Study & Culture Books

Study & Culture Books

  • Night Factory Landscapes - Yoru no Koujyou Hyakkei
    For people who enjoy the complicated architecture of factories with huge tanks, pipes, filled with factory fogs, container ships by the shoreline, this is an interesting photo book filled with awesome pictures of factories at night taken by a drone. Enjoy looking at the amazing scenery with a combination of complex textures and shapes. Can be used as a reference book by artists looking for inspiration or to simply just appreciate the complex and intricate shapes of factories.
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    $34.00
  • Hiragana Times Aug 2018
    Hiragana Times is a highly recommended monthly publication that combines useful current events with learning the Japanese language. A monthly magazine that features articles both in English and in Japanese, complete with furigana pronunciation, to help learners who haven't mastered kanji yet. Filled with tons of cultural articles that make you think relating to current events, interviews with famous Japanese celebrities, Japanese pop culture, travel, and even articles written by readers themselves who wish to share their own personal experience within the Japanese culture. All articles in English and Japanese, with furigana (hiragana above the kanji) for easier reading. In this issue: Issue #381 is a great one, with bilingual articles on Ukiyo-e Exhibition, Digital Art Museum in Odaiba, the changing face of capsule hotels, plus actual Japanese lessons for beginner learners. It's great!
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    $6.25
  • The First Japanese Textbook for Foreigners in English
    J-List sells a lot of Japanese textbooks and study materials, and now here's a new one: The First Japanese Textbook for Foreigners in English. The book is specifically geared towards self-study, with lessons in English which explain the Japanese grammar in English, which is good for keeping up with the lessons. The book includes romaji, that is, Romanized Japanese text as well as the original hiragana, katakana and kanji, to help you read. Includes an audio CD, too, right inside the book.
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    $36.00
  • Handbook for Newcomers, Migrants and Immigrants to Japan *Second Edition
    Interested in living in Japan? Not visiting, living, perhaps permanently? If so, then this bilingual handbook published in English and Japanese can help. Written by influential Arudou Debito, aka David Christopher Aldwinckle, an American who took Japanese citizenship and who has become an activist for foreigners' rights here. The book covers many areas, including how to find a job and obtain a working visa, learning how to live with Japanese culture, and even areas like how to buy or build a home and start a business here. It also covers important information on marriage in Japan, how to register a child's birth and soon. Because both languages are written on opposite pages, it's easy to cross-check words and use it as a study guide for living in Japan.
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    $27.00
  • Genki 2 (Second Edition) Workbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 2 Workbook
    The Genki Japanese textbooks series is the most successful Japanese study textbook series in the world because it gives the best results, and with the new second edition, the series is even better! This is the Genki II Second Edition workbook, which accompanies the textbook and provides practice lessons for each chapter. Lessons include answering questions in Japanese, translating sentences and words used in that chapter, practicing kanji multiple times to get them down, practicing writing of polite (exalting and humble) Japanese and more. Comes with an MP3 CD of additional listening exercises for you to try too. 130 pages.
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    $20.00
  • Genki 2 (Second Edition) Textbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 2 Textbook
    The Genki Japanese textbooks series is the most successful Japanese study textbook series in the world because it gives the best results, and with the new second edition, the series is even better! This is the Genki II Second Edition textbook, a complete approach to learning Japanese. Divided into ten chapters that continue where the last book left off, you get everything with this series: sample conversations, vocabulary, kanji, easy to understand explanation of grammar that's really outstanding. It comes with all the audio for the listening practice sections on an included MP3 CD-ROM. 380 pages.
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    $45.00
  • Nihongo Koredake! 1   The Only Book You Need
    This is a great new Japanese textbook series called Nihongo Koredake (The Only Book You Need for Learning Japanese), which is a great place to start learning Japanese. Vol. 1 in Japanese, and features romaji (Romanized Japanese) for people who can't yet read the hiragana, katakana and kanji. Parts of the books also explain in Korean and Chinese, but not all. The book is organized into logical chapters, like around town, parts of the body, relationships, and the pictures make everything fun and easy to learn. The book includes a plastic shitajiki (pencil board) with Japanese language references. 96 pages.
