Posts tagged: Japanese writing

Jimi’s Book of Japanese by Takahashi & Toka

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: designed for children but useful to adults as well; colorful presentation of all the kana in two small, thin volumes; every character printed large with written strokes counted and stroke direction indicated; strong way to visualize the basic syllabaries of the written language; sample vocabulary words using each character; a […]

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Japanese Kanji Flashcards (White Rabbit Press)

Hodges’ & Okazaki’s Japanese Kanji Flashcards provide a systematic way to learn over 1000 kanji characters by studying hundreds of flashcards. Cards are color coded to three levels of proficiency as measured by the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (levels 4 through 2 – it counts down in difficulty). Although I have yet to write a […]

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Kanji Cards, Vol. 1-4 by Tuttle

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: includes all the basic information about kanji on each card; one card tests your knowledge of one character; composition on one side, meaning and reading on the other; reference numbers for each kanji link this resource to any dictionary or kanji reference guide; over 1000 characters throughout all four sets; […]

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Genki 1: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese

The Japan Times’ Genki is among the most popular Japanese language courses for older students and adults. It’s also a common recommendation for self-study. The Genki materials include a course book, a workbook and audio CDs. The lessons come in two phases: Genki I and Genki II. You may also purchase the answer key books […]

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3 Kanji Workbooks: Mastering Japanese Kanji, Kanji Power, First 100 Japanese Kanji

Score: 7 / 10 Pros: space to practice writing each of 200+ characters; stroke-by-stroke demonstration of how to write kanji; kanji readings & meanings for each character; sample words/phrases using each character; Kanji Power & Mastering the Kanji have extra practice exercises, while First and Second 100 Kanji offer larger, better spaces to practice writing […]

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Read Japanese Today by Walsh

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: talks you through simplified stories of how 400 kanji characters developed; gives stand-alone and compound pronunciation for each kanji; makes visual associations with old-to-new characters and real-world concepts behind them; good introduction covers history and composition of kanji; characters printed large but in line with rest of text paragraphs; links […]

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An Introduction to Modern Japanese (Book 2) by Bowring & Laurie

An Introduction to Modern Japanese is a challenging, rewarding year-long course that recieved an extremely high rating on this site. Book 2 offers a textbook full of practice exercises that complement every chapter of Book 1. (Don’t let the name fool you – this is a companion, NOT a sequel!) The activities do a thorough […]

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Guide to Learning Hiragana & Katakana by Henshall & Takagaki

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: lots of practice writing each character (this is a workbook full of writing activities); emphasizes space for you to practice writing in designated boxes; covers all kana; introduces 10 syllables at a time, then words using those syllables; good final review test; simple, straightforward and effective – just what Japanese […]

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250 Essential Japanese Kanji Characters, Volume 1 & 2

Tuttle has issued separate editions of 250 Essential Kanji for Everyday Use (Vol 1 and Vol 2). These are the same books that received stellar reviews on this site. Some of the small changes make these newer revisions an easier read for some students. For example, chapter titles are now given in English and Japanese […]

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Writing Letters in Japanese by Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: focuses on a specific subject – Japanese letter writing – and teaches it well; loads of sample letters and envelopes; pays attention to politeness and familiarity levels of Japanese; letters for many situations and request types; categorizes separate pieces of letters so that you can build your own Japanese letter […]

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