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Reviews by Chris Kern

Japanese: The Spoken Language series

Probably the biggest defining features of her system are:

  1. Intense work on spoken Japanese in the beginning with no written Japanese whatsoever. Even kana is not done until perhaps the second semester of a college-level class.

  2. Emphasis on memorization of dialogues and substitution drills.

  3. The idea that work in the beginning should be focused on the tapes/CDs and drills with native speakers. The romaji writing is used only to remind the student of what he's already heard on the CDs -- it is not to be used for learning new material.

A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters

I found it interesting, but not very helpful in learning the kanji.

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