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    $14.00
  • Kanji Practice Flashcards vol.1 Series 3 - JLPT N5 & N4   White Rabbit
    A great new tool for anyone aspiring to study Japanese, this is a totally revised and updated set of high-quality laminated study cards that feature all the kanji you need to master for the Japanese Proficiency Test, levels N5 & N4, the first two levels that students of Japanese should attempt. A meticulously researched set of die-cut cards, you get 103 introductory and 181 intermediate cards. The double-sided flashcards each feature 6 kanji compound words for more than 1700 vocabulary words, all readings for each kanji, and a writing guide to allow to you learn to write each kanji in the correct stroke order. The cards are printed on 12 point Caroline card stock with rounded corners for increased durability. Importantly, all Japanese words are written in hiragana and katakana, without any romanized Japanese words -- the recommended way to master reading Japanese. The cards also come with a high-quality reference card for hiragana and katakana and an index. Comes with high-quality two-part box with plastic tray, that allows you to separate the sets of cards. This new set has been updated, with improved card designs and a thicker, baked-on UV finish for longer life, the addition of radicals on kanji cards, and other improvements. This is the series 3 edition, by White Rabbit. Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $36.00
  • Kana Practice Flashcards   White Rabbit
    Mastering the basics of the Japanese writing system is essential to success in learning the language. The two basic writing forms of Japanese are Hiragana and Katakana which are phonetic symbols and often referred to as kana as a group. Learning kana is not only important to be able to read and write the Japanese language, but it is also important in order to proceed to advance levels of study. White Rabbit Press' top-selling Japanese Kana Flashcards have helped thousands of Japanese language learners, in as many as 23 countries, master Japanese kanji, and now come to you in a basic Kana flash card set, specifically designed for the very beginner in mind. For just a few cents per card, the meticulously designed and researched cards save you countless hours by bringing together all the information you need to master Japanese kana in a convenient flashcard format to make study and drills as efficient as possible. Master hiragana and katakana with visual mnemonics, learn 450 basic Japanese vocabulary words, learn to write kana with stroke by stroke diagrams and more. Quality Construction Cards are poker-size, 3.5" x 2.5" (8.89 cm x 6.35 cm), printed on UV coated card stock with rounded-corners for increased durability. Box: Dimensions (in inches) 8.25 x 6 x 2.75 Weight: About 3 pounds.
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    $28.00
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N3   Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken JLPT N3
    Focuses on each aspect of the JLPT test: moji (characters), goi (vocabulary), bunnpou (grammar), chyoukai(listening comprehension), dokkai(reading comprehension). With drills, practice tests, a CD full of listening drills and just general good advice, you'll be one step closer to passing the JLPT. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT (N), so all the information is relevant to the modern test. This book focuses on the JLPT N3 test.
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    $9.50
  • New Nihongo 500 Questions - N4-N5
    If you want to learn Japanese, J-List can help! This is a new series of Japanese study books which help you prepare for the JLPT with 500 helpful questions to solve. It's a great way to quiz yourself and study! It's great because English translation (and Chinese, and Korean) is included for you. This book is for students wanting to pass the level N4-N5 test (the easiest levels), and it covers tons of grammar, correct word usage and reading of kanji.
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    $20.00
  • Japanese Culture Introduced in English All Color   E de Wakaru Eigo de Shoukai Suru Nihon Bunka
    This bilingual book is a great study aid for those looking to expand their Japanese vocabulary while also learning about the history and culture of Japan. Learn useful ninja phrases like katon no jutsu (escape by using a fire distraction), describe the steps of the sadoo (Japanese Tea Ceremony), learn the names of heroes in Japanese history, and discover the variety of foods that can be found in Japan -- all written in both English and Japanese.
