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Building the basics.

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • Greetings, Gratitude, and Goodbyes
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    Building the basics.

    Greetings, Gratitude, and Goodbyes

    • Express Gratitude
    • Greet People
    • Make Small Talk with Strangers
    • Say Goodbye
    • Form Sentences Using the Copula です
    • Form Yes/No Questions with the Particle
    • Learn Basic Sentence Structure
    • Learn to Properly Use the Conversational Particle
  • Do You Speak English?
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    Building the basics.

    Do You Speak English?

    • Ask and Tell What Language Someone Speaks
    • Ask and Tell Where Someone Is From
    • Get Someone's Attention
    • Learn the Affirmative and Negative Forms of Verbs in the Non-Past Tense
    • Use the Particle から That Indicates a Starting Point
    • Use the Particle That Marks the Direct Object of the Verb
    • Use the Polite Form of Where どちら
  • Names and Introductions
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    Building the basics.

    Names and Introductions

    • Ask Someone's Name
    • Introduce Yourself and Another Person
    • Recognize Japanese Names
    • Respond to Introductions
    • Say That You Are Not Someone or Something
    • 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
    • Use the Prefix That Expresses Respect and Politeness
  • Getting Around
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    Building the basics.

    Getting Around

    • Ask for Directions
    • Get Help Finding Places Using a Map
    • Identify Important Places and Facilities Around Town
    • Understand Directions as They Are Given to You
    • Form "There is (are)" Sentences with the Particle
    • Learn the Plain Form of Where どこ
    • Use the Demonstratives for Locations
    • Use the Particle as the Location Indicator
  • Shopping and Payment
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    Building the basics.

    Shopping and Payment

    • Count up to 100
    • Deal with Japanese Currency
    • Negotiate Basic Transactions at Stores
    • Be Introduced to the Nature of Japanese Nouns
    • Learn the Interrogative for Price いくら
    • Use Demonstratives for Objects and Directions
    • Use the Counter まい
    • Use the Particle That Indicates Direct Objects
  • Drinks and Dining
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    Building the basics.

    Drinks and Dining

    • Express One's Appreciation for Food and Drinks
    • Gain Insight to Japanese Food Culture
    • Order Food and Drinks
    • Understand Common Phrases Used at Restaurants
    • Be Introduced to Adjectives
    • Learn the Particle That Seeks a Confirmation
    • Use the Particle That Lists Nouns
    • Use the Prefix That Expresses Respect and Politeness
    • Use the Verb おねがいします to Make a Polite Request
  • Numbers and Currency
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    Building the basics.

    Numbers and Currency

    • Deal with Large Numbers in Japanese
    • Discuss Payment Methods
    • Get Around Town Using Public Transportation
    • Handle Japanese Currency with Ease
    • Learn the Particle for the Place of Action and the Method of Transportation
    • Use the Non-Past (Present and Future) Tense of Verbs
    • Use the Particle まで That Indicates the Point of Arrival
    • Use the Potential Form Verb つかえます
  • Getting Help
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    Building the basics.

    Getting Help

    • Accept or Decline Help
    • Ask for and Offer Help
    • Describe an Emergency Situation
    • Gain Knowledge of Emergency Services in Japan
    • Form the Polite Request: "Te-form Verb + ください "
    • Learn Verbs in the Past Tense
    • Use Sentences with Adjectives as Predicates
    • Use the Conjunctions でも and そして
    • Use the Polite Offer ~ましょうか
  • What Does That Mean?
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    Building the basics.

    What Does That Mean?

    • Ask and Tell What a Word or Phrase Means
    • Ask and Tell What a Written Word or Phrase Means
    • Communicate Your Ability to Understand Something
    • Request to Repeat, Slow Down, Speak Up, and Write Down
    • Request to Teach Someone How to Do Something
    • Learn Adverbs That Describe Levels of Performance and Understanding
    • Learn the Question Words なん and どんな
    • Use the Particles , , and
    • Use the Suffix かた for the Method
    • Use ~てあります to Express the Continuation of a State
  • Languages and Communication
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    Building the basics.

    Languages and Communication

    • 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
    • Learn the Conjunction (But)
    • Use the Particle That Highlights the New Information
    • Use the Verb Form ています That Indicates the Continuity of Action

Expanding the essentials.

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • At Home
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    Expanding the essentials.

    At Home

    • 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
    • Differentiate the Verbs ある and いる
    • Understand the Dependent Indefinite Pronoun
    • Use the Disjunctive Subordinate Conjunction けど
    • Use the Particle to Indicate the Place of Existence
    • Use ましょうか to Offer a Service ("Shall I...?")
  • People and Animals
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    Expanding the essentials.

