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
AJALT, creators of WADAIKO: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SOUNDS AND RHYTHMS OF JAPANESE, has posted a charming and informative video on YouTube that explains the concept and structure of the book, and offers tips on how to use it most effectively. Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUYbP_lBgUY
WADAIKO: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SOUNDS AND RHYTHMS OF JAPANESE presents an innovative classroom approach to learning the language. Now, AJALT, the creators of WADAIKO, have posted a charming and informative video on YouTube, in which the authors discuss the concept and structure of the book, and offer tips on how to use it most effectively.
With many visuals from the book, accompanied by excerpts from the free CD that’s attached, they explain that through holistic exposure to its rhythms and sounds, learners will come to understand and appreciate the heart of the Japanese language.
The first part of WADAIKO is filled with fun word-play exercises, tongue-twisters, songs and jingles, and rhymes. Part II is about the Seasons, and features haiku, poems, and traditional songs that celebrate the beauty and variety of Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter in Japan.
If you’re looking for an entertaining and interactive way to learn/progress in your Japanese studies, check out the video – and the book!!