- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; 4th ed. edition (November 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4805311738
- ISBN-13: 978-4805311738
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese: Fourth Edition, JLPT All Levels (2,136 Japanese Kanji Characters) 4th ed. Edition
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This book is designed first of all to make the study of written Japanese a much less formidable task for the foreign student than it has traditionally been. Its second major purpose is to enable the student to achieve fluency in reading and writing the language in its everyday style. Essentially, the book reflects the language simplification movement now under way in Japan.
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This third edition has not only detailed explanations, examples and mnemonics for the first 1000 kanji but also stroke by stroke guide to writing them. That would warrant 6 stars if possible. However for the second 1000 kanji there are no explanations, examples, or mnemonics at all. If somebody wants a book/dictionary to help study for any of the JLPT tests from N5 to N2, this will be great, but if you want a book/dictionary to help study for N1 (the hardest test), the first edition would be better than this (third edition).
Other features this book is that it contains what I also believe is a fair assessment of 1,850 common kanji. It has is a stroke order (how it is written) as a guide along with common words besides it so you can get a practical look at how it is combined with other kanji and it's use. Also, keep in mind that since this book is small, you may need to take that into consideration when using it strictly as a way to learn to write kanji. A section of the book has the basics of hira/kata gana which makes it very convenient as a quick reference. The back also includes a summary of on readings (Chinese) and kun (Japanese) and where it can be found. Keep in mind, I am writing about the 1st edition and over time things change, yet, I haven't had any problems. Again, it's very convenient and portable. For the price, and content, it's a great reference tool.
All in all, a very useful book and I was very grateful that Amazon offers new and slightly used copies at a very reasonable price.
Having all of the joyo (general use) kanji in one place, makes this book an excellent resource for those trying to learn the Japanese written language to be able to read Japanese books or manga, and also for those aiming to take the Jlpts (Japanese Language Proficiency Tests) However, the book only gives the stroke order, basic meaning and two or three of the most common compounds for each kanji. It is a bit difficult to retain the more complicated kanji on this this system so I recommend using other resources, and drilling yourself by methods such as flash cards and writing practice.
I have used this book to memorize all of the grade one and grade two kanji (240 in all) so it is very useful. You'll just need additional resources to aid in retention, and for learning other facets of the Japanese langugage.