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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary (1 Nov 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844283746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844283746
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,049,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 April 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is useful if you plan to use it page-by page to learn Kanji. It presents a radical, then several common Kanji with that radical. Every few pages, it has a review and practice section.
The Kanji are written clearly and stroke order and direction are shown on the first character in each section.
Due to the lack of an index, this is not a good book for reference or as a supplement to other books. With the addition of some method for looking up a specific Kanji, it would be much more useful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Papushoy on 21 Nov 2007
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This book teaches the stroke order of around 500 common kanji. I've found it very useful as the methods you learn from it are easily applied to all the other kanji. I think it's essential for anyone wanting to learn to write properly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CakeMonster on 16 Jun 2012
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I really struggle remembering Kanji and bought this to supplement my past learning and other text books. I would agree that you probably need to know hirigana and katakana to get the most out of it, but it explains things that my Japanese teachers had forgotten to go over.

I'd agree that an index might be useful too, but it is quite a small book and I've found working through it really helpful with my poor, poor memory for other languages.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Needs an index 28 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is useful if you plan to use it page-by page to learn Kanji. It presents a radical, then several common Kanji with that radical. Every few pages, it has a review and practice section.
The Kanji are written clearly and stroke order and direction are shown on the first character in each section.
Due to the lack of an index, this is not a good book for reference or as a supplement to other books. With the addition of some method for looking up a specific Kanji, it would be much more useful.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A very helpful book 4 Feb 2002
By underivy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a book to supplement my Japanese classes, and I was very pleased to find this. It's a very good book for beginning students of Japanese who'd like to learn more kanji.
It lays out the rules for kanji stroke order, and it groups the kanji by radical, which I appreciate a great deal. I found this book especially helpful because it both supplemented and augmented my existing vocabulary. It's nice to finally have the kanji for many of the words with which I am already familiar but have not yet learned to write in kanji. It has very clear, easy to read, written models of 500 kanji, including stroke order, as well as some very basic lessons in writing sentences with kanji. You do not need to know how to do calligraphy in order to learn these, but it would definitely behoove you to learn the hiragana and katakana alphabets before you go for the kanji.
This is probably not the best book for someone who is completely new to the Japanese language, as I would be inclined to say that it would be better to learn the hiragana and katakana alphabets (at the very least), as well as some vocabulary and basic grammatical structures before jumping right into learning kanji. It is not intended to be a reference book or a stand-alone instructional manual for the Japanese language. Rather, it is a book that will supplement your other Japanese books nicely.
There are other books available from the author of this book that offer instruction in hiragana/katakana. If you are new to Japanese, I would recommend that you begin there before attempting to work through this book.
If you have a basic vocabulary and a general grasp of very basic grammatical concepts, this should be a nice supplemental book for you. Of course, it won't teach you all that you need to know, but it is a very nice introduction to 500 basic, commonly used kanji. I would certainly not recommend that you try to work your way through a dictionary in order to attempt memorizing random kanji, as they will most likely have no real meaning to you and will therefore be very easily forgotten. However, if you use this book as it is intended....as a supplement to other Japanese instruction, I think that you will find it very helpful. And at this price, it's also quite a bargain.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Kanji for a beginner 24 Nov 1999
By Guy Mitchell-Dwelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After many years trying to find a decent introduction to the writing and stroke order of Japenese and Chinese characters I was very pleased with the book's content and found I was able to produce recognisable calligraphy in my work almost immediately. The only downside is as a beginner I was left feeling a litte confused to the Katakana spellings and how to correlate them and also I think you will need some sort of calligraphy practice before tackling these.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My first Kanji book 21 April 2012
By djSabah - Published on Amazon.com
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The beginning covers some basics and history... I'm a broad stokes learner so it suits me!

Each section covers kanji with radicals in common, so you can get an idea of all the meanings of the radical.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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By TPT - Published on Amazon.com
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I wasn't expecting it till the 26th (the estimated date of arrival)I was half-worried I'd miss it cause we had to leave at the 24th, and won't be back a week later. But surprised was I when it arrived just now (October 21).
Excellent I say XD
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