Kodansha's Hiragana Workbook: A Step-By-Step Approach To Basic Japanese Writing

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Beginner-level students wishing to read Japanese need to learn hiragana, the most basic of three Japanese scripts, used for writing words of native origin. Kodansha's Hiragana Workbook is an all-new, streamlined workbook designed precisely for such students. It introduces all aspects of the script-reading, writing, and pronunciation?in a fun, accessible format, packed with illustrations and exercises.
One page each is devoted to the 46 basic characters. These include ...

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Overview

Beginner-level students wishing to read Japanese need to learn hiragana, the most basic of three Japanese scripts, used for writing words of native origin. Kodansha's Hiragana Workbook is an all-new, streamlined workbook designed precisely for such students. It introduces all aspects of the script-reading, writing, and pronunciation—in a fun, accessible format, packed with illustrations and exercises.
One page each is devoted to the 46 basic characters. These include instructions for character formation and space to practice writing, as well as a selection of vocabulary for further reading and writing. The vocabulary are all commonly used words that students can put to immediate use in conversation; and their readings—pronounced by a professional voice actor—are available as free downloads from the Net. Frequent review pages allow students to test their understanding of the hiragana at various stages.
The appendixes offer additional practice exercises, as well as grids for playing hiragana Battleship and Bingo. There are also 120 pull-out flashcards for playing Memory, Scrabble, and other games.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568364414
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/7/2012
  • Edition description: Workbook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 414,635
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Matsumoto Stewart is a professional Japanese language instructor with more than 20 years of experience teaching at all levels, from kindergarten through university. She pursued graduate studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Cornell University and has authored and co-authored Japanese language instruction books. She is a member of the Association of Teachers of Japanese and the National Council of Japanese Language Teachers, and currently teaches and resides in Seattle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2010

    This truly helped me a lot!

    At the moment I am taking a Japanese class at college which required that we learn how to read Hiragana. I'll tell you now that the flash cards and the lessons that outlined each character were really helpful. It shows you how to correctly write the characters, how to correctly write each stroke (and which stroke to write first). So if you're a beginner and want to learn Hiragana, this will help you a lot. It sure helped me a lot because our instructor gives us handouts in Hiragana and I can finally understand how to pronounce each character instead of having to look in my text book and write it out in romaji.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    Truly the best!

    I searched for months for a solid companion to learning hiragana symbols and found that this workbook outdid them all. It's simple, easy, and sticks with you. It makes sure you remember the symbols as you go, automatically building upon what you've learned, and it actually shows you the stroke order!
    Highly recommended, a beginner can't go wrong with this book!

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  • Posted December 23, 2010

    highly recommended

    This workbook saved my life. My teacher taught hiragana too fast and I was getting lost. This book takes each hiragana one character at a time and you learn to read and write words using only the characters you learned. The flash cards that come with the book really helped me, too. I listened to the free audio download and practiced writing after each character I learned to write. It was a fun way to master these Japanese characters. I'm now ready to move on to katakana. My teacher recommends using the Katakana Workbook by the same author. I love Japanese!

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