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| ISBN 9781568366227
May 15, 2012
| ISBN 9781568364018
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Aug 02, 2022 | ISBN 9781568366227
May 15, 2012 | ISBN 9781568364018
4th Revised Edition of JAPANESE FOR BUSY PEOPLE, the most popular Japanese language textbook series in the world. Since it was first published in 1984, the focus of the Japanese for Busy People series has always been to teach Japanese for effective communication. The Kana Workbook teaches the two basic Japanese scripts, hiragana and katakana, which are essential for any student wishing to read Japanese. It teaches not only reading and writing of kana (as these scripts are collectively called), but also listening and pronunciation with the aid of audio recordings which can be downloaded for free from kodansha.us. Sections for practicing individual kana come with reference lines to help learners get a feel for the proper size and shape of each character. It also shows the stroke order, correct angles, and spaces between strokes, so that learners can master even confusingly similar-looking characters. There are also many illustrations which help learners to build their vocabularies.
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 today’s 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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