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Kana de Manga: A Fun, Easy Way to Learn the ABCs of Japanese!

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Kana de Manga, the latest entry in the popular Manga University lineup of books, uses original manga artwork to teach students how to read, write and pronounce the Japanese hiragana and katakana alphabets, also known as "kana." Author Glenn Kardy, editor of several of the English-language volumes in the world-renowned How to Draw Manga series, and artist Chihiro Hattori ha ...more
Softcover, 1st Edition, 144 pages
Published June 2004 by Japanime Co. Ltd.
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Risa
Nov 27, 2009 Risa rated it liked it
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It was cute but not absolutely necessary. I felt that some of the pictures were helpful and connected the Kana (Hiragana/Katakana) to the picture very well, but I also thought that some of the pictures and vocabulary words were a little random. I did not see the connection between picture and kana all the time.

The book also has a nice little introduction to the Japanese writing system in the beginning. Besides the introduction telling you about the Kana, how to pronounce them, etc. I also loved
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Selena
Aug 12, 2013 Selena rated it really liked it
This is a pretty good reference for learning hiragana and katakana (the Japanese writing system).

There's a large picture of the kana, a word containing the kana, the romaji-reading (reading in roman lettering), and how to write it, all of which is definitely a must.

It also has some memorable pictures to represent the word the kana's used in (though that probably wouldn't help you remember the kana), and a little blurb relating to the word and Japanese culture that also contains a few words in ka
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Jennifer
Mar 29, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in learning Japanese
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This is a cute book. It shows how to write each kana with some space to practice. The illustrations make it feel more fun.

The kana are shown in grids, which is a nice touch; it helps with judging the angles and proportions.

Each kana has one example word and there are a few other random Japanese words throughout the text.

There's not much to this book. Kana de Manga is about learning to write hiragana and katakana and that's what it focuses on.
Amanda
Apr 13, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it
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Full of large illustrations (much like you would find in a western child's 'learn to read' book) drawn in a manga-style to accompany each kana in the Japanese alphabets, complete with examples of japanese words containing the kana to practice your writing skills on, Kana de Manga as a fun, yet useful learning resource. More examples of words would have been welcome, but are easy enough to come across yourself once you have a grasp of the basics.
Winona
Sep 27, 2009 Winona rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in learning the basic Japanese writing systems.
When I read this book I already knew Hiragana. I found it extremely helpful in memorizing katakana, which I had been struggling with.
The Manga-style graphics really help with the memorization process, giving one an image to associate with the character.
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Though I am down with the Hiragana I had great time learning about the cultural notions’ backgrounds of most of the voc that I encountered in anime. Not to mention the funny katakana pronounciation of the English words like SHINDIRIRA & keki :)
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