Japanese Kanji Made Easy

Japanese Kanji Made Easy

Learn 1000 Kanji and Kana the Fun and Easy Way

Book - 2015
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Learning the fundamental kanji characters used to write Japanese can be challenging, but this book is designed to speed up learning by presenting the 1,000 most common characters using a mnemonic approach. In a fun and accessible way to learn Japanese, each kanji is associated with memorable visual and verbal clues. For example, the Japanese character for person is superimposed over a sketch of a smiling man. The visual clue is a person standing on two legs. By seeing the distinctive shape of the kanji, learners create a mental image of its meaning. As well, each character is presented as part of a group of characters which share similar traits. These groups use common root symbols known as radicals; they are also categorized by themes such as colors, numbers, animals, or body parts. Pronunciations, meanings and common vocabulary compounds are provided for each character in the group. Mnemonic clues are also given for the basic 92 hiragana and katakana phonetic symbols. A free audio CD helps you learn pronunciation for all of the characters and vocabulary in this book. The short introduction explains the basic history and structure of the kanji.
Publisher: ©2015
Tokyo ; Rutland, Vermont ; Singapore : Tuttle Publishing, [2015]
ISBN: 9784805312773
4805312777
Characteristics: 216 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm + 1 CD-ROM

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Sep 20, 2016

I am a huge fan of using mnemonics and visual/mental imagery for memorizing Kanji since the method is *stupidly* effective.

However, for some reason, I found this book's illustrations to be too visually distracting, and the random, "all-over-the-page" layout of the entries is also a distraction.

My recommendation over this would be either of the two fantastic books: Kodansha's Kanji Learner's Course, or, Tuttle's Learning Japanese Kanji.

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