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Nice Stories, good explanations, bad presentation
am 29. Mai 2013
I really liked the stories of Hikoichi. They are witty, short to read and the explanations are easy to understand. So for beginners or for me, getting into Japanese again after several years not reading anything, this book might really help. I would have given 4 stars, if there were not things that really upset me:
This book is an e-book for learning, so why does it not use the specific elements an e-book can offer, e.g. links to the vocabulary? The "go to"-List does not enlist the chapters/ stories/ vocabulary-list with each letter; and therefore gives no link to each story, if you don't want to read it with each sentence explained. I had to memorize the "Position" where a story began, so that I could go to it when I wanted. It is much more difficult to look into the vocabulary, because you just don't know where a word is to be found, so if you want to look up "zennen", you'll have to tip and tip and tip until you finally reach the "z"-chapter. Very annoying. Plus, there are a few misreading-mistakes (e.g. the kanji "mura" is given as "machi" in the vocabulary-list, a mistake I cannot accept in a book for beginners!) Some double entries could also have been avoided.
Another thing I did not like was the fact that this book is tagged as "English". So if you want to look up a kanji while reading (if you have downloaded the Japanese dictionary from the cloud), it is impossible - the "oxford dictionary" cannot find the word ;) I tried to change the tag into "English, Japanese" but there was no effect. Maybe I'll have to tag it vice versa. But this should be done by the author/ publisher which I highly recommend.
For the moment until a newly adapted version of the e-book will be offered, I would only recommend the printed version.