Hajimeyo Nihongo Shokyu 1 - Jugyo no Susumekata
The aim of this book is to have the learner of Japanese from the very first steps increase his/her communication ability through the use of grammar, vocabulary and expressions. Without simply expecting the learner to finish studying basic Japanese grammar and then begin practicing what they have learnt, the book has the learner, while considering and talking about his/her own life, master the grammar, vocabulary and expressions necessary for actual situations in real life.
When both Book 1 and Book 2 are studied, the learner will have covered 82% of the grammar needed for Level 3 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and be ready to move on to an intermediate text.
N.B.: Apart from the vocabulary lists, these books have no translation into English, and so they do require a speaker of Japanese to act as instructor.