Lightening Fast Japanese for Kids and Families: Review and Giveaway

Lightening Fast Japanese for Kids and Families
by Carolyn Woods

My husband and I have wanted to teach our daughter a second language since she was born.  We worked with her on sign language to help her communicate with us before she could speak but we wanted to teach her Japanese or Italian to help her learn some of her heritage.

My husband is 1/2 Japanese and I am 1/2 Italian, since he knows a little Japanese, I thought that would be a good one to start with and it would also help me out since I work for a Japanese company and wouldn’t mind learning some conversational Japanese so that I can communicate with members of our staff and senior management.

Since I have almost zero knowledge of the Japanese language, I wanted to start with something easy that both my daughter and I could learn together.

About Carolyn Woods:
Carolyn Woods is a busy mom of 4 trying to do things better, faster, cheaper! Follow her for science activities, best educational books and games, and family friendly fun! Also author of the “Lightning Fast Languages” books, available at

For other books available by Carolyn Woods you can visit her Amazon author page or her blog 

About Lightening Fast Japanese:
This book translates daily conversations you might have with your children into Japanese with phonetic pronunciation – so you can have conversations with your family in Japanese while learning it!

Other Languages available: French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Chinese.

Over Thirty Mommy’s Thoughts:
Over all I liked Lightening Fast Japanese for Kids and Families very much.  My daughter and I find it fun to practice our words while getting dressed, having meals and doing things around the house.  I have almost zero knowledge of the Japanese language so I do find myself getting confused on pronunciation (sometimes my husband who does know a little Japanese looks at me like I am an idiot) but my daughter and I work through it and do our best.  I will be making flash cards to go along with words we are learning in the book so that we can label things and practice.  While my daughter (she is three) has not memorized any of the words yet, we have only had a few 15 minute sessions so far, she is able to repeat them back to me and remember them for short periods of time.

I look forward to spending more time with the book and learning more along with my daughter.

One lucky Over Thirty Mommy reader will win a copy of Lightening Fast Japanese for Kids and Families.  Available in mobi (kindle), epub, pdf, and paperback. ENDS 5/16 at 12:01 AM

a Rafflecopter giveaway  **Disclaimer: I received free product in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other manner. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Other people may have different experiences with the products.**


Lightening Fast Japanese for Kids and Families: Review and Giveaway — 14 Comments

  1. I used to speak japanese so it’d be nice to have a refresher to help teach my son. We are learning spanish together now.

  2. I would love to learn French. My husband and I plan to visit Paris in a few years and I have done that once without knowing any of the language and I will never do that again.

    I would also love to see her come out with a Farsi version. My husband’s parents are from Iran and his grandparents don’t know English. It is difficult for my kids and me to communicate with them sometimes.

  3. I think I’d like to get the German one for my kids. My father’s side of the family is German. My second choice would be my mother’s side which is Irish. If you ever have an Irish one, I’d definitely buy it…

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