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Your personalized experience through the Japanese course delivers a blend of learning features, exercises, and personalized review with an award-winning conversational learning process that focuses on the four skills necessary to connect in another language; grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and culture. Building on learned material presented in diverse contexts prepares you to start the conversation with confidence. Challenge yourself to learn something new.

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Course Overview

Learn Japanese language and culture with Mango Languages' easy-to-digest units, which introduce you to Japanese vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture. Our interactive words and phrases, local insights, and memory-building exercises help you understand, apply, and practice what you learn.

Japanese

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1Introductions
  • 2Connections
  • 3Community
  • 4Lifestyle
  • 5Ambitions

Specialty

Topic-based courses that are shorter in overall length

  • 1English Loanwords
  • 2Mimetic Words
  • Chapter 1 - Salutations and Small Talk
  • Chapter 2 - Languages and Origins
  • Chapter 3 - Introductions and Professions
  • Chapter 4 - Personal Info and Preferences
  • Chapter 1 - Places and Directions
  • Chapter 2 - Currency and Counting
  • Chapter 3 - Food and Drink Culture
  • Chapter 4 - Transportation and Payment
  • Chapter 5 - Help and Requests
  • Chapter 6 - Clarification and Explanation
  • Chapter 7 - Compliments and Corrections
  • Chapter 8 - Household Rooms and Items
  • Chapter 9 - Relatives and Pets
  • Chapter 10 - Career and Hobbies
  • Chapter 1 - Friends and Relationships
  • Chapter 2 - Recreation and Relaxation
  • Chapter 3 - Weather and Landscapes
  • Chapter 4 - Cooking and Eating
  • Chapter 5 - Shopping and Apparel
  • Chapter 6 - Tasks and Errands
  • Chapter 7 - Travel and Tourism
  • Chapter 8 - Physical Descriptions and Humor
  • Chapter 9 - Opinions and Popular Culture
  • Chapter 1 - Hospital and Pharmacy
  • Chapter 2 - College and University Life
  • Chapter 3 - Social Events and Gatherings
  • Chapter 4 - Food Allergies and Ingredients
  • Chapter 5 - Sports and Fitness
  • Chapter 6 - Family and Name Origins
  • Chapter 7 - Historic People and Events
  • Chapter 8 - Thoughts and Emotions
  • Chapter 9 - Movies and TV
  • Chapter 1 - Airports and Customs
  • Chapter 2 - Hotels and Local Attractions
  • Chapter 3 - House Hunting and Moving
  • Chapter 4 - Utilities and Repair
  • Chapter 5 - Education and Career
  • Chapter 6 - Emergencies and Aid
  • Chapter 7 - Hair and Beauty Services
  • Chapter 8 - Household and Lifestyle
  • Chapter 9 - Events and Schedules
  • Chapter 1 - Coke and Chips, Please!
  • Chapter 1 - My Heart Is Pounding!

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Salutations and Small Talk

Conversational Goals

  • Express Gratitude and Respond to Thanks
  • Greet People
  • Inquire After Someone's Well-Being
  • Make Small Talk with Strangers
  • Say Goodbye

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to the Particle に That Indicates a Point of Time
  • Form Sentences Using the Copula です
  • Form Yes/No Questions with the Particle か
  • Learn Basic Sentence Structure
  • Learn to Properly Use the Conversational Particle ね

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Languages and Origins

Conversational Goals

  • Ask and Tell What Language Someone Can Speak
  • Ask and Tell Where Someone Is From
  • Count up to 19
  • Get Someone's Attention
  • State Where You Live

Grammar Goals

  • Learn the Affirmative and Negative Forms of Verbs in the Non-Past Tense
  • Understand the Particle に That Indicates a Location
  • Use the Particle から That Indicates a Starting Point
  • Use the Particle が That Marks the Direct Object of the Verb
  • Use the Polite Form of Where どちら

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Introductions and Professions

Conversational Goals

  • Ask / Provide One's Name, Nationality, and Occupation
  • Introduce Yourself and Another Person
  • Recognize Japanese Names
  • Respond to Introductions
  • Say That You Are Not Someone or Something

Grammar Goals

  • Form Short Questions with their Predicate Omitted
  • Use First Person Pronouns わたし , わたしたち
  • Use the Negative Form of the Copula です
  • Use the Particle は as a Topic Marker
  • Use the Prefix お That Expresses Respect and Politeness

