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The Hi, friends! English textbooks replaced Eigo Notebook to become to standard textbook for 5th and 6th grade elementary school English between April 2012 and March 2018.
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
|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|
|8||I study Japanese.||1||2||3||4||5|
|9||What would you like?||1||2||3||4||-|
Hi, friends! 2
|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||-||-|
|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||-||-|
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.
|Hi, friends! 1||⭕️||❌||Free||¥840|
|Hi, friends! 2||⭕️||❌||Free||¥840|
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.
|Hi, friends! 1||¥700|
|Hi, friends! 2||¥700|
- Official MEXT lesson plans (Japanese)
MEXT Hi, Friends! page (English)No longer available
- Official picture cards (Available to purchase, Japanese)
- Tokyo Shoseki (Buy official textbook)
- Elementary lesson resources (More from AkitaJET.com)
- Englipedia (Activities)
- JET Programme.org forum
- Hi, friends! Plus Worksheet scans - May be the new textbook from April 2017.
- Hi, friends! 1 and Hi, friends! 2 (Lesson plans on ALTWiki.net)
- Hi, friends! 1 and Hi, friends! 2 (Scans of textbook, teacher's manual and worksheets on WildMushroomland.com.)