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Japanese for Busy People Kana Workbook: Revised 3rd Edition Incl. 1 CD [Abridged, Audiobook, Box set, Illustrated, Large Print] [Paperback]

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9 Mar 2007 1568364016 978-1568364018 3rd
In the 22 years since its publication, Japanese for Busy People has won acclaim worldwide as an effective, easy-to-understand textbook, either for classroom use or for independent study. Now, more than a decade after its first revision, the series has been redesigned, updated and consolidated to meet the needs of todays students and businesspeople who want to learn natural, spoken Japanese as effectively as possible in a limited amount of time.
The Kana Workbook teaches the reading and writing of the two most basic Japanese scripts, hiragana and katakana. These scripts are used all the time in written Japanese, and a mastery of them is essential for those who wish to study the language at any level above survival. As such, the book serves as a prerequisite to both Japanese for Busy People I: Kana Version and Japanese for Busy People II, and it is also recommended as review for those who have learned kana before but have forgotten some of the basics.
This completely revised workbook features:
Lots of practice in recognition, reading, and writing;
Fun, picture-dictionary-like illustrations that help students build their vocabularies;
A free CD that gives learners a taste of the actual sounds of Japanese;
A bonus section introducing basic kanji.

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc; 3rd edition (9 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Welsh
  • ISBN-10: 1568364016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568364018
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 18.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Association of Japanese-Language Teaching (AJALT) was established to meet the practical needs of people who are not necessarily specialists in Japanese but who wish to communicate effectively. The AJALT was recognized as a nonprofit organization by the Ministry of Education in 1977.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Effective 19 Jun 2008
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I started to learn Japanese on a part-time evening course, which used the Kana version of "Japanese for Busy People" as a set text. The tutor therefore had us begin by learning the Hiragana and Katakana.

Because of that prior learning I was sceptical about this book, imagining it would be a pile of blank practice grids with a cover around it, which frankly I could have made myself. But I was wrong.

The Kana Workbook is actually very well planned out. It starts with a comprehensive explanation of the sound system behind the kana, and includes a lot of information which I did not learn even with the benefit of a tutor who was herself Japanese. It goes on to build up information on different kinds of syllables, vowels, consonants, sound combinations, and so on. Well thought out exercises and CD recordings back up the text and reinforce learning throughout.

I recommend this book for anyone who is just starting out with Japanese, because it is widely considered to be faster and more effective to cut out the romaji middle man and learn to read kana right from the start.

I would also recommend this book for anyone who has had an elementary introduction to the language, and wishes to ensure that they have a firm grip on the basics before moving on to Kanji and more complex grammar.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for practice, not so good for learning. 30 Dec 2010
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I initially ordered this book to learn the Kana, however promptly gave up after 3 or 4 characters. The method the book uses is a brute-force approach. It presents the usage information all together up front (slightly overwhelming before you know any of the characters), then contains pages where you learn to write the characters, leaving you to remember them through repetition.

Instead, I used Remembering the Kana by James Heisig to learn them, which I'd highly recommend (although you need to be able to think in an American accent for that book to be effective), then used this book as a one-night exercise for practice and refinement.

Two nice things about the book:

1. It contains a CD that tells you the correct pronunciation by a Japanese person, something that you will not get from Heisig's book, which uses only approximation to American-English pronunciation.

2. It contains a review section for both Hiragana and Katakana with a few labelled illustrations for you to practice reading, along with accompanying pronunciations on the CD.

Another feature that would be useful: In Japanese for Busy People: Kana Version Bk. 1 there is a handy chart of the Hiragana and Kanatana at the back, annotated by stroke order. This book has the chart at the front, but with no stroke order.

In summary, I wouldn't recommend this book for learning the kana from scratch, but it is excellent for practice and reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for beginners!!! 1 Aug 2010
At first I didn't want to buy this book, because I could learn without, right?
But in the end I did buy it and I'm so glad i did. It's really useful. It has exercises which helps you distinguish different types of hiragana/katakana look-a-likes. It also shows the correct stroke order and includes reading challenges, to test if you truly know the characters.
It's not boring and it has a nice layout, because of that you don't feel like giving up and you learn hiragana and katakana in no time.
I strongly recommend it for every learning japanese person out there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book for practice kana 29 Oct 2008
Vastly improved edition with cultural notes and free CD. Also more fun to use and more Katakana practice which the previous edition lacked. Great value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 18 Jun 2014
By Jessica
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This kana workbook demonstrates the general shape that each kana should be within its box as well as the stroke order and so on. The use of a range of simple words to practice reading and writing kana keeps things interesting and broadens one's general vocabulary, and the accompanying CD is a great aid to this (I find that listening to the pronunciation of various words and kana aids my familiarity with them, as each character is representative of one sound).

Further writing practice is, of course, required if greater writing facility is desired, as practice makes perfect - but for familiarity of reading and ability to write legible, well-formed kana this is an excellent workbook.
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