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Read Japanese Kanji Today: The Easy Way to Learn the 400 Basic Kanji [JLPT Levels N5 + N4 and AP Japanese Language & Culture Exam] Paperback – August 15, 2017
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"A simple first step, learning to read the first 300 Kanji characters; the same way Japanese elementary school students do. It gives topical examples of signage and localities from around Tokyo, so it would be particularly helpful for the first timer language neophyte in Japan. Considering that acquiring just a few thousand Kanji takes most of a High School education, you can't really ask for more in an easy to read book." —Goodreads
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It gives you a dictionary of 400 kanji and their western meanings. Its worth it for that in my opinion.
This book focuses on recognizing kanji and it puts no effort in to learning how to write them and proper stroke order etc.... I also believe and Im sorry if I have not checked it out.... but I believe that they only give the most common meanings for the kanji.
Anyhow.... I believe the book has a decent method of learning to recognize the kanji and of learning their common usage...along with their western meanings.
They claim a couple of weeks to learn 400 kanji but I believe that is a bit of a stretch. I foresee reading the chapters several times at least in my case. Hoping I can spend 30 minutes a day with the book.
I am over 50 and not a fast learner so I may make up some flash cards for the kanji both to practice writing them and to review. I know some methods of learning stress learning the correct way to write the kanji and this probably helps with memorizing them but of course it takes longer to learn to read them this way...... or does it....lol
Give the book a try......13 bucks.... its a start.
I'm essentially a lazy person, so the traditional brute-force memorization of kanji has little appeal for me.
This book takes a logical and natural approach - learn the origins of the symbols. It's so easy to remember the meanings this way.
So far I have read 50 pages in this book. It's getting a little more like work and less like fun. There is a lot to absorb. So this will be a book I read slowly and will then re-read in the future.
Of course you will still need to learn stroke order and remember the sounds. And learn the other 2000 or so kanji that a literate Japanese knows. But this book is definitely the way to start.