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Jimi's Book of Japanese: A Motivating Method to Learn Japanese (Katakana) (Jimi's Book of Japanese) Paperback – March 16, 2005
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Pack your randoseru, hop on your otobai and join Jimi, Akiko and Robotto-san as they take you on yet another entertaining adventure in mastering basic Japanese. Inside, youll learn to quickly crack the mysteries of karaoke, easily identify an anime karakutareven learn how to locate the hippest rekkodo shop through imaginative illustrations and easy-to-grasp explanations. Best of all, youll learn to read, write and pronounce 46 essential katakana in the time it takes to fly from New York to Tokyo.
Designed with flash-card simplicity, each colorful page features sumo-sized kana with easy-to-follow stroke order arrows, an illustrated pronunciation key, and vocabulary words in Japanese and English. All words are matched with authentic descriptions and energetic characters whose animated expressions speak louder than words and make learning Japanese unforgettable.
Extra features include a helpful introduction with practical tips on Japanese basics, an extensive word list with clear-cut definitions, and a vibrant visual dictionary. Theres a color-coded katakana table and a Supaa Rare bonus, too.
"Jimi's Book of Japanese: A Motivating Method to Learn Japanese(Katakana)" is for everyone (ages 2 to 100) who is learning Japanese and for anyone with an inquisitive brain. Prepare your nomisu
·Master the 46 most important katakana
·Learn to read, write, pronounce katakana from A to WO
·Learn more than 150 new vocabulary words
Special features of "Jimi's Book of Japanese: A Motivating Method to Learn Japanese(Katakana)":
·New and simple strategies to master katakana
·More than 300 full color illustrations
·Easy-to-grasp explanations, memorable lessons
About the Author
Peter X. Takahashi is an award-winning author, underrated DJ and soon-to-be-sought-after nightclub act. In his free time, PXT enjoys eating yakiniku, sculpting bonsai, playing gorufu and perfecting his Nimzo-Indian Defense. He lives in Tokyo. This is his third book.
Yumie Toka is an award-winning illustrator and interaction designer whose trend-setting style is loved by kids, adults and monkeys around the world. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, meditation and teaching karate, kung fu and a whole bunch of magic tricks. Born and raised in Tokyo, she lives and works in Atlanta. This is her third book.
Top customer reviews
Each page is dedicated to a different Kana and has pronunciation guides, vocabulary examples and writing guidelines. Once you have mastered the Kana then you can go on to a more advanced book with more worksheets and writing/vocab lessons such as "Let's Learn Katakana: Second Book of Basic Japanese Writing" if you want.
As I complained now, this book has been rated with 4 1/2 stars, and the animation-like fun illustration on the cover and each page looked fun, and I thought my child would like it, so I ordered one.
But from native Japanese person's view, this book is very confusing, and disorganized. The first time I opened the book with my child, I ran into so many non-sense in this book that was so difficult to explain to child.
For example; each letter on one page with example word on it. like ; letter "Ku"- as "Kurisumasu"(christmas), the Ku= Kurisumasu is fine, but some letter and example such as letter "Fu" is as "Golf", (words start with letter "Fu" can be found, such as "fight"(Fuaito) or "Fax"(fuakkusu), right?) then why it says letter "Fu" as "golf(Golfu)? children can't understand it. Yet this book does not cover "Dakuon letters" Dakuon are; Ga, Gi, Gu,Ghe, Go, Da, zi,zu,de,do, Ba, Bi, bu,be, bo... so the word starts with one of those letter Go(as Golf), is not good example for beginners.
Also there are so many unrelated stuff on this books, those stuff confuse us.some pages are with explanation, some are not, like the page for letter "Ke" with example word "Cake"(keiki), there are picture of some Cakes, green one(green tea cake, looks like), brown one (chocolate cake, looks like), strawberry one(exactly), Eclair(it is, the picture of long cream puff chocolate coating on top), and stripe cake(don't know what kind of), anyway, there is allow near each cake pics and except Strawberry one, those are called "Cake(keiki)", and only the allow to Strawberry one says "Ichigo"(means strawberry) and yet the word "Ichigo" is written in Hiragana, not Katakana. (so the problem is if someone is trying to learn both Hiragana and Katakana at the same time, and can not recognized all letters in Hiragana and Katakana yet, this kind of example are super confusing).
And what is the example of the letter "Mi(me)"="Mini"?? , Mini-what? the pictures on the page shows the monkey wearing a long maxi length Mink coat with mitten, and a girl with artificial tan in Mini skirt and with allow to her hair with the unfamilar word "Manba"(never heard of, I don't know what it is-I am Japanese, born and lived in the country for 28 yrs, never heard of the word, probably something new and trendy word, but if so, needs explanation, but on this page, no explanation).
And suddenly in the middle of the book, human anatomy appears (actually it's monkey's anatomy) and kindly with words of each parts in Japanese, but mostly those words are in Hiragana.(this book is supposed to teach you Katakana),
and don't know why it has to be there in the book. (my child got intrests in the anatomy pages and it got all her attention, and she liked the page better than each letter pages. Thanks-A lot!!! is this book helping her to learn Katakana or discouraging? and one of the reasons the anatomy page got her attention was because mostly written in Hiragana, she can read with confidence, so she probably likes, even so, I wanted to teach her Katakana with this book and thought this book was helpful, so this unexpected intrruption was not welcome).
This is for advanced leaners and travelers, I think. But at least my child can see all letters in Katakana clearly. Thanks, but not recommended for kids and beginners.
After hearing inumerable Japanese phrases and other assorted Asian utterances--most likely from the hours my 9-year old niece spends watching Samurai Jack and Avatar--I bought her two books in the Jimi's Book of Japanese series in an attempt to at least encourage her to further her foreign language efforts in a meaningful way.
These books are great. After a brief period of time she's mastered both basic syllable sets of modern Japanese. I am happy to say I would recommend both books to anyone who is looking to motivate their kids/relatives to expand their intellectual horizons.
JIMI'S BOOK OF JAPANESE: A Motivating Method to Learn Japanese (Katakana) by Peter X. Takahashi, illus. by Yumie Toka, (Takahashi & Black, ISBN 0972324720 16.95, 76pp.)
See also Jimi's Book of Japanese: A Motivating Method to Learn Japanese (Hiragana)