A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters   -     By: Kenneth G. Henshall
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A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters

Tuttle Publishing / 1995 / Paperback

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A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters is the first book in English to explain systematically and in detail the true origin of each of the General Use Characters - the 1,945 characters prescribed by the Japanese Ministry of Education for everyday use. One of the main features of this new text is that the first 996 characters, officially designated Educational Characters, are arranged in grades according to the six-grade system used in Japanese schools. Since these grades are based upon a combination of frequency and importance, those who wish to study only the first few hundred characters will know that they are covering the most useful ones. It is hoped that A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters will remove much of the mystique surrounding characters and thus make them more familiar, accessible, and easy to remember for the Western person, be they academic scholar, student, or general reader with an interest in Japan and its language.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Tuttle Publishing
Publication Date: 1995
Dimensions: 8.95 X 6.14 X 1.22 (inches)
ISBN: 0804820384
ISBN-13: 9780804820387
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Publisher's Description

This is a one-of-a-kind kanji study guide that introduces joyo kanji along with detailed, authentic notes about the historical development of each.

As useful as it is fascinating, it's a book any new or aspiring Japanese language scholar will visit over and over. In clear, large-sized entries, A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters details each of the General Use Characters In clear, large-sized entires, A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters details each of the General Use Characters—the 1,945 characters prescribed by the Japanese Ministry of Education for everyday use. Both Japanese readings and English meanings are given, along with stroke-count and stroke-order, examples of usage, and suggestions for memorizing. The components of each character are detailed. The Japanese kanji are graded according to Ministry of Education guidelines, allowing the student to prioritize them and track progress. It will appeal to students seeking to learn kanji as well as Japanese language enthusiasts who want to know the history and etymology of Japanese kanji.

This book includes:
  • Origins and meanings of over 2,000 characters.
  • Beautifly hand–drawn kanji.
  • Additional compound characters for each featured character.
  • valuable suggestions and mnemonic devices for memorizing characters.
  • All the standard characters official designed for common use.
Comprehensive and clear, A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters makes Japanese writing accessible to everyone wishing to learn Japanese.

Author Bio

Kenneth G. Henshall is a graduate of the universities of London (B.A.), Sydney (Ph.D.), and Adelaide (Dip. Ed.), and is now a senior lecturer in Japanese at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He has also taught at the universities of Auckland, Western Australia, and California. Professor Henshall is well known for his translations of Japanese literature and is the author of A Guide to Learning Hiragana and Katakan.

Tetsuo Takagaki is a graduate of the universities of Wakayama (B.A.) and San Francisco State (M.A.), and is now a senior lecturer in Japanese at the University of Auckland. He has also taught at the universities of Hawaii and Maryland, and at Tsuda College in Tokyo. He is the author of a number of publications on Japanese language and linguistics.

Editorial Reviews

"This book is nothing less than an etymological kanji dictionary of all 2000+ joyo (everyday use) kanji! FOr each kanji character, it presents its history in brief, references it to associated characters, tells its story of how it has evolved into its current form, and also its readings (both kun and on readings) and three example words/compound words written using the character. Of all the Japanese learning–related books I own, this one is by far the one I've gotten the most out of. I heartily recommend this one! —Squidoo.com
"…I use it every single day, and have done for almost a year now. It is the most brilliant reference book ever for learning kanji. I use this in conjunction with a phone app for Android, Obenkyo. I use the app to learn how to write each kanji, and to study them. I consult this book daily to learn the Why of each kanji, and to figure out how to remember them. There is a story to each kanji--and when you know the story it is much easier to remember each kanji. To find a kanji, you look it up by the readings in the back. If you get one book to learn kanji, this is the one you should get." —Goodreads

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