- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha USA; Blg Wkb edition (March 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568363893
- ISBN-13: 978-1568363899
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Let's Learn Hiragana: First Book of Basic Japanese Writing Blg Wkb Edition
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For those struggling with Hiragana, this will easily guide you in the right direction. I mean if I can do it, ANYONE can, and I'm 31 years old for heaven's sake. I thought I would never be learning but I'm actually understanding the keystrokes, meaning, and this book is just incredible it has it all. Before I bought this book, everyone was recommending this book in every Japanese review so it was a must to pick up!
It explains everything clearly and with easy words. The characters are big and you can clearly see the way it is supposed to be written with step by step instructions. The step by step strokes and modifiers are beautiful. I am so happy with this book I almost want to not write on the squares given because I can keep it forever. And for those who want to learn all of Japanese, of course you have to pick up Let's Learn Katakana. I'm learning this now and I'm glad I picked up this book as well.
I just need to learn Kanji and vocabulary, vocabulary, vocabulary, which I heard can take YEARS. I'm up for that challenge! ^_^ Cheers~
- In the first part, the author clearly teaches how to draw the characters; she outlines the order of the strokes and she explains how the pen needs to leave the paper. This last detail is essential to make writing more fluid, to introduce one to calligraphy and to explain those peculiarities one is bound to see in some Japanese fonts.
There are not many drills and one might feel the need to look for them online.
- Later on the author introduces the modified characters (dakuon, handakuon e yoon); explanations are less clear and this part requires more concentration. On the other hand there are several useful drills.
- In the second and third parts, double vowels and consonants are introduced, together with punctuation and some peculiarities. The only issue I have found is that it is not clear when a long 'O' needs to be written with 'OU' and when with 'OO'.
- The book is closed by some useful revision drills.
I feel I can recommend this handbook to learn Hiragana with ease. What it cannot do is replacing one's commitment: one will need to draw the characters over and over to memorise them and there is simply no way out of it.
I feel it has helped me significantly. I can think of no way in which this manual can be improved.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Taking Japanese at college so I had to buy this book. Clear and not too hard to understand. Not much else to say really.Published 10 months ago by Matthew Lopez
This is a great way for individuals looking to learn Japanese to get started.Published 11 months ago by Shawn