After studying this book you will be able to read all of the hiragana and katakana, recognise a lot of basic words in kanji, and have a good knowledge of grammar.
The book is made up of 30 lessons which contain dialogues, explanations, drills, reading comprehensions, aural comprehensions, pronunciation practices, and writing practices.
The drills are very useful because they are designed so that you will be able to use new expressions in meaningful actual situations, rather than just memorizing.
It is a system them really works and has helped me improve my Japanese.
An Introduction to Modern Japanese will fill all your needs for both classroom and independent study.
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