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Essential Japanese Kanji Volume 1: (JLPT Level N5) Learn the Essential Kanji Characters Needed for Everyday Interactions in Japan Paperback – February 10, 2015
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- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 4805313404
- ISBN-13 : 978-4805313404
- Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Publisher : Tuttle Publishing; Revised, Bilingual edition (February 10, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Japanese Kanji Vol 1 is complete in the sense that it doesn't require the use or purchase of other books. It provides tables of relevant information. The quizzes have the answers in the back. It even talks about the kanji radicals.
If you are an Anki user, there is plenty of information for you to populate a thorough deck for yourself from the contents.
You will need to know Kana and basic Japanese grammar, or else this will be even more confusing, especially on the quizzes and practices.
Another minor annoyance is the use of elongated O instead OU to represent OU hiragana combo...basically I have to switch between looking at Hiragana and Romaji to puzzle out the actual sound/reading of a kanji.
However, I have to also say that this is a great book to help one get acclimated with Kanji in common use. I wish I came across it during my life in Tokyo - would've helped me in reading and writing Emails and less reliant on friends.
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However, for the casual student e.g. me, as a retired person interested in japanese for its own sake, the culture and people, as well as language, and studying for pleasure, this book is a little daunting and races along with the speed of the young.
So I recommend this book for younger students i.e. the 18-30 age range and certainly anyone living in Japan, but not for anyone studying Japanese simply for interest.