Tsumiki 1 Student Book

Tsumiki 1 Student Book


In the Tsumiki 1 Student Book, students follow two main characters from Australia, Andrew and Mariana, as they learn Japanese. In Units 1-5 Andrew and Mariana communicate with Japanese students who are visiting their schools and homes, and in Unit 6 they fly to Japan for homestay visits with host families in Osaka and Tokyo. Topics are immediately useful to students, and include numbers, friends and family members, school, leisure and daily routines, and traveling and staying in Japan. With rich color illustrations and black & white photography, Tsumiki 1 will capture students’ imagination as they join Andrew and Mariana in their adventure of learning Japanese.


  • Clearly structured and easy to follow.
  • Uses a logical sequence of sentence patterns that build on knowledge from previous ‘building blocks’, with activities that prepare students for the next "block."
  • Student books present core vocabulary in compact, accessible and clearly identified units.
  • Student books introduce hiragana and katakana in separate units before the text proper, to allow for different approaches to the teaching of Japanese script.
  • Hiragana, katakana and kanji are presented with fun mnemonics for helping students understand the form of the kana and fom and meaning of the kanji.
  • Twenty kanji are introduced in Stage 1.
  • Each stage contains a student book, workbook, audio CDs and teacher resource books.


Nelson Pty Ltd. (a Cengage Company)
Publication Date: 
Trim Size: 
8.25 x 10.75
Color Illustrations and B/W Photographs
About the Series

Tsumiki are “building blocks,” and this Japanese language course for Grades 7-10 is clearly structured around a logical sequence of sentence patterns that build on knowledge from previous “blocks.” Tsumiki provides a rigorous yet realistic program that will help students reach their full potential in Japanese language learning.

The course is developed around the experiences of two students, Andrew and Mariana, as they prepare to visit Japan. Hiragana and katakana are introduced separately before the main lessons, to accommodate instructors’ different approaches to teaching Japanese script. The workbook provides exercises to complement each unit, and audio CDs present textbook dialogues and workbook listening activities. The Level 1 Teacher Resource Book contains a detailed work program, lesson notes, transcripts of listening activities, and blackline masters. For Level 2, Teacher Notes are available free of charge online, and the Blackline Masters are sold separately.

Tsumiki 1 has been placed on the State of California’s list of Japanese language programs approved for legal compliance.

For additional activities, teacher networking, and more, visit the Tsumiki companion websites:

Stage 1
Stage 2