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Japanese for Busy People: Kana Workbook Incl. 1 CD [Paperback]

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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 is being 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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Item Specifications...

Pages   87
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 7.5" Height: 10.5"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 13, 2007
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770030371  
ISBN13  9784770030375  

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A Must!  Feb 22, 2008
This book, even if one has not purchased the accompanying text, is a must in the sense that it is excellent in terms of a model for writing & then practicing both the hiragana & katakana characters. Explanation of sounds is also extremely helpful, as are the vocabulary sections & the accompanying CD.

I should add that I have a Japanese teacher & this is a great addition to what she already gives me. The ideal is also that one practices his or her writing in a separate book because writing a character only 10 times is definitely not enough.
Good book to learn kana  Dec 18, 2007
* Book introduces both hiragana and katakana
* Includes audio CD with native Japanese speaker

* The audio CD only includes one native speaker. It would have been nice to hear different speakers, a male voice, and different accents such as Hokkaido accent, Kansai accent, Okinawa accent, etc.
* The book in places uses large fonts and graphics. These could be sized down and more exercises included.

Minus two stars for the above two negatives for a net of 3 stars.
Excellent for Building Solid Foundation on Your Japanese Language!  May 11, 2007
Some people may be confused this is the Kana version of the "Japanese for Busy People I: Workbook". In fact, this is a kana exercise book. It helps you to learn and practice writing Hiragana and Katakana. And yes, the materials can also help you to prepare your next book, the revised 3rd edition "Japanese for Busy People I: Kana version". If you have the "Japanese for Busy People I: Romanized version" and want to further your study on "Japanese for Busy People II", this Kana workbook serves as a big helper to strengthen your kana knowledge, because the "Japanese for Busy People II" will be written in kana forms only.

"Japanese for Busy People: Kana Workbook" is an excellent book for beginners to pick up the japanese sound system, the phonetic system, syllables, modified syllables, long vowels and double consonants. It comes with a CD to demonstrate the samples & exercises shown in the book. To help you learn writing Hiragana and Katakana, the book uses gray lines to aid writing the accurate style and correct stroke order. Some reading exercises are also included to get you familiar with the common japanese vocabularies used in the "Japanese for Busy People I", such as city names in Japan, various kinds of Japanese food, numerous of sightseeing spots in Tokyo, daily greeting expressions, etc. Besides, it provides tips on how to read loan words from Katakana, and some samples on how to write simple greeting cards. Overall, this Kana workbook will definitely help you to master the Hiragana and Katagana, and also lay a very good foundation for your further study on Japanese language.

(Reviewed by Otto Yuen, 11-May-2007)

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