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3.0 out of 5 stars Sure Kanji is Essential but this book not., 8 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: Essential Kanji: 2, 000 Basic Japanese Characters Systematically Arranged for Learning and Reference (Paperback)
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. There is no explanation how to stroke properly ( except litlle numbers that indicates stroke order but It doesn't show whether the stroke should be made from top to bottom or from left to right. ) Then we have a major problem... just how on earth someone can remember 2000 kanji without explaining how the kanji were created. From where they have taken their look. No background history... nothing.

All you get is 2000 kanji one after another with brief description, stroke order, and no explanation why this kanji represents a symbol. For example "water" Kanji ' it formed from splashes of water dripping from the source. But don't expect any explanation in this book. You have to figure things out Yourself.

I gave it 3 stars because it's not very helpful remembering the kanji, and to be honest I could've research the web for better books... but still I'll keep it. It will become handy as a quick reference in the future. It's not that bad but you need to either develop your own way to remember the kanji or you browse the web for etymology to see how the kanji was created and what it symbolise.

3/5 - eh... I need to find some better way.
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Initial post: 13 Mar 2013, 01:36:06 GMT
D. Clarke says:
By convention, when numbering strokes, the numbers are placed at the start of each stroke.
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