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Personal Info and Preferences

Conversational Goals

  • Ask / Say the Date and the Day of the Week
  • Ask Someone's Home Address, Phone Number, Email Address, and Age
  • Count 20 - 99
  • Name Some Colors and Food Items
  • Provide Your Home Address, Phone Number, Email Address, and Age

Grammar Goals

  • Form Questions Using the Question Words なん (What) and いつ (When)
  • Learn the Counter for Age さい
  • Understand the Functions of the Particles の and と
  • Use the Prefix ご That Expresses Respect and Politeness

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Places and Directions

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for Directions
  • Get Help Finding Places Using a Map
  • Identify Important Places and Facilities Around Town
  • Talk About Places That Are Familiar to You
  • Understand Directions as They Are Given to You

Grammar Goals

  • Form "There Is (Are)" Sentences with the Particle が
  • Get Familiar with the Prenominal Form of Adjectives
  • Learn the Plain Form of Where どこ
  • Use the Demonstratives for Locations
  • Use the Particle へ to Indicate the Direction of Movement

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Currency and Counting

Conversational Goals

  • Count from 100 to 999 in Japanese
  • Deal with Japanese Currency
  • Negotiate Basic Transactions at Stores
  • Tell What You Bought or What You Did
  • Understand Simple Arithmetic Formulas in Japanese

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to the Nature of Japanese Nouns
  • Learn the Interrogative for Price いくら
  • Use Demonstratives for Objects and Directions
  • Use the Counters まい and かい
  • Use the Particle が That Indicates Direct Objects

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Food and Drink Culture

Conversational Goals

  • Decline or Accept an Offer
  • Express Appreciation for Food and Drinks
  • Gain Insight into Japanese Food Culture
  • Order Food and Drinks
  • Understand Common Phrases Used at Restaurants

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Adjective Sentences
  • Get Familiar with Some Expressions for Frequency
  • Understand the Prefixes お and ご That Express Respect and Politeness
  • Use the Counters ほん and はい
  • Use the Verb おねがいします to Make a Polite Request

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Transportation and Payment

Conversational Goals

  • Ask / Tell Time
  • Deal with Large Numbers in Japanese
  • Discuss Payment Methods
  • Get Around Town Using Public Transportation
  • Handle Japanese Currency with Ease

Grammar Goals

  • Learn the Particle で to Indicate the Method of Transportation
  • Understand the Particle に for the Point of Arrival
  • Use the Particle まで That Indicates the Destination
  • Use the Potential Form Verb つかえます

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Help and Requests

Conversational Goals

  • Accept or Decline Help
  • Ask for and Offer Help
  • Describe an Emergency Situation
  • Describe Where You Went or What You Did
  • Gain Knowledge of Emergency Services in Japan

Grammar Goals

  • Get Familiar with the Polite Request: "Te-form Verb + ください "
  • Learn the Conjunctions でも and そして
  • Use the Particle が to Indicate the Subject of an Adjective Sentence
  • Use the Particle に to Indicate the Point of Contact and the Purpose of Motion
  • Use the Polite Offer ~ましょうか

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 6 - Clarification and Explanation

Conversational Goals

  • Ask and Tell What a Word or Phrase Means
  • Ask and Tell What a Written Word or Phrase Says
  • Communicate Your Ability to Understand Something
  • Request to Repeat, Slow Down, Speak Up, and Write Down
  • Request to Teach Someone How to Do Something

Grammar Goals

  • Learn Adverbs That Describe Levels of Performance and Understanding
  • Learn the Question Words どんな
  • Use the Particles と , に , and で
  • Use the Suffix かた for the Method
  • Use ~てあります to Express the Continuation of a State

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 7 - Compliments and Corrections

Conversational Goals

  • Ask and Tell About Your Performance
  • Ask and Tell What Something Is Called
  • Give and Respond to a Compliment
  • Request or Agree to Speak in Japanese
  • Tell Someone That You Are Learning Something

Grammar Goals

  • Learn the Conjunctions そして , それから , and が
  • Practice Using the Particles よ and ね
  • Understand the Counters for Month and Year
  • Use the Particle で to Indicate a Condition or State
  • Use the Verb Form ています That Indicates Habitual Action

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 8 - Household Rooms and Items

