Nihongo no Hon: 赤

The grammar book for beginners and those new to learning Japanese. The Red Book will take you from zero to understanding Japanese in no-time.JLPT N5 and CEFR A0 to A1

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This is "にほんご の ほん" which will help you understand the Japanese grammar through plenty of rich example sentences with concise instructions in English developed through interactions with students, developed over many years of teaching.

Lesson 0

Learn about the writing system and the two alphabets, Hiragana and Katakana.

Lesson 1

An introduction to making sentences and asking basic conversational questions

Lesson 2

An introduction to bigger numbers along with basic questions words plus の.

Lesson 3 Part 1

An introduction to the これ, それ, あれ, どれ concepts and going shopping in Japanese.

Lesson 3 Part 2

An introduction to ここ, そこ, あそこ, どこ with more shopping conversations.

Lesson 4

An introduction to the time expressions to tell time in Japanese and asking questions related to time.

Lesson 5

An introduction to the days of the week and です, でした.

Lesson 6 Part 1

An introduction to basic verbs in Japanese in the present and the past along with the basic particles.

Lesson 6 Part 2

An introduction to the direction verbs with more particles.

Lesson 7

An introduction to more verbs and particles in Japanese.

Lesson 8

An introduction to the dates in Japanese along with いつ and other time sequencing words.

Lesson 9 Part 1

An introduction to います and あります and the difference between は and が and か and も.

Lesson 9 Part 2

An introduction to ほしい, すき, きらい and talking about reasons why.

Lesson 10

An introduction to たいです with が, を, degrees of understanding and where things are.

Lesson 11

An introduction to どう and basic adjectives.

Lesson 12

An introduction to どんな with more adjectives along with そして, でも.

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You're in good hands. This is the first book in the Nihongo no Hon (The Japanese Book) series and is built to get you started from zero knowledge to holding basic converstions in twelve, interesting lessons.

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Particle Chart

Get to grips with the unique grammar patterns with mnemonics

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Quick Quizzes

Recap what you've learnt

Post-lesson quiz sheets are a helpful snippet to look back at what you've just mastered.

Real Conversations

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We use conversation practice in every lesson for you to practice your speaking and comprehension only using the useful parts.

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Accompanying conversations

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Vocabulary Lists

Learn helpful words at a glance

Your own private dictionary at the end of the book is a great place to keep track of all the Japanese words and Kanji we use.


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We have a few other charts and worksheets to help you remember finer points of Japanese which are availabe online to print out at home.


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