- Series: Japanese Reader Collection
- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482373343
- ISBN-13: 978-1482373349
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Japanese Reader Collection Volume 1: Hikoichi
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I would've given it one more star if it wasn't for how poorly it displays on the Kindle (format in which I purchased it for).
The kanji do tend to be a bit small, but I didn't have trouble reading the words I knew. (Granted, I've got two years of college Japanese under my belt and I'm studying Chinese on my own now, so I've got some experience with Chinese characters - which makes it easier to read them when they're small.) For the first story, the furigana (small letters written above kanji to show pronunciation) were as easy to read as the rest of the story. However, they were less clear in the second story (or parts of it) and might be difficult for somebody that's new to the syllabaries to read. The vocabulary lists gave romaji (these, Latin letters), too, though. So that should clear up any problems.
Now, while I say the kanji are small, keep in mind that I mainly use my iPod Touch for Kindle books (although I think they look a little small in the screenshots that have been put up of a Kindle, too, but that might just be the screenshots - I don't have an actual Kindle). I loaded it on my laptop just to see how it looks, and the kanji are perfectly legible there. So I think this is really more about the device you have than the book itself. Also, while I can't find a way on the Kindle for PC, I can enlarge pictures (which is what the Japanese text is as I write this) on my Kindle for the iPod Touch. And, while the kanji wasn't always the clearest, they, and the furigana, always became legible if it wasn't earlier.
My main complaints about the book are overuse of furigana and how the book was arranged, but these don't really affect the book itself much. Since furigana is provided in the section that lists the vocab under the sentences, I think it should have been left out of the Japanese only section: that way you can practice remembering how to read the kanji; plus, furigana can simply be distracting if you already know the kanji.
In here is: Reading material, listening material, and writing/speaking material, if you are a really dedicated student.
＊One problem I have seen people bring up is that the kanji are difficult to read.
-This presents an opportunity to develop listening comprehension. In my 301 class we had reading material every week where we had to listen to the audio and write in the furigana, bring it to class, and read through it a paragraph at a time per person . Reading out loud often has helped me on so many levels as well as listening for the pronunciation of the kanji.
SO: listen to the audio and find the pronunciation, make flash cards/or learning equivalent and gain not only the ability to recognize the kanji you didn't previously know, but learn it and be able to keep reading through the text.
I recently started (again) my goal of 5-10 words a day. 5 at the least and 10 at the most (if I do more than 10, I tend to neglect doing it everyday). Sunday is a review day, which should be no problem if properly learned and reviewed over the week. 30-60 a week and if 10 are done, you can have 3,000 words in around a year. 3,000 words are the basis of any language needed to readily converse (statistically as a general guideline). Don't forget your grammar and kanji! Lol. (Check out lang-8.com for awesome peer language correction; I need to start writing on there again, hah.)
- Every struggle is an opportunity to learn, which is what I learned last semester by a strict Japanese professor, lol.
I've been learning Japanese for quite a few years and every time I get discouraged and feel like quitting, I give myself a break, find a new reason to learn (for me at the moment is: being the person people go to when they can't remember kanji, because I loooove reading and writing kanji) and then start slow. I have freaked myself out so many times with "I should be so much further along in my studies!" but in the end we can stress ourselves out so much when we could be learning instead. Good old Gandalf, "all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us" and I can't tell you how true that is.
-Take a breath, set a goal, and begin. I've found that working small, everyday, gets results sooo much faster than trying to learn 50-100 words in a day. It can be done if you do it right, but smaller sets work better for the general learner.
-Language learning is a journey we all struggle through together.
-Keep it up and don't get discouraged! 頑張れ！（がんばれ！）