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Let's Write Japanese in Japanese

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Author: Kimihiko Nomura
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Primis Custom Publishing (1994)
Binding: Paperback, 100 pages
Summary:
This is a workbook of Hiragana characters developed for English-speaking students of Japanese. Supplementing the workbook is a videotape that contains complete instruction on the stroke order, pronunciation, and usage of some special characters, plus student exercises.
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Let's Learn Katakana: Second Book of Basic Japanese Writing

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Author: Yasuko Kosaka Mitamura
Publisher: Kodansha USA (1986)
Binding: Paperback, 88 pages
Summary:
There are three types of Japanese script—katakana, hiragana, and kanji. It is possible to read Japanese knowing only a limited number of kanji, but it is not possible with only a limited number of katakana or hiragana—one must know all of them. Let's Learn Katakana, and its companion volume Let's Learn Hiragana, is a textbook that introduces the learner to the basics of one of these fundamental Japanese scripts. Being a workbook, it contains all the exercises that allow the student to master katakana by the time the book has been finished. Let's Learn Katakana is a classic in the field, and the huge number of students that have used it successfully is a sign of its preeminence as a self-study guide.
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Let's Learn Japanese Picture Dictionary

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Author: Marlene Goodman
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (2003)
Binding: Hardcover, 80 pages
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Created by leading educators, these colorful, large-size dictionaries introduce beginning language learners to more than 1,550 commonly taught basic words. Each Let's Learn Language Picture Dictionary in the series boasts 30 delightful two-page spreads that vividly illustrate the meanings of words. Fun-filled panoramas focus on scenes familiar to children aged three through eight, such as home life, the classroom, city life, sports, the zoo, and even outer space! Learners will love to revisit these detailed depictions of people, places, actions, and objects, each time improving their recall. Featured words are set off with individual illustrations and definitions to help learners at various levels build vocabulary. Includes an index and glossary of all the individually illustrated words. An ideal selection of first word books for parents and teachers who want to encourage second language acquisition.
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KidSpeak Japanese

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Publisher: Transparent Language, Inc.
Operating System: Windows: Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP, or Vista; Win 7
Price: $49.99
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You should have had KidSpeak when you were young. Children absorb language at a much faster pace than adults, and those exposed to bilingualism early in their lives are lightyears ahead of their peers later in life when it comes to speaking a second language. The window is short, and KidSpeak, designed for children aged 5 to 13, offers parents an interactive, entertaining solution for preparing their child for a multilingual future while the time is right.
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Learning through Listening

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These online instructional materials include digitized video clips of natural spoken discourse along with teaching suggestions and activities that are designed to help students understand the content of the discourse as well as lexical, syntactic, and discourse features.
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Learn Japanese Through Action

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Author: Yoko Shioiri-Clark
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Primis Custom Publishing (1998)
Binding: Paperback, 320 pages
Summary:
This text consists of a short introductory section and twelve subsequent Story sections. The introductory section presents the most basic vocabulary and expressions, includ- ing greetings, names of household items, and words describ- ing one's occupation, hobbies, and physical characteristics. Hiragana, with descriptive pictures for mnemonic purposes, is presented at this stage. The following eleven stories center around Tom, an American college student who travels to Kyoto. The final story, The Flower Blooming Old Man, is a traditional children's tale.
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Learn Japanese Now!

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Publisher: Transparent Language, Inc.
Operating System: Windows XP
Price: $39.99
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"Learn Japanese Now! is an immersion program that enables learners take basic vocabulary and quickly progress to more advanced comprehension and use. Grammar, vocabulary, reading, listening, pronunciation skills, and more are emphasized through the use of native language texts, videos, and stories that immerse the user in the Japanese language and provide opportunities for language investigation, skill-building and role play. Engaged in this rich multimedia experience, you may never feel like you're studying, and the fact that you are actually using another language becomes transparent."
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Japanese: The Written Language Volume 1 Workbook

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Author: Mari Noda, Eleanor Harz Jorden
Publisher: Yale University Press (2005)
Binding: Paperback, 112 pages
Summary:
"Eleanor Harz Jorden and Mari Noda, authors of the widely used language textbook Japanese: The Spoken Language, now offer the first volume of the much anticipated companion to it, Japanese: The Written Language. This new series is designed to enable the learner of Japanese to establish a solid foundation for communicating with the Japanese through the written language. It is arranged so that each lesson coordinates with the lesson in Japanese: The Spoken Language of the same number. This first volume, devoted exclusively to the katakana syllabary, which is used to represent loanwords in Japanese, provides the most comprehensive pedagogical treatment of the subject available today. Audio files and flash cards are available from the web, and a workbook is available for separate purchase."
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Japanese: The Written Language Part 1, Volume 1: Katakana

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Author: Eleanor Harz Jorden, Mari Noda
Publisher: Yale University Press (2005)
Binding: Paperback, 123 pages
Summary:
" Eleanor Harz Jorden and Mari Noda, authors of the widely used language textbook Japanese: The Spoken Language, now offer the first volume of the much anticipated companion to it, Japanese: The Written Language. This new series is designed to enable the learner of Japanese to establish a solid foundation for communicating with the Japanese through the written language. It is arranged so that each lesson coordinates with the lesson in Japanese: The Spoken Language of the same number. This first volume, devoted exclusively to the katakana syllabary, which is used to represent loanwords in Japanese, provides the most comprehensive pedagogical treatment of the subject available today. Audio files and flash cards are available from the web, and a workbook is available for separate purchase. ELEANOR HARZ JORDEN is the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of Linguistics, Emerita, Cornell University. MARI NODA is associate professor of Japanese, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University."
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Japanese: The Spoken Language, Part 2 Textbook

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Author: Eleanor Harz Jorden
Publisher: Yale University Press (1988)
Binding: Paperback, 398 pages
Summary:
"Part 2 of Japanese: The Spoken Langauge continues a course in modern spoken Japanese that teaches current usage through drills and functional exchanges. Each lesson is divided into three sections. The first two sections contain core conversations and their English equivalents (single exchanges between two people), and a “breakdown” of the dialogue with supplementary vocabulary, miscellaneous notes, structural patterns, drills, and application exercises. The last section in the lesson focuses on listening comprehension and review. The textbook also includes an English-Japanese, Japanese-English glossary. The series is entirely romanized. "
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