Kanji & Kana: A Handbook of the Japanese Writing System / Edition 1

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Since 1981, Japanese Kanji & Kana by Wolfgang Hadamitzky and Mark Spahn has been one of the most trusted and popular study guides for beginning and intermediate students of Japanese. This revised edition not only covers the current 1,945 joyo kanji, it also provides a comprehensive overview of the Japanese kanji and kana writing system, including writing, usage, punctuation, and how to use kanji dictionaries. Indexes allow for kanji look-up by pronunciation, radical, and stroke order. A unique feature is a jinmeiyo kanji list covering characters frequently used in personal names but seldom taught in class. Each entry includes on and kun readings, English translations, stroke order, and example vocabulary.

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A comprehensive guide to reading and writing Japanese, providing the information needed to master the basic characters and the syllabaries. The bulk of the text is a listing of the Joyo Kanji with its officially recognized meanings and most important definitions. Also covered are the history, orthography, usage, reading, and writing of kanji and kana, as well as punctuation, romanization, and guidelines for using Japanese reference books. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804820776
  • Publisher: Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Series: Tuttle Language Library Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 436
  • Sales rank: 809,916
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Wolfgang Hadamitzky is a librarian of the East Asia section of the Berlin State Library. He has worked in Oslo and Tokyo on the staff of the German Cultural Institute (Goethe Institute).

Mark Spahn has a background in mathematics, engineering, and computer science. He has worked in Japan as a teacher, computer magazine writer, programmer, and translator. He presently resides in the United States, where he is active as a translator and consultant. Other titles by the same authors include A Guide to Writing Kanji and Kana (Tuttle) and The Kanji Dictionary.

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

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    An Informative Book

    This book is great if anyone is learning katakana for Japanese Course. It thoroughly explains what specific symbol means. Also goes into further detail by providing some history of how it came to be. I would recommend this book for college students/students if they are thinking of taking a Language Course.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Good stuff

    This book is a very good source of the Kanji and Kana of Japanese. The stroke orders are all correct and the systems for looking up a specific Kanji is very efficient

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

    A great reference book for any student of the Japanese language

    This is a great reference tool. It has plenty of entries and descriptions as well as stroke order to help most any student. Each kanji is also displayed as brush, pen and print, although the stroke order is shown for the brush and not pen. This book also features multiple ways to look up any kanji: reading (ON/KUN), stroke count and radical.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2006

    Very good for beginners. Sept. 20, 2006

    I got Kanji & Kana to help me learn the Japanese writing of kanji, this does that. It is a little difficult at first not being able to find words in alphabetical order, but you get past that. It has given a very good start on my studies. I am 50 now, so I know anyone can learn from this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2001

    Learn from the best!

    Whether you're a beginning student of Japanese, or advanced. This is THE book to have. It is considered the standard book for anyone wishing to learn Kana and Kanji. Each kanji character is written in three forms, and is provided with its most common readings and definitions. The book also includes several indexes for finding characters. If you're interested in learning this very fascinating form of writing, then this is the book to have. It is an invaluable resource, and easy to use.

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