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Basic Kanji Book Volume 1 This volume covers about 250 kanji and the second volume completes the 500 in the Basic series. These books are really textbooks just for learning kanji. Each lesson covers about 10 characters and begins with a section called "About the kanji" which gives interesting background on the kanji you are about to learn. Next comes writing and reading le ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Bonjinsha
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Genki I by Eri BannoGENKI by Eri BannoA Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar 日本語基本文法辞典 by Seiichi MakinoBasic Kanji Book, Vol. 1 by Chieko Kanoみんなの日本語―初級1本冊 by スリーエーネットワーク
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Mar 16, 2012 Jenn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beginners in Japanese
I used this as a supplement to my class textbooks when I was a beginner in Japanese. A very simple but useful way to learn the most important kanji. As the kanji are grouped together (some lessons have kanji that share a radical or meaning etc) I found it easier to remember, and there are of course exercises to practise the kanji you have just learnt. Importantly, the Basic Kanji Book also has lessons to introduce important fundamentals (such as radicals, stroke order, wago, kango etc) that I ha ...more
May 21, 2010 Melissa rated it really liked it
In 22 lessons, 250 high-frequency kanji are introduced, grouped by categories (sometimes multiple lessons with the same category), for example, kanji made from pictures, numbers, signs, adjectives, verbs, time, radicals, human relationships, movement, position, etc. Meanings and readings are taught with a good amount of both recognition and production practice. This is a workbook and you should do all the exercises to get the most benefit out of it. It's good for a beginner but would need to be ...more
Mar 18, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
I like this kanji book a lot. They give you kanji in a nice order for learning, balancing starting simply with usefulness. Showing a path of evolution from picture representation to kanji is useful, and interesting. The various readings, examples, and exercises help me to remember the kanji, and how to use the different characters. Overall, an excellent supplement to a Japanese textbook and class.
Dec 20, 2015 Agnieszka rated it it was amazing
I SO love this book. It was my first kanji book for studying the Japanese writing system and it was itroduced to me by my sensei. I owe her so much for recommending it to me - I just run through it at first and I already knew I was going to really get into learning Japanese, including the writing, which tends to put off so many students. That wasn't the case for me - thanks to this book series.
Aug 31, 2014 Javier rated it it was amazing
This book use a simple methodology to learn kanji.
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May 24, 2007 Rose rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Introductory students of Japanese
This was my first introduction to kanji as a beginner student in 1998/1999 and it was an indispensable learning tool. It gave me a great foundation in the language and was structured well in that the grammar used in each section ramped up slowly as the units went on, complementing what I was studying with my teacher. An excellent primer on kanji -- there is no other study text I would recommend.
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Aug 19, 2014 Ainur Rofiq rated it it was amazing
Sudah saya babat habis buku ini sejak jaman kuliah. Kanji dasar berjumlah kurang lebih 500 kanji di ajarkan di buku ini. Mulai dari kanji alam sampai kanji tubuh. Struktur kanji masih sederhana tidak terlalu rumit, begitu juga dengan jumlah coretannya masih sedikit. Buku ini sangat bagus dan mudah di gunakan. Sangat bermanfaat sekali bagi pembelajar bahasa Jepang.
Jan 25, 2013 Lukáš rated it really liked it
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The book presents kanji in a number of doable chunks, all complete with readings, meanings, examples and follow-up exercises that will help you ingrain them in your mind. I recommend to combine it with a SRS software like Anki to get the most out of it - there are even premade decks for both volumes!
Nov 20, 2009 Erin is currently reading it
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I've done two lessons so far and they are really great. The second lesson builds on the first so as to reinforce previously learned material. Plus it's in the format of a workbook and I love workbooks.
Nov 10, 2012 Eaglechen rated it really liked it
Bin zwar noch nicht durch und erst (!) bei 65 Kanji, aber das Buch muss aus der Liste da raus, deswegen bewerte ich es jetzt schon und es gefällt mir ja auch wirklich. :D
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Aug 28, 2007 Brendan McAuliffe rated it really liked it
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