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Japanese Textbooks

Postby Breyyne » Fri 03.27.2009 3:27 am

This may sound a little strange, but I am looking for actual Japanese Language text books. That is to say Japanese Japanese school books. Basic elementary to high school levels. Names or ISBNs (or what ever the Japanese use) so that I can find them online for purchase.
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Re: Japanese Textbooks

Postby clay » Fri 03.27.2009 6:05 am

Here is some information from Monbushou (dept of education)
http://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/shotou/kyoukasho/main3_a2.htm

I have no idea if this is true, but it looks like this textbook is used now for kokugo: 新しい国語教科書
http://ja.uncyclopedia.info/wiki/%E6%96%B0%E3%81%97%E3%81%84%E5%9B%BD%E8%AA%9E%E6%95%99%E7%A7%91%E6%9B%B8

You can't buy it, but on Amazon.co.jp there are a few study materials to go along with it:
http://www.amazon.co.jp/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?__mk_ja_JP=%83J%83%5E%83J%83i&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=%90V%82%B5%82%A2%8D%91%8C%EA%8B%B3%89%C8%8F%91&x=0&y=0
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Re: Japanese Textbooks

Postby Breyyne » Fri 03.27.2009 8:45 am

I am mainly interested in how the Japanese teach the language to their children.
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Re: Japanese Textbooks

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Fri 03.27.2009 9:30 am

Why are you interested in that?
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Re: Japanese Textbooks

Postby Breyyne » Sat 03.28.2009 2:38 am

One, because I have an interest in languages and how they are taught.
Two, The Japanese have something like 2005 independent Kanji characters that are expected to be know for higher levels.
Three, Since is such a fundamentally different language structure from most of the rest of the world, One would be curious whether the teaching methods vary as well. "Do the Japanese use a 'A is for Apple' method for their beginner Native speakers?"
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Re: Japanese Textbooks

Postby becki_kanou » Sat 03.28.2009 6:08 am

Children's writing workbooks do use a format similar to A is apple for teaching hiragana/katakana to little kids, where they show the character and give some words and pictures for it i.e. あ....あめ....あひる etc.

However, the structure of the language really makes no difference in the way native speakers learn it as children. Japanese children learn how to speak their native language perfectly and generally without explicit teaching before they go to school, just as children in all countries do. It's a common misconception to confuse learning a language with learning a writing system, but they are really two completely different things.
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Re: Japanese Textbooks

Postby Breyyne » Sun 03.29.2009 9:52 am

Thank you, Becki
Though, I did not intend to imply that Japanese required any special training in the schools. Just possibly something different from what we use in America. Also, I know that learning a language and a writing system are different but they do tend to run hand in hand while in the early school years.
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