The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Course

A Step-by-step Guide to Mastering 2300 Characters
Author: Andrew Scott Conning,Jack Halpern
Publisher: Kodansha USA Incorporated
ISBN: 9781568365268
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 719
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This is an innovative and highly effective system for learning and remembering kanji, or Sino-Japanese character. It contains all 2,136 common 'joyo' kanji, and 164 useful non-joyo kanji. They are specially arranged to maximise efficiency of acquisition. One of the title's key features is mnemonic devices - orginal stories for each kanji that teaches learners to associate graphical components with images linked to the character's meaning.

The Kanji Learner's Course Green Book

Writing Practice Workbook for the Kodansha Kanji Learner's Course
Author: Andrew Conning
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780692727997
Category:
Page: 120
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The Kanji Learner's Course Green Book offers the most convenient way to practice the writing of all 2,300 kanji in the widely praised Kodansha Kanji Learner's Course.Even today when most learners are focused on learning to read kanji rather than to write them, handwriting practice remains essential. Integrating hand-eye coordination with the kinesthetic experience of each kanji's stroke sequence, handwriting improves your ability to recognize each kanji, grasp intuitively how it is put together, and distinguish it from lookalikes.Designed to help you use your study time most efficiently, this simple little workbook contains just the right quantity of writing spaces -- four large spaces followed by seven small spaces -- to give you enough practice for each character. It also offers you:* Convenience: Following the Course sequence entry by entry, the Green Book makes it easy for you to structure the right amount of handwriting practice into your study routine, experience a sense of creative accomplishment, and exploit the Course's full value.* A broad overview of groups of related kanji: Displaying forty kanji per spread, it also allows you to survey the Course's graphically related groupings, consider the similarities and differences among nearby characters, and fully absorb how each kanji's unique features and composition relate to its meaning.* A good solution for mastering stroke order: Each entry contains both a guide character and tracing characters, but deliberately excludes stroke order to allow you to develop an independent mastery of kanji composition. The main Course book provides stroke order diagrams for when you need them, but this will not be very often provided you follow the Course's graphically cumulative sequence and practice writing every kanji as you go.* Guidance for mastering proper stroke forms: Both the guide characters and the practice squares are cross-hatched to help you achieve precise form.* Savings: Standard genk�y�shi manuscript paper typically costs around US$7-12 online. The Green Book is priced toward the bottom of this range while offering unique convenience for users of the Kanji Learner's Course.

Read Japanese Today

The Easy Way to Learn 400 Practical Kanji
Author: Len Walsh
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462915922
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 192
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This is the quickest way to effectively learn written Japanese. Japanese characters, called kanji, often intimidate potential students of the language with their complex and mysterious appearance. Read Japanese Today is a comprehensible and story–like approach to an often difficult language. Intended for people on the go, this book will teach you to recognize and read the 400 most commonly used Japanese kanji characters. Completely revised and expanded and featuring 25 percent more kanji than previous editions, Read Japanese Today is a fun way to demystify the beautiful Japanese language. Far from being complex and mysterious, Japanese kanji are actually a simple and fascinating pictographic system, easily understood and readily mastered. With the approach used in this easy–to–read, entertaining book, you'll soon be able to recognize and read more than 400 kanji, whether or not you have any knowledge of Japanese grammar or the spoken language. The kanji characters stick in your mind thanks to an engaging text and illustrations that show how each character developed and what it represents. The description for each kanji explains its origin, its modern meaning, and how it is pronounced. Many examples of everyday usage are included. Read Japanese Today also includes: A brief history of the Japanese writing system. Explanations for how the parts of each kanji are related to the whole. Guidelines for writing Kanji and pronouncing words using them. An introduction to the Japanese hiragana and katakana syllabaries. A complete index to English meanings and a summary table for all of the kanji that are introduced in the book.

Kodansha's Katakana Workbook

A Step-By-Step Approach to Basic Japanese Writing
Author: Anne Matsumoto Stewart
Publisher: Kodansha
ISBN: 9781568364773
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 96
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This companion volume teaches the basics of katakana, the script for writing loanwords borrowed from English and other languages. The book introduces the characters not in the traditional a-i-u-e-o order, but in a radical new one that allows students to sound out words from the very first page. As in the Hiragana Workbook, one page each is devoted to the 46 basic characters, which are then used to form actual, everyday words, enabling the student to build his or her vocabulary from the very beginning. The Katakana Workbook also features exercises, flashcards, games and free audio downloads.

