Colloquial Japanese - The Complete Course for Beginners
by H.B.D. Clarke and Motoko Hamamura
- a good introduction to colloquial spoken Japanese with lessons written
in the Latin alphabet (romaji). Also introduces the Japanese
script (kanji, hiragana and katakana). Includes a course book containing
dialogues, grammatical notes, exercises and cultural information, together
with two cassettes and CDs with recordings of some of the dialogues and
- a good introduction to spoken and written Japanese. Comes with
a large textbook containing dialogues, exercises, notes on Japanese
grammar, pronunciation and culture, letter writing and a bilingual
glossary. The eight included cassettes or CDs can be used with or
without the textbook
- If you want to take your Japanese to a higher level this course is
a good place to start. Each lesson includes dialogues, vocabulary, exercises,
culture notes, and detailed explanations of grammar and usage. Includes eight
included CDs or cassettes which can be used with or without the textbook
- a computer-based and online Japanese course consisting of 31 2-hour lessons,
many activities and exercises and sound files, software games and step-by-step
instructions. Available on CD-ROMs or in downloadable format.
Remembering the Kana: A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 Hours Each
by James W. Heisig, Kazue Kurebayashi & Helmut Morsbach
- in six short lessons of about twenty minutes, each of the two systems of
"kana" writing are introduced in such a way that the absolute beginner can acquire
fluency in writing in a fraction of the time normally devoted to the task.
Remembering the Kanji 2: A Systematic Guide to Reading the Japanese Characters
by James W. Heisig
- teaches you all the different ways to pronounce the standard use characters. Lays
out the varieties of phonetic patterns and offers helpful hints for learning readings,
which might otherwise appear completely random, in an efficient and rational way.
Remembering the Kanji 3: Writing and Reading Japanese Characters for Upper-Level Proficiency
by James W. Heisig
- teaches 1,000 additional characters (beyond the standard use ones) determined as useful
for upper-level proficiency, and identified using frequency lists researched and cross-checked
against a number of standard Japanese kanji dictionaries. Separate parts of the book
are devoted to learning the writing and reading of these characters.
- introduces the 2,000 most frequently used kanji in a clear and
systematic way. Each entry includes on and kun
pronunciation, Mandarin Chinese pronunciation, stroke order, and
examples of usage. You can look up characters by pronunciation or
Kanji and Kana: A Handbook and Dictionary of the Japanese Writing System
by Wolfgang Hadamitzky and Mark Spahn
- an introduction to katakana, hiragana and the 1,945 kanji on the
jōyō kanji hyō (List of Chinese Characters
for General Use) plus an extra 284 kanji used for names. Each entry
includes on and kun pronunciation, stroke order,
and examples of usage.
Kodansha's Furigana Japanese Dictionary: Japanese-English English-Japanese
- a handy, small dictionary which uses furigana to show
the readings of kanji, includes many examples of usage,
and explains in detail hundreds of words, names and
phrases of special relevance to English-speaking students
- provides clear and simple explanations of today's written and spoken Japanese.
Comprehensive and easy to use, with coverage of all the key points of Japanese grammar,
it is the ideal reference tool for beginner and intermediate students,
- explains how to speak and write Japanese more coherently, how to use
particles and other troublesome words properly, and how to connect your
sentences together. Essential reading for students of Japanese.
- this book provides a gentle and interesting introduction to the
wonderful world of Japanese literature. Includes English translations
of the stories, explanations of all the kanji used, illustrations, and
short author bios. Sound files featuring the stories being read by
Japanese actors are available for download online.
- an 'anti-textbook' designed for intermediate students of Japanese.
It discusses new strategies for thinking, speaking and memorizing
Japanese quickly and efficiently, and includes illustrations from
manga, puzzles and useful example sentences.
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