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Tuttle More Japanese for Kids Flash Cards Kit: [Includes 64 Flash Cards, Audio CD, Wall Chart & Learning Guide] (Tuttle Flash Cards) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-24 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:4805309059
LANGUAGE:English

"Having used and enjoyed the Tuttle Japanese for Kids Flash Cards Kit (Tuttle Flash Cards), it was a no-brainer to pick up the next set in the series.

Like the previous set, there are sixty-four cards here in different categories. The categories are Going Outside (8 cards), Nature (8 cards), Things in My House (10 cards), Things I Want to Do (10 cards), Opposites (12 cards), Weather (6 cards) and Actions (10 cards). The vocabulary is all very basic words and perfect for a beginner's level. On the front of each card is a cartoon picture of the subject, as well as the Japanese word written above the picture. The Japanese words are written in kanji, hiragana or katakana as they would naturally appear in written Japanese. On the reverse side there are two to three sentences using the vocabulary in context, written in standard Japanese (including kanji), romaji and English.

Whereas the previous set was mostly nouns, the "More Japanese Flash Cards for Kids" features a wider variety of words including adverbs, adjectives and verbs. The categories also have variety, such as the Going Outside category which has vehicle names as well as the words for "park," "shop" and "school."

In the same way as the previous collection, the general card arrangement is very easy to use, and the cards are a nice size (about the size of two standard playing cards laid together) and laminated so they can be used again and again. The sentences on the back use not only the vocabulary of the card itself, but also other words in the set to reinforce retention.

Along with the flash cards, there is a poster containing all of the words in the set, with the same pictures, and an audio CD that can be used for pronunciation practice. On the CD, as well as the pronunciation for the words and sentences included with the flash cards, there are bonus vocabulary including basic greeting words and a few Japanese children's songs. Unfortunately, these are the exact same bonus words as on the previous CD, so it is a duplication if you already own the previous set. The songs are new, however, and are very popular and traditional Japanese children's songs.

Although Tuttle calls this set "Flash Cards for Kids," I have found them useful for adult learners as well. In fact, I have also been using them in reverse, for Japanese people studying English. Once the basic vocabulary has been mastered, they can be used in games such as spreading them out "Go Fish" style and having the learner draw two cards, then make a sentence out of the two vocabulary words. This game is greatly improved by the addition of verbs, adjectives and adverbs, and you can even split the piles so that you need to draw one adjective/adverb, one noun and one verb to make a sentence.
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"I have several from Tuttle, they are terrific. The graphics are large and colorful, and the cards themselves are oversized, laminated, quite sturdy. I bought them to supplement the vocabulary of two 4-year olds, but it turns out they also started learning the hiragana which appears above the picture. They love these so much that they started making up their own games. We hung the poster up, and we use this to go very quickly through the entire deck. These are wonderful, engaging, educational - I can't say enough about them." said.

"The vocabulary covered in this kit is an excellent start for anyone who wishes to learn very basic Japanese. As well as the flashcards, a poster is also included which can be very effective in reinforcing the learning process. Using this kit will certainly be a very good way of complementing other suitable learning tools." said.

"my mother goes through these flash cards with her every morning but she can tear through these since they are thin. they are coated so they are waterproof but they aren't baby proof! i love the thick My First touch and feel cards over these but they don't have cards in japanese. these are just okay since baby can't hold and touch these cards." said.

"I was a bit surprised to see all of the glowing reviews. In my opinion flash cards should be easy, simple, and in no way add to any confusion. Especially if they are for children.
As someone trying to learn kana I fully expected the cards to have full hiragana and/or katakana along with the romajii translations. These cards had Kanji mixed in. As for a beginner I find it difficult enough to try and learn two systems of writing at the same time. I have not messed with any Kanji so far and even though I understand that all three systems are frequently mixed and used together it really was not helpful to me as a beginner to have mixed translations like that.
Also, even though I recognized the card groupings I found it not quite as easy as the other reviewers. Maybe I am dumb or maybe its because I am self teaching, but I really expected something for children to be more simple and not as complex as these proved to be. It was not what I expected, although I am keeping them. I expect they will be more useful as I progress in my learning.
For learning kana I really reccomend 'Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginners' also by Timothy Stout through Tuttle and 'Kodansha's Hiragana Workbook' by Anne Matsumoto Stewart. I also highly recommend 'My Japanese Coach' for Nintendo DS. If you have a ds this is a very fun way to learn and is a good program.
I hope this review is helpful.
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