Basic Japanese takes a friendly and innovative approach to beginner Japanese, emphasizing the structure of the Japanese language rather than just vocabulary. This method was pioneered by the author, Samuel E. Martin. Once considered controversial, modern linguists now agree that the structurally based approach for learning a language allows for more efficient retention than the traditional repetition-based approach. It is especially useful for self-study and first-time learners as well as in a classroom setting. The MP3 Audio-CD helps to reinforce pronunciation and build listening comprehension. Each lesson is set up to ease learners into not just understanding the new material but mastering it, using a four-step method:
Step 1: Basic Sentences: Each lesson begins with the key to quick mastery of spoken Japanese--learning and understanding new sentence patterns. Vocabulary is learned in context. A Basic Vocabulary section lists only essential words and phrases that are relevant to the theme of the lesson.
Step 2: Structure Notes: Next the learner is guided through complete, in-depth explanations of the sentences' grammar essentials, to aid in mastering the sentence patterns.
Step 3: Conversation: Authentic dialogue teaches the way people naturally speak, putting into practice the lesson's sentence patterns with everyday topics.
Step 4: Exercises: An opportunity for practicing--and for strengthening your understanding of the lesson's key points and ability to read Japanese.