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Essential Kanji; 2,000 basic Japanese characters systematically arranged for learning and reference [Unknown Binding]

P. G O'Neill
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Unknown Binding: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Weatherhill (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00071MCBW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,550,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I am still fairly near the start of the book but this book has made learning Kanji fun and as easy as it can be. I am still only 15 but have had no trouble remembering characters. Part 1 of the book has 8 characters on each page showing the stroke order, the on and kun readings, compounds, english meaning and when possible gives you an easy way to remember the character. Part two contains much more info about radicals etc. Well worth the money...
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
If you're a beginning, this book may just baffle you with all the thousands of kanji! It doesn't help you to learn the characters so if you're starting from scratch, I'd recommend "Remembering the Kanji I" by James W. Heisig. This book has a great visual method to help you learn is kanji.
However, I would recommend this book after you've learnt kanji. Its great for reference because you can easily flick to the kanji you want for a quick reminder. All Japanese students should have their own copy (preferably with them at all times if you intend to live in Japan!).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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If you're a serious student of Japanese, you need this book: all 2000 of the basic kanji with kunyomi and onyomi readings and compounds. Mindbending!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book 25 Mar 2010
After reading reviews for this book I thought it looked pretty good for it's price, and when it arrived (earlier then delivery estimate) I was pleased to find out that it was even better then I hoped for.

My main reason for getting this book was to have a index of Kanji to look at for artistical purposes and being able to translate friends names into kanjis. If you're looking for a book to teach you basic japanese, then this isn't the right one. It does have loads of kanji in it, but only a small english to kanji dictionary with a few main words, it's main focus is translating kanjis to japanese and english, say if you're reading something which has kanji on it you can look it up in here.
In adition to the list of 2000 kanji, there is a index at the back telling you at which page you can find the kanji for a japanese word.
Each kanji has a storke pattern so you can see which way you should write it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute essential! 22 Oct 2007
Learning kanji is extremely important for students of the japanese language. This book is very good for reference. Each character is arranged especially for beginners, with more simple and common kanji at the beginning and more complicated kanji at the end. There is also an index at the back where you can find kanji by pronounciation as well as by stroke order. When you find the character you are looking for, there is detailed information about the stroke order, how to remember the character, kun and onyomi pronounciations and compound kanji.

Despite the wealth of information this book contains, it is VERY compact and is easy to carry around. Overall, a fantastic book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugoi! (amazing!) 3 Sep 2007
A very very handy book to have if you are studying Japanese. As there are pen strokes as well as brush strokes it is easy to memorise or to use as a reference guide.
Would definately recommend.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Tool for Memorizing Kanji!
This book is a really great help to memorize kanji, whether you study in school, or you study on your own. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nibbe
2.0 out of 5 stars it is not what I expected.
it is not what I expected. it is not like an usual dictionary, little too simple in explanation. it should have a sentence in explaining all words inside.
Published 8 months ago by Lina holmberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
Great language aid, it's systematic and the font is big enough. The only down side is the fact that there is no hiragana. If you can accept that by all means purchase this!
Published on 25 July 2012 by Jingles
3.0 out of 5 stars Sure Kanji is Essential but this book not.
I bought this book because of the reviews. And I was dissapointed.

First, sure it has 2000 kanji alright, but It looks like a catalog. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2011 by DC
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential book for anyone learning Kanji. ANYONE!
I bought this book around the time I started learning Kanji. I use it for reference. The book also contains list of kanji arranged in a way to be able to distinguish similar kanjis... Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2011 by nihongonogakusei
5.0 out of 5 stars the perfect book for real-determined learners
I have decided to study Japanese on my own, and it is not the first time I do it for a language. I know that the success comes from daily exercise, with the subject in a gradual,... Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2011 by Anna Spinelli
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