Writing practice is the most effective method of mastering written Japanese, and the large, open format of this workbook is designed to invite the student to pick up a pencil and start writing.
Written Japanese comprises two phonetic syllabaries, hiragana and katakana, and a set of kanji characters which are based on Chinese ideographs. This workbook has been carefully designed to facilitate the quick and easy mastery of the forty-six character katakana syllabary, which is used to write words of foreign origin and is the perfect tool to begin the process of mastering written Japanese.
Each character is introduced with brushed, handwritten, and typed samples that enhance character recognition. Extensive space for writing allows maximum practice to facilitate memorization and ensure proper character formation. Entertaining illustrations and amusing examples of loanwords that use katakana in Japanese writings further reinforce memorization in a fun way.
Written by Jim Gleeson.