Having struggled to learn Kanji for many years, I recently decided to give it another go, this time with an up to date guide. This one is so much better than previous (ISBN 0804802262 Tuttle 1990) admittedly old reference.
Firstly, the characters are large and thus clear and easy to distinguish minor variations between characters including stroke order. Second, the order in which characters are presented is logical with compounds only presented when both components have been introduced. Third, it contains all the essential characters, although frustratingly the list seems to get longer as fast as I learn them. Fourth, each character is introduced along with relevant words which seem better suited to a modern vocabulary, although "halberd" still sneaks in somehow.
It also contains both hiragana and katakana as well as useful introductions, explanations of how to use and learn the characters. The "dictionary" sections are, as ever in Japanese, a real challenge, but even here the characters are presented and cross referenced clearly.
I have only been using this guide for a couple of months, but not only do I seem to be making progress, it is actually a pleasure to explore the characters and their meanings.
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (9 January 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804820775
- ISBN-13: 978-0804820776
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 721 g
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