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Kanji ABC: Systematic Approach to Japanese Characters
Kanji ABC: Systematic Approach to Japanese Characters
by Andreas Foerster
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just not by itself, 3 Nov. 2005
This book will:
Provide the vital role of letting you break down the parts of a kanji, making them easier to read, remember, and write.
Give similar looking Kanji next to each other to help you from getting muddled.
This book will not:
help you learn the readings of Kanji or what words they are used in - also making their meaning harder to understand.
Help you learn the most important or easiest Kanji first.
Provide a particularly fun or easy way to learn Kanji.
Work like a dictionary.
Give clear stroke orders.
So I recommend this book together with the Tuttle Flash cards, and and kanji dictionary like the Kanji Learner's Dictionary. No one of them alone will enable you to learn Kanji by themselves, but together they are fantastic.


Learn in Your Car Japanese: Levels 1-3 (Learn in Your Car)
Learn in Your Car Japanese: Levels 1-3 (Learn in Your Car)
by Henry N. Raymond
Edition: Audio CD

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not much use, 3 Nov. 2005
I bought level 3 as a self studying student wanting to improve my listening skills but the set gave no opportubnity to do this. There were no dialouges or any such stuff just single sentences in japanese and english failing to froperly explain grammar points.
There is no reason to buy this CD set.


Basic Connections: Making Your Japanese Flow
Basic Connections: Making Your Japanese Flow
by Kakuko Shoji
Edition: Paperback

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every beginner should have it, 3 Nov. 2005
Ever wondered what the differnece between '(re)ba' and 'tara' was?
How about 'kara' and 'node'?
'wa' and 'ga'?
This book explains all of these different points as well as providing lots of usefull information that you didn't even know you didn't know, like how to properly use the te form and when to use 'aida'.
Colourfull examples will also boost your vocabulary.
You really do not know what you were missing unitl you read this book, I cannot stress how much your japanese will improve.


Tuttle Kanji Cards: No.2
Tuttle Kanji Cards: No.2
by Alexander Kask
Edition: Cards

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital, 3 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Tuttle Kanji Cards: No.2 (Cards)
Don't think after just going through the first set of 500 you will be fine. This flash card set is possibly the best way to boost your Kanji from 500 to 1000 ( expect the ones you forget) Do not under any circumstances miss it.


Kanji Cards: v.ume 1
Kanji Cards: v.ume 1
by Glen McCabe
Edition: Cards
Price: £23.99

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital, 3 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Kanji Cards: v.ume 1 (Cards)
This set of flash cards is vital for any begginning student of japanese. Once the basic grammar is learnt, the problem of learning hundreds of Kanji rears its head. Fortunately, with a bit of work its not too hard, especiall with this set, and volume 2 too. After working though both volumes your kanji should be good enough to just pick up new ones as they come along. Premade cards make it easy to read to the bus, in breaks between lectures, before bed, whenever you have a spare moment, since constand practice is vital for kanji. Each Kanji card also comes with 4 words containing that kanji. This is absolutely essential. Without the words you would never remember the kanji readings, and it also reapidly expands your vocabulary.
A word of caution however, as these cards do not teach you how to learn Kanji. They do not teach what the compontents of the Kanji are, and so another book in addition to this is absolutely essential.


Teach Yourself Beginner's Japanese Script (TYBS)
Teach Yourself Beginner's Japanese Script (TYBS)
by Helen Gilhooly
Edition: Paperback

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Caution, 3 Nov. 2005
First the good points. For learning kana (the phonetic scripts of hiragana and katakana) this book has good sections and exercises. It also has the best system for learning Kanji I've seen, not that i've seen them all. It builds up with simple nature derived Kanji and gruadually builds up. You won't find this an any textbook.
However, you will not learn the readings for Kanji which is a very important point. You will also not have very good ability at identifying the parts within kanji, vital to understand more complex ones.
Another point of note is that this book does not, nor pretend to, teach any Japanese. By using this book, even by the end you will not be able to produce even a simple sentence.
While I do reccommend this book, it is not by itself but as part of a wide range of books to use.


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