- 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hiragana, the Basics of Japanese
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Each character in the e-book is accompanied with a stroke direction in writing, and a pronunciation aid. They also contain pictures to associate with the particular hiragana character. Words formed in hiragana are added in the text to reinforce your reading and comprehension capabilities, as you have the opportunity to structure vocabulary as you move through the e-book. Other question and answer quizzes support your absorption and retention of the hiragana. Near the end of the e-book are challenges, such as shiritori and kaibun, two popular games that reinforce your vocabulary and powers of thinking and retention. Finally, the e-book has a hiragana chart for you to use as a reference guide and study aid.
A complete kana set would include the katakana, which hopefully for beginners will be released in the future to make learning the entire kana a breeze. If you are looking for a simple method of remembering and learning the kana in a way that will stick with you, as well as give you a foundation in learning kanji, this e-book is a great start. As a PDF format, it travels with you on your iPad, netbook, or laptop.
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It also helps you remember them fast!