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Reading and Writing Japanese Katakana - A Character Workbook for Beginners (Incl. audio download)

EAN: 9784805315224

ISBN: 978-4-8053-1522-4 // ISBN: 9784805315224
Year of publication: 2019
Publisher: Tuttle
Number of pages: 96
Language: English, Japanese
Country of origin: Japan

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Reading and Writing Japanese Katakana is a book for those students who are starting learning Japanese and they want to practice and learn Katakana syllabary.

The books is divided in 2 parts: in the first one, students must learn all letter from Katakana syllabary and, in the second part, they must practice by writing and learning some basic vocabulary words. 

Beside each letter, these ir space to practice calligraphy and through the publisher's website, there are audio files to practice listening and pronunciation and PDF worksheets. The link to get access to these contents is also available on top of this file. 

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This book provides a complete course for beginning students who want to learn the Katakana alphabet!

With plentiful writing and reading practice, this workbook starts with the basic letters and works up to writing words and complete sentences. Divided into two parts, the first part presents the 46 main Katakana letters in their full and contracted forms, with extensive writing spaces provided for writing practice. Recognition and pronunciation of the letters are reinforced through writing and listening exercises.

In the second half of the book, students can apply their knowledge of Katakana in a Writing Practice section that contains sentences related to contexts in which Katakana words are often used, such as food and drinks, social media and tourism. Exercises are graded in difficulty from Writing Drills (from copying to writing from memory) to Dictation Practice (connecting the sounds with the letters) to Writing Exercises (writing answers that fit the situations given).

Features of this language workbook include:

  • A thorough overview of the Japanese writing system, explaining when and how Katakana is used
  • Handwriting and stroke-order tips along with extensive writing practice sheets
  • Online audio recordings speed up the process by reinforcing the pronunciation of the letters through a wide variety of listening and writing exercises
  • Mnemonic illustrations for every character
  • Printable flashcards available online for download


The Japanese writing system combines three types of letters: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Katakana is used for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese; in the writing of loan words; for emphasis; to represent onomatopoeia; for technical and scientific terms; for names of plants, animals, minerals and often Japanese companies.




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