Conversational Goals

  • Ask or Describe What or Who Is in a Certain Location
  • Ask or Describe Where Something Is
  • Describe What Color Something Is
  • Offer to Do Something for Someone
  • Understand Japanese Houses and Visiting Customs

Grammar Goals

  • Differentiate the Verbs ある and いる
  • Practice Using " て -form + います " to Describe a Habitual Action
  • Practice Using ましょうか to Offer a Service ("Shall I...?")
  • Understand the Dependent Indefinite Pronoun の
  • Use the Disjunctive Subordinate Conjunction けど

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 9 - Relatives and Pets

Conversational Goals

  • Address Family Members Using Kinship Words
  • Comment on Pets
  • Describe What Someone Is Doing
  • Inquire About Someone's Family Members and Pets
  • Talk About Personal Traits and Physical Attributes

Grammar Goals

  • Get Familiar with Noun Modification by Phrases
  • Understand the Native Japanese Counting System
  • Use the " て -form + います " to Describe Actions in Progress
  • Use the Counters for Age, People, and Animals
  • Use the Interrogatives だれ / どなた , なんさい / おいくつ , なんにん , なんびき , なんとう

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 10 - Career and Hobbies

Conversational Goals

  • Offer or Accept an Invitation
  • Politely Decline an Invitation
  • Share Likes and Dislikes
  • Talk About Careers and Professions
  • Talk About Pastimes and Celebrations

Grammar Goals

  • Form the " ます -form + ましょう " Pattern for Invitation
  • Form the " ます -form + ませんか " Pattern for Invitation
  • Learn the Functions of Conjunction から
  • Practice Using the Particle も
  • Use the Particle が for Adjectives Describing Preference

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Friends and Relationships

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss Your Work, Preferences, and Future Plans
  • Inquire About Somebody's Habits
  • Offer an Explanation
  • Present Yourself Modestly
  • Strike Up a Conversation

Grammar Goals

  • Form the " ます -form + たいです " Pattern
  • Understand the Different Uses of the Particle に
  • Use the " て -form + います " Pattern to Describe a Continuing State
  • Use the " な -adjective or Noun + なんです " Form to Offer an Explanation
  • Use the Particle を to Indicate the Space Where You Pass Through

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Recreation and Relaxation

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss Plans for the Weekend
  • Discuss Your Plans for Summer and Holidays
  • Make Appointments
  • Remind Someone to Bring Something
  • Suggest What to Do or Where to Go

Grammar Goals

  • Practice Using the 〜ましょう and 〜ませんか to Invite Someone to Do Something
  • Practice Using the " ます -form + たいです " Pattern
  • Practice Using the Particle は to Mark Contrastive Elements
  • Recognize the " ます -form/Noun + に + いく / くる " Pattern
  • Review the Particle に to Indicate the Point of Time of Action

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Weather and Landscapes

Conversational Goals

  • Describe the Land
  • Describe the Weather, Climate, and Seasons
  • Discuss Your or Others' Assumption on Something
  • Make Small Talk on Excursions
  • Use Proper Measurement for Temperature and Distance

Grammar Goals

  • Form Comparison Sentences and Questions
  • Form the Past Tense of Noun and Adjective Sentences
  • Turn an Adjective into an Adverb
  • Use そうです to Express Your Observation
  • Use でしょう to Express Your Assumption

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Cooking and Eating

Conversational Goals

  • Ask or Tell How to Cook Something
  • Ask or Tell What You or Others Are Doing
  • Learn Common Local or Cultural Foods in Japan
  • Refer to Food Preparation Processes
  • Talk About the Ingredients of a Dish

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to the " て -form + いく / くる " Pattern
  • Connect Two or More Verbs Using the て -form
  • Identify Three Types of Verbs and Their Conjugation Patterns
  • Practice Using the " て -form + います " Pattern
  • Use a Verb or an い -adjective + んです to Offer or Ask for an Explanation

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Shopping and Apparel

Conversational Goals

  • Communicate Your Shopping Needs
  • Inquire About Store Hours and Location
  • Refer to Different Types of Stores
  • Request That Someone Do Something
  • Understand Sizing in Japan

Grammar Goals

  • Communicate Desires Using the "Noun + がほしいです " Pattern
  • Form the "Adjective + なります " Pattern to Indicate Changes
  • Practice Forming the て -form of Verbs
  • Practice Using the " て -form + ください " Pattern to Make Requests

