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Easy Kana Workbook: Basic Practice in Hiragana and Katakana for Japanese Language Students Paperback – 1 Jul 1990


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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary (1 July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844285323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844285320
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.6 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 555,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Personally I learn by trying to memorise a batch of letters and then test myself on them. This book just gives you the chance to write out each character about 15 times then move on tot he next. There is no space for testing yourself. So in one way the book is fine if that's all you want but it wasn't for me.
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A fantastic introduction to Japanese writing, with most aspects fully explained and plenty space for practice. Naturally, it's best to write in pencil so you can erase and practise till you're blue in the face. Definitely a valuable tool for anybody starting out on the study of Japanese.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linnywoo on 7 Jan 2012
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This is probably the cheapest way to learn kana. other books like "lets learn hiragana" "lets learn katakana" cost roughly £7-10 each. This one was just £4 and it teaches the kana just as well as the other 2 books i mentioned. (i got the other 2 as a BD present from someone who didnt know I was way past the kana stage, hence I have all 3 books)
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Good for self-paced course or in a classroom 13 Aug 2002
By Startide Rising - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a practical and useful workbook that teaches the hiragana and katakana characters. It uses a combination of learning by rote practice in tandem with self-test examples. The self-test examples have good variety and range from writing down sentences in kana to correcting sentences that have deliberate errors in them. I found the book's approach of practicing the kana along with reinforcement of what I learned to be an effective one-two combination. It helped me avoid that dreaded "I did it and then promptly forgot what I did" syndrome that some language students tend to have. I am glad that the authors recognized this. Of course, the authors have experience in teaching and their practical experience was reflected in the design of the book.
The book does have effective physical design. The lessons conveniently fit on each page and have enough space on them for you to write down the kana exercises. Each page can be easily photocopied onto another regular-size paper for repeated practice so that you don't damage the original book's pages. Each lesson also fits nicely on each side of a page so that you don't get a example that fits halfway on one side and continues on the other side of a page. That is very thoughtful of the authors.
Importantly, the book starts out by teaching hiragana as it is the most important of the two kana. I've seen other books start with the katakana simply because it had fewer brush strokes. I think that is a mistake. The brush stroke order is prominently shown on each rote lesson page which is a plus as it makes each lesson page self-contained and useful to practice if you are on a bus, in the library, or elsewhere so that you only need the individual sheets you are practicing with (no need for the rest of the book to serve as reference material).
If not for the additional thoughtfulness of the authors in providing an effective physical design of the book so that you can use it in versatile approaches, I would award FOUR stars.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book :)! 19 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book! Many people who learn the Kana. Think that once they memorize all the characters. They can fully read the Kana. Which is wrong!!!! This is why I love this book. It teaches kana grammar with kana writing, and has plenty of exerices.So by the end of the book you won't forget anything. I really recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn kana.
I never thought I could read and write kana, until I bought this book. Now it's off to kanji :(.
Also, don't be afraid of kana grammar. It is 100 times easier than english grammar.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Does the Buisiness 18 Jan 2001
By Slema Insley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Methodically works through all the charachters. good writing guide. if followed through, you will be able to read and write in hirigana and katakana, quickly and painlessly. includes translations of text.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent way to learn hiragana and katakana 4 Jan 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Primarily, this book teaches the proper way to write hiragana and katakana. It excels at this because it gets you to practice, practice, practice and practice some more. Personally, I made photocopies of all the practice pages so I could more easily practice.

Secondarily, it covers basic pronunciation, reading, and writing sentances. Just the basics, concepts are explained simply and it provides a good platform for further study. I'm certain the authors intended readers to study other books for these skills.

Its one minor drawback is not including info on why machine-made characters sometimes look significantly different than hand-written characters.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Workbook. 16 July 2007
By A. Howard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Simply put, if you get this book and work through it, you will learn Kana.

I'm a busy guy and have had the book for a little over a month. I learned hiragana and am halfway through katakana. No flash cards neccesary, just write the characters over and over.

The reading exercises are especially excellent and will have your eyes tuned to reading speedily in no time.

A+.
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