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    $20.00
  • Basic Kanji Drill New -- 2nd Grade
    For students of Japanese who want another way to increase their kanji skills, or for those who just want a good way to practice, here is a kanji workbook to get you up to speed starting from the Japanese second grade school level. This workbook takes you through step-by-step exercises that give you writing practice for the basic kanji characters learned by lower level Japanese elementary school students, with basic-use words that are probably familiar to second or third level Japanese language learners who can already read Hiragana. Includes writing exercises and quizzes with an answer key. 64 pages. Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $3.25
  • Basic Kanji Drill New -- 1st Grade
    For students of Japanese who want another way to increase their kanji skills, or for those who just want a good way to practice, here is a kanji workbook to get you up to speed starting from the Japanese first grade school level. This workbook takes you through step-by-step exercises that give you writing practice for the basic kanji characters learned by lower level Japanese elementary school students, with basic-use words that are probably familiar to second or third level Japanese language learners who can already read Hiragana. Includes writing exercises and quizzes with an answer key. 64 pages. Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $2.85
  • Moekana 2nd Edition   Learn Hiragana with Mirai-chan
    The Goodsmile Company teams up with Danny Choo and Culture Japan to bring you this series of moe moe flash cards to help you memorize your hiragana alphabet. Each of the cards features a hiragana character, a simple vocab word to help you remember it, and a kawaii illustration starring one or more of Culture Japan's adorable mascot characters - Mirai Suenaga, Haruka Suenaga, and Kanata Hoshikawa. What a great way to study Japanese! cat1a
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    $16.50
  • Genki Plus: Kanji Look and Learn TEXTBOOK
    A great new book from the creators of the Genki textbook series! This book will introduce you to the first 512 kanji you will need to know to start your way onto Japanese fluency, in an easy to understand illustration and mnemonic learning style. Each section is divided into 16 kanji to learn, split into subsections of 8 kanji each. With a total of 32 different lessons to work through, this is an excellent guide that will help you get your foot in the door of mastering one of the most difficult written languages in the world. 244 pages. From The Japan Times.
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    $24.00
  • Hiragana Katakana Workbook
    J-List sells a lot of Japanese textbooks and study materials to help those who want to learn Japanese. Here is a new work book for you to level up your Japanese writing skills. This book is specially designed to help you learn and write Japanese alphabets, the Hiragana, Katakana and some basic Kanji quickly and beautifully with the correct stroke order. Great for beginners to learn!
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    $14.00
  • Genki I (Second Edition) Textbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 1 Textbook
    One of the questions we get asked at J-List a lot is, "I want to start learning Japanese, what book do you recommend?" Most textbooks are entirely dry, uninteresting, and cannot follow a student's pace, leaving students frustrated. However, a new series by The Japan Times has recently taken Japanese language for foreigners by storm, and comes highly recommended by anyone who has taken it -- Genki, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese. The entire course has 23 lessons, guiding the student from the beginning until the student has mastered elementary grammar and can read not only hiragana and katakana but over 300 of the most commonly used kanji as well.Each lesson has: 1) a dialogue introducing vocabulary and grammar in a situation the student may find familiar; 2) a list of the vocabulary with hiragana, katakana, kanji and English meaning; 3) grammar with full explanations in English; 4) interesting usage notes; 5) several pages of practice questions designed to be fun and interesting incorporating dialogue skills, writing skills, and thinking skills; 6) additional vocabulary. Each lesson also has a complementary lesson in hiragana/katakana/kanji, with reading and writing exercises. The separate workbook has more writing exercises and kanji writing practice. This is simply the recommended textbook for anyone beginning Japanese up to 3rd level in the JLPT.THIS BOOK: This book is textbook I (Second Edition), starting from no knowledge to knowing hiragana, katakana and the first 145 kanji. Romanization of Japanese is used in the first two lessons to help students unfamiliar with hiragana and katakana, but soon tries to ween the student off romanization. Has Lessons 1 - 12 and follows the structure as written above. Indexes are in the back as well as tables for numbers, counters, hiragana/katakana chart, map of Japan and verb conjugations. 