Posts tagged: kanji

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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Essential Kanji by P.G. O’Neill

Score: 7 / 10 Pros: covers all the common use kanji and some proper name characters; includes reference numbers, on/kun, stroke count for each character; lists 2 sample compounds using each character; shows calligraphy, handwritten and variant versions of each kanji; author offers helpful tips in the introduction; three look-up indices; Chinese readings are great […]

Japanese Step by Step by Gene Nishi

Score: 8 / 10 Pros: good pacing and organization between chapters and sections; great use of and number of examples; all examples in full Japanese script as well as romaji with intonation; wonderfully focused explanations attuned to the needs of busy adult learners looking to understand grammar; decent extra material; great for adult learners looking […]

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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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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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250 Essential Kanji for Everyday Use, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 by Kanji Text Research Group

Score: 9 / 10 Pros: puts kanji learning in context with phrases, exercises, pictures and real-life reading situations; plenty of practice exercises for writing; lessons reflect daily contexts in Japan; good variety; thorough appendix and index make book easy to come back to; uses kana, kanji and romaji without leaning on romaji as a crutch […]

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