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Intermediate Kanji Book (Kanji 1000 Plus) Paperback – January 1, 1993


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  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Bonjinsha (January 1, 1993)
  • ISBN-10: 4893583565
  • ISBN-13: 978-4893583567
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clear Kanji characters, so it is easy see.
A. Magneson
Because of this, the kanji you learn will stay learned, and you will find that learning new kanji becomes much easier due to the ability to see the groupings.
Zack Davisson
This is by far the best book I have found for systematically studying (learning) Kanji.
ArcticFox

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By ArcticFox on October 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is by far the best book I have found for systematically studying (learning) Kanji. Let me state my brief credentials so that you can have some confidence in my review. I graduated from university with a major in Japanese and Spanish for Education, K-12 (in the US). I taught Japanese in public schools, elementary, junior high and high school, as well as tutored college students. I studied abroad at a school that focused primarily on teaching Japanese (all in Japanese), and I am currently living and working in Japan. Japanese is my personal hobby, and I spend approximately 20 hours a week studying, reading, and writing Japanese (specifically for increasing my knowledge of the language).

That said, I have found no Kanji book designed to teach Kanji that I can recommend apart from this series. The one critical flaw is that it uses some translation (English), which I feel is unnecessary and best excluded (so as to market this book to people of all mother tongues, and to avoid "poluting" a learner's brain with English as they study Japanese). Aside from that, it has an excellent approach.

Most Kanji books begin with showing you the character, the various readings, some example compound sentences (and maybe some example sentences), translation in English, and how to write the character. Then, of course, you begin filling in 10-20 little boxes with the character until your hand cramps up, all to end up completely forgetting how to write it the next day (and maybe even forget the reading, too).

This book is different. It takes you through the Kanji in a wholistic fashion, with no fill-in-the-boxes. Well, at least not the traditional kind. Instead, you look at Kanji as a set of characters composed of other characters, and see how they interrelate.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Brian Denslow on February 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is the third book of a series written by Ms. Kano. Be aware that the presentation of material is done in a much more "global" manner than the previous two. The preface sites that the book teaches an additional 240 kanji, (bringing the total number of characters taught in the series at this point to 740) and ever closer to the 1006 kanji that constitute "literacy" as an elementary school student (and sufficent to pass level 2 JLPT exam that tests 1000 kanji).
The alternative presentation style is suited for teaching the etymology of these more difficult characters and reinforcing the last 500 you would've learned up to this point in the series. Attention is paid to using the same character in as many possible cominations as practical.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
This series of books is by far the best I have ever found for learning kanji. The first two Basic Kanji Book, Vol. 1 and Basic Kanji Book - Volume 2, set the stage, giving you a solid foundation of kanji from which you can move onto more complicated and more natural written patterns. They both involve plenty of repetition and reinforcement, ensuring that you are actually learning the kanji rather than just memorizing stroke patterns which you will soon forget.

This volume, "Intermediate Kanji Book 1", takes an innovative approach, going deep into kanji usage, supplying linkages and methods that allow you to see the various aspects of individual kanji, like building blocks, which enforces retention. There is a lot of grouping of the individual characters, forcing you to see the patterns and connections. The activities are by no means easy, and there is a lot more expected of the learner than just "fill in this little box" or "write this kanji 20 times". Because of this, the kanji you learn will stay learned, and you will find that learning new kanji becomes much easier due to the ability to see the groupings.

The only drawback of this book is that it isn't a very good study guide for the JLPT or for any of the various Japanese proficiency exams. The kanji are learned in logical order, which isn't the same as what is called for by the tests. However, if you want a general mastery of the language, rather than a certificate, you will be hard pressed to find a better study aid.
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