Japanese Primers
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I have a feeling I am about to reveal both my age and my beginners status at learning Japanese.

I have a number of various programs and ebooks and flashcards. I am fairly proficient at Hiragana and Katakana. On a good day I know a few dozen phrases and have, oh, a couple hundred word vocabulary.

You know what I'd really like to find?

Back when I started the first grade (already knowing how to read at about a 4th grade level - unfortunately, because in those days that made the teachers hate you AND you parents who taught you) we had a plethora of little kids books called Primers that went like this:

See Dick.
See Dick run.
Run, Dick, run.
See Jane.
See Jane run.
Run, Jane, run.
Dick and Jane run.


You get the idea. Illustrated, no less, in case you might misunderstand any part of Run, Dick, run.

I am at the stage in my Japanese reading career where I need something like these, written in Hiragana and Katakana since I am only just starting with Kanji. It seems to me - in my American ignorance - that at some point in time - like around age 2 I guess Japanese children have little primer books like I had. And silly as it may seem - gee, I wish I could get some. Horribly simple and easy - something I could grasp mentally, easily, and be ready to move upward and onward. Maybe even to kanji.

I admit, I am an anime fan, not so much manga - but I would happily read manga if that might help. Really, my big ambition (besides being able to understand anime without subs) is to maybe someday when I grow up read the light novels like SAO, etc. are based upon.

I dunno - am I completely insane?
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I don't think you're insane at all.
A quick look on amazon pulled up several children's books.
I'm not entirely sure if this is what you're looking for. But I hope I've helped.

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Books-Childrens-Japanese-Language/zgbs/books/69807

There are also DVD's you can buy for children learning Japanese.
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http://www.amazon.com/Read-Japanese-Today-Practical-Language/dp/4805309814/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1413761065&sr=8-2&keywords=kanji+learn really helped me learn kanji, it's really helpful if you have trouble remembering the meanings.
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ドィクを見る
ドィクは走るのを見る

That's my rough attempt at translating the first two. Not quite sure my second one is correct. Anyways, with Japanese, once you know hiragana and katakana, you can immediately move to kanji if you want. Learning kanji will most likely help you learn every part of Japanese. Vocab, grammar, etc. As far as basic things to study, I would recommend learning verb forms; passive form, dictionary form, transitive, etc. In the process of learning that you'll learn most verbs, as well as, verb types. Regular 1, regular 2, irregular and the like. As it is, I've been learning Japanese for almost four years and it's near impossible to make a sentence without verb forms. So that's probably a basic that everyone needs to know.

Hope that helps.
A fellow Japanese language student.
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I DL a sample of this one today for the kanji; http://www.amazon.com/Remembering-Kanji-Kindle-Fire-Characters-ebook/dp/B00K711ABA/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1413785289&sr=1-2&keywords=learn+kanji and I really like it. It's expensive but I think it may be well worth it.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I have a couple of Japanese/English translated books on the Kindle - but they all go merrily along assuming you already know kanji - even the simplest one for little kids. Sigh. I also have "Human Japanese" on the computer and have been learning a lot through it. Just started grammar lessons I can speak in complete sentences - long as the subject is the weather, the season, what day it is - LOL.

I was already considering your suggested book, taak123, so I went ahead and tossed it in my cart. Wish they had it on Kindle though. Yeah, I'm a kindle freak. I live in a tiny house - it's just way more practical than a bunch of books piled up.

wonkywilla, I saved your list and will work my way through it to see if any of them are kanji free if not, well I guess my next step is kanji

Has anyone used those Manga University books? Liked them? Disliked them?

7oaster - verbs, yes, verbs would be good. For some reason, they haven't been introduced in Human Japanese yet - but I've also net surfed and learned a few here and there. I've discovered it really seems to stick if I do my hour or two of Japanese, and then go watch anime. I catch a lot more of what they are saying and am also able to pick some things up in context.

I shall overcome! Thanks for the help and encouragement everyone.

We should make us a little CR group - folks self teaching Japanese. Support and ideas and "wow, this book/website/cd really helped".
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Id join that group, but I have given up on learning Japanese.. subs for life ! lol
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