Minna no Nihongo

Learn Japanese with textbooks and workbooks

Minna no Nihongo is one of the most popular Japanese language books series for classrooms and individuals across the world. Lesson topics including essential grammar, vocabulary, listening and speaking are taught and instilled in students through situational daily conversations.

Learn Japanese in four steps


Minna no Nihongo books are divided in four levels: Shokyu 1, Shokyu 2, Chukyu 1, and Chukyu 2. If Shokyu 1 and 2 are for beginners, Chukyu 1 and 2 are made for intermediate students.

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Shokyu 1: Beginner Japanese

Shokyu 1 textbook and workbooks are essential for beginners who have studied Japanese for less than 100 hours. We recommend to learn hiragana and katakana before starting to use these books, because there are no explanations on how you should read kana.

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Shokyu 2: Elementary Japanese

Shokyu 2 textbook and workbooks are for beginners who have finished “Shokyu 1” or have already studied Japanese for 100 to 150 hours. Although this complete set is aimed at beginners, you must be familiar with hiragana and katakana to get the most of it.

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Chukyu 1: Lower Intermediate Japanese

The intermediates series Minna no Nihongo Chukyu is aimed at those learners at the upper beginner or lower intermediate level who want to cultivate their talking, listening reading and writing skills in a practical manner.

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Chukyu 2: Intermediate Japanese

Chukyu 2 is the last level of the Minna no Nihongo series. It is reserved for people wishing to reach an intermediate level, equivalent to the N2 of the official Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

Minna no Nihongo Textbooks


There are two types of books that are indispensable for learning Japanese with the Minna no Nihongo series: The textbooks (Honsatsu) and Translations and Grammatical Notes (Honyaku - Bunpo Kaisetsu). This last book is available in 14 languages.

Textbooks

Honsatsu


Minna no Nihongo is aimed at anyone who urgently needs to learn to communicate in Japanese in any situation, whether at work, school, college or in their local community. Efforts have been made to make the exchanges between Japanese and foreign characters in the book reflect social conditions and everyday life as faithfully as possible.

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Translations & Grammatical Notes

Honyaku・Bunpo Kaisetsu


Using textbooks with their companions "Translation & Grammatical Notes" will help you understand the lessons efficiently and will reduce frustrating misunderstandings in your studies with detailed explanations. These books are available in 14 languages: English, Burmese, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Japanese (in Romaji), Russian, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese.

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Minna no Nihongo Workbooks


There are several types of workbooks that allow you to practice the lessons you learnt with Minna no Nihongo textbooks. Each workbook addresses a theme of Japanese learning, such as reading, grammar or listening comprehension.

Basic Workbooks

Hyojun Mondaishu


These are the companion workbooks for Minna no Nihongo textbooks. These workbooks is a collection of exercises and tests to check what you have learned from the textbook. Since the right answers are provided at the end of every workbook, they can be used both for self-study as well as classroom materials.

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Translations & Grammatical Notes

Kaite Oboeru Bunkei Renshucho


These workbooks help you thoroughly practice and review vocabulary and grammatical items found in Minna no Nihongo main textbooks. These Sentence Pattern workbooks are illustrated with easy-to-understand charts and diagrams, allowing the learner to quickly understand how Japanese sentences are structured.

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Reading Comprehension Texts

Yomeru Topikku 25


The texts in these book cover a wide variety of topics in various formats. The reading materials are informational notices, letters, interviews, quizzes and surveys. These books also include simple exercises to confirm the level of comprehension of the learner. A booklet always provides useful translations of new vocabulary.

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Listening Tasks

Chokai Tasuku 25


These books contain listening comprehension exercises related to the main topics of study in Minna no Nihongo Shokyu. With these workbooks, the user is directly involved in dialogues and stories. It helps him grasp any essential information, vocabulary and sentence patterns being conveyed in the task exercises.

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Supplementary Kanji Books


Several books from the Minna no Nihongo collection are focusing on learning kanji. Thanks to these books you will be able to memorize the tracks, the direction and the readings of each character.

Kanji Study Book

Kanji


These kanji textbooks are for students that are using the Minna no Nihongo Shokyu textbooks. Kanji are structured with reading, usage and writing in both volumes. The book provides descriptive examples showing contexts rather than using rote memorization. They also include tasks, reviews, and quizzes to review what you have learnt.

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Kanji Workbooks

Kanji Renshucho


Each Minna no Nihongo textbook has a companion kanji workbook that helps to practice the kanji and vocabulary contained in the lessons. In these workbooks, the learner will first study each kanji, then she or he will practice its reading and writing skills, allowing for a steady progression.

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Student reviews

“The Minna no Nihongo series is a classic textbook choice, and it serves it purpose well. When you combine it with the translation notes it becomes easier to use it for self study, but it really seems to shine in a classroom setting.”

Sarah