Let's Learn More Kanji

Family Groups, Learning Strategies, and 300 Complex Kanji
Author: Richard Glenn Covington,Yasuko Kosaka Mitamura,Joyce Yumi Mitamura
Publisher: Kodansha Amer Incorporated
ISBN: 9784770020697
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 256
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Everyone agrees that it is possible to learn to speak Japanese in a reasonable amount of time, but no one has ever said that about reading and writing it. It is widely held that spoken and written Japanese require separate efforts by the student, as if these two aspects were in fact distinct languages. A first step toward alleviating the problem of learning Chinese characters, or kanji, was taken by Yasuko Mitamura in 1997 with the publication of Let's Learn Kanji, which introduced the student to the fundamentals -- strokes, radicals, components -- and 250 basic kanji. Now, Let's Learn More Kanji goes one step beyond: the learning of complex kanji and the formation of compounds of more than one character. Not just a brilliant exposition but also a workbook, Let's Learn More Kanji teaches the student how to analyze difficult characters in terms of radicals, components, and basic kanji, how to put kanji together into compounds, and how to recognize and learn any kanji not introduced in this book. Progress is continually checked, and the student is encouraged through quizzes and exercises. The result: 300 complex kanji and over 1,000 compounds, learned with ease.

A Guide to Japanese Grammar


Author: Mr. Tae Kim
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781643540030
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 300
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My guide to Japanese grammar has been helping people learn Japanese as it's really spoken in Japan for many years. If you find yourself frustrated that you can't understand Japanese movies or books despite having taken Japanese classes, then this book is for you. It will help you finally understand those pesky particles and break down grammatical concepts that will allow you to comprehend anything from simple to very complex sentences. You will also learn Japanese that's spoken by real people including casual speech patterns and slang, stuff that's often left out in most textbooks. Don't take my word for it, just check out my website and order this book to have it handy wherever you go.

漢字熟語字典


Author: Mark Spahn,Wolfgang Hadamitzky,Kimiko Fujie-Winter
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 9780804820585
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 1748
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Contains over 47,000 character compounds and a radical-based reference, as well as an on/kun radical index and a radical "overview" list

Japanese Demystified


Author: Eriko Sato
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 9780071762274
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 496
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Say sayonara to your fears of speaking Japanese! Interested in learning to speak Japanese but feel intimidated by the complex characters and pronunciations? No need to worry! Even if your only experience is ordering sushi, Japanese Demystified will have you saying konnichiwa to your new language skills in no time. Beginning with a review of Japanese writing systems, basic pronunciation, and everyday expressions, this book covers key grammar fundamentals such as particles, nouns, verb forms, and honorifics. You'll build your Japanese vocabulary with essential words and phrases and quickly master this challenging language. Test yourself at the end of every chapter for reinforcement that you're fast on your way to speaking, writing, and understanding Japanese. This fast and easy guide features: Clear and straightforward explanations of Japanese grammar fundamentals Numerous examples of simple and complex sentence structures Japanese hiragana, katakana, and kanji with phonetic transliterations for all Japanese words Helpful writing and speaking exercises that bring the Japanese language to life Coverage of everyday topics as well as conversational expressions Quizzes at the end of each chapter to reinforce new material Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for a more experienced student, Japanese Demystified is your shortcut to mastering this complex language.

Practice Makes Perfect Basic Japanese


Author: Eriko Sato
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071808345
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 192
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Learn the Japanese you need. Gain the language skills you want. Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Japanese is your trusted companion to your Japanese learning experience. Each chapter focuses on key grammar concepts and essential vocabulary, which are accompanied by helpful, clear examples. With these fundamentals under your belt, you will learn to communicate in authentic Japanese--how to meet new people, engage in small talk, make suggestions and requests, express ideas, and more. You will, of course, get plenty of practice, practice, practice using your new skills. Whether you are learning on your own or taking a beginning Japanese class, Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Japanese will help you build your confidence in communicating in this complex language. Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Japanese includes: Everyday Japanese presented in both Japanese characters (hiragana, katakana, and kanji) and phonetic translation High-frequency vocabulary Grammar basics An introduction to Japanese pronunciation and writing systems Hundreds of exercises in a variety of formats for whatever your learning style

