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Japanese for Busy People: Kana Workbook (Japanese for Busy People) [Paperback]

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Learn hiragana and katakana more quickly and easily than ever before Japanese for Busy People: Kana Workbook is a concise course for busy students who want to learn the two kana scripts, hiragana and katakana, as effectively as possible in a limited amount of time. This workbook offers a unique and proven approach to writing accurate and well-formed kana that has been tried and tested in the classrooms of AJALT. The pronunciation and configuration of the kana are taught in tandem, based on a solid foundation of clear-cut commentary, unique writing drills, and an optional audio cassette called Japanese for Busy People: Kana Workbook Tape. Using basic sentence patterns and phrases, the student learns not only how to read, write, and pronounce hiragana and katakana, but also how to incorporate and distinguish Japanese script in the living language.
The Kana Workbook is a fully integrated component of the Japanese for Busy People series. All sentence patterns and vocabulary have been modeled after Lessons 1 through 10 of the best-selling Japanese for Busy People 1. Used together, these two books accelerate and strengthen the learning process. It is the ideal workbook for anyone using or planning to use the Kana Version of Japanese for Busy People.
The Kana Workbook has the following features:
* a unique approach to well-written Kana
* parallel learning of reading, writing, listening, and pronouncing
* optional audio cassette Japanese for Busy People: Kana Workbook Tape
* focus on basic sentence patterns and Kana usage
* fully integrated with the Japanese for Busy People series

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Item Specifications...

Pages   80
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10" Width: 7.01" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.62 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 1996
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770020961  
ISBN13  9784770020963  

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A good investment for beginners  Oct 1, 2007
Simple, basic, reinforces the kana, a good buy. Also great for learning basic vocabulary like objects or body parts. Super handy!
best bang for your buck!  Feb 16, 2006
I found this to be a fabulously easy way to learn the Kana, both the hiragana and katakana. I used Rowley's "Kana Pict*o*Graphix" along with this and found that a photocopier was the only other item I needed. I also purchases heisig's "remembering the kana", but found his imagery to be more confusing than helpful. While there were a few occasions where I came up with my own imagery (yu in the hiragana looks more like some shifty person gesturing "hey YU, over here!" than a u-turn to me) the pictographix book made remembering both systems nearly effortless. After three weeks I can successfully, nearly always, read both forms including long vowels, double consonants and combined sounds.

Oh, I also want to let everyone know I had no previous training in japanese but did start a Pimsleur cd course at the same time during my commute to work.
OK  May 5, 2005
This book shows you how to write the Kana and provides some exercises to help you on the path. The best way is to just write the Kana on and on (of course following the rules of writing them).
Excellent, but unusable without the tape.  Mar 6, 2005
I originally bought this book alone, to "fill the gaps" after the excellent Heisig's and learn the Katakana (Heisig's part on hiragana is excellent, but the part on Katakana is just bad), only to realize that it was really not meant to be used without the accompanying tape. The book and the tape should really be sold as a single bundled package. All that being said, the book is excellent. Get the book, get the tape, move on to the Kana version of Japanese for Busy People 1, and don't ever pollute your mind with romanji.
Solid, but doesn't have enough material to go on its own  Dec 6, 2003
The KANA WORKBOOK serves as a prelude to Kodansha's "Japanese For Busy People" volumes, one of the more consistent (but never really outstanding) language teaching series. It introduces first hirangana, the writing system used for some native Japanese words, and then katakana, which is used for foreign borrowed words. Though the reader is not expected to know anything about Japanese grammar, the book does teach some simple sentences, and all there are numerous exercises to write in real Japanese.

As a self-learner i was rather disappointed, because on their own the contents of KANA WORKBOOK are insufficient. There are simply not enough exercises to really hammer the material in. In a classroom situation, however, the instructor would presumably be using other methods of kana exercise and therefore the book would be a good fit there.

If you get the KANA WORKBOOK to start with the Japanese For Busy People series, be sure to get the Kana Version of JAPANESE FOR BUSY PEOPLE I instead of the usual romanised version. If a student already has a good grasp of kana, whether from this book or another like it, he or she will be able to start learning Japanese in a natural way, without the functional illiteracy that is an unfortunate result of learning through romanisation.


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