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Japanese Kanji and Kana

A Complete Guide to the Japanese Writing System

Wolfgang Hadamitzky Mark Spahn



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10 April 2012
A new 21st-century edition of the widely acclaimed reference classic! Whatever you need to do with Japanese reading and writing, you'll find the info and details here. This is a detail-rich guide to all aspects of the Japanese writing system. If you read, write, or study Japanese, this is the resource you need, in order to use and master the kanji (the Chinese derived characters used in the Japanese language).
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Imprint:   Tuttle
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   794g
ISBN:   9784805311165
ISBN 10:   4805311169
Pages:   448
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Japanese Kanji and Kana: A Complete Guide to the Japanese Writing System

This will be a useful reference tool in the future...there are some good tips here. --Deep Kyoto blog This book is great for helping students learn and memorize the different Japanese characters, but I have to emphasize that having at least some prior knowledge of Japanese is important for working with this book. The true beginner will most likely become overwhelmed with all the information and might even feel intimidated just by reading the introduction. Many people who choose to learn Japanese try to find quick and easy ways to learn how to write, but writing in this language takes dedication and patience. Using this book will not make you a writing or reading expert in a matter of months, but it will certainly make a huge difference. --Language Trainers blog The kana and kanji book has the most common readings for each character which could definitely be worth memorizing. It also has stroke order which is useful and common words using that kanji which is very useful. -- How to Japan blog The historic material, which many students skip, is meaty enough to satisfy geeky questions but not so demanding that I felt at all guilty about skimming through the more challenging sections. --8 Asians blog One of the best modern texts. Highly recommended --The Japan Times Each character is introduced with full info: stroke order, radical and composition, ON and KUN pronunciations along with different meanings that these imply (very useful for me!), as well as several example words or phrases that can be created with these Kanji. The examples have been carefully chosen so that they only use Kana or Kanji that were previously introduced so that you don't need to jump around in the book. All around a must-have for students of Japanese. --Goodreads A helpful guide for anyone who needs to use kanji. -Mainichi Daily News Japanese Kanji and Kana by Wolfgang Hadamitzky and Mark Spahn is a much-have resource for anyone learning Japanese, because it is so versatile. --Judith Meyer,

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