Hiragana For Beginners

Hiragana For Beginners

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First Steps to Mastering the Japanese Writing System

Japanese Hiragana for Beginners makes learning of hiragana fast and effective by using memorable picture mnemonics, along with clear explanations, examples and lots of fun exercises - a method that has helped thousands of students learn hiragana successfully in the United States and Japan. Picture mnemonics enhance memory by associating the shape and sound of each hiragana character with combinations of images and English words already familiar to students.

This book is organized into three main sections. The first introduces the basic 46 hiragana characters along with writing tips and opportunities to practice writing them. The second teaches the usage rules that allow students to write all Japanese sounds, providing more opportunities for practice. The third strengthens students' skills through a wide range of exercises (word searches, crossword puzzles, fill in the blanks, visual discrimination, timed recognition quizzes, etc) designed to both increase the knowledge of the Japanese language and reinforce newly acquired writing skills.

A set of flash cards printed on perforated cardstock and a list of suggested flash card activities, are also provided at the end of the book. Each of these cards introduces a hiragana character along with the picture mnemonic that helps to recognize and remember it.

Paperback Book, 102 pages