    People and Animals

    • Address Family Members Using Kinship Words
    • Comment on Pets
    • Inquire About Someone's Family Members and Pets
    • Talk About Personal Traits and Physical Attributes
    • Form Adjective Sentences
    • Understand the Prenominal Use of Adjectives
    • 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
  • Work and Pastimes
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Work and Pastimes

    • Offer or Accept an Invitation
    • Politely Decline an Invitation
    • Share Likes and Dislikes
    • Talk About Careers and Professions
    • Talk About Pastimes and Celebrations
    • Learn the Functions of Conjunction から and the Particle
    • Use the " ます -from + ましょう " Pattern for Invitation
    • Use the " ます -from + ませんか " Pattern for Invitation
    • Use the Particle for Adjectives Describing Preference and Ability
  • Dating
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Dating

    • Ask or Tell the Time
    • Inquire About Somebody's Habits
    • Offer an Explanation
    • Present Yourself Modestly
    • Strike Up a Conversation
    • Add Counters for Time to Numbers
    • Understand Different Functions of the Particle
    • Use the " -adjective or Noun + なんです " Form to Offer an Explanation
    • Use the Particle to Indicate the Place of Action
  • Planning for the Weekend
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Planning for the Weekend

    • Discuss Plans for the Weekend
    • Make Appointments
    • Name the Days of the Week
    • Remind Someone to Bring Something
    • Suggest What to Do or Where to Go
    • Form the " ます -form + たいです " Pattern
    • Recognize the " ます -form/Noun + + いく / くる " Pattern
    • Use the Particle to Indicate the Point of Time of Action
    • Use the Particle to Indicate Direction of Movement
  • Weather and Landscape
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Weather and Landscape

    • 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
    • Form Comparison Sentences and Questions
    • Form the Past Tense of Noun and Adjective Sentences
    • Use そうです to Express Your Observation
    • Use でしょう to Express Your Assumption
  • Eating and Cooking
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Eating and Cooking

    • 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
    • Connect Two or More Verbs Using the -form
    • Identify Three Types of Verbs and Their Conjugation Patterns
    • Use the " -form + います " Pattern for Action in Progress and Continuous State
    • Use the Particle to Indicate a Method or Means
  • Shopping
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Shopping

    • 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
    • Communicate Desires Using the "Noun + がほしいです " Pattern
    • Create the " -form + ください " Pattern to Make Requests
    • Form the " -Adjective + なります " Pattern to Indicate Changes
    • Use the " -form + います " Pattern to Describe the Continuing State
  • Banking and Post Office
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Banking and Post Office

    • Ask or Grant Permission
    • Ask or Tell the Date
    • Count up to Ten Using the Traditional Counting System
    • Offer Your Services to Someone
    • Run Errands at the Bank and the Post Office
    • Apply the " -form + もいいです " Pattern to Grant Permission
    • Understand Double Particles
    • Understand the Pattern " -form + から + Verb"
    • Use the "Verb + ましょう " Pattern to Offer Your Service
    • Use the Polite Past Negative Form of Verbs
  • At the Hospital
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    Expanding the essentials.

    At the Hospital

    • Describe Feelings of Pain or Illness
    • Name Types of Medicine
    • Respond to Medical Questions
    • Understand Common Expressions Used in Medical Clinics
    • Connect an Adjective Sentence with Another Sentence
    • Turn an Adjective into an Adverb
    • Understand the Order of Events Expressed by まえから and まえに
    • Use the "Period + + Number + かい " to Indicate Frequency
    • Use the " -form + はいけません " Pattern to Express Prohibition

Broadening boundaries.

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  • Sightseeing
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Sightseeing

    • 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
    • Describe Your Past Experiences Using the " -form + ことがあります " Pattern
    • Indicate an Attempt by Using the " -form + みる " Pattern
    • Understand the " -form + , -form + " Pattern
    • Use the Negative Form of Adjectives
  • Higher Learning
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Higher Learning

    • 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
    • Identify the " -form + " 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
  • Getting Ready for the Party
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Getting Ready for the Party

    • 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
    • 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 " -form + おく " Pattern
  • Physical Descriptions
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Physical Descriptions

    • Add Humor to a Situation
    • Describe Someone's Appearance
    • Express Uncertainty
    • Modify Nouns Using Various Sentences
    • Recognize the "X Y Z" Structure
    • Understand the Plain Form
  • Dietary Restrictions
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Dietary Restrictions

    • 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
    • Express Ability or Possibility with the "Dictionary Form + ことができます " Pattern
    • Indicate a Cause or a Reason by Using the Conjunction ので
    • Recognize the Plain Form in the Past Affirmative and the Non-Past Negative
    • Understand the Use of in Noun-Modifying Sentences
  • Sports and Fitness
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Sports and Fitness

    • Comment on an Activity and Its Effects
    • Discuss Sports or Exercise Habits
    • Invite Someone to Join a Group or to Participate in an Activity
    • Describe a Habitual Action Using the " -form plus います " Pattern
    • Identify the Plain Form of でした
    • Recognize the " -form + あとで " or "Noun + あとで " Pattern
    • Understand the Nominalizer
  • Name Origins
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Name Origins

    • 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
    • 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
  • Culture, Literature, and Art
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Culture, Literature, and Art

    • Describe Cultural Trends
    • Discuss Cultural Events You Attended or Places You Visited
    • Talk About Famous Japanese Authors, Musicians, and Artists
    • Talk about Your Hobbies
    • Understand the Types of Art, Literature, Music, and Museums
    • Identify the Plain Form of Verbs in the Negative Past Tense
    • Recognize the Sentence-Ending Particle よね
    • Review the Nominalizer こと
    • Review the Noun Modification Using Sentences
  • History
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    Broadening boundaries.

