Nakama 1: Japanese Communication Culture Context

  • AUTHORS: Yukiko Abe Hatasa; Kazumi Hatasa; Seiichi Makino
  • ISBN-13: 9781285429595 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 592 Pages  Paperback 
  • 3rd Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2011
  • ©2015     Published
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About The Product

NAKAMA 1 is a complete, flexible introductory program designed to present the fundamentals of the Japanese language to users. The NAKAMA 1 program focuses on proficiency-based language learning, emphasizes practical communication and student interaction, and fosters the development of all four language skills and cultural awareness. Thematically organized chapters focus on high-frequency communicative situations and introduce students to the Japanese language and its three writing systems: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Maintaining the program's balanced approach, the new edition features updated technology resources, updated culture, and contemporary vocabulary to enhance both teaching and learning.


  • Comprehensive vocabulary presentations support acquisition with illustrations and captions, the chapter dialogue, clear explanations, and follow-up activities.
  • Clear, easy-to-follow grammar explanations stress language functions and highlight their use and appropriateness in social interactions.
  • Listening and communication sections contain strategies and activities to promote listening and speaking skills; an icon in the Listening section directs students to activities found on both the In-Text Audio CD and Student Website.
  • Readings immediately following the Kanji section include author-generated texts that provide practice and reading strategies.
  • Early introduction of language describing everyday activities encourages students to talk about their daily lives early in the course.
  • Integration sections concluding each chapter provide practice and role-play opportunities to reinforce comprehension.

About the Contributor

  • Yukiko Abe Hatasa

    Yukiko Abe Hatasa received her Ph.D. in linguistics in 1992 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught all levels of Japanese for over twenty-five years, and has worked on curriculum development and teacher training in five major institutions in the US, Australia, and Japan. She is known nationwide as one of the premier Japanese methodologists in the US and Japan. She is currently a professor of Japanese pedagogy at Hiroshima University.

  • Kazumi Hatasa

    Kazumi Hatasa received his Ph.D. in education in 1989 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a professor at Purdue University and Director of the Japanese School at Middlebury College. He is recognized internationally for his work in software development for the Japanese language and distributes most of his work as freeware over the Internet.

  • Seiichi Makino

    Seiichi Makino received his Ph.D. in linguistics in 1968 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an internationally prominent Japanese linguist and scholar who is recognized throughout the world for his scholarship and for his many publications. Before beginning his tenure at Princeton University in 1991, he taught Japanese language, linguistics, and culture at the University of Illinois while training lower division language coordinators. He is an experienced ACTFL oral proficiency trainer in Japanese and frequently trains Japanese instructors internationally in proficiency-oriented instruction and in the administration of the Oral Proficiency Interview. Professor Makino has been the Academic Director of the Japanese Pedagogy M.A. Summer Program at Columbia University since 1996. He also directs the Princeton-in-Ishikawa Summer Program. In 2014, the Japanese government honored Dr. Seiichi Makino with a decoration: The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for his outstanding contributions in the mutual academic exchanges between Japan and the United States and the development of Japanese language education.

Table of Contents

1. The Japanese Sound System and Hiragana.
2. Greetings and Introductions.
3. Daily Routines.
4. Japanese Cities.
5. Japanese Homes.
6. Leisure Time.
7. Favorite Things and Activities.
8. Shopping.
9. Restaurants and Invitations.
10. My Family.
11. Seasons and Weather.
12. Annual Events.

New to this Edition

  • Revised dialogues, exercises, and vocabulary presentations reflect current cultural practices and social situations typical of students in Japan; Dialogue Phrase Notes provide more detailed explanations for expressions used.
  • Activities have been revised to include more pair and group activities.
  • The new edition provides the latest technological offerings from Cengage, including the iLrn Heinle Learning Center.
  • Updated and expanded cultural content presents profiles of contemporary Japanese lifestyles, illustrated with abundant realistic photos and accompanied by questions that develop cultural awareness.
  • New instructor annotations have been added throughout the program, offering instructors additional activities in addition to relevant cultural and linguistic insights.

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