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Lets Learn Kanji: An Introduction to Radicals, Components and 250 Very Basic Kanji (Kodansha's Children's Classics) [Paperback]

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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 this situation was taken by Yasuko Mitamura in 1985 with the publication of Let's Learn Hiragana and Let's Learn Katakana, which continue to help thousands of students every year to master these two forms of Japanese script. Now, Let's Learn Kanji goes to the heart of the problem: the learning of kanji (i.e., Chinese characters as they are used in Japan).
Not simply a brilliant exposition but also a workbook, it teaches the student how to write the basic strokes, how to put these together into full-fledged kanji, and how kanji function in the context of example sentences. Progress is continually checked, and the student is encouraged through quizzes and exercises. The result: 250 fundamental characters learned almost painlessly.

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 8.5" Height: 11"
Weight:   1.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 2, 1998
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770020686  
ISBN13  9784770020680  

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Reviews - What do customers think about Lets Learn Kanji: An Introduction to Radicals, Components and 250 Very Basic Kanji (Kodansha's Children's Classics)?

Great Book! ( heh I'm on my dad's account)  Jun 16, 2008
The same author of this book wrote " Let's Learn Hiragana" and " Let's Learn Katakana". So for those of you who bought those books and loved them; then this book is for you. I'm 14 years old and learning japanese and once I had my grammar right and learned hiragana and katakana, I was left with the task of learning Kanji. This book made is really simple and people of all ages can use it ( mostly recommended for middle school age and above). It shows you the strokes, radical origins ( which come in handy) and all the Kun and On readings of the Kanji. Great to use on the Japanese Proficiency Exam Level 4.
Fantastic  Jun 10, 2008
As other of the same collection, this book is amazing and with little knowledge you can learn for sure!
I strongly recommend!
Good book, but you have to work at it.  Apr 19, 2008
This is one of the better Kanji books I have come across. It has quite a good bit of information towards the beginning about stroke order and things, which I found very helpful. It also covers radicals before you get started on the actual kanji, which is something I can approve of.
However, you are still going to just have to learn everything through rote memorization, which is why I gave up on it. I just can't learn and retain information that way--at least not very efficiently. But hey, if you think that works for you, you probably can't go wrong with this book as a starting point for studying kanji. This book also only covers 250 kanji, which is obvious from the title, I suppose. Only 250 kanji wont really get you very far, but it sets a good foundation to build on. This book also has a ton of exercises for you to work through, if you like exercises.

Personally, I have found the book "Remembering the Kanji volume 1" by James Heisig to be a far better resource for learning Kanji, and I recommend that book to everyone that I meet.
Good, but not for beginners...  Mar 24, 2008
This was the first kanji book I tried to learn with, and I found it very hard to keep up with. One good thing I liked from the start is, there is a lot of information in this book, like, what to call the strokes in Japanese -- i.e. hidari barai, migi barai, kanmari, etc.

The biggest problem for me was that the book wants you to learn all the radicals, strokes and terminology before you learn any actual kanji. I wasn't learning any kanji, and there was no application of what I was learning i.e., reading material, etc. At the time I was living in my hometown, and the only time I saw kanji was when I opened that book, so it was quite discouraging for me at times. It took me at least a week to learn all the information about -- i.e. the afore mentioned terminology -- before I could go on and tackle what it was actually trying to teach. Another problem is that there is a lot of romaji at the beginning, which personally, I thought was deleterious to my Japanese learning as a whole.

That said, the benefits -- i.e. detailed radical information, and Japanese terminology for writing the kanji, shouldn't be overlooked. I used another book to learn kanji, and when I went back to this one, I found it a lot more useful, and not so overwhelming. I highly recommend this book if you already have a good, basic, grasp of kanji, radicals and stroke order. Maybe not a great beginner book, but definitely a good resource when you're comfortable with kanji and want something a little more detailed.
Its very good, but something is wrong.   Jun 27, 2007
I truly love this authors work, but my biggest problem is that they use romanji. If a person is keen on tackling kanji, they should at least master kana first. I akin that to someone learning the electric slide before they even know how to walk. other than that it is an awesome book.

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