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The complete guide to Japanese kanji : remembering and understanding the 2,136 standard characters

Author: Christopher Seeley; Kenneth G Henshall; Jiageng Fan
Publisher: Tokyo : Tuttle Publishing, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Learn over 2,000 Japanese Kanji characters with this user-friendly Japanese language-learning book. This unique Kanji study guide provides a comprehensive introduction to all the Kanji characters on the Japanese Ministry of Education's official Joyo ("General Use") list-providing detailed notes on the historical development of each character as well as all information needed by students to read and write them. As  Read more...
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Seeley, Christopher.
Complete guide to Japanese kanji.
Tokyo : Tuttle Publishing, [2016]
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Seeley; Kenneth G Henshall; Jiageng Fan
ISBN: 9781462917730 1462917739
OCLC Number: 1020318813
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Frontcover --
Title Page --
Copyright --
Contents --
Preface to the Second Edition --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Beginnings of the Chinese Script --
Formational Principles of the Chinese Script --
Word-Families and the Chinese Script --
Fluctuation in the Script: Variant Forms --
Early and Pre-Modern Character Dictionaries --
Printed Texts and the Calligraphic Tradition --
Layout of Entries in This Book --
Sources Used and Terminology in This Book --
Limitations of This Book --
The Japanese Writing System: A Brief Sketch --
Hiragana and Katakana and Their Source Characters --
The 214 Determinatives (or 'Radicals') System --
General Principles of Stroke Order --
Editorial and Typographical Matters --
Romanization --
The 80 First-Grade Characters --
The 160 Second-Grade Characters --
The 200 Third-Grade Characters --
The 200 Fourth-Grade Characters --
The 185 Fifth-Grade Characters --
The 181 Sixth-Grade Characters --
The Remaining 1130 Characters --
Readings Index --
Stroke-Count --
Appendix --
Similarly-Shaped Elements Easily Confused --
Bibliography.
Responsibility: Christopher Seeley and Kenneth G. Henshall, with Jiageng Fan.

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Learn over 2,000 Japanese Kanji characters with this user-friendly Japanese language-learning book. This unique Kanji study guide provides a comprehensive introduction to all the Kanji characters on the Japanese Ministry of Education's official Joyo ("General Use") list-providing detailed notes on the historical development of each character as well as all information needed by students to read and write them. As fascinating as it is useful, this is the book every Japanese language learners keeps on his or her desk and visits over and over. This Kanji book includes: - Clear, large-sized entries - All of the General Use Joyo Kanji Characters - Japanese readings and English meanings - stroke-count - stroke order - usage examples - mnemonic hints for easy memorization The components which make up each character are detailed and the Kanji are graded in difficulty according to Ministry of Education guidelines, allowing students to prioritize the order in which the Kanji are learned and track their progress. This book is essential to anyone who is planning to take the official Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) and will appeal to beginning students as well as those who wish to attain higher-level mastery of the Japanese language. It is the only book that also provides historical and etymological information about the Japanese Kanji. This latest edition has been updated to include all of the 2,136 Kanji on the expanded Joyo list issued by the Japanese government in 2010. Many entries have been revised to include the most recent research on character etymologies.

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