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Yookoso! An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese is the first volume of a two-volume series for beginning Japanese courses. Based on modern principles of second-language acquisition, it was the first beginning Japanese text to integrate the teaching of all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and offer a full complement of ancillary materials. In this text, grammar is treated as a tool for developing the ability to communicate in Japanese, rather than as a focal point. The rich illustration program--including photographs, line drawings, and realia--provides an attractive context for language learning.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072971200
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/20/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 420,211
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Getting Started

Part One

Meeting Others and Introducing Yourself

Everyday Greetings

Classroom Expressions

The Japanese Writing System (1): Introduction

Part Two

Numbers up to 20

Asking and Giving Telephone Numbers

Asking and Telling Time

Asking What Something Is

The Japanese Writing System (2): Hiragana (1)

Part Three

Talking About Daily Activities

Talking About Future Activities and Events

Talking About Likes and Dislikes

The Japanese Writing System (3): Hiragana (2)

Part Four

Talking About Activities and Events in the Past

Inviting Someone to Do Something

Talking About Weekly Schedules

Talking About the Weather

The Japanese Writing System (4): Katakana (1)

Part Five

Asking Location

Numbers from 21 to 10,000

Asking About Existence

Asking About Price

Talking More About Likes and Dislikes

The Japanese Writing System (5): Katakana (2)

Introduction to Kanji

Introduction to Yookoso!

Language Notes and Culture Notes are not listed here.

Chapter 1: Classmates


Nationalities and Languages

Personal Information

Around Campus

Study Hint: Learning New Vocabulary


1. Identification: The Copula desu

2. Possessive Particle no

3. Personal Pronouns and Demonstratives

4. Asking Questions: Interrogatives Particles ha and ga

Culture Notes

shusshin (Origins)

Japanese Universities and Colleges

Asking Personal Questions

Reading and Writing

Reading 1: Huransu-jin no kurasumeeto

Study Hint: Learning Kanji

Reading 2: penparu o sagashite imasu!


The Six Types of Kanji

Skills Practice

Language Functions and Situations

Introducing Friends

Introducing Yourself

Listening Comprehension

Chapter 2: My Town



Cities and Neighborhoods

Buldings and Places Around Town


5. Adjectives and Adverbs

6. Expressing Existence: The Verbs arimasu and imasu

7. Indicating Location

8. Positional Words

9. Numerals and Counters

10. Expressing Likes and Dislikes: suki and kirai

Sentence-Final yo

Study Hint: Learning


Polite Form Versus Plain Form

Culture Notes

Long Commutes

kooban (Police Boxes)

Japanese Addresses

Reading and Writing

Reading 1: Buraun-san no apaato no kinjo

Reading 2: Hayashi-san no hurusato


Skills Practice

Language Functions and Situations

Making Communication Work

Showing Location on a Map

Listening Comprehension

Chapter 3: Everyday Life



Daily Activities

Weekends and Holidays


11. The Basic Structure of Japanese Verbs

12. The Nonpast, Polite Form of Verbs

13. The Past, Polite Form of Verbs

14. Particles Showing Grammatical Relationships

15. Making Suggestions: ~mashoo

16. Conjoining Nouns: to and ya

Adverbs Used in Negative Sentences

Connecting Disjunctive Sentences

Approximate Numbers

Culture Notes

Part-Time Jobs for College Students


kokumin no shukujitsu (National Holidays)

Reading and Writing

Reading 1: Buraun-san no nichijooseikatsu

Reading 2: Buraun-san no shuumatsu


Skills Practice

Language Functions and Situations

Making a Phone Call

Extending an Invitation

Listening Comprehension

Chapter 4: Weather and Climate


Weather Reports

Enjoying the Four Seasons



17. Conjugating Adjectives

18. Comparatives and Superlatives

19. The Past, Plain Forms of Verbs

20. Explaining a Reason: ...noda

21. The Te-Form of Adjectives and the Copula

22. The Te-Form of Verbs

23. Adverbs Used with Comparatives

Linking Disjunctive Clauses with keredomo

Conjoining Sequential Actions

Culture Notes


Types of Rain

How to Write a Letter in Japanese

Reading and Writing

Reading 1: Buraun-san e no tegami

Reading 2: Toraberu gaido: Iroha-machi no kikoo


Skills Practice

Language Functions and Situations

Asking Questions About the Japanese Language

Asking for Assistance with Kanji

Listening Comprehension

Chapter 5: Hobbies and Leisure Activities


Hobbies and Pastimes




24. Interrogatives + ka / mo / demo

25. Describing Abilities

26. Nominalizers: koto and no

27. More Uses of the Particle mo

28. Potential Form of Verbs

29. The Te-Form of Verbs + imasu

30. Relative Clauses

31. Describing a Change in State: naru

Nominal Verbs

ka (or)

Words Expressing Respect and Politeness

Have You Already Eaten?

Some Time Expressions

Culture Notes

go, shoogi, maajan, pachinko: Japanese Games

When You Are Praised

Nihon no supootsu: Japanese Sports

The Japanese Family

Reading and Writing

Reading 1: Sanraizu Karuchaa Sentaa no oshirase

Reading 2: Gakusee to sarariiman no yoka choosa


Skills Practice

Language Functions and Situations

Responding to Compliments

Introducing a Family Member

Listening Comprehension

Chapter 6: Food


Foods and Beverages

Flavors and Tastes

Cooking Terms


32. Expressing Experience: The Ta-Form of Verbs + koto ga aru

33. Expressing a Desire: hoshii, hoshigaru, ~tai, and ...tagaru

34. Expressing an Opinion: ...to omou

35. ~sugiru

36. Quoting Speech: ...to iu

37. Expressing Intention: tsumori and the Volitional Form of Verbs

38. The Te-Form of Verbs + miru, shimau, iku, and kuru

39. Expressing Simultaneous Actions: ~nagara



Quote Marker to

Study Hint: How to Remember Verb Conjugations

moo and mada

Culture Notes


What Do Japanese Eat?

Reading and Writing

Reading 1: Baikingu ryoori ‘Murasaki’

Reading 2: Anata no shokuji chekku


Skills Practice

Language Functions and Situations

Asking and Expressing Opinions

At a Restaurant

Listening Comprehension

Chapter 7: Shopping


Shops and Stores




40. When Something Happens: Temporal Clauses Ending in toki

41. Indefinite Pronoun no

42. Making If-Then Statements: The tara Conditonal

43. Going Somewhere with a Purpose: Using the Particle ni to Express Purpose

44. Reporting Hearsay: ...sooda

45. Saying Whether or Not Something Is True: ...kadooka

46. Giving Reasons with ...shi, ...shi


~yasui, ~nikui

Culture Notes

iro (Colors)

Handling Japanese Money

Metric System

Reading and Writing

Reading 1: ‘San Roodo’ gurando oopuningu seeru

Reading 2: mai fasshion


Skills Practice

Language Functions and Situations


Saying Whether Two Things Are the Same or Different

Listening Comprehension


1. Verb Conjugation

2. Adjective and Copula Conjugation

3. Numbers

4. Counters

5. Time, Days, Months, and Years

6. Ko-so-a-do Words

7. Japanese Accent

8. Kanji List

Japanese-English Glossary

English-Japanese Glossary


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