Back Cover Blurb
- Do you want a step-by-step introduction to reading and writing Japanese?
- Are you learning Japanese?
- Are you planning a business trip or holiday?
- Beginner’s Japanese Script will help you get to grips with reading and writing Japanese, whether you are studying the language or planning a trip for business or pleasure. The step-by- step approach will build your confidence to read and write in a variety of real contexts.
- Helen Gilhooly has lived and worked in Japan and is a university teacher-trainer and director of a specialist language school in the UK.
- Why not try
→ Japanese Conversation
→ "Jenkins (Michael) & Strugnell (Lynne) - Business Japanese"
→ Beginner’s Japanese
Amazon Product Description
- The Japanese writing system was introduced into Japan by the Chinese around the middle of the 6th century AD. The Chinese language is very different to Japanese in structure and so the writing system was gradually adapted to fit the structure of the Japanese language. There are now three scripts which make up the Japanese writing system (four if you include roman script): kanji, hiragana and katakana. The latter two are known collectively as kana.
- This book will make the reading and writing of Japanese accessible to you through a step-by-step approach which will help you to gradually build up your knowledge of Japanese script. It will show you that written Japanese can be interesting, challenging and also fun to learn.
There are lots of practice activities and ideas to help you learn and remember these two scripts. By the end of the book, you'll be able to read and write simple Japanese with confidence.
- Units 1-4 introduce mainly kanji which developed from pictures of nature.
- Units 4 & 6-8 will teach you how to decipher more complex kanji giving you the tools to take your study further on completion of the book.
- Units 8 & 10 give you the chance to put your learning into practice through real-life examples of signs, notices and warnings, and also a number of reading passages.
- Unit 5 is devoted to hiragana and Unit 9 to katakana.
- Helen Gilhooly has lived and worked in Japan and has extensive experience of teaching Japanese and writing materials for learners of all ages. She has an MA and PGCE in Japanese and is currently the Language College Director of Aldercar Community Language College in Derbyshire. She is also a teacher trainer of Japanese at Nottingham University.
Teach Yourself Books, Hodder & Stoughton, 2003
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