7" x 10" (18 x 25.5 cm) 382 pages, perfect bound. A CD teaching guide in MP3 format (not available in the previous edition) is included and also features updated expressions used in Japan's modern society, easier to follow grammar explanations and new columns on Japanese culture and life .The Genki Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Series:Genki I (Lessons #1‾12): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Genki II (Lessons #13‾23): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Click here to see all the items we carry from the Genki Integrated Japanese series. A great bilingual textbook for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $45.00
  • Genki I (Second Edition) Workbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 1 Workbook
    One of the questions we get asked at J-List a lot is, "I want to start learning Japanese, what book do you recommend?" Most textbooks are entirely dry, uninteresting, and cannot follow a student's pace, leaving students frustrated. However, a new series by The Japan Times has recently taken Japanese language for foreigners by storm, and comes highly recommended by anyone who has taken it -- Genki, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese. The entire course has 23 lessons, guiding the student from the beginning until the student has mastered elementary grammar and can read not only hiragana and katakana but over 300 of the most commonly used kanji as well.Each lesson has: 1) a dialogue introducing vocabulary and grammar in a situation the student may find familiar; 2) a list of the vocabulary with hiragana, katakana, kanji and English meaning; 3) grammar with full explanations in English; 4) interesting usage notes; 5) several pages of practice questions designed to be fun and interesting incorporating dialogue skills, writing skills, and thinking skills; 6) additional vocabulary. Each lesson also has a complementary lesson in hiragana/katakana/kanji, with reading and writing exercises. The separate workbook has more writing exercises and kanji writing practice. This is simply the recommended textbook for anyone beginning Japanese up to 3rd level in the JLPT.THIS BOOK: This is the workbook complementing textbook I. Each lesson follows what has been learned in the corresponding lesson in the textbook, with written exercises to test comprehension of grammar and vocabulary (approximately 6-8 pages of material per lesson). A separate kanji section is included, with space to practice writing kanji (or make copies so you can practice more), and questions to test kanji knowledge with meanings and readings of the kanji. A perfect complement to the textbook and an excellent way to practice and test what has been learned. 7" x 10" (18 x 25.5 cm) 136 pages, card cover perfect bound. A supplemental CD-Rom w/ MP3 lessons (not available from previous edition) is also included to help you on your way to Japanese language proficiency. The Genki Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Series:Genki I (Lessons #1‾12): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Genki II (Lessons #13‾23): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Click here to see all the items we carry from the Genki Integrated Japanese series. A great bilingual textbook for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $20.00
  • Genki Answer Key (Second Edition)   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese   Answer Key (for both Genki I and Genki II)
    The Genki Japanese textbooks series is the most successful Japanese study textbook series in the world because it gives the best results, and with the new second edition, the series is even better! This is the Genki II Second Edition answer key, which provides clear, concise answers to all the questions and quizzes in the textbook and workbook. 75 pages.
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    $12.00
  • Genki Plus: Kanji Look and Learn  Workbook
    A very handy workbook for the new Genki Plus kanji study system. Each section is divided into 16 kanji to learn, split into subsections of 8 kanji each. With a total of 32 different lessons to work through, this is an excellent guide that will help you get your foot in the door of mastering one of the most difficult written languages in the world. 178 pages. From The Japan Times.
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    $16.00
  • Ippo Nihongo Sanpo - Japanese Lessons for Daily Life Beginner 2
    One of the things that we get asked most in J-list is how to learn the Japanese language. Although a complex task, it is not impossible to learn on your own. This book aims to help beginners to reach their goals with a focus on common and practical phrases for daily life. The text is written in kana / kanji and romanized letters with visual aids to help you better learn the language in a fun and informative way. Comes with a free CD. Also great for those who are planning to visit Japan. 198 pages. This is volume 2.
