Books on Learning Japanese

Japanese Hiragana for the five basic vowels

Hiragana:
a あ i い u う e え o お

Books to Help you Learn Japanese

Japanese Step By Step

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Berlitz Japanese Resources

Pimsleur Japanese Resources: Basic

Pimsleur Language Program:
Audio-only progam.

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Pimsleur Japanese: Course I; Beginners/Part A

Pimsleur Language Program: Japanese: Course I; Beginners/Part A.
Audio-only program.
Lessons 1-14.

Pimsleur Japanese: Course I; Beginners/Part B

Pimsleur Language Program: Japanese: Course I; Beginners/Part B.
Audio-only program.
Lessons 15-30.

Pimsleur Japanese: Course II; Beginners/Part A

Pimsleur Language Program: Japanese: Course II; Beginners/Part A.
Audio-only program.
Lessons 1-14.

Buy 'Random House Japanese-English English-Japanese Dictionary'

Japanese: From Educational Services in their Language/30 series

Japanese: From Educational Services in their Language/30 series.
Audio plus a booklet.

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Complete Japanese: The Basics: From Living Languages

Written by Kimiko Ikeda Tsuji.

Four CDs, a text book, and a dictionary.

Schaum's Outline of Japanese Grammar: Second Edition (2011)

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Essential Japanese Grammar: A Comprehensive Guide to Contemporary Usage (2012)

Japanese Hiragana

Hiragana for the first five vowel:
a あ i い u う e え o お

Basic Hiragana symbols:
The k- syllables:
ka か ki き ku く ke け ko こ
The s- syllables:
sa さ shi し su す se せ so そ
The t- syllables:
ta た chi ち tsu っ te て to と
The n- syllables:
na な ni に nu ぬ ne ね no の
The h- syllables:
ha は hi ひ hu ふ he へ ho ほ
The m- syllables:
ma ま mi み mu む me め mo も
The y- syllables:
ya や yu ゆ yo よ
The r- syllables:
ra ら ri り ru る re れ ro ろ
The w- syllables:
wa わ wo を
The n syllable:
n ん

Preliminary Japanese vocabulary

幼稚園  (youchien) kindergarten
学生  (gakusei) student
学校  (gakkou) school
小学校  (shougakkou) elementary school
中学校  (chuugakkou) junior high school
高校  (koukou) high school
大学  (daigaku) university