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Aimed at Western students aged 12 25, the Kanji in MangaLand program differs from traditional methods ...
Aimed at Western students aged 12 25, the Kanji in MangaLand program differs from traditional methods in that it uses distinct drawings for the parts that form each kanji character; then it shows a manga-style illustration to help the student connect the shapes and the meaning. In addition, the books present information on compound words, stroke order, meaning and such unique features as identifying similar-looking kanji and alternative or older shapes for the same character.
Kanji in MangaLand: Levels 1 & 2 includes 21 lessons. The first seven of these cover all 80 kanji characters learnt by Japanese children in their first primary school year. Lessons 8-21 cover the 160 kanji studied in the next year. In every lesson, the student will learn 8 to 12 kanji and then move on to the exercise section, which features one page of manga using all the characters learnt in that lesson; a page of different types of exercises; and a page with the correct answers, translations and a summary of the new drawing-compounds that will appear in the next lesson. The book also has two special exercise parts one at the end of each level as well as indexes of kanji and reading.
With manga sales booming in 2006, they approached $200 million and interest in learning Japanese skyrocketing as well, the Kanji in MangaLand series is the perfect blend of entertainment and solid language instruction to make learning fun and effective.
Posted January 2, 2008
This book is a supplement for people who want to study kanji in addition to their Japanese text books. Kanji in Mangaland Volume I covers around 240 kanji, the Kyoiku kanji taught in the first two years of elementary school in Japan, and also the kanji for Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) level 3 & 4. Unlike other kanji studying materials such as Kanji flashcard, this book provides more than kunyomi, onyomi, and a list of jukugo (compound words). It illustrates the kanji stroke ordering sequence, uses a picture representing the kanji to help reader's memorization, and demonstrates the usage of different kanji via manga examples. The best part of the book is the history overview of where and how the kanji got imported to Japan and the influence on the Japanese language phonetic symbols: Katakana & Hiragana. However, few manga dialogs have some kanji that never been covered in the book, this may cause confusion to the readers. Overall, like Vitamin-C to your body, this book is a pretty good supplement for your Kanji studying. (Reviewed by Otto Yuen, 01-Jan-2008)
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Posted January 13, 2012
When I first got this book I had the first book in Japanese in Mangaland and looked at this as kinda off beat in comparision. After using it a little I learned to love it except a few things.
1) The compounds taught are so.....intresting let's say.
2) Like the rest of mangaland series except maybe the workbook component the manga reading practice is small. You learn 8 new kanji per lesson with about 10 compounds each= 80 compounds. each lesson has one page of manga.The translation is right after the reading too making it easy to cheat yourself of the reading practice you need.
3) It has only one page of practice exersises per lesson which is minimal for a KANJI TEXTBOOK/ WORKBOOK.
Why I didn't return it
1)It's following japanese grade school order making it quicker for me to learn what I need for JLPT. It actualy covers grade 1 and two without leaving the HARD looking kanji for the second book.
2)It has pictures represnting the raticals making them easier to learn.
3) The reading are cute and get a each kanji in at least once in the reading.
4) the practice exersises are half decent.
5)It gives me compound practice which is not there in my Guide to Writing Kanji and Kana.
All and all a good refrence to have. I would suggest to manga and non manga fans and if you want a more formal textbook I hear Remembering the Kanji is good.The same prnciple apply to this text.
Posted January 15, 2009
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