Kakehashi Japanese Learning Materials


Below are some reviews of the Kakehashi series from Amazon.

Amazon Reviews

5 out of 5 stars A practical approach to the Japanese language, November 9, 2012
By annegwish33
I would highly recommend this book for those seeking more than just a theoretical understanding of the Japanese language. The book starts with an introduction to the basics of the language in chapters 1-6 (writing system, basic grammar, etc.). The rest of the chapters are centered on true-to-life Japanese dialogues, which are broken down piece by piece throughout each chapter to help the reader understand how new grammatical forms in context. Important cultural notes are included throughout the book, making it an extremely useful tool for anyone planning on living and/or working in Japan. Wish I'd had this book when I studied in Japan three years ago!

5 out of 5 stars just buy it to find out, November 6, 2012
By Geoff
This is a great learning tool. You can get more out of this with this cost then you can with any other learning tool out there. Thank god for this book!! Good luck on those learning Japanese and understanding the culture.

5 out of 5 stars Very Useful Textbook, November 4, 2012
By Bill
This is a modern way to learn Japanese. It is much more effective than many traditional textbooks that I have seen. The author encourages a deeper understanding of the language and culture, rather than just rote memorization. This book is appealing and, frankly, very cost effective.

5 out of 5 stars Great for teaching small groups and self-study, November 4, 2012
By Sac_Japanese_Meetup
We use this book for the lessons taught through the local Japanese Language Meetup and the students appreciate the honest description of the cultural background that shapes the language's use. The foundation chapters (1-6) introduce a lot of important concepts that the later chapters build on, and while it is a lot of information, the explanations and examples really help illustrate how it is all used in the real world. Many of the students -who are all trying to learn Japanese as adults- have said that they appreciate the natural-sounding examples and dialogs as well as the usage of kanji (Chinese characters) throughout the book. The pronunciation guides make it easy to follow along, and the use of kanji prepares students for how the various written systems ultimately work together. Having used other books in the past (Genki and Nakama), this book and the accompanying workbook together are much better to use for self-study and of course group study.