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Remembering the Kanji, Volume 1: A Complete Course&hellip by James W. Heisig
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The first thing to say is that this book will not teach you Japanese.

Anyone who has ever attempted to learn Japanese will, however, agree that the hardest aspect of studying this infuriating, endearing language is kanji, and the main trouble is remembering how to write the little beasts. What this book does is to systematise the mnemonics that we all invent for ourselves - "thing like a ladder, box lid, lantern, child, camp-stool, moon, mouth, twiddly-thing-that-means-motion". Then the author combines these, or encourages the student to combine them, into 'stories', which you are supposed to visualise, thereby remembering the writing of the kanji. And it does work, up to a… Read more
The Mikado [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] <b>DVD</b> ~ Eric Idle
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Hooray! I had an ancient taped-from-TV video of this, I'm delighted to have it on DVD. A much-loved production, frequently revived, I've seen it several times at the theatre. I think some of the reviewers here don't quite appreciate that it's a recording of a live performance by ENO at the Coliseum. Of course there are one or two glitches, nobody's perfect. Of course the make-up is too heavy for the TV screen - the Coli is immense, the biggest theatre in London, the performers need stage make-up to be visible from the back of the vast auditorium. I think the little camera-vignettes and split screens are fun, a nice joke by the producers of the film to match the period setting… Read more
Kana Can be Easy by Kunihiko Ogawa
Kana Can be Easy by Kunihiko Ogawa
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and fun!, 14 Feb 2010
This book is a life-saver - as other reviewers have said, it will teach you hiragana and katakana quickly and make them totally memorable. I found it excellent in every way. The slight oddities mentioned by one reviewers are easily explained - Ogawa-sensei was teaching Japanese to Americans, of course. So long as you remember this, you'll be fine; you just have to think Groucho Marx. A haackey player, a noo tricycle, a waak to fry your noodles in.

Only thing is, the pages of my "Minna No Nihongo" are permanently full of such strange characters - an old man ice-skating, a turtle singing in a choir, two eels, a cheerleader, a moose, a young woman with a hose-pipe, an old woman… Read more

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