This workbook has been specially designed for those students wishing to learn the two basic Japanese scripts, hiragana and katakana, as efficiently and painlessly as possible. It teaches not only reading and writing but also - with the aid of an included CD - listening and pronunciation.
The Kana Workbook is for those who have not yet learned hiragana and katakana but who plan to study using either the Kana Version of Japanese for Busy People I: Revised 3rd Edition or Japanese for Busy People II: Revised 3rd Edition. However, it can equally serve any beginner of Japanese, regardless of the text he or she plans to use.
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.
At each level of the series, enough vocabulary and grammar have been presented to enable the learner to communicate in uncomplicated adult Japanese without having to memorize excessive amounts of vocabulary and sentence patterns that are not immediately useful. All components of the series have been prepared under the guidance of a working group of experienced Japanese language instructors who reviewed and tested the material in an authentic classroom environment.
This workbook book includes:
Overviews of the Japanese written language and sound system
34 pages of unique writing drills, with clear directions and ample space to practice character formation
7 picture dictionary-like "Reading Challenges" with narration provided on the CD
Illutrated examples of authentic Japanese usage
Vocabulary drawn from Japanese for Busy People I: Revised 3rd Edition
Written by the Association for Japanese-Language Teaching (AJALT).