The "Tobira" textbook combines the practice of all four language skills (reading, listening, writing, speaking) and is designed for use by students who have completed a beginning Japanese textbook or, in terms of classroom time, somewhere from 250 to 300 hours of Japanese study.
The primary goals of this textbook are, to solidify the grammar, vocabulary and kanji foundation studied at the beginner level and to develop all 4 language skills. What makes this book unique is that you can learn Japanese using multimedia besides the textbook.
For this, Tobira counts in the attempt to make learning a bit more fun, on the most common medium with the highest potential, the Internet. Included in this book is a link with which you gain access to the multimedia kit on Tobira’s official website. The menu holds various materials for audio learning, video learning, Kanji, grammar and writing practice. With this Language Partner Online, you can follow scenarios of everyday conversations, repeat single section or completely take over one part and interact with the other person. You can also record your performance and compare it with the original.
The book holds 15 chapters, covering up everything from reading, vocabulary list, dialogues, conversation practice, grammar notes, kanji list to culture notes. The chapter matches with the ones who are provided on the website. Reading, dialogs, conversations, and vocabularies from the book are all available as audio material as well. After you worked through and internalized this workbook carefully, your skills will have improved noticeably. You will have mastered the intermediate level and be ready for moving on to the advanced level. English translation is provided to the grammar notes and vocabulary lists. This book has been used for Japanese classes at many Universities.
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