Posts tagged: Japanese for kids

Jimi’s Book of Japanese by Takahashi & Toka

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: designed for children but useful to adults as well; colorful presentation of all the kana in two small, thin volumes; every character printed large with written strokes counted and stroke direction indicated; strong way to visualize the basic syllabaries of the written language; sample vocabulary words using each character; a […]

Wednesday April 14th, 2010 in , , , , , , | Comments Off on Jimi’s Book of Japanese by Takahashi & Toka

Speak Japanese: A Textbook for Young Students, Book 1, by Kiyo Saka and Hisako Yoshiki

Score: 6 / 10 Pros: overall good pacing; lots of useful Japanese words and phrases for absolute beginners; manages to cover some grammar without tedious explanations; consistent use of kana; lots of exercises; drawings help visual learners Cons: intro to hiragana and katakana is too quick for first-timers; exercise drills are repetitive and intended for […]

Thursday December 17th, 2009 in , , , , , | Comments Off on Speak Japanese: A Textbook for Young Students, Book 1, by Kiyo Saka and Hisako Yoshiki