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Japanese has 3 writing systems, all used together: hiragana, katakana and kanji. Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginnershelps newcomers learn how to use the first two systems' basic 92 characters to read, write and communicate. Memorable picture mnemonics connect each character to English words already familiar to you, which makes remembering easier.
Timothy G. Stout has taught Japanese language in public and private schools in the United States and Japan for 14 years. Stout currently teaches Japanese at Waterford School in Utah, where he lives with his family.