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    Not the ones I'm talking about. There's for really small children - don't you remember having similar ones with the alphabet when you were really tiny?
    ETA: Here we go, found this on amazon. http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/reader/45...19#reader-page Only in Japanese, but you can at least look at the pages of the book. You'll see a demonstration page where some of the characters have been gone over with pencil and some haven't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wicket
    Not the ones I'm talking about. There's for really small children - don't you remember having similar ones with the alphabet when you were really tiny?
    Still am really tiny (5'4-5'5?)

    The way I was taught Chinese they did in sequence of strokes, until you form the word. But yes I do vaguely remember tracing paper and "man have mouth" "man have hand" etc etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by FSEffect

    Still am really tiny (5'4-5'5?)
    You GIANT. (I'm 5'2" - and a bit)
    Check my edited post for a link to one of those books on amazon
    (for the OP, not you FSEffect, I'm assuming you already know the kana!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by wicket
    Quote Originally Posted by FSEffect

    Still am really tiny (5'4-5'5?)
    You GIANT. (I'm 5'2" - and a bit)
    Check my edited post for a link to one of those books on amazon
    (for the OP, not you FSEffect, I'm assuming you already know the kana!)
    Do I bollocks!


    If you check my profile I can only read, write, and speak Cantonese and English, and my Cantonese writing/ reading is elementary at best.
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    I'm 6'4 and can wait for my Pizza number to be called in Cantonese? What do I win?
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    A pizza!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wicket
    Something that worked for me (I had an awesome high school Japanese teacher!) was learning 5 characters and then learning vocabulary that only used those characters. So you start with learning the vowels, then write words like AOI (blue), UE (house), IIE (no), AI (love) etc. Progress to the next line of the alphabet - KA, KI, KU, KE, KO and add them to the vowels to make new words, like AKAI (red), KOI (carp), KAO (face) etc.
    I think that's in the Genki writing practice book, isn't it? My teacher gave me photocopied sheets from somewhere, I think it was that book. Genki 1 is the course textbook anyway, so it would make sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blank
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    Something that worked for me (I had an awesome high school Japanese teacher!) was learning 5 characters and then learning vocabulary that only used those characters. So you start with learning the vowels, then write words like AOI (blue), UE (house), IIE (no), AI (love) etc. Progress to the next line of the alphabet - KA, KI, KU, KE, KO and add them to the vowels to make new words, like AKAI (red), KOI (carp), KAO (face) etc.
    I think that's in the Genki writing practice book, isn't it? My teacher gave me photocopied sheets from somewhere, I think it was that book. Genki 1 is the course textbook anyway, so it would make sense.
    God, Genki hadn't even been invented when I was in high school (I started Year 7 in 1981); and I've never used Genki.
    Maybe they stole my teacher's idea!
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    If you end up teaching Japanese, definitely give Genki a look. I have nothing to compare it to, mind, but I think it's great all the same.

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