- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (July 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 480530877X
- ISBN-13: 978-4805308776
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,394,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Japanese Hiragana for Beginners: First Steps to Mastering the Japanese Writing System
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This book will greatly augment any learning program or class you are taking. I highly recomend it.
Try and remember what it was like to learn curssive back in 4th or 5th grade. Are you picturing it. Ahh yes that's right you had that mean teacher that made you re-draw those weird symbols that you were never going to use again in your life over and over again in between those extra big lines just like you were an Elementry student. Which of course you were.
That's what this book is like. There's a big cursive "a" at the top of the page and boxes for you to draw them in. Only they're not "a's" they're japanese character symbols. Each page also has a pronociation guide in the upper right corner. They're around 77 pages in this format. These include numbers, basic characters, & other important characters.
In the back of the book there is flash cards. So no you don't have to buy the book & flash cards. This books has you covered.
There is 96 pages all chuck full of learning. the back third of the book is questions and anwers that you can fill in with your newfound skillz. This is also very useful as it practices you writing & improves knowlege of the country. For example on question looks like this: "2. How much is a rice ball (o ni gi ri)? _______________".
EX # 2: There is also a map of Nippon (Japan) at the back of the book with cities on it. it states the name of the city and the english translation for it's name. You must use hiragana to fill in the proper characters.
The first few pages are dedicated to explaing the book, system, and process. We have all used these types of books at one point or another in our life, and yes they DO work. If they didn't I wouldn't be able to sign checks, or my name. granted I don't know all of my cursive because I'm a programmer and type really really fast. So I don't need cursive much, but as I will be using hiragana this book will be indespencible.
I stummbled on this book when I was looking for textbooks in the library, and I was just beside myself on how effective this book is in teaching! After just two days of using it's system, I am slowly able to piece together words that are written in hiragana. Now I'm looking into buying the kanji and kana editions, with the confidense that they will be just as effective.
I HIGHLY recommend this book for leaners of all ages for a fast and effective way to start reading in Japanese. Definatly a must-have!