlier introduction of katakana and kanji encourages use of the writing systems and accelerates recognition of 125 commonly used kanji; for instructors who prefer to teach katakana after Chapter 3, furigana subscripts are retained for katakana until Chapter 4.
  • New! Updated technology resources include video footage featuring both dialogues and cultural scenes, and the CL JapaneseSPACE portal to new online content that provides free website resources and activities for instructors and students as well as premium interactive video and audio activities.
  • New! Updated and expanded cultural content presents profiles of contemporary Japanese lifestyles, illustrated with abundant realistic photos and accompanied by questions that develop cultural awareness.
  • Listening and communication sections contain strategies and activities to promote listening and speaking skills; an icon in the Listening section directs students to activities found on both the In-Text Audio CD and Student Website.
  • Early introduction of language describing everyday activities encourages students to talk about their daily lives early in the course.
  • Integration sections concluding each chapter provide practice and role-play opportunities to reinforce comprehension.

Table of Contents

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1. The Japanese Sound System and Hiragana.
2. Greetings and Introductions.
3. Daily Routines.
4. Japanese Cities.
5. Japanese Homes.
6. Leisure Time.
7. Favorite Things and Activities.
8. Shopping.
9. Restaurants and Invitations.
10. My Family.
11. Seasons and Weather.
12. Annual Events.

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

Student Activity Manual for Nakama 1 Enhanced, Student text

Designed to reinforce the association of sound, syntax, and meaning, the SAM includes out-of-class practice of the material presented in the textbook. The Workbook section focuses on written vocabulary, grammar, kanji and writing practice. The Lab Manual section focuses on pronunciation and listening comprehension, including Dict-a-Conversation dictation activities.

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