Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pocket-Sized Japanese Alphabet Book

With anime and manga so popular these days, many teens have been inspired to start learning Japanese. It's a complex and challenging language, in part because there are three alphabets, each with more characters than our own paltry 26-letter alphabet!

This little pocket-sized book, measuring only 5 x 3 inches, uses cute little drawings/cartoons as mnemonic devices to learn the hirigana and katakana alphabets. It can be carried anywhere, which means the reader can brush up on their Japanese characters while on a bus or waiting in the doctor's office. I've used it myself and found it has really helped me learn those alphabets. (Kanji, the third alphabet with literally thousands of glyphs, is another story, but we all have to start somewhere!)

What: Kana Pict-o-Graphix: Mnemonics for Japanese Hiragana and Katakana
Where: Amazon or any bookstore
How much (as of today's post):

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