For initial level Minna consists of two parts. Each part of the textbook refers to exercises and testing of grammar and vocabulary, grammatical comments with explanations, examples and grammatical structures, books for reading and a collection of homework designed to consolidate the knowledge, records of dialogues and new vocabulary.

You are almost surrounded on all sides by the Japanese language, and willy-nilly, it is impossible to relax on the explanations or translations in English.

All subsequent lessons include material from previous ones.

A lot of people say that Minna Nihongo is very helpful when you want to pass 5 kyu Nihongo JLPT test, and some of them contend that after the passing of the middle stage, you can take 4 or even 3 kyu.


  • Comments on grammar in English (but not very detailed)
  • Extensive additional material (audio, video, reading book, recipe book for characters, composition, workbook)
  • Use of modern lexicon (it is better to buy a new edition)
  • After each lesson there is a test to check the knowledge.

First steps. Introduction to Japanese. Sumiko Taniguchi, Erie Mannami, Ayumi otherness, Hiroki Hagihara

The textbook is written by a team of Japanese specialists who have extensive experience of teaching Japanese as a foreign language and transformed this experience into this book.

The apparent advantage of this book is the fact that the authors proceeded from real life, and not from some established formal canons. This approach is particularly appreciable in the disclosure of the grammatical structure of the language. This is not in the form of academic comment, but through the introduction of everyday colloquial specimens of modern Japanese. Live, understandable manner of presentation allows overcoming a psychological barrier against the Japanese.

Japanese Verbs

The present publication is a short instructional manual on Japanese verbs.

The manual does not lay claim to maximum completeness of all forms of work with verbs. The forms of verbs most commonly found in the practice of teaching Japanese language can be found in the book.  A brief glossary of key Japanese verbs, divided into groups according to conjugation.

Besides, the verbs-exceptions, with the end of -iru, -eru are also included in the common dictionary.

In the dictionary words are arranged in order of the Japanese syllabary.

The manual is intended for teachers, classroom and independent work of students of universities, schools and other educational institutions, where they learn the Japanese language.

It can also be used by all who are interested in the Japanese language.

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