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A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters

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This is a one-of-a-kind kanji study guide that introduces joyo kanji along with detailed, authentic notes about the historical development of each.

As useful as it is fascinating, it's a book any new or aspiring Japanese language scholar will visit over and over. In clear, large-sized entries, A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters details each of the General Use Characters In clear, large-sized entires, A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters details each of the General ...

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Overview

This is a one-of-a-kind kanji study guide that introduces joyo kanji along with detailed, authentic notes about the historical development of each.

As useful as it is fascinating, it's a book any new or aspiring Japanese language scholar will visit over and over. In clear, large-sized entries, A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters details each of the General Use Characters In clear, large-sized entires, A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters details each of the General Use Characters—the 1,945 characters prescribed by the Japanese Ministry of Education for everyday use. Both Japanese readings and English meanings are given, along with stroke-count and stroke-order, examples of usage, and suggestions for memorizing. The components of each character are detailed. The Japanese kanji are graded according to Ministry of Education guidelines, allowing the student to prioritize them and track progress. It will appeal to students seeking to learn kanji as well as Japanese language enthusiasts who want to know the history and etymology of Japanese kanji.

This book includes:

  • Origins and meanings of over 2,000 characters.
  • Beautifly hand–drawn kanji.
  • Additional compound characters for each featured character.
  • valuable suggestions and mnemonic devices for memorizing characters.
  • All the standard characters official designed for common use.
Comprehensive and clear, A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters makes Japanese writing accessible to everyone wishing to learn Japanese.

This comprehensive volume is an effectuve guide to memorizing all 1,945 basic kanji.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is nothing less than an etymological kanji dictionary of all 2000+ joyo (everyday use) kanji! FOr each kanji character, it presents its history in brief, references it to associated characters, tells its story of how it has evolved into its current form, and also its readings (both kun and on readings) and three example words/compound words written using the character. Of all the Japanese learning–related books I own, this one is by far the one I've gotten the most out of. I heartily recommend this one! —Squidoo.com

"...I use it every single day, and have done for almost a year now. It is the most brilliant reference book ever for learning kanji. I use this in conjunction with a phone app for Android, Obenkyo. I use the app to learn how to write each kanji, and to study them. I consult this book daily to learn the Why of each kanji, and to figure out how to remember them. There is a story to each kanji—and when you know the story it is much easier to remember each kanji. To find a kanji, you look it up by the readings in the back. If you get one book to learn kanji, this is the one you should get." —Goodreads

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804820387
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 351,209
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth G. Henshall is a graduate of the universities of London (B.A.), Sydney (Ph.D.), and Adelaide (Dip. Ed.), and is now a senior lecturer in Japanese at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He has also taught at the universities of Auckland, Western Australia, and California. Professor Henshall is well known for his translations of Japanese literature and is the author of A Guide to Learning Hiragana and Katakan.

Tetsuo Takagaki is a graduate of the universities of Wakayama (B.A.) and San Francisco State (M.A.), and is now a senior lecturer in Japanese at the University of Auckland. He has also taught at the universities of Hawaii and Maryland, and at Tsuda College in Tokyo. He is the author of a number of publications on Japanese language and linguistics.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

    Wonderful research into the origin behind the ~2000 everyday Kan

    Wonderful research into the origin behind the ~2000 everyday Kanji (all in one book). While not enough to learn the Kanji by, it is the coolest supplement I have ever had the joy of owning.
    Kanji are helpfully organized for learners by grade (1st through 6th & then General Use), listed by primary reading (in a-i-u-e-o sequence). The book has indexes for reference by Stroke Order and Reading (Kun and On, in Romaji). Also included is a list of common, radical-like elements and their meanings (very nice) and a listing of Non-General-Use and Chinese-Only characters referenced throughout.
    A superb buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

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    Aid to learning Kanji

    This book is exactly what it says: "a guide to remembering japanese characters". It provides no stroke order and only a few usages, but does have an excellent description of the origin of the character. While I would not advise using this as your first or only book to learning Kanji, it certainly reinforces your foundation by breaking down the visual meaning of the characters and providing methods of memorization. The pronunciation and stroke order indexes as well as the ordering of characters by grade level helps you to look into the book for specific kanji. It is an excellent staple for any student that can be used throughout your japanese language education and is a great study aid. However it will not function well as one's only means of learning the kanji. Still, I find this purchase worthwhile

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2007

    A reviewer

    As previous reviewers have already written the book does not cover stroke order, but that's a minor problem I think. The book does what it claims to do: help you REMEMBER japanese kanji. It uses historical information about each character's formation and has short phrases for each character to help you remember its meaning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    Have worn out my first copy, seeking a second copy

    Excellent resource book. Includes lookup by stroke count or via Kun & On-Yomi readings! NOTE:Not a preferred first book of Kanji. The breakdown of radicals and their origins helps greatly with understanding characters with unusual use or strange stroke order. For learning stoke order a good first (500 characters) book is 'Basic Kanji Book Vol.1' (Vol. 2, etc.) by Bonjinsha Co., LTD. ISBN4-89358-091-4 Kana Knowledge helpful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2006

    Excellent for kanji origins

    I thought this book was good for learning the 1,945 common-use kanji as set aside by the Japanese Ministry of Education. especially helpful was the evolution of each individual character. Henshall went into great depth with each one, and I found these very helpful for remembering each kanji's meaning. unfortunately, it was missing stroke order, but I'm not complaining, since this is one of the most incredible kanji reference books I've seen.

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    Posted October 29, 2009

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