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Kodansha's Katakana Workbook: A Step-by-Step Approach to Basic Japanese Writing Blg Wkb Edition
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If you are a new to learning Japanese, you may have just finished learning how to read and write Japanese in hiragana but now you are realizing that for English words, the Japanese use a whole different syllables to read those words. So, on top of hiragana, now you will need to learn katakana.
When I first started out learning Japanese and before I went to college to minor in Japanese, it was important for me to learn katakana. If you are a foreigner from another country, you will need to write your name in katakana. Go to a restaurant or even a public restroom, you will notice signs that are in katakana. If you are an avid anime viewer or manga reader, you will notice that titles such as "Dragon Ball Z" and "Bleach" are written in katakana. And as daunting as it seems, that you have to learn another syllable system in addition hiragana, you will eventually learn to read and write katakana.
Like hiragana (which you should actually try to learn first), the first thing you will learn is that in Japanese, you will need to learn the a,i,u,e,o but then you move on to the ka, ki, ku ke, ko and then sa, shi, su, se, so and then eventually using the "t's", "n's", "h's", "m's", "y's", "r's", "w's" and others such as "n", "g's", "z's", "j's", "d's", "b's" and "p's". As difficult as it may seem, the truth is that katakana is quite easy to learn and possibly after a week of studying, you will be learning how to read and write words in no time.Read more ›
if you are just starting out studying japanese you should know that first you learn hiragana then katakana then kanji.. most kanji learning books list the onyomi (chinese pronunciations) in katakana.. so having a good handle on katakana is helpful later on for kanji study.. this book will help.
in this book there are a ton of exercises to do. the flashcards come with a couple of fun game instructions to make using the flashcards fun..
the best part about the flashcards is that unlike other katakana card sets they include voiced and unvoiced ones and even contracted sounds (kya, ju, nyu....).. other sets dont include these so you end up having difficulty learning them later when you actually attempt reading katakana..
ok and also the flashcards are tinted light green.. like many people with dyslexia my poor reading skills are exacerbated by the glare of black writing on white paper. since the cards are colored i dont have that problem.
oh and the flashcards have pictures on the backs to cement the sounds in your brain (the regular katakana ones do but not the voiced/voiceless or the contracted sounds, but young usually learn those after mastering the regular katakana anyway)
i havent downloaded the audio file though.. so im not sure how good it is
if you havent learned hiragana i suggest you do that first..
That said, I would still recommend this book.
The negatives of this book is that there is very little practice spaces for the characters, even to copy pages to write them. I wish each character was a bit larger on the page; and I wish there were some exercises to help cement the letters more in your head. Even so, the book is good, it does the job and you learn some vocabulary to boot. I am not sorry for the purchase and would buy it again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Used this and the hiragana workbook to aid with my college japanese course. These were extremely helpful! My daughter is now using them to help her learn hiragana and katakana.Published 8 months ago by MandyD
I bough both this one and the hiragana one and learned both alphabets over the summer. The book also comes with handy flash cards and is easy to use and understand.Published 11 months ago by Dale Messina
The Kodansha's workbooks (Hiragana and Katakana) are both excellent for learning how to write! Though, keep in mind you will need to write each character on your own sheet of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Brandon Calabro