Remembering the Kanji, a new flashcard and review app, complements the bestselling kanji texts Remembering the Kanji 1 and Remembering the Kanji 2, by James W. Heisig. Review more than 2,000 kanji anytime, anywhere on your mobile device. The customizable, easy-to-use app is $9.99 at the iTunes Store.
Here are a few of the app’s noteworthy features:
—Create your own study lists and generate flashcards for review;
—Save notes on your own imaginative mnemonic stories for each kanji;
—Learn the stroke order of each kanji with animated diagrams;
—Learn the pronunciations of each kanji in Remembering the Kanji 1 and 2 and learn the readings of kanji combination words (jukugo);
—Look up the meaning of primitive elements quickly;
—Look up kanji by stroke number;
—Search for key words and find the kanji you want in an instant.
Updated to include the 196 new kanji approved by the Japanese government in 2010 as “general-use” kanji, the sixth edition of Remembering the Kanji 1, by James W. Heisig, aims to provide students with a simple method for correlating the writing and the meaning of Japanese characters in such a way as to make them both easy to remember. It is intended not only for the beginner, but also for the more advanced student looking for some relief from the constant frustration of forgetting how to write the kanji, or for a way to systematize what he or she already knows.
April 2011 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3592-7 / $44.00 (PAPER)
Use your iPhone or iPod Touch to study Korean vocabulary anywhere, anytime! Textbook Companion now offers apps designed to go hand-in-hand with the vocabulary from the KLEAR Integrated Korean series of textbooks.
Two versions of the apps are currently available for Beginning 1 and 2 (free)/(paid) and Intermediate 1 and 2 (free)/(paid).**
The paid apps access all the vocabulary from the texts with these features:
-Flash Cards: View in Korean or English, easily swipe through words from each lesson, and remove any words you already know.
-Vocabulary List: View all words in each lesson with the ability to show only one language at a time.
-Quick Search: Quickly search, in either Korean or English, for the definition and lesson of any vocabulary in the textbooks.
**Order the upgraded versions for just 99 cents until April 15. Apps will return to $2.99 after April 15.
Saek, a Northern Tai language spoken in villages in Nakhon Phanom province on the border of Northeast Thailand and Laos, is noted for its unique phonological features within the Tai language family. This lexicon, originally compiled by the late Tai linguist William J. Gedney in the 1970s and organized by rhyme, highlights those characteristics that identify the older generation of Saek speakers. Because of these features, linguists believe that Saek will play an important role in the reconstruction of the proto-language of the Tai family. To make the lexicon more accessible, an English-Saek section has been added, something that does not appear in other treatments of Saek.
February 2010 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3538-5 / $35.00 (PAPER)
Oceanic Linguistics Special Publication #37
Concise descriptions of grammar, use, and genres make Learning Japanese for Real: A Guide to Grammar, Use, and Genres of the Nihongo World, by Senko K. Maynard, indispensable for adult learners of the language. The volume presents a holistic view of the knowledge required for proficiency in Japanese. Following introductory chapters on the language’s background, sound system and scripts, word types, and grammatical categories, it introduces readers to simple then complex sentences. A chapter on emotive expressions contains highly useful entries on attitudinal adverbs, exclamatory phrases, interjections, and rhetorical questions—all of which carry emotive meanings. Learning Japanese for Real then goes beyond grammar to discuss how the language is used in interaction.
February 2011 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3540-8 / $30.00 (PAPER)
The KLEAR (Korean Language Education and Research) Center web site has been completely redesigned and updated to include the latest information on the entire Integrated Korean series of textbooks, workbooks, and accompanying audio, including the new (2nd) editions of Integrated Korean Beginning 1 and Beginning 2.
The KLEAR series is published by University of Hawaii Press with the support of the Korea Foundation. Schools currently using Integrated Korean texts in their classrooms include: University of California, Los Angeles; University of Maryland, Baltimore; Columbia University; De Anza College; Troy University; New York University; Arizona State University; University of Minnesota; University of California, Riverside; University of Hawai‘i; Georgia State University; University of California, San Diego.