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 6 - Tasks and Errands

Conversational Goals

  • Ask or Grant Permission
  • Offer Your Services to Someone
  • Politely Ask for Help
  • Run Errands at the Bank and the Post Office

Grammar Goals

  • Apply the " て -form + もいいです " Pattern to Grant Permission
  • Understand Double Particles
  • Understand the Pattern " て -form + から + Verb"
  • Use the "Verb + ましょう " Pattern to Offer Your Services
  • Use the Dictionary Form of a Verb + でしょう

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 7 - Travel and Tourism

Conversational Goals

  • Describe a Place You Have Visited or Want to Visit
  • Discuss Where You Have Been
  • Express Your Desire to Visit New Places or Try New Activities
  • Greet People Who You Have Not Seen for a While
  • Talk About Travel Experiences

Grammar Goals

  • Connect Two Adjective Sentences Using the て -Form
  • Describe Your Past Experiences Using the " た -form + ことがあります " Pattern
  • Indicate an Attempt by Using the " て -form + みる " Pattern
  • Understand the " た -form + り , た -form + り " Pattern
  • Use " た -form + んです " to Ask/Offer an Explanation for Past Occurrences

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 8 - Physical Descriptions and Humor

Conversational Goals

  • Add Humor to a Situation
  • Describe Someone's Appearance
  • Describe Someone's Personality
  • Express Uncertainty

Grammar Goals

  • Modify Nouns Using Various Sentences
  • Recognize the "X は Y が Z" Structure
  • Understand the Plain Form
  • Use the Particle に to Indicate the Object of Comparison

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 9 - Opinions and Popular Culture

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss Cultural Events You Attended or Places You Visited
  • Share Your Opinions and Thoughts on Culture and Art
  • Talk About Famous Japanese Authors, Musicians, and Artists
  • Talk about Your Hobbies
  • Understand the Types of Art, Literature and Museums

Grammar Goals

  • Continue Learning Noun Modification Using Sentences
  • Recognize the Sentence-Ending Particle よね and ね
  • Understand the Nominalizer こと
  • Use "X とか Y とか " to List a Few Examples
  • Use the 〜ことができる Pattern to Describe Abilities and Possibilities

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Hospital and Pharmacy

Conversational Goals

  • Describe Feelings of Pain or Illness
  • Make an Appointment
  • Name Types of Medicine
  • Respond to Medical Questions
  • Understand Common Expressions Used in Medical Clinics

Grammar Goals

  • Connect an Adjective Sentence with Another Sentence
  • Practice Turning an Adjective into an Adverb
  • Understand the Order of Events Expressed by まえから and まえに
  • Use the "Period + に + Number + かい " to Indicate Frequency
  • Use the " て -form + はいけません " Pattern to Express Prohibition

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - College and University Life

Conversational Goals

  • Ask What School Somebody Attended
  • Become Familiar with the Japanese Education System
  • Make or Suggest a Plan for the Future
  • Offer Advice and Encouragement
  • Talk About School Life

Grammar Goals

  • Express Intention by the "Dictionary Form + つもりです " Pattern
  • Identify the " た -form + ら " Pattern
  • Recognize the " ます -form + すぎます " Pattern
  • Use the " ない -form + ないでください " Pattern to Issue Negative Requests
  • Use the " ない -form + なければなりません " Pattern to Express Obligation

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Social Events and Gatherings

Conversational Goals

  • Compliment Someone on Their Clothing or Appearance
  • Express That One Event is Dependent on Another
  • Say You Are Ready or Not Ready to Do Something
  • Say You Will Verify Something
  • Talk About Personal Care and Grooming

Grammar Goals

  • Differentiate Between ~あいだに and ~あいだ
  • Modify Nouns with Verbs
  • Understand the Helping Verb ~ところです
  • Use the " て -form + おく " Pattern

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Food Allergies and Ingredients

Conversational Goals

  • Ask if Someone Wants to Taste a Food
  • Ask Someone to Join You for an Activity
  • Give Compliments on Food
  • Talk About Hunger, Food Allergies, and Dietary Habits
  • Talk About the Ingredients of a Dish

Grammar Goals

  • Indicate a Cause or a Reason by Using the Conjunction ので
  • Practice Using the "Dictionary Form + ことができます " Pattern
  • Recognize the Plain Form in the Past Affirmative and the Non-Past Negative
  • Understand the Use of が in Noun-Modifying Sentences