Kanji & Kana

A Handbook and Dictionary of the Japanese Writing System
Author: Wolfgang Hadamitzky,Mark Spahn
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780804820776
Category: Chinese characters
Page: 427
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Japanese Kanji & Kana

(JLPT All Levels) A Complete Guide to the Japanese Writing System (2,136 Kanji and 92 Kana)
Author: Wolfgang Hadamitzky,Mark Spahn
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462910181
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 424
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This comprehensive book helps you learn the 92 basic Kana characters and 2,136 standard Kanji characters. Complete, compact and authoritative—this Japanese language book provides all the information needed to learn kanji and kana, including the 92 basic hiragana and katakana phonetic symbols (known collectively as Japanese Kana) and the 2,136 standard Joyo Kanji characters that every Japanese person learns in school. This new and completely revised edition reflects recent changes made to the official Joyo kanji list by the Japanese government. The kana and kanji are presented in an easy and systematic way that helps you learn them quickly and retain what you have learned and improve your mastery of the Japanese language. The ability to read Japanese and write Japanese is an essential skill for any student and will build on their previous knowledge and improve on their overall capacity to learn Japanese. A concise index allows you to look up the Kanji in three different ways (so the book also serves as a Japanese Kanji dictionary) and extra spaces are provided to allow you to practice writing Japanese. Japanese Kanji and Kana contains: All 2,136 official Joyo kanji with readings and definitions. Characters are graded by their JLPT examination levels. Up to 5 useful vocabulary compounds for each kanji. Brush and pen cursive forms as well as printed forms. 19 tables summarizing key information about the characters. Kanji look–up indexes by radicals, stroke counts and readings.

Beginning Japanese Workbook

Practice Conversational Japanese, Grammar, Kanji & Kana
Author: Michael L. Kluemper,Lisa Berkson,Nathan Patton
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462918387
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 192
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Don't let yourself become overwhelmed by the Japanese language! Now there is a way to get the most out of your time spent learning Japanese. This companion workbook to Beginning Japanese is the perfect guide for practicing basic conversational Japanese and written Japanese. Beginning Japanese Workbook includes: Dialogues for contextual learning and practice. Translation exercises to reinforce Japanese characters (kanji and kana). Written Japanese (kana, and kanji) practice to create your own sentences. Plentiful comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar exercises throughout the book. An engaging story line, useful for practicing reading as well staying engaged and interested in the learning process. Developed by Japanese language experts and experienced high-school Japanese teachers, it includes practice activities for reading, writing, speaking, listening and understanding Japanese. The activities are varied and interesting, mirroring the book, and they help you polish every aspect of your Japanese language skills. Written activities center around practicing writing kanji, hiragana, and katakana in the context of the textbook. Whether you're learning Japanese for fun, preparing for a Japanese proficiency exam, want to achieve AP or IB level competency, or just want to get an A in Japanese class, the Beginning Japanese series is your key to becoming a confident Japanese-speaker. All exercises are designed to be used along with the Beginning Japanese textbook but can also be used independently to supplement any other Japanese language textbook.

Practice Makes Perfect Complete Japanese Grammar (EBOOK)


Author: Eriko Sato
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071808361
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 272
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Strengthen your Japanese grammar skills with practice, practice, practice! From particles to pronouns, this comprehensive workbook covers all those aspects of Japanese grammar that you might find a little intimidating or hard to remember. Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Japanese Grammar introduces the fundamentals of the language and then progresses to show how these building blocks connect to create complex sentences. Each chapter features clear explanations, numerous realistic examples, and dozens of engaging exercises in a variety of formats for whatever your learning style. You will, of course, get plenty of practice, practice, practice using your new skills in context. With its winning formula for getting a handle on Japanese grammar right away, Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Japanese Grammar is your ultimate resource for mastering the grammar of this complex language. Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Japanese Grammar includes: Everyday Japanese presented in both Japanese characters (hiragana, katakana, and kanji) and phonetic translation A comprehensive introduction to Japanese grammar High-frequency vocabulary presented in context A clear pronunciation guide Hundreds of exercises in a variety of formats

