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Minna no Nihongo is one of the most popular Japanese language books series for classrooms and individuals across the world. Lesson topics including essential grammar, vocabulary, listening and speaking are taught and instilled in students through situational daily conversations.
Minna no Nihongo books are divided in four levels: Shokyu 1, Shokyu 2, Chukyu 1, and Chukyu 2. If Shokyu 1 and 2 are for beginners, Chukyu 1 and 2 are made for intermediate students.
There are two types of books that are indispensable for learning Japanese with the Minna no Nihongo series: The textbooks (Honsatsu) and Translations and Grammatical Notes (Honyaku - Bunpo Kaisetsu). This last book is available in 14 languages.
Minna no Nihongo is aimed at anyone who urgently needs to learn to communicate in Japanese in any situation, whether at work, school, college or in their local community. Efforts have been made to make the exchanges between Japanese and foreign characters in the book reflect social conditions and everyday life as faithfully as possible.
Using textbooks with their companions "Translation & Grammatical Notes" will help you understand the lessons efficiently and will reduce frustrating misunderstandings in your studies with detailed explanations. These books are available in 14 languages: English, Burmese, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Japanese (in Romaji), Russian, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese.
There are several types of workbooks that allow you to practice the lessons you learnt with Minna no Nihongo textbooks. Each workbook addresses a theme of Japanese learning, such as reading, grammar or listening comprehension.
These are the companion workbooks for Minna no Nihongo textbooks. These workbooks is a collection of exercises and tests to check what you have learned from the textbook. Since the right answers are provided at the end of every workbook, they can be used both for self-study as well as classroom materials.
These workbooks help you thoroughly practice and review vocabulary and grammatical items found in Minna no Nihongo main textbooks. These Sentence Pattern workbooks are illustrated with easy-to-understand charts and diagrams, allowing the learner to quickly understand how Japanese sentences are structured.
The texts in these book cover a wide variety of topics in various formats. The reading materials are informational notices, letters, interviews, quizzes and surveys. These books also include simple exercises to confirm the level of comprehension of the learner. A booklet always provides useful translations of new vocabulary.
These books contain listening comprehension exercises related to the main topics of study in Minna no Nihongo Shokyu. With these workbooks, the user is directly involved in dialogues and stories. It helps him grasp any essential information, vocabulary and sentence patterns being conveyed in the task exercises.
Several books from the Minna no Nihongo collection are focusing on learning kanji. Thanks to these books you will be able to memorize the tracks, the direction and the readings of each character.
These kanji textbooks are for students that are using the Minna no Nihongo Shokyu textbooks. Kanji are structured with reading, usage and writing in both volumes. The book provides descriptive examples showing contexts rather than using rote memorization. They also include tasks, reviews, and quizzes to review what you have learnt.
Each Minna no Nihongo textbook has a companion kanji workbook that helps to practice the kanji and vocabulary contained in the lessons. In these workbooks, the learner will first study each kanji, then she or he will practice its reading and writing skills, allowing for a steady progression.
“The Minna no Nihongo series is a classic textbook choice, and it serves it purpose well. When you combine it with the translation notes it becomes easier to use it for self study, but it really seems to shine in a classroom setting.”