Learning Katakana in easy steps,
This review is from: Let's Learn Katakana: Second Book of Basic Japanese Writing (Paperback)Hi
The first one is where you learn Hiragana. It took me some time to learn the first group, then the second group and so on, and always remember the difference between all, often I forgot one and had to look back to see what symbol I have to use for specific syllables.
But with time, I mastered the first book. Hiragana is no problem for me, I'm no so fast in reading it as our alphabet, but I sure did improve by a lot. I study by myself, there is no one else who studies with me and no instructor. This book is really helpful!
And now to the big plus the first book gives you! Let me explain it in my case:
I started the second book. I read some information about Katakana in the beginning and then it began to introduce the first 15 syllables.
Not much time and effort needed and I was able read and write those syllables nearly as good as I can with all the Hiragana! Learning Hiragana to an extent where you can say you are confident with them REALLY helps to learn Katakana. I think you will learn Katakana three times faster than Hiragana. Maybe even vise versa, so much I don't know.
To sum it up, the first book really helped in learning Katakana.
I can recommend both volumes, very great books! After I have mastered Katakana I will try the third volume, introducing Kanji.