    History

    • Ask About Wars or Other Important Historical Events
    • Discuss Historical Sites in Japan
    • Talk About Important Figures in Japanese History
    • Understand How Modern Japan Was Formed
    • Form the "When X, Y" Pattern Using とき
    • Review the Differences between and
    • Understand the Particle とは
    • Use the Particle to Indicate a Discovery
  • Expressing Thoughts and Feelings
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Expressing Thoughts and Feelings

    • Discuss Someone's Emotions and Problems
    • Express Feelings
    • Offer Sympathy, Encouragement, or Congratulations
    • Weigh the Good and the Bad of a Situation
    • 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 + " Pattern to Express Conditions

Continuing with confidence.

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  • Going Through Customs
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Going Through Customs

    • Interact with Airport Employees
    • Present and Request Identification
    • Understand and Respond to Security Questions and Commands
    • Practice the " -Form + ください " Pattern to Make Requests
    • Recap the Use of Particles
    • Review Ways to Connect Sentences
    • Use the "Dictionary Form of a Verb + よていです " Pattern to Describe Your Plan
  • At the Hotel
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Hotel

    • Check into and out of a Hotel
    • Discuss Hotel Features and Services
    • Express Desires
    • Offer Help or Give Instructions
    • Identify the Potential Form of the Verb する
    • State a Condition Using the "Polite Past Form + " Pattern
    • Use " + ます -form + します " or " + Group III Verbs" for Humble Expressions
    • Use the " + ます -form + ください " Pattern to Instruct or Invite Respectfully
  • Renting a Home
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Renting a Home

    • 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
    • Identify the "Dictionary-form + " Structure
    • Indicate Purposes Using the "Dictionary-form + ために " Pattern
    • Recognize the " -form + " Pattern That Indicates a Reverse Condition
    • Understand the Differences Between Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
    • Use the "X Y" Structure to Connect Paralleling Facts and Present Reasons
  • Utilities and Appliances
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Utilities and Appliances

    • Ask for a Technician or Repairman
    • 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
    • Identify the Potential Form of Verbs
    • Indicate the Start of Actions or Events 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
  • Choosing a School
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Choosing a School

    • Describe Your Expectations for Others
    • Discuss Schooling Options
    • Discuss the Consequences of a Decision
    • Mention Hearsay, Quote Someone, or Leave a Message
    • Talk About Features of Schools
    • 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 " -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
  • Emergency Situations
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Emergency Situations

    • 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
    • Describe Concurrent Situations Using the "X Y" Structure
    • Express Inference by Using the "Plain-form + かもしれません " Structure
    • Form a Question Using the "X , Y " Pattern
    • Understand the "X ないで Y" Structure
    • Use the " -form + います " Structure to Describe a Continuing State
  • At the Beauty Salon
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Beauty Salon

    • Discuss Beauty Salon and Barber Shop Services
    • Discuss Hair Problems and Ask for a Solution
    • Make or Ask About Appointments
    • Request or Discuss Hair Styles
    • Give Reasons Using the -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
    • Understand 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
  • Household Chores
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Household Chores

    • Apologize and Ask for Forgiveness
    • Ask Someone to Do a Chore
    • Describe Feelings of Anger
    • Express Annoyance
    • Give an Excuse
    • 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 + as the Prohibitive Form
    • Use the " -form + くれる " Structure to Ask Someone to Do Something for You
  • Making Plans
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Making Plans

    • Discuss Certain Obligations
    • Discuss Schedules
    • Remind Someone of an Event
    • Talk About a Person's Availability
    • Express Conviction by Using the "Dictionary Form + はずです " Structure
    • Identify the "Volitional Form of Verb + とおもっています " Structure
    • Practice Using the Casual Style of Speech
    • Use the " -form + あります or おきます " Patterns
    • Use the Conditional Form to Make Suggestions
  • At the Movies
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Movies

    • Describe Aspects of Movie Making
    • Discuss a Movie or Acting
    • Discuss Options
    • Give a Contrary Opinion
    • Express a Condition Using the "Plain Form + (の)なら " Structure
    • Make Casual Suggestions Using the "Volitional Form + " Structure
    • Recognize the Particles なんか and なんて
    • Understand the Variations of the " -Adjective + ~そうです " Structure