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Let's Learn Hiragana: First Book of Basic Japanese Writing Blg Wkb Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1568363899
ISBN-10: 1568363893
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Product Details

  • 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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I have been studying Hiragana for about 4 days now and this book finally came. Before the book arrived, I was searching online for free self help study guides and I had to go back and forth and check each site for a certain set of characters. This book makes it 100 times easier.

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~
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By Furio on August 21, 2015
This handbook is the first in a series of three but it can be used on its own. Its purpose is to teach Hiragana: there is no grammar and vocabulary is only introduced to memorise this sillabary.

- 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.
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Like this book a lot. It has some good exercises translating between hiragana and the romanized Japanese. They are helpful for the way I am learning from a Romanized Japanese book (Japanese for Busy People) for the other part of my studies. I like the way it shows the strokes and has practice space in the workbook. Got this for a class I am taking. It was required by the teacher. That being said I also use an iphone app to practice my Hiragana in addition to this book. Using the app in addition seems essential for me to learn, but people are all different.
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Buy the book Let's Learn Katakana first. This is the 2nd of a series and I would recommend it highly as you attempt to learn Japanese. It is very informative and well done. A must to your library if you are studying Japanese.
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I have purchased this book and Let's Learn Katakana because I kept seeing it pop up as a 'must have' on various websites. Turns out it comes highly recommended for good reason! The instructions are very clear and straightforward, and I really like the fact that they after each set of kana taught, they provide you with exercises that gives you a chance to not only practice what you learned, but to start getting a feel for some vocabulary at the same time. I was able to learn all the Hiragana in about a week, and I have been in the process of learning Katakana while keeping myself refreshed on the Hiragana. I would definitely recommend this book series to anyone who is just starting out with Japanese.
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i'm trying to teach myself japanese, and this book has been very helpful. i was looking for something that explains things in a way that's simple and easy to understand. this book definitely did that! it also gives a lot of room to practice the symbols and provides a lot of helpful exercises.
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I received this book as a gift many years ago. Because of this book, I have started to learn Japanese and have mastered two of the three writing systems in Japanese. The only thing I would mention is to look up the hiragana for So, Sa and Ki as the print style listed in the book are slight off by what is currently used today.
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exercises and instruction with this manual is excellent.
I feel it has helped me significantly. I can think of no way in which this manual can be improved.
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