- Paperback: 76 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 5, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481863088
- ISBN-13: 978-1481863087
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,738,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hiragana, the Basics of Japanese
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If you do exactly as the book says (practice writing the symbols, do only a little each day, and use the mnemonic hints) it'll stick and you'll be done in no time.
I must stress practicing writing the symbols though. I filled about 15 lined pages practicing the symbols and answering the questions in the book.
I would do an entire line of one symbol as I said the mnemonic over and over to myself. I have at least one full sheet per chapter.
I would also test myself multiple times a day writing all of the "alphabet" I had learned up to that point.
But hey whatever works for you. Just get this book and you'll be reading hiragana in no time.
*You should probably skip this next part if you want if you don't use/have the Apple Store*. (I'm pretty sure there's free Japanese apps for the Android as well, not sure though.)
For Apple users, look for an app called "Hirgana and Katakana", in the Apple Store. The picture is a pink Hirgana "a" character. Don't worry it's free and I've actually learned more from there. Even so, this book is still great though. A lot of the words they teach are similar but there's a few different ones. So I'd highly recommended this Book/Kindle for people who don't have access to third party apps, or any other Japanese learning program like Rosetta Stone. Even so, this would still be a helpful product to have. There's things the app has that the book doesn't (sounds and sentence examples, so far I haven't seen any sentence examples in this book) and things the book has that the app doesn't (shows you step to step how to draw the characters).
*A little lesson from me* (You can also skip this part as well if you want.) The app says blue is ao but the book says blue is aoi. I've learned that "i" is added on certain colors (to my understanding, if not all the colors, I'm still learning but I'm not 100% so don't heed this without doing a little research), making it an adjective. Ao (n.) and Aoi (adj), Aka (n.) means red, Akai (adj.) Kuro (n.) means black, Kuroi (adj.) and so on. *I wouldn't haven't known that at the time if it wasn't for the book*.
So all in all I love this freaking book. And it's very helpful for Hiragana learners. My sentiment is to have another learning source on top of this product for Hiragana as well. Like another book, or learning program, like Rosetta Stone or an app for example. The more the merrier. And if anything should help you learn better/faster having access to other learning sources including this book/kindle, depending on which one you bought. Unless you bought both. Thanks for reading my review!
Update: After leaving my review I was contacted by the seller. They were really friendly and tried to help me. Unfortunately, I have an older tablet that doesn't support the files. However, They sent me a PDF file of the book I bought. I am happy now because I can read this book as a PDF file on my tablet. Not only that, they offered me extra tools they sell at their store for free.
I give it 5 stars not only because this book is a very helpful tool for learning Japanese, but for their excellent customer service.
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It also helps you remember them fast!