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The essentials of pronunciation and intonation are clearly explained and diagrammed throughout the book. Each chapter includes important expressions for everyday use, as well as exercises and drills that provide a thorough command of new patterns. The student is taught first the most frequently used polite language, then introduced to both informal and super-polite language. A complete index of grammar points is included, and appendices serve as additional tools for study and review. Vocabulary lists contain all the Japanese words used in the book, as well as other important terms and expressions. The result is a complete course in basic Japanese, systematically and lucidly presented, designed especially for those wishing to improve their verbal skills.