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Sports and Fitness

Conversational Goals

  • Comment on an Activity and Its Effects
  • Discuss Sports or Exercise Habits
  • Invite Someone to Join a Group or to Participate in an Activity
  • Talk About a Social Event That You Attended

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to the Passive Form
  • Describe a Habitual Action Using the " て -form plus います " Pattern
  • Identify the Plain Form of でした
  • Recognize the " た -form + あとで " Pattern
  • Understand the Nominalizer の

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 6 - Family and Name Origins

Conversational Goals

  • Ask About or Explain the Origin of a Name
  • Comment on Someone's Name
  • Describe the Nature of a Guest's Visit
  • Identify Your Relationship with Someone
  • Use Various Expressions to Introduce Someone

Grammar Goals

  • Communicate What You Have Heard Using the "Plain Form + そうです " Pattern
  • Understand the Particle なら
  • Use the "Plain Form + のは X です " Pattern for Emphasis

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 7 - Historic People and Events

Conversational Goals

  • Ask About Wars or Other Important Historical Events
  • Discuss Historical Sites in Japan
  • Start / Conclude a Conversation
  • Talk About Important Figures in Japanese History
  • Understand How Modern Japan Was Formed

Grammar Goals

  • Form the "When X, Y" Pattern Using とき
  • Review the Differences between は and が
  • Understand the Particle とは
  • Use the Particle か to Indicate a Discovery

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 8 - Thoughts and Emotions

Conversational Goals

  • Describe a Childhood or Past Experience
  • Discuss Someone's Emotions and Problems
  • Express Thoughts and Feelings
  • Offer Sympathy, Encouragement, or Congratulations
  • Weigh the Good and the Bad of a Situation

Grammar Goals

  • Communicate Your Feelings in the Plain Style of Speech
  • Express Your Thoughts Using the "Plain-form + とおもいます " Pattern
  • Recognize Indirect Questions
  • Use the "Plain Past Form + ら " Pattern to Express Conditions
  • Use the " て -form + くれる " Structure to Convey a Sense of Gratitude

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 9 - Movies and TV

Conversational Goals

  • Describe Aspects of Movie Making
  • Discuss a Movie or Acting
  • Discuss Options
  • Explain the Plot of a Movie
  • Give a Contrary Opinion

Grammar Goals

  • Get Familialized with the Plain Style of Speech
  • Recognize the Particle なんて
  • Understand the Variations of the " い -Adjective + ~そうです " Structure
  • Use the "Adjective + すぎる " Structure to Express Excess

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Airports and Customs

Conversational Goals

  • Ask / Explain Airline Policies
  • Interact with Airport Employees
  • Present and Request Identification
  • Understand and Respond to Security Questions and Commands
  • Understand Announcements at Airports

Grammar Goals

  • Practice the " て -Form + ください " Pattern to Make Requests
  • Recap the Use of Particles
  • Review Expressions for Obligation, Permission, and Prohibition
  • Review Ways to Connect Sentences
  • Use the "Dictionary Form of a Verb + よていです " Pattern to Describe Your Plan

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Hotels and Local Attractions

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for or Offer Information About Events and Places
  • Check into and out of a Hotel
  • Discuss Hotel Features and Services
  • Express Desires
  • Offer Help or Give Instructions

Grammar Goals

  • Identify the Potential Form of the Verb する
  • Practice Using the Passive Form of Verbs
  • State a Condition Using the "Polite Past Form + ら " Pattern
  • Use " お + ます -form + します " or " ご + Group III Verbs" for Humble Expressions
  • Use the " お + ます -form + ください " Pattern to Instruct or Invite Respectfully

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - House Hunting and Moving

Conversational Goals

  • Accentuate the Positive Aspects of a Living Space
  • Discuss Features of Homes or Apartments
  • Express Your Opinions on a Property and a Neighborhood
  • Inquire About Possible Homes
  • Outline Steps to Take Before Moving In

Grammar Goals

  • Identify the "Dictionary-form + と " Structure
  • Indicate Purposes Using the "Dictionary-form + ために " Pattern
  • Recognize the " て -form + も " Pattern That Indicates a Reverse Condition
  • Understand the Differences Between Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
  • Use the "X し Y" Structure to Connect Parallel Facts and Present Reasons

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Utilities and Repair

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for a Technician or Repair Person
  • Describe a Problem with a Utility or Appliance
  • Discuss Setting Up Utilities and Establish a Time Frame for Services
  • Get Acquainted With Your Neighbors
  • Give Contact and Billing Information

