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Beginning Japanese for Professionals: Book 3

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Emiko Konomi

Copyright Year: 2018

Publisher: Portland State University Library

Language: English

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Table of Contents

Lesson 9: Family

  • Dialogue 1
  • 9-1-1 Verb Plain Past Form and ~te Form
  • 9-1-2 V-te iru: 'be V-ing' or 'have V-ed'
  • 9-1-3 Shitte iru 'know'
  • Dialogue 2
  • 9-2-1 X to iu; X to omou
  • 9-2-2 ~kke Retrieving Previously Shared Information
  • 9-2-3 Classifier for Counting People
  • Dialogue 3
  • 9-3-1 ~te form of adjectives
  • 9-3-2 donna What Kind of X
  • Dialogue 4
  • 9-4-1 Mou and Mada: A Change or No Change in Status
  • Review
  • Practical Skills
  • Listening Exercise
  • Homework
  • Quiz
  • Drill Tape Scripts

Lesson 10: Can Do's and Cannot Do's

  • Dialogue 1
  • 10-1-1 Verb Potential Forms
  • 10-1-2 negative Requests
  • Dialgoue 2
  • 10-2-1 Expressing Permission
  • 10-2-2 Enryo: The Virtue of Holding Back
  • Dialogue 3
  • 10-3-1 Expressing Prohibition 'Must not'
  • 10-3-2 Noun de mo
  • Dialogue 4
  • 10-4-1 Expressing Negative Permission 'Do Not Have To'
  • 10-4-2 Expressing Necessities 'must'
  • 10-4-3 X-sugiru
  • 10-4-4 Verbs of Dressing
  • Review
  • Homework
  • Quiz
  • Drill Tape Scripts


  • Verb Forms

Ancillary Material

  • Portland State University Library
  • About the Book

    This textbook is designed for beginning learners who want to learn basic Japanese for the purpose of living and working in Japan. Unlike textbooks written primarily for students, whose content largely centers on student life, this book focuses more on social and professional life beyond school.

    As a beginning level textbook, this book includes many elementary grammar patterns (Japanese Language Proficiency Test Levels 5 and 4), but the vocabulary and situations are selected specifically for working adults. Explanations are kept concise so as to only cover key points. The main focus is on oral communication and the accompanying audio is to be used extensively. This textbook can be used for self-study, as part of an online course, or as a traditional college course.

    Audio files are also available online

    About the Contributors


    Emiko Konomi received her PhD in Linguistics from Cornell University and has taught all levels of Japanese at the high-school and university level. She also has extensive experience training Japanese language instructors at teacher-training programs across the country. Known for her passionate teaching style and dedication to quality teaching, Emiko has been honored twice by Portland State University as a recipient of the John Eliot Allen outstanding teaching award. Her academic research focuses on Japanese linguistics and pedagogy. She has authored several Japanese textbooks and flash card sets. Emiko is currently developing a series of Japanese writing workbooks and self-study textbooks for professionals.

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