- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Second Edition edition (November 15, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804838151
- ISBN-13: 978-0804838153
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,561,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learning Japanese Hiragana and Katakana: Workbook and Practice Sheets Second Edition Edition
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"For those who are familiar with Tuttle publishing you'll know that all their study materials are very high quality. This book is no exception. It's also an amazing deal--It's incredibly cheap for how much you get! This workbook comes with a CD that has both Hiragana and Katakana flash cards, extra writing practice, quizzes, and charts for you to fill out." —Goodreads
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"Among the numerous books by foreigners on the intricate Japanese mindscapes and businessscapes, this is undoubtedly the most informative and eyeopening; it is rich in exploratory insight and provocative wisdom."—Dr Tae-Chang Kim, President, Institute for the Integrated Study of Future Generations, Kyoto
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In this first book ever to explain why the Japanese think and behave the way they do, veteran Japanologist Boye Lafayette De Mente, author of more than 30 books on Japan, unlocks the mystery of kata—the cultural molds that have traditionally shaped and defined the attitudes, behavior, and character of the Japanese and are primarily responsible for the traits and talents that make them different from other people—to explain what makes the Japanese Japanese, and how it effects all their personal, professional, and political affairs!
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However, like another reviewer mentioned, I can't lay the damn thing flat. The exercises often go all the way up close to the end of the page, so I have to struggle to write on a curved surface. This workbook does itself a disservice by getting bound like a normal paperback. It would be so much more practical spiral-bound.
Seriously, I still recommend this workbook because the content is great. Just be willing to photocopy pages, or get it rebound or something. I really wish I had this as a spiral!
Edit: Forgot to mention, the first 16 pages give a great overview of the history of kana, pronunciation, and little quirks like wo/o, he/e, and ha/wa. I enjoyed reading the beginning, and considering I already know hiragana and just got the book for hiragana review and an intro to katakana, that's surprising. I actually learned new things about hiragana from it, and I've already been hiragana literate for a month or so. In light of the really helpful beginning I'm upgrading it from 3 stars to 4 stars. I still HATE how uncooperative the binding is, but it really does deserve it.