Grammar Goals

  • Identify the Potential Form of Verbs
  • Learn More About the Respectful and the Humble Forms of Verbs
  • Practice Using the ます -form + はじめる
  • Recognize the Use of くる as an Auxiliary Verb
  • Understand the Auxiliary Verb もらう

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Education and Career

Conversational Goals

  • Describe Your Expectations for Others
  • Discuss Schooling Options
  • Discuss the Consequences of a Decision
  • Mention Hearsay, Quote Someone, or Leave a Message
  • Talk About History, Current Status, and Features of Schools

Grammar Goals

  • Ask Someone to Convey a Message by Using とつたえてもらえますか
  • Communicate Hearsay Using ときいています
  • Follow the " て -form + ほしい " Pattern to Indicate Wishes for Others
  • Use the Conditional Form of Verbs to Describe a Condition
  • Use といっています to Quote a Third Person's View

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 6 - Emergencies and Aid

Conversational Goals

  • Describe or Ask Someone to Describe an Emergency Situation
  • Express Fear, Urgency, and Uncertainty
  • Request or Offer Emergency Aid
  • Request or Provide an Address or Location
  • Talk About What You Have Learned From Media

Grammar Goals

  • Describe Concurrent Situations Using the "X て Y" Structure
  • Express Inference by Using the "Plain-form + かもしれません " Structure
  • Indicate Hearsay by Using 〜そうだ , 〜らしい , 〜とか , and 〜ということだ
  • Practice Forming a Question Using the "X か , Y か " Pattern
  • Understand the "X ないで Y" Structure

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 7 - Hair and Beauty Services

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss Beauty Salon and Barber Shop Services
  • Discuss Hair Problems and Ask for a Solution
  • Make, Ask About, or Reschedule Appointments
  • Request and Discuss Hairstyles
  • Understand Common Expressions Used at a Beauty Salon or a Barber Shop

Grammar Goals

  • Give Reasons Using the て -form of Verbs
  • Identify Different Uses of the Verb する
  • Recognize the " ます -form of Verbs + やすい or にくい " Structure
  • Review the Differences Between the Verbs あげる , くれる , もらう
  • Use the Honorific Expressions いただく , いたす , and さしあげる

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 8 - Household and Lifestyle

Conversational Goals

  • Apologize and Ask for Forgiveness
  • Ask Someone to Do a Chore
  • Describe Feelings of Anger
  • Express Annoyance
  • Give an Excuse

Grammar Goals

  • Communicate in the Plain Style of Speech
  • Emphasize Uniqueness by Using the "Plain Form + だけだ " Structure
  • Practice the "X より Y (の)ほうが Z" Structure
  • Recognize the Dictionary Form of Verbs + な as the Prohibitive Form
  • Use the " て -form + くれる " Structure to Ask Someone to Do Something for You

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 9 - Events and Schedules

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss Certain Obligations
  • Discuss Schedules
  • Remind Someone of an Event
  • Talk About a Person's Availability

Grammar Goals

  • Express Conviction by Using the "Plain Form + はずだ " Structure
  • Identify the "Volitional Form of Verb + とおもっている " Structure
  • Practice Using the Casual Style of Speech
  • Use the " て -form + ある or おきる " Patterns
  • Use the Conditional Form to Make Suggestions

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Coke and Chips, Please!

Conversational Goals

  • Agree to Do Something
  • Invite Someone to Do Something
  • Offer or Request Services
  • Request or Give an Explanation

Grammar Goals

  • Communicate in the Casual Style of Speech
  • Identify and Use English Loanwords in Japanese
  • Make Requests Using 〜て and 〜てくれる
  • Recognize the Conjunction けど
  • Use the Particles と , か , の , に , and で

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - My Heart Is Pounding!

Conversational Goals

  • Describe Physical or Emotional States
  • Describe the Weather
  • Discuss a Plan for the Day
  • Inquire or Comment on Someone's Behavior
  • Talk About Courtship Customs in Japan

Grammar Goals

  • Communicate in the Casual Style of Speech
  • Identify Onomatopeia and Mimetic Words in Japanese
  • Recognize the Conjunctions けど and でも
  • Use Different Forms of the Basic Verb する
  • Use Particles の , を , で , が , よ , and ね .

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