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Jimi's Book of Japanese: A Motivating Method to Learn Japanese Paperback – Dec 2002

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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Takahashi & Black (Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972324704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972324700
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,571,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jimi's Book of Japanese is an excellent introduction to Japanese and a well planned and executed hiragana handbook." -- Daily Yomiuri

Jimi's Book of Japanese is an excellent introduction to Japanese and a well planned and executed hiragana handbook. -- Daily Yomiuri

From the Publisher

Put your kutsu on, grab your keitai denwa, and join Jimi, Akiko, and Robotto-san on an exciting insider's journey to learning basic Japanese. Along the way, you'll discover the secrets of using (o)hashi, how to find a unagi shop-even how to practice ojigi through eye-popping illustrations and simple explanations.

Designed to appeal to a wide age range and a variety of attention spans, Jimi's Book of Japanese is for everyone who is learning Japanese and for anyone who has an inquisitive brain.

Read, write, pronounce. Trace, flip…laugh! This friendly book's Triple Bubble Learning System(TM) makes the 46 most important hiragana stick in your brain. Plus, you'll learn over 125 useful vocabulary.

On each page, there's giant kana with stroke order arrows, an illustrated pronunciation key, and vocabulary in Japanese and English. All words are matched with authentic descriptions and colorful characters whose lively expressions make learning Japanese unforgettable.

Additional features include a helpful introduction with tips on Japanese language basics, a large word list with definitions, and a numbers page. There's even a color-coded hiragana table! Prepare your brain!

Highlights

-Master the 46 most important hiragana
-Learn to read, write, pronounce kana from A to WO
-Learn to count from ichi to gojuni

PLUS

-More than 250 full-color illustrations
-Over 125 up-to-date vocabulary, simple definitions
-Quick-reference visual library

-Color-coded hiragana table
-Ready-to-use culture tips, greetings, and MORE!
-BONUS MATERIAL

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This is the best and only book to learn the Hiragana syllable set, bar none. Each page includes a pronunciation key, stroke order diagram, vocabulary words with helpful mnemonics as well of a cast of charming characters: jimi, akiko and robotto-san. Yes, you need to practice, but there is no other Japanese book this effective and entertaining at the same time. Buy this book! You won't be disappointed.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a1fb48c) out of 5 stars 38 reviews
71 of 77 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a107fc0) out of 5 stars Inspirational! Motivational! Spectacular! Two Thumbs Up! 22 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Grade 3-6? This book's age range should be from 2 to 100. I am not kidding. This book is made for a kid but intelligent enough for an adult. "Jimi's Book of Japanese" is simply unbelievable.
I wouldn't normally take the time to write a glowing review about a book I purchased on a whim, however, this book is far more than I ever expected.
In fact, this book's unique "Triple Bubble Learning System" is intuitive in its approach and creative in its execution--simply brilliant. This is the only book I've found that includes reading, writing, and pronunciation in a uniform manner--completely intuitive approach that works effectively. This system allowed me as an adult to grasp Japanese kana much more quickly than I normally would.
Just the other day, I showed this book to my Japanese Sensei and even she remarked how "motivating" the books content is. Yes, in this case the marketing spin is really true: "Jimi's Book of Japanese" IS a "Motivating Method to Learn Japanese"
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a10a42c) out of 5 stars A Great Book for the Beginning Japanese Student 8 Jun. 2006
By Arcane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is for children. If you are just learning Japanese where do you think your skill level is at? Its at the level of a Japanese child learning Hiragana. A lot of Japanese children's books are written in Hiragana so this is where you start.

This book is off the hook as being totally Japanese in illustration. If you know how to pronounce your Japanese vowels then this is book to use to begin learning to read and write. Remember this, with any natural process of language learning you first learn to speak and then to read.

So, if you don't have any experience in speaking Japanese don't start with this book but I do recommend that you go ahead and buy it because you will want it in your "tool kit" eventually.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a10a45c) out of 5 stars Most inspiring...Two Thumbs Up! 17 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Grade 3-6? This book's age range should be from 2 to 100. I am not kidding. This book is made for a kid but intelligent enough for an adult. "Jimi's Book of Japanese" is simply unbelievable.
I wouldn't normally take the time to write a glowing review about a book I purchased on a whim, however, this book is far more than I ever expected.
In fact, this book's unique "Triple Bubble Learning System" is intuitive in its approach and creative in its execution--simply brilliant. This is the only book I've found that includes reading, writing, and pronunciation in a uniformed manner. This allowed me as an adult to grasp Japanese kana much more quickly than I normally would.
Just the other day, I showed this book to my Japanese Sensei and even she remarked how "motivating" the books content is. Yes, in this case the marketing spin is really true: "Jimi's Book of Japanese" IS a "Motivating Method to Learn Japanese"
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. B. Woodward - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a really fun way to get started with Japanese. Hiragana is the first 'alphabet' that Japanese children learn. As well as showing you how to write the kana the book also provides you with a vocabulary to learn, these Japanese words are a great way to test what you have learnt providing you write them out on another piece of paper, so you can't see the 'romaji'. I am tempted to go through the book and cover up the 'romaji' so I don't become dependant on it, but I won't be able to do that until I know the sounds.

I think the best bit is the monkey's face whose mouth shape changes for each kana, giving you a small hint at the pronounciation.

The illustration has a very Japanese style to it and I guess this makes you feel as though you are reading a Japanese book. When you read through some Manga or the instructions for your dvd player and you can spot letters that you know, instead of just staring at something that looks like just a load of random squiggles, it is very exciting. This is what motivates me to keep going, although I do aspire to read more than just instruction booklets and Manga! I think Japanese children's books are probably the next step for me, but this book is definetely one of the best ways to get started with hiragana. Lots of fun!

Conclusion:- Great way to get started! Five stars!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a10a894) out of 5 stars Fun Monkey Business 6 Oct. 2003
By Trippychick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Gotta say, I bought it for the monkey! The book is fun, and easy to learn from. From other reviews, I was under the impression that I would learn to "speak" Japanese better...not so much - but that's not the book's fault! I love the applications at the bottoms of every page, and at the end of the book. The numbers detailing how to write are impressive. It's a fun and simple way to start learning Japanese. Get it!
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