当用漢字

The 1,850 Basic Characters and the Kana Syllabaries
Author: Florence Sakade
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 9780804802260
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 312
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A manual of basic Japanese designed to provide instruction in the essential characters and a basis for fluent reading and writing of the language

Seeing through Zen

Encounter, Transformation, and Genealogy in Chinese Chan Buddhism
Author: John R. Mcrae
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520937074
Category: Religion
Page: 224
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The tradition of Chan Buddhism—more popularly known as Zen—has been romanticized throughout its history. In this book, John R. McRae shows how modern critical techniques, supported by recent manuscript discoveries, make possible a more skeptical, accurate, and—ultimately—productive assessment of Chan lineages, teaching, fundraising practices, and social organization. Synthesizing twenty years of scholarship, Seeing through Zen offers new, accessible analytic models for the interpretation of Chan spiritual practices and religious history. Writing in a lucid and engaging style, McRae traces the emergence of this Chinese spiritual tradition and its early figureheads, Bodhidharma and the "sixth patriarch" Huineng, through the development of Zen dialogue and koans. In addition to constructing a central narrative for the doctrinal and social evolution of the school, Seeing through Zen examines the religious dynamics behind Chan’s use of iconoclastic stories and myths of patriarchal succession. McRae argues that Chinese Chan is fundamentally genealogical, both in its self-understanding as a school of Buddhism and in the very design of its practices of spiritual cultivation. Furthermore, by forgoing the standard idealization of Zen spontaneity, we can gain new insight into the religious vitality of the school as it came to dominate the Chinese religious scene, providing a model for all of East Asia—and the modern world. Ultimately, this book aims to change how we think about Chinese Chan by providing new ways of looking at the tradition.

The Koan

Texts and Contexts in Zen Buddhism
Author: Steven Heine,Dale S. Wright
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195117493
Category: Philosophy
Page: 322
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Koans are enigmatic spiritual formulas used for religious training in the Zen Buddhist tradition. This innovative religious practice is one of the most distinctive elements of this tradition, which originated in medieval China and spread to Japan and Korea. Perhaps no dimension of Asian religous has attracted so much interest in the West, and its influence is apparent from beat poetry to deconstructive literary critisism. The essays collected in this volume, all previously; unpublished, argue that our understanding of the koan tradition has been severely limited. The authors try to undermine stereotypes and problematic interpretations by examining previously unrecognized factors in the formation of the tradition, and by highlighting the rich complexity and remarkable; diversity of koan practice and literature.

Intermediate Japanese Workbook

Practice Conversational Japanese, Grammar, Kanji & Kana
Author: Michael L. Kluemper,Lisa Berkson
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 9780804846974
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 160
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In the intermediate level of this highly-acclaimed new series, learners will continue to study the Japanese language through an engaging storyline which slowly unfolds over the arc of the text, keeping things interesting and adding the motivation needed to master new material. The emphasis in Intermediate Japanese is on real-life situations drawn from contemporary Japanese culture and authentic written, visual and oral materials embedded in the lessons. This multimedia approach is a great way to learn Japanese. Available in both hardcover and paperback, Intermediate Japanese includes an accompanying audio disc and free web-based multimedia resources with additional exercises. A separate Workbook is available with corresponding one-of-a-kind practice activities. What makes this series so popular? The focus is very visual. The book's narrative is told with manga-style story pages, and the CD_ROM uses colorful video. Authentic written, visual, and oral materials are embedded very naturally throughout the book. Independent learners and classroom students alike will find this an accessible and upbeat way to master contemporary Japanese. Kanji characters are emphasized here more than in other textbooks and are taught as an integral part of learning Japanese spoken vocabulary, rather than separately. By the end of this book, learners will have mastered 149 additional kanji, for a cumulative total of 300 kanji.

Iron Eyes

The Life and Teachings of Obaku Zen Master Tetsugen Doko
Author: Helen J. Baroni
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791481018
Category: Religion
Page: 270
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Looks at the contributions of a major figure in Buddhism and provides translations of his writings.