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Adventures in Japanese Level 1 is the first student textbook in this series for students of Japanese as a foreign language. It introduces basic Japanese through a series of everyday situations with which students are familiar, such as introductions, taking class attendance, and inviting a friend over. Hiragana and katakana are introduced gradually, and 17 basic kanji are also taught. Widely adopted at junior and senior high schools across the U.S. because of its effectiveness, Adventures in Japanese is a user-friendly but comprehensive course that incorporates textbooks, student workbooks, kana workbooks and flashcards, teacherâs handbooks and audio CDs for a complete and enjoyable introduction to the Japanese language. The title of the series implies fun, and the booksâ lively illustrations and vivid explanations make language learning enjoyable for students. Speaking, listening, reading and writing are equally stressed throughout, and Cultural Notes make important points about Japanese culture and language use. A Fun Corner--with various culturally related activities from making onigiri (riceballs) to learning Japanese songs--increases the sense of exploration and adventure, and a Japanese Culture Corner feature provides cultural topics for students to explore in depth and compare with their own culture.