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    $31.00
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1 -- Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken JLPT N1
    Focuses on each aspect of the JLPT test: moji (characters), goi (vocabulary), bunnpou (grammar), chyoukai(listening comprehension), dokkai(reading comprehension). With drills, practice tests, a CD full of listening drills and just general good advice, you'll be one step closer to passing the JLPT. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT (N), so all the information is relevant to the modern test. This book focuses on the JLPT N1 test.
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    $8.50
  • Ippo Nihongo Sanpo - Japanese Lessons for Daily Life Beginner 1
    One of the things that we get asked most in J-list is how to learn the Japanese language. Although a complex task, it is not impossible to learn on your own. This book aims to help beginners to reach their goals with a focus on common and practical phrases for daily life. The text is written in kana / kanji and romanized letters with visual aids to help you better learn the language in a fun and informative way. Comes with a free CD. Also great for those who are planning to visit Japan. 198 pages. This is volume 1.
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    $32.00
  • 88 Basic Patterns for Japanese Conversation
    J-List sells a lot of Japanese textbooks and study materials to help those who want to learn Japanese. Here is a new textbook for you to level up your Japanese. 88 Basic Patterns for Japanese Conversation. The book will further improve your Japanese with frequently used sentence patterns to master speaking Japanese like a native, along with explanations and similar expressions in English, which is good to deepen your understanding of the language. The book includes romaji, that is, Romanized Japanese text as well as the original hiragana, katakana and kanji, to help you read. Includes an audio CD inside the book.
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    $25.00
  • Connecting with Kanji - A Workbook for Beginners
    When you're not from a country that uses Kanji characters, nothing seems more difficult than learning how to read and write Chinese characters. However, it's not hard at all if you approach it the right way. This is an outstanding book that helps you form connections in your brain that make it easy to learn to read Kanji characters. For example, understanding that the character for "person" looks like a person, and the character for "stop" looks like a policeman holding a stop sign. Best of all, this book features translations for English, Chinese, Indonesian, and Vietnamese. So you can use it without a teacher! The answers to the test problems are also included at the back of the book. 180 pages total.
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    $29.50
  • Marugoto - Japanese language and culture Starter A1 - Rikai
    Here's a great new Japanese textbook series for learning Japanese! The Marugoto ("all at once") approach to learning Japanese helps you learn from many directions at once. It's equally good for people already living in Japan as for people who want to come here and connect with the Japanese people. This book is for intermediate beginners, ranked level A1, the most easy and basic level. The book is in Japanese, with additional information and instructions in English. this textbook is for "listening and comprehension" and is designed to be a basic place to start studying Japanese. It takes you through hiragana and got the,, how Kanji works, basic words like morning, noon, night, and how to start thinking about the Japanese language. Pages are all colorful, and this is an excellent place to start learning Japanese.
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    $25.00
  • Japanese Oshaberi no Tane
    J-List wants to help you learn Japanese, and this is a fun new Japanese textbook specifically designed around learning how to speak conversationally. The book, which is entirely in Japanese (242 to read properly and learn properly), takes you through many great exercises, which cover areas such as traveling in Japan, living in Japan, plus beginning to think about social issues and more that relate to Japan. It's a great book for people who have already mastered the basics of kanji and hirgana / katakana. If possible, go to the book with the Japanese teacher.
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    $24.00
  • Marugoto - Japanese language and culture Elementary1 A2 - Rikai
    Here's a great new Japanese textbook series for learning Japanese! The Marugoto ("all at once") approach to learning Japanese helps you learn from many directions at once. It's equally good for people already living in Japan as for people who want to come here and connect with the Japanese people. This book is for intermediate beginners, ranked level A2, who can read here gonna and got there, and perhaps know the basics of Kanji. The book is in Japanese, with additional information and instructions in English. This book is the "listening and comprehension" book, filled with lessons that are specifically related to learning vocabulary and being able to understand them when spoken to you. To access the audio lessons, you visit their website.
