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"Kana: Pict-O-Graphix" by Michael Rowley
A simple, pocket-size companion using illustrations to help those learning the beautiful, written language from Japan.
Along with Korean and their pop music, the same held right with Japanese and thus wanted to learn their language. The Japanese writing system is completely different and having to get a hold of learning the Kana, before I jump start on the Kanji, wasn't as easy as I thought. Fun books like this make it that much easy, using humorous drawings, to help remember the Kana. If that isn't enough to help you remember the Kana, the words/sentences on how each Kana is pronounced should. Personally, I haven't mastered the Kana yet, but reference books like this is helping a lot.
Also, inside the front is the complete Hiragana palette and inside the back cover is the Katakana palette, so you don't need to scroll through the pages to quickly remember that one character you forgot.
Overall, anyone looking to learn the beautiful Japanese language and looking to stock up on some decent, inexpensive books and guides to help you attain fluency, this book should be on your list as one of your references.
Because Japanese is one of the more popular languages along with Chinese, and more popular than Korean, the language does take a bit of time and effort to get a hold of the entire Kana. The illustrations on this book is making it easy, for me at least, to memorize the Kana better (funny because I couldn't find a book like this for Korean, but was able to memorize the entire Korean alphabet quicker than the Japanese Kana!). I also learned about "Noodle held by chopsticks," the "Cheer," the "Koi is Japanese for 'carp'," and the "Key." A very helpful book!
- Fun little reference book, using illustrations to memorize the Japanese language.
Mnemonics for Japanese Hiragana and Katakana
|Description||Kana Pict-o-Graphix is lively collection of contemporary memory aids that teaches you the shapes and sounds of hiragana and katakana, the two basic syllabaries used in written Japanese.
Each hiragana and katakana pair is presented on a single page for comparison, with separate visual and text mnemonics. Also included is a brief introduction, pronunciation tips, notes on kana combinations and characters easily confused, and complete kana charts. The book fits handily into any pocket for quick use and reference.
|Dedication||"To my good friend Joshua"|
|Book Dimensions||Width: 3.0″|
|Depth: 0.25″ (¼″)|
|Contents||Introduction, A, Ka, Sa, Ta, Na, Ha, Ma, Ya, Ra, Wa, Voiced Sounds, Unvoiced Sounds, Doublers, Combined Forms, Look-alikes|
|Book Design||Michael Rowley|
|Published||September 1, 1995|
|Publisher||Stone Bridge Press (www.stonebridge.com)|
|Copyright||© 1995 by Michael Rowley|
|Printed in||United States of America|
|Quoted Reviews||"Rowley has created a visual vocabulary that is striking and, most importantly, memorable." — Wired Magazine|
|Best Seller's List||--|
|Other||Michael Rowley is a book designer and illustrator living in Northern California. He is the author of Kanji Pict-o-Graphix, Imagine Nation: A Visual Guide for Learning the States, and The Atom Families: Visual Mnemonics for Learning the Periodic Table of Elements.|
|Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data||1. Japanese Language—Writing—Kana.|
|2. Japanese Language—Textbooks for foreign speakers—English.|
|LC Control Number||94048537|
|LC Call Number||PL528.R69 1995|
|DDC Call Number||495.6´82421—dc20|