Jack Halpern is the CEO of the CJK Dictionary Institute in Japan, which specializes in the compilation of CJK (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) and Arabic lexical databases and is one of the world’s prime sources of CJK dictionaries. A lexicographer by profession, Halpern spent sixteen years compiling the New Japanese-English Character Dictionary published in the U.S. by NTC/McGraw-Hill in 1994. As a research fellow at Showa Women’s University in Tokyo, he was the editor-in-chief of several kanji dictionaries for learners, which have become standard reference works. Halpern has published over twenty books, including The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary: Revised and Expanded and The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary as well as numerous articles. He has given over 600 public lectures on Japanese language and culture, and presented several dozen papers at international conferences. Jack Halpern has lived in Japan for over 30 years. He was born in Germany and lived in six countries including France, Brazil, and the U.S. An avid polyglot, he has studied fifteen languages (fluent in ten). - See more at: http://www.kodanshausa.com/books/9781568364087/#sthash.OqcK8Jan.dpuf
Put down your pencils. . . . and pick up a drum!
A new stand-alone textbook from the authors of the best-sellingJapanese for Busy People series presents a fun and interactive way to learn the language through its sounds and rhythms.
WADAIKO, created by the Association for Japanese-Language Teaching (AJALT), is based on the concept that you can learn the language by absorbing it with your ears – even if you don’t fully understand the meanings of the words yet.
Designed to appeal to first-time learners of all ages, this colorful and lively volume uses songs, poems, tongue twisters, and other word games to help you discover Japanese culture and the beauty of the language, while also mastering vocabulary, syntax and proper pronunciation.
The FREE attached CD features a range of different speakers guiding you through listen-and-repeat exercises, as well as the songs and many of the games from the text so you can sing and play along!
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