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    $28.00
  • Marugoto - Japanese language and culture Elementary1 A2 - Katsudou
    Here's a great new Japanese textbook series for learning Japanese! The Marugoto ("all at once") approach to learning Japanese helps you learn from many directions at once. It's equally good for people already living in Japan as for people who want to come here and connect with the Japanese people. This book is for intermediate beginners, ranked level A2, who can read here gonna and got there, and perhaps know the basics of Kanji. The book is in Japanese, with additional information and instructions in English. This book is the textbook, filled with lessons for you to go through, either alone or with a Japanese teacher. There are 180 pages, and the answer to the problems are in the back of the book.
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    $27.00
  • JLPT N4, N5 Textbook with CD   Goukaku Dekiru Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken N4, 5
    Here's a great book to help anyone planning on taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (Nihongo Noryoku Shiken, JLPT), a textbook that will guide you through all the grammar, kanji, vocabulary and everything else you will need, including listening skills, thanks to the included 2-cD set that the book comes with. This is for levels N4 and N5 (the new JLPT levels 4 and 5), the easiest two levels in the test. Outstanding content, with 220+ pages of material to work through, all in Japanese so you won't be distracted with your native language. Answers to the test questions are provided too.
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    $35.00
  • Tanoshii Yomimono 55 w/CDs - Japanese Study Book
    Part of learning Japanese is learning how to read it, and this is a great book to help you along your way. It's an intermediate level Japanese textbook that focuses on giving your interesting articles to read about. The kanji level is not difficult, and the kanji characters have here gone over them, making them easier to read. The article is very nice, for example articles on Pinto, Japanese geography, Japanese customs that are useful to learn about. There are two sections of the book, articles, plus a vocabulary section, which lists words in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. A listening CD is also included
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    $38.50
  • Kanji Tamago - Beginner
    Do you want to learn Japanese? Well, here's a great place to start, with the Kanji Tamago textbook series by Bonjinsha. it's a great textbook/workbook series that exposes you to kanji and the vocabulary words that you will be using, starting with the numbers 1 through 10, moving on to money, seasons, and the simplest characters, just like Japanese children the book has 15 chapters, and 153 pages. It also comes with a CD, listening lessons. This is the first volume in the series. The book also includes the CD lessons' script and answers. Because the book is entirely in Japanese, it's best used with a native Japanese teacher, or in some other type of structured class.
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    $26.50
  • Nihongo Somatome N5 - Kanji, Vocabulary, Grammar, Reading, Listening
    Here's a great book to help anyone planning on taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (Nihongo Noryoku Shiken, JLPT), a textbook that will guide you through all the grammar, kanji, vocabulary, reading and everything else you will need, including listening skills, thanks to the included CD that the book comes with. This is for the N5 level, the easiest two levels in the test. Outstanding content, with over 100 pages of material to learn and revise on. Comes with both English and Vietnamese translation for native speakers to learn.
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    $23.00
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N5   Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken JLPT N5
    Focuses on each aspect of the JLPT test: moji (characters), goi (vocabulary), bunnpou (grammar), chyoukai(listening comprehension), dokkai(reading comprehension). With drills, practice tests, a CD full of listening drills and just general good advice, you'll be one step closer to passing the JLPT. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT (N), so all the information is relevant to the modern test. This book focuses on the JLPT N5 test.
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    $8.50
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N4   Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken JLPT N4
    Focuses on each aspect of the JLPT test: moji (characters), goi (vocabulary), bunnpou (grammar), chyoukai(listening comprehension), dokkai(reading comprehension). With drills, practice tests, a CD full of listening drills and just general good advice, you'll be one step closer to passing the JLPT. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT (N), so all the information is relevant to the modern test. This book focuses on the JLPT N4 test.
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    $9.00