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Guide to Reading & Writing Japanese (H)

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This book is designed first of all to make the study of written Japanese a much less formidable task for the foreign student than it has traditionally been. Its second major purpose is to enable the student to achieve fluency in reading and writing the language in its everyday style. Essentially, the book reflects the language simplification movement now under way in Japan ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published December 15th 1989 by Tuttle Publishing (first published 1959)
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Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is a really great reference book for learning Kanji because most of the book demonstrates stroke order for the characters. The stroke order is in pen so it's pretty easy to follow.

The book is divided into:

--The 881 Essential Characters, each with stroke order, listed in an order determined by the Japanese Ministry of Education in relation to frequency of use and recommended for teaching in elementary schools. For example, characters 1-46 are for school grade 1, characters 47-151 are for sch
Since it was first published in 1959, this book has taught the kanji to generations of Japanese learners and has seen frequent new printings and passed through successive editions. Those new editions (the 4th is out as I write this) have generally been released to match new Japanese government education standards for learning the kanji, so foreigners can learn the particular kanji, and in the particular order that Japanese pupils would.

But all you are getting here is a dry list of each of the 21
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recommend this book for intermediate Japanese learners who have learned their kanas, know some elementary spoken Japanese, and can already recognize a few kanji.

Having all of the joyo (general use) kanji in one place, makes this book an excellent resource for those trying to learn the Japanese written language to be able to read Japanese books or manga, and also for those aiming to take the Jlpts (Japanese Language Proficiency Tests) However, the book only gives the stroke order, basic meaning
Marking this as "read" is actually too much - I bought this on a whim years ago at the old bookshoop "Capítulo dos". I'm planning formally someday to take classes of japanese as it is one of the many languages I love. I have read and learnt a few kanji but I cannot write nor speak fluently - only a few phrases. Take in mind that this book is not about grammar or phrases of common use, it is a sort of dictionary of kanji, the way the strokes are written, and a few words in which you can find this ...more
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Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Another amazing book by Tuttle at a price I can afford. As a single mom living under the poverty level, I need to be careful how I spend my money. I want value in need books that will supplement my girls' education and also useful to me as well. A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese is modern with "the most recent changes to the kanji list prescribed by the Japanese Ministry of Education." Learning each stroke of the 2,136 characters in the general use kanji set in the 1,009 essential cha ...more
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Very nice explanations of stroke order. Now if I could just find the time to work on it.
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a hardback version of this somewhere.... But I am loving the electronic ePub version. Borrowed it from the library and now I'm intending to buy it. Soo easy to use and follow.
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very helpful to learn and understanding kanji (Japanese).
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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It is the one BEST learning guide for Kanji (Chinese characters used in Japanese text). Everyone I know who learns/learnt Japanese owns/uses this book.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
My paperback copy gives an original publication date of 1959 with the revised being 1961.
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The late Florence Sakade is widely recognized as a pioneer of English language publishing in Japan. She was an experienced editor and the author/compiler of such favorites as A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese, Origami: Japanese Paper Folding, and Japanese Children's Favorite Stories. Her distinguished career spanned four decades, and she worked until her death in 1999 at the age of 82.
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