Yet another review of a book I’ve received from Tuttle Books!
As always, they have agreed to give one free copy of this book to a random visitor to my blog!
The book I’m reviewing today is titled “Mastering Japanese Kanji: The Innovative Visual Method for Learning Japanese Characters (CD-ROM Included)” by Glen Nolan Grant.
Mastering Japanese Kanji: The Innovative Visual Method for Learning Japanese Characters (CD-ROM Included)
I will put the details of the free drawing for this book at the end of this post.
The written Japanese language has three scripts: hiragana and katakana (collectively known as “kana“) and thousands of kanji.
The script that is taught in this book is kanji. These are the characters that make up most of the Japanese written language. They were introduced to Japan from China. The Chinese written language uses these characters (albeit often a bit different from Japanese ones), but because Japanese grammar is quite different from Chinese, kana characters are needed in addition to kanji to write Japanese.
These characters are the most difficult to learn because there are so many of them, they are often complicated to write, and almost all have more than one possible pronunciation.
But, if you can read kanji, it helps a lot if you live in, or even visit, Japan!
If you’re serious about learning Japanese, you should begin studying kanji after you learn hiragana and katakana.
“Mastering Japanese Kanji: The Innovative Visual Method for Learning Japanese Characters” is an excellent tool for studying Japanese kanji.
It tells the most common pronunciation for 200 common kanji characters, the English meaning, gives examples of compound words with that character, and example sentences.
It also tells how to write each character properly and has spaces to practice. There are quizzes throughout the book to test you comprehension (with the answers at the back of the book).
In addition, there is a free CD-ROM included that demonstrates how to write the characters and how to pronounce words using the characters.
“Mastering Japanese Kanji: The Innovative Visual Method for Learning Japanese Characters (CD-ROM Included)” can be purchased through Amazon here.
But, as I said above, Tuttle Books has agreed to give one random visitor to my blog a free copy of this book.
To enter the drawing for the free book, submit this form by 2015 August 31st: