Reading Japanese by Eleanor Harz JordenReading Japanese by Eleanor Harz Jorden

Reading Japanese

byEleanor Harz Jorden, Hamako Ito Chaplin

Paperback | September 10, 1976

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This text presents a thorough introduction to the modern written language of Japan. It introduces 425 kanji characters.
Title:Reading JapaneseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:613 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:September 10, 1976Publisher:Yale University Press

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ISBN - 10:0300019130

ISBN - 13:9780300019131

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reading Japanese As a relatively new student of Japanese I am always on the lookout for a better way to learn and practice reading. This book is an excellent way to do both. It introduces the three writing systems in small increments and tests the reader frequently.I found only two problems with the book. The first problem I found is that it begins with katakana rather than hiragana. Hiragana occurs much more frequently in Japanese than katakana and is therefore of more immediate interest. The second problem is the romanization. They write "tu" when the pronounciation is "tsu" and "ti" when it is "chi" and so forth. I find this confusing when reading aloud. Other than that I found it very useful and my reading is much improved because of it. It is quite an undertaking to learn how to read Japanese. One should understand that this book is not a quick-fix, but an in-depth study that will require time to properly work through.
Date published: 2000-04-15

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This new text has been designed to met the special needs of the foreigner who wants to begin learning to read Japanese before having completed a first-year course in speaking the language. It presupposes no previous knowledge of the Japanese writing system. In twenty-five lessons it introduces katakana, hiragana, and 425 kanji, providing an excellent foundation for the use of available intermediate and advanced texts. Reading Japanese is designed to be used either as a classroom text or in self-study programs. It is coordinated with Beginning Japanese, by the same authors.