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Japanese Hiragana for Beginners makes learning hiragana fast and effective by using memorable picture mnemonics, along with clear explanations, examples and lots of fun exercises. Picture mnemonics enhance memory by associating the shape and sound of each hiragana character with combinations of images and English words already familiar to students.
With sections on the 46 basic hiragana characters, usage rules and a wide range of exercises, Japanese Hiragana for Beginners provides a solid groundwork for language students interested in increasing their skills.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.8" Width: 8.3" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jul 15, 2007
Publisher Charles E Tuttle Co
ISBN 480530877X ISBN13 9784805308776 UPC 676251308778
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More About Timothy G. Stout
Timothy G. Stout lived in Japan for 20 years and has taught Japanese language for 23 years in public and private schools, and at the university level. While teaching at the American School in Japan he conducted research on the use of keyword mnemonics in the instruction of Japanese. Stout has a Doctorate in Education (EdD) from Utah State University, an M.A. in Japanese Pedagogy from Columbia University and a B.A. in Japanese Teaching from Brigham Young. He currently teaches Japanese at Utah Valley University, and resides in Lehi, Utah with his wife and five children. Stout is the author of Japanese Hiragana and Katakana for Beginners and Let's Learn Japanese, both available from Tuttle.
Reviews - What do customers think about Japanese Hiragana for Beginners: First Steps to Mastering the Japanese Writing System?
A perfect book for beginners Aug 11, 2008
This book is a great introduction to hiragana. First what it will not do: It will not make you a master of Japanese calligraphy, nor will it make you completely fluent in hiragana. Only practice can achieve those two goals. However, for those looking for an enjoyable way to begin learning written Japanese, this is the perfect book. The flashcards with the picture mnemonics help with recognition of each character, then progressing through the book helps solidify how to write each character. Sections two and three cover usage rules, and general reading/writing practice. I'm looking forward to starting in on the katakana.
Easy and fun! Sep 11, 2007
Being completely new to learning the Japanese language, I was very intimidated by having to learn not one, but TWO new "alphabets" (not to mention the kanji). I stumbled across this one in a bookstore, and after flipping through it, decided to try it out. The mnemonic devices in it seemed corny, and I found myself saying "oh, I'll never remember it THAT way"... yet I found myself using those same devices constantly, and they really did work! Lots of space to practice using the characters, and the flash cards included in the back made it very easy to quiz myself on reading them. Working through it daily, section by section, I've picked up the basics in under a week, and have moved onto practicing what I've learned. If you want to learn hiragana, this one makes it simple and fun. I'll definitely be picking up the katakana version as well!