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The Hi, friends! English textbooks were introduced in April 2012, and replaced Eigo Notebook.

Content

The Hi, Friends! textbook has new characters, is redesigned, has small amounts of actual text, but at the same it time retain many similarities to its predecessor. Elementary schools will have receive student copies, a teacher's book (which includes lesson aims, phrases, points to consider etc.), and also digital studying materials (DVDs which can be installed on your computer and have an interactive textbook). Also available online are yearly lesson programs, lesson plans, and worksheets.

Unfortunately, like with Eigo Noto, English translations of the lesson plans for the new textbook will not be provided from MEXT. But can be purchased for ¥3,500 each (ask your school/BoE). Below are original translations of all of the lessons.

Hi, friends! 1

Lesson Title Hours
1 Hello! 1 2 - - -
2 I'm happy. 1 2 - - -
3 How many? 1 2 3 4 -
4 I like apples. 1 2 3 4 5
5 What do you like? 1 2 3 4 -
6 What do you want? 1 2 3 4 5
7 What's this? 1 2 3 4 -
8 I study Japanese. 1 2 3 4 5
9 What would you like? 1 2 3 4 -

Hi, friends! 2

Lesson Title Hours
1 Do you have "a"? 1 2 3 4 - -
2 When is your birthday? 1 2 3 4 - -
3 I can swim. 1 2 3 4 - -
4 Turn right. 1 2 3 4 - -
5 Let's go to Italy. 1 2 3 4 - -
6 What time do you get up? 1 2 3 4 5 -
7 We are good friends. 1 2 3 4-5 6
8 What do you want to be? 1 2 3 4 - -

Software

Role Playing Skit button circled in red

Each school that uses Hi, friends! will also have software that can be installed on Windows. The software is basically a digital version of the textbook, with animations, sounds and videos.
Sometimes this software runs slowly and you can find the animations to a chant will not be in sync, sometimes with the song finished much earlier than the animations. Some ALTs have found that the following can fix this issue:

  • Click a Role Playing Skit (ロールプレイングスキット) button.
  • On the following page play a video for about 10 seconds.
    This will need to be done each time the software is used.

Applications

iOS

iPad iPhone Price In-app Purchase
Hi, friends! 1 ⭕️ Free ¥840
Hi, friends! 2 ⭕️ Free ¥840

Android

There is no app for Android. But it is possible to copy the software from the DVD to your Android device. For instructions follow this link.

Windows 8

Price
Hi, friends! 1 ¥700
Hi, friends! 2 ¥700

See also