Here's the PDF for the language lesson at Matsuya Food & Restaurant Japanese (PDF, 100kb)
Japanese Language Resources
This is a collection of books, gadgets, web sites and other resources that I've found useful in learning Japanese.
Webster's New World Compact Japanese Dictionary ($7.50) is the smallest, least expensive Japanese/English dictionary available. It's to small to be complete and can somtimes be a bit misleading, but if I could take only one dictionary to Japan, this is the one I'd grab.
Electronic dictionaries, PDA tools, etc.
Download Syllabaries.pdf (152kb) if you want additional copies of the Hiragana/Katakana charts included in your handouts.
The Mitamura Let's Learn ... books present a programmed approach to learning hiragana and katakana. Suggestion: do the exercises in a separate notebook, share the books themselves. You can learn one or both syllabaries on the plane on the way to Japan.
Everyday Japanese Characters ($10 and up, Michael Pye, Hokuseido Press) teaches you the basic kanji a traveler in Japan will want to know (signs, menus, train stations and so on).
Japanese on your Windows PC or Windows/CD handheld
JWPCE - a FREE Japanese Word Processor program
If you want to use Japanese text in your other Windows programs, see How to install Japanese in Windows XP. This is how Steve adds the Japanese examples to his PowerPoint presentations.
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