Item description for Kanji De Manga Volume 1: The Comic Book That Teaches You How To Read And Write Japanese! (Manga University Presents) by Glenn Kardy & Chihiro Hattori...
The comic book that teaches you how to read and write Japanese! This brand-new series from Manga University uses original comic artwork to teach readers how to identify and write the most common Japanese kanji ideographs. Volume 1 introduces 80 basic kanji that all Japanese schoolchildren are required to learn before entering the third grade. Subsequent volumes in the series will focus on more difficult kanji and kanji compounds. Each page features its own comic strip, kanji pronunciation guide, stroke order, and English explanations.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5" Height: 7.25" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Feb 9, 2005
Publisher Japanime Co. Ltd.
ISBN 4921205027 ISBN13 9784921205027
Reviews - What do customers think about Kanji De Manga Volume 1: The Comic Book That Teaches You How To Read And Write Japanese! (Manga University Presents)?
Kanji de Manga Apr 2, 2007
I own the first three volumes of kanji de manga and I also own kana de manga, and I do think they are useful. They allow for quick learning and show stroke order in detail for everyone of the characters. The problem is that they do not give enough information, like how use verbs in sentences when they have been conjugated. Also, they are not very good for people who aren't very fluent in the language because of the Japanese used in the examples. I do appreciate that all of it is in Hiragana and Katakana, which provides good practice, but would pose a problem for people who do not now kana. This is good book for people who are interesting in Japanese, but I would not recommend it for people who intend on becoming fluent in the language, not to mention as of now there is only 4 volumes, and a fifth one on the way. I would suggest going for the White Rabbit or Tuttle flash cards.
Good books, but weird organization of the volumes Jan 19, 2007
While I do like these books, and I have found them to be useful in my and my families learning of kanji, they are organized in a completely non-sensical way. At the back of each book, they proclaim that they are useful in studying for the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficieny Test) exams. They are useful.. just not comprehensive.
For example, Volume 1, which has 80 kanji in it to learn, (despite what the paragraph at the back of the book says) is NOT the full list of kanji you would need to learn to pass the first level exam (JLPT4). The JLPT4 test requires 103 kanji at the current time, as well as like 700 vocab words, and basic grammar and listening skills. If you were to just study this book, and nothing else, you would surely fail.
At first I thought maybe the authors had just made an error and meant to say that the books were organized loosely based on the elementary school grade level. However, this is also not true. An example of this is 花 (はな "hana") which is a grade level 1 kanji taught to first graders, but is in fact in Volume 2.
The only other glaring problem I've found with these books is the lack of any sort of English definition lookup or table of contents. While you can look the kanji up if you know the spelling in kana, being able to look it up in English would've been really nice. However, the books are cheap and fun and pretty easy to use.
Quite Useful Nov 3, 2006
A good workbook for learning Kanji. It shows each character, what it means, and how to draw it. I wish it would have the meaning of each character written in Romagi as well, I found myself adding that myself, but that's not a big deal. My only serious complaint is regarding the last half of the book which is for practicing drawing the characters. There is no suggestion as to how this section should be used. A character or two to copy from on each page would have helped tremendously. As it is there isn't even a single line suggesting how to use the section effectively, just 50 pages of graph paper. You can flip back and fourth between the page in the front displaying the character you want to learn and the back where you try to draw it, but this is extremely awkward. Especially for someone who is left handed such as myself. I ended up practicing each character on the page describing it.
Recommended Book for those who already know their Hiragana and Katakana. Jul 13, 2006
This isn't the best book for those who are total beginners. Of course, you learn 80 kanji and 160 combination kanji, but it's hard for beginners to read the manga inputs because it contains each one drawn out scene that contains the newly learned kanji. But, in there... it's written in hiragana and katakana along with the kanji. Of course, there's an english translation. But, it's written at teh buttom of teh page and doesn't pacifiy each hiragana and katakana combination's meaning.
Though, if you know your katakana and hiragana already it's fun to write out what everything says and figure out the english meaning later, or maybe you already know it. So, it's also good to work around with if you're not a complete beginner.
Kanji De Manga is good to follow for those who are determinded to learn kanji, you can practice your kanji and make little flash cards. (like I did.. and it's REALLY helpful for memorization and in my opnion, quite fun.)
And for those who don't know their hiragana nor katakana I only knows 1 or the other, I suggest "Kana de Manga", it's a REALLY good book to learn your hiragana and katakana, along with their meanings. Which is good for future translating. I'm still only a begginer myself. ^^; But this helps me get ever so much closer.
Have fun. <3
Kanji de Manga Dec 28, 2005
Kanji de Manga is a good book because it has 80 kanji - enough to pass level 4 of the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficency Test)even though on cover it says that it teaches you to read and write, it's best used with another book on pronunciation.