The ABC English-Chinese, Chinese-English Dictionary (ECCE), edited by John DeFrancis and Zhang Yanyin, is a student-oriented bilingual dictionary that, like other dictionaries in the ABC series, organizes Chinese words by their pronunciation as written in pinyin. This innovative, straightforward alphabetical organization allows the user to find most words more quickly and easily. It also facilitates the comparison of words that are pronounced similarly or identically, which is not possible in traditionally-ordered dictionaries. The series’ alphabetical ordering has been imitated in other dictionaries, but ECCE is still unique in that it offers detailed and authoritative coverage of grammar (parts of speech, constructions, and examples) and orthography (both simplified and complex characters as well as pinyin). The ECCE contains 67,633 entries: 29,670 in the English-Chinese section, 37,963 in the Chinese-English section.
The dictionary is a handy 4.5 x 7.5 inches with a plastic flexcover.
ABC Chinese Dictionary Series
October 2010 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3485-2 / $20.00 (PAPER)
This is a thoroughly revised edition of Integrated Korean: Beginning 2, the second volume of the best-selling series developed collaboratively by leading classroom teachers and linguists of Korean. In response to comments from hundreds of students and instructors of the first edition, the new edition features a more attractive two-color design with all new photos and drawings and an additional lesson and vocabulary exercises. Lessons are now organized into two main sections, each containing a conversational text (with its own vocabulary list) and a reading passage. The accompanying workbook, newly written, provides students with extensive skill-using activities based on the skills learned in the main text.
Integrated Korean series
August 2010 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3515-6 / $28.00 (PAPER)
Audio files for both the textbook and workbook may be downloaded in MP3 format at http://www.kleartextbook.com.
Mah Meri is an Aslian (Austroasiatic: Mon-Khmer) language spoken in scattered settlements along a section of the southwest coast of Selangor in Peninsular Malaysia. The Mah Meri are the only Aslian speakers who live in a coastal environment. Their language, which may have about 2,000 speakers, has no written language and is highly endangered.
A Dictionary of Mah Meri as Spoken at Bukit Bangkong, by Nicole Kruspe, is the first comprehensive dictionary of the language and is based on the author’s extensive field research and consultation with members of the community over the last ten years. The dialect presented here is spoken by about 600 people at Bukit Bangkong, the most southerly Mah Meri settlement. The dictionary contains around 4,000 entries, each with a phonetic transcription and translations in both English and Malay.
July 2010 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3493-7 / $40.00 (PAPER)
Oceanic Linguistics Special Publication #36
Suitable for college and high school students and those learning on their own, Wendan Li’s Chinese Writing and Calligraphy is a fully illustrated coursebook that provides comprehensive instruction in the history and practical techniques of Chinese calligraphy. No previous knowledge of the language is required to follow the text or complete the lessons. The work covers three major areas: 1) descriptions of Chinese characters and their components, including stroke types, layout patterns, and indications of sound and meaning; 2) basic brush techniques; and 3) the social, cultural, historical, and philosophical underpinnings of Chinese calligraphy—all of which are crucial to understanding and appreciating this art form.
May 2010 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3364-0 / $25.00 (PAPER)
A Latitude 20 Book
The English-Tahitian Tahitian English Dictionary is the most useful and comprehensive dictionary of its kind available. The author, Dr. Sven Wahlroos, who was a devoted student of Tahitian for more than three decades, provides an extensive introduction to the language with detailed notes on grammar, usage, and pronunciation.
This reprint edition has been re-sized to 6 inches x 9.25 inches, making it a convenient and handier alternative to larger-sized dictionaries.
“A labor of love that is also a big, solid reference that will get loads of use.” —Honolulu Star-Bulletin
March 2010 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3473-9 / $64.00 (CLOTH)
Distributed for Eva Wahlroos
Galumalemana Afeleti Hunkin, author of the newly revised Gagana Samoa: A Samoan Language Coursebook, was recently interviewed for Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat. Read the interview here.