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APRIL 2015
978-1-56836-558-9

13.99 PB
258 x 180 mm
96 pages, 64 in colour
150 illust. + photos

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Brand New from AJALT...

An Introduction to the
Sounds and Rhythms of Japanese
Free
CD

Association for Japanese-Language Teaching

WITH
FREE CD

WADAIKO An Introduction to the Sounds


and Rhythms of Japanese

Association for Japanese-Language Teaching

An engaging and innovative approach to learning Japanese through its sounds and rhythms:
from the authors of the worlds biggest-selling
language course JAPANESE FOR BUSY PEOPLE,
this is an amazing book that will support any
learning method or textbook series.

FEEL

THE LIVING BEAT AND TIMBRE OF THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE

Wadaiko (lit. Japanese drum) immerses students


in the sounds and rhythms of the Japanese language through songs, poetry, tongue twisters and
other word games. The purpose is to get learners
to feel Japanese, to absorb it with their ears,
without being expected to understand it all. The
book is divided into two parts. Part 1 is made up
of 5 lessons, and Part 2 of four seasons. Colour illustrations and photographs appear on almost every page. Romanised Japanese is used as
an aid for those who havent learned the writing
system yet, and English translations of the songs
and poems are also shown, but otherwise the text
is in Japanese to conform with modern teaching
methodology. There are exercises and questions,
quizzes, and other interactive features. The free
CD contains audio of Japanese folk songs that
students can sing along with. Wadaiko has been
designed to work alongside any teaching methodology as a resource to aid understanding and
help perfect pronunciation. Ideal for beginners, it
can be picked up at any stage of learning.

This is the first book ever to introduce


students to Japanese through its sounds and
rhythms
It is NOT about teaching sentences and syntax: it IS about acclimatising the learner to the
natural music of the language
Recent research shows a major reason for
young people wanting to learn Japanese is interest in pop-culture, manga and anime - this is the
perfect starting point
Songs, poems, tongue twisters and other
games expose students to Japanese culture and
the beauty of the Japanese language
A free CD is an essential part of this process,
allowing students to sing along, or repeat exercises whenever they wish
Text conforms with current requirements in
being in Japanese orthography, with romanised
Japanese and English in the appendices and the
vocabulary lists at the bottom of each page.

The Association for Japanese-Language Teaching (AJALT) was recognised as a


nonprofit organisation by the Ministry of Education in 1977. It was established to meet
the practical needs of people who are not necessarily specialists on Japan but who
wish to communicate effectively in Japanese. In 1992 AJALT was awarded the Japan
Foundation Special Prize. In 2010 it became a public interest incorporated association.
AJALT maintains a website at www.ajalt.org

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APRIL 2015
978-1-56836-559-6

16.99 PB

190 x 128 mm
352 pages, 1,005 kun kanji
700 usage articles; 2 indexes

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Another invaluable language tool


from the compiler of such classics as
The Kanji Dictionary and The Kanji
Learners Dictionary, among others..
The Kodansha

KANJI USAGE GUIDE


An A to Z of Kun Homophones
Editor-in-Chief: Jack Halpern

Organised as a dictionary in Japanese


kana order, this is the first-ever guide to
kun-yomi homophones: native Japanese
words that sound the same yet have different meanings and are therefore written
using different kanji characters.

One of the many difficulties that learners of Japanese come


up against is that so many words sound exactly the same, but
mean something different. These homophones weren't borrowed from Chinese many centuries ago, but are native Japanese words ("kun" words); furthermore, they may have more
than 2 meanings, depending upon the Chinese character (or
kanji) used to represent the sound. For example, hanasu can
mean 'speak' or 'release' or 'separate' ...
This is the first book to address this issue head-on, and offer the learner an easy-to-follow guide to what the different
meanings for each sound are, as well as how these separate
meanings are written in kanji. It is organised in the natural Japanese dictionary order a-ka-sa-ta-na-ha-ma-ya-ra-wa, and conforms to the preference for Japanese orthography in contemporary teaching methodology, with all kanji also phonetically
rendered. Furthermore, the entries are all numbered for ease of
cross-reference, and their SKIP reference and numbering from
Halpern's best-selling Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary and
Kodansha Kanji Dicitonary [both p.XX] are included to enable
further research.
Thousands of compounds and examples illustrate the 1,005 individual kanji entries: the kun- homophones within the standard joyo kanji. Two indexes for quick look-up complete a book
that is an essential reference and learning tool for mastering
written Japanese.

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