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Learning Japanese Hiragana and Katakana: Workbook and Practice Sheets Second Edition Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0804838153
ISBN-10: 0804838151
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"For those who are familiar with Tuttle publishing you'll know that all their study materials are very high quality. This book is no exception. It's also an amazing deal--It's incredibly cheap for how much you get! This workbook comes with a CD that has both Hiragana and Katakana flash cards, extra writing practice, quizzes, and charts for you to fill out." —Goodreads

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"Even long-time students of Japan will find the book illuminating and thought- provoking."—Sam Jameson, former Tokyo Bureau Chief of the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times
"Among the numerous books by foreigners on the intricate Japanese mindscapes and businessscapes, this is undoubtedly the most informative and eyeopening; it is rich in exploratory insight and provocative wisdom."—Dr Tae-Chang Kim, President, Institute for the Integrated Study of Future Generations, Kyoto
"KATA explains the rationale for Japanese behavior and fills in the blanks for everyone, including long-term foreign residents."—James Fink, General Manager, Colliers Halifax, Tokyo

In this first book ever to explain why the Japanese think and behave the way they do, veteran Japanologist Boye Lafayette De Mente, author of more than 30 books on Japan, unlocks the mystery of kata—the cultural molds that have traditionally shaped and defined the attitudes, behavior, and character of the Japanese and are primarily responsible for the traits and talents that make them different from other people—to explain what makes the Japanese Japanese, and how it effects all their personal, professional, and political affairs!
In some 70 brief essays, ranging from "The Art of Bowing" and "Importance of the Apology" to "The Compulsion for Quality" and "Exchanging NameCards", the author looks at the origin, nature, use, and influence of kata (literally the form and order of doing things) in Japanese life and how this cultural conditioning causes the Japanese to think and react in the way they do. Because all relations with the Japanese are influenced by kata, the key to dealing with the Japanese in personal or business matters requires knowing how and when to induce or compel them to break the kata and behave in a non-Japanese way.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Second Edition edition (November 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804838151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804838153
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,212,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Ulloa on November 19, 2007
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I am taking Japanese and needed some extra practice with Hiragana and Katakana. This is exactly what I was looking for. It even has a part where you have to figure out if you are suppose to write in Katakana or Hiragana! It also has empty blocks in the back just for un guided practice...so you don't have to use you notebook paper for more practice! When my Japanese teacher saw me with the book he himself said that it is a great system....my thought...........why isn't it being used in the college!?! This book company sells other great books for learning Japanese as well.
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This is a great workbook for practicing your strokes. If you need mnemonics to help learn your characters, you will need to look elsewhere. This book is geared toward improving your writing skills, not learning the characters. The nice thing about this book is that not only does it show how the character should look in brush and also pencil, it also shows the historical derivation of the character which is nice to see. There is plenty of room for practice although I used separate sheets so as not to fill up the book. After each group of 10 characters it has several pages of practice words combining what you have learned up to this point which is a nice review. It has the words in romaji as well as written in Hiragana/Katakana so you can either copy if you're working on your penmanship (pencilmanship?), or you can cover the Japanese and look at only the Romaji to practice your character recall. There are also a number of pages with very thorough explanation of the different points in pronunciation, etc. Highly recommended.
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An excellent workbook. Introduces the characters in an easy-to-grasp way and in a sensible order. Explains the derivation of the characters from kanji and gives plenty of ways to practice them.
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I love this workbook. The inside is great-a page per kana, illustrations of strokes, etc, and after every 2 sets there's practice sheets with actual Japanese words. There's also a history of how each character has evolved, which helps me a lot with remembering stroke order.

However, like another reviewer mentioned, I can't lay the damn thing flat. The exercises often go all the way up close to the end of the page, so I have to struggle to write on a curved surface. This workbook does itself a disservice by getting bound like a normal paperback. It would be so much more practical spiral-bound.

Seriously, I still recommend this workbook because the content is great. Just be willing to photocopy pages, or get it rebound or something. I really wish I had this as a spiral!

Edit: Forgot to mention, the first 16 pages give a great overview of the history of kana, pronunciation, and little quirks like wo/o, he/e, and ha/wa. I enjoyed reading the beginning, and considering I already know hiragana and just got the book for hiragana review and an intro to katakana, that's surprising. I actually learned new things about hiragana from it, and I've already been hiragana literate for a month or so. In light of the really helpful beginning I'm upgrading it from 3 stars to 4 stars. I still HATE how uncooperative the binding is, but it really does deserve it.
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I like this book. I think it is a very nice, basic book that teaches you Hiragana and Katakana. It goes into more detail than most books I've seen. In the book teaches you how to properly write and read the Hiragana and Katakana, along with words that are spelled with them. I think it's a great investment for someone trying to teach themselves Japanese. Personally, I love all the books I've purchased from Tuttle Publishing thus far.
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I love this book, very helpful and clear..it teaches Hiragana and Katakana characters, the pronunciation is written in Romaji, there are examples to each sound, and finally there are empty pages at the back for more practice. if you want to start learning Japanese, start with this book =)
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Great book. I just wish that there were more exercises that challenged us by making us figure out the assigned characters to the syllables instead of having the romanji AND kana. I am a self-learner and I must say it has taught me a great deal of hiragana so far!
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I love this book alot! I didn't know where to start, but my Japanese friends recommended to write first before anything. This is an excellent book for beginners like me! It has pronunciation , how to write it(in steps) and has you practice it alot so you can memorize it. And after 10 vowels, you get a mini review! I love this book and learned and memorized so much! A definite recommend to anyone wanting to start japanese, and START WITH THIS BOOK!
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