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Postby galadralorean » Fri Jul 18, 2003 3:10 pm

Can anyone reccomend books in straight hiragana/katakana (no kanji...) I am just at level one with Japanese, but i can read those two systems. Any good books, even like preschool-level would be cool... i want to learn more Japanese from the source, because i can't take classes where i'm at (i just got back from an intesive training in Japanese for three weeks).<BR><BR> - galadralorean
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Postby laureanna » Fri Jul 18, 2003 4:57 pm

Konnichiwa Galadralorean,<BR>Have you tried your local library? Sometimes there are childrens' books in a variety of languages and scripts. Also, I found that flash cards really help. I make them myself out of index cards. I'm up to about level three, but it is slow going! Good luck.<BR>Laureanna (Kinsei no okuremono)
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Postby galadralorean » Sat Jul 19, 2003 9:25 am

Arigatoo gozaimas, laureanna. I will definitely look there.<BR><BR> - galadralorean
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Postby kuri » Tue Dec 02, 2003 1:27 am

Hello, I'm learning japanese at University!<BR>I don't think there are books in hiragana/katakana only, it would be too difficult to understand something without kanji, also for children.<BR>but if you find one...<BR>btw, if you need help for something ask me!<BR>Actually, i'm traslating 3 essays from japanese to Italian...<BR>If you want to laern a little japanese, there is a book called "Nihong shoho" . It's entirely in japanese but it has a few kanji and a lot of kana. but you need a dictionary...
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Postby elvenkitsune » Tue Dec 02, 2003 12:04 pm

konichiwa, i am also learning at Unversity level and i have a really good book that my sensei uses called yokooso. It is very helpful becuase it has everything writing, reading, and speaking. It is also in everyday situations. also try and find a good kanji book, i got one from work (i work at a library) that has a good 200 different kanji and there combinations.....i will give you the title later....i do not have it on me at the moment. hehehe....i am such a dits!!lol!! jk!!
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Postby kuri » Tue Dec 02, 2003 12:31 pm

Hello kitsune!!!!<BR>can I ask few questions?<BR>Is japanese your main language at University?<BR>Why japanese?<BR>Are you studying some other oriental languages?<BR>nihongo no gakusei ni kyomi ga aru yo!
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Postby elvenkitsune » Wed Dec 03, 2003 9:54 am

Well actually Japanese is the first of many languages that i plan to take, i am a history and languages major i plan on taking<BR>1. Japanese<BR>2. Chinese<BR>3. Korean<BR>4. Vietnamese (sorry about the sp)<BR>5. Russian<BR>6. German<BR>7. Phillipeno<BR>and 8. possibly French<BR>ya so that is why i started with Japanese, just working my way through the list!!!<BR>I am glad to answer as many questions as you wish to ask!!
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Postby kuri » Wed Dec 03, 2003 10:25 am

So, kitsune, what's the name of your university?<BR>Mine is Oriental languages university, i study in Venice.<BR>Actually, my main language is Japanese, and the second is Korean. We could take also Chinese, but I thought those two were enough... And we have also English, of course.<BR><BR>How long have you been studying japanese?<BR><BR>I will graduate in March!<BR>And then...<BR><BR>p.s. i've just realized that you signed in two days ago. So, welcome to TORC!!!!!
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Postby elvenkitsune » Wed Dec 03, 2003 11:49 am

Thank you for the welcome Kiri!!<BR>I go to a community college in California called Riverside Community College, I am only in my first semester, just raduated from high school in the summer! but in 1 1/2 years i am going to Cal Poly Pomona and that is what i am looking forward to!! so i have heard that Venice is a very nice place to study, lots of culture all around you, is it?!
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Postby kuri » Wed Dec 03, 2003 2:15 pm

sorry but what Cal Poly Pomona is?<BR><BR>Venice is nice, a lot of art and culture, but only for one week...<BR>I've been living here since 1999 and i'm reallyy tired...<BR>After the first 3 weeks, everything becomes grey and...humid<BR>but i'll leave in march and i would like to come back to Japan, if I find a job!
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Postby galadralorean » Wed Dec 03, 2003 7:50 pm

I think what she meant was 'California Polytechnic Institute at Pomona', Pomona being a city in Central/southern Claifornia if i'm not mistaken... i'm on the Right Coast as we call it sometimes<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Thank y'all for the advice. I really would like to learn more japanese, and i practice my kana whenever i get the chance... i haven;t lost any and it's been months since i learned them with no formal instruction since... but i still haven't found any real way to learn kanji... anyone recommend any particular books i might find at the University bookstore in my city?<BR><BR> - galadralorean
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Postby elvenkitsune » Thu Dec 04, 2003 12:04 am

You are right about California Polytechnical University......i can not wait, it will be so much better!!<BR><BR>anyhoo, i would try a book called Yookoso, it is really good!!
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Postby kuri » Thu Dec 04, 2003 12:23 am

thank you for explanation! <BR> <BR>You can try "Kanji & kana" by Hadamitzky/Spahn. It's in English, the are all the kanji of the Joyo kanji list, and it teach you also the strokes' order.<BR>It's really useful!<BR><BR>but i think your choice dipends on which level of japanese you want to reach....
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Postby elvenkitsune » Thu Dec 04, 2003 9:14 am

i agree with kuri, if you use a book that is not for the level you wish to get to or in a level too high, you will not learn anything!! my best advice would be to try and find a book set that is marked level 1, level 2, level 3, and so on!!
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Postby galadralorean » Thu Dec 04, 2003 12:05 pm

thank you both... curently we're in the process of getting snowed on, but soon i hope to go into town and a book like that.<BR><BR> - galadralorean
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Postby elvenkitsune » Fri Dec 05, 2003 12:58 am

Snowed on? Sounds fun, it is just bloody cold here!!! Friged air and nothin but rain if anything!! ggggrrr!!!<BR>
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