- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha International; Workbook edition (September 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568364415
- ISBN-13: 978-1568364414
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.3 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kodansha's Hiragana Workbook: A Step-by-Step Approach to Basic Japanese Writing Workbook Edition
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ANNE MATSUMOTO STEWART is a professional Japanese language instructor with more than 20 years of experience teaching at all levels, from kindergarten through university. She pursued graduate studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Cornell University and has authored and co-authored Japanese language instruction books. She is a member of the Association of Teachers of Japanese and the National Council of Japanese Language Teachers, and currently teaches and resides in Seattle.
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The only thing I found a little confusing and wish was touched on more is the different styles of hiragana for the same letter. For instance on the book cover you can see "sa" and "ki" have the down stroke and bottom attached, where as the version you learn in the book doesn't do that. Aslo, "so" on the cover isn't drawn that way in the book. "ri" and "fu" in the book look different than how I've seen them displayed in the memrise app. This isn't a huge problem, but it would have been nice to include some reasoning and different styles.
The cover is not secured to the book and falls off easily.
This book worked very well for me as an adult and I bought another copy for a third grader and they seem to be having no problem with it combined with a little outside guidance.
I like how often it has you writing the characters, and as long as you read them aloud while writing them, you shouldn't have any issue memorizing them in as little as a day :3 It does teach both vertical and horizontal which I thought was very helpful.
Another good thing - when you're writing the words - except in vertical work pages found at the end of a lesson - it never gives you Romaji. You start off with Hiragana and only see that, with the exception of the vertical writing. It gives you the word, you trace it once in Hiragana, then write it yourself in Hiragana. The other workbooks i had used always put the Romaji and have you write the Hiragana. Well, what good is that? In workbooks like that i found myself relying on Romaji because its familiar.
I can honestly say I have mastered Hiragana because of this book. :3
I've been using this book to teach myself how to write Hiragana and this book works very well to emphasize
the important usage of each character. Though, there are just a few things that are inconsistent. If you look
at the front cover you'll see the characters for ki, and sa, and so. These are written slightly different within
the book so you'll have to look through the internet to find out which is which. (It was only a minor point
but still an important detail).
I also purchased Japanese Hiragana and Katakana for Beginners but I find myself using this book more in general.