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Best Kanji Books You Should Enjoy

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Kanji books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Remembering the Kanji 1: A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters (2011)

 Best Kanji Books You Should EnjoyUpdated to include the 196 new kanji approved by the Japanese government in 2010 as “general-use” kanji, the sixth edition of this popular text aims to provide students with a simple method for correlating the writing and the meaning of Japanese characters in such a way as to make them both easy to remember. It is intended not only for the beginner, but also for the more advanced student looking for some relief from the constant frustration of forgetting how to write the kanji, or for a way to systematize what he or she already knows.The author begins with writing the kanji…
Author(s): James W. Heisig

2. Japanese Kanji for Beginners: (JLPT Levels N5 & N4) First Steps to Learn the Basic Japanese Characters (Includes CD-Rom) (2017)

 Best Kanji Books You Should EnjoyThe Japanese language has three basic writing systems, kanji (Chinese characters) and hiragana, and katakana–two phonetic sets of characters. This handy book teaches you a new mnemonics-based method to read and write the 430 highest-frequency kanji characters. Along with its sister book: Japanese Hiragana and Katakana for Beginners it provides a complete introduction to written Japanese.Japanese Kanji for Beginners contains everything you need to learn the kanji characters required for the Advanced Placement Japanese Language and Culture Exam. It is designed for use by high school…
Author(s): Timothy G. Stout, Kaori Hakone

3. The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary: Revised and Expanded (2013)

 Best Kanji Books You Should EnjoyWith The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary: Revised and Expanded, learners finally have at their fingertips accurate and in-depth information on all the kanji prescribed by the Japanese government. In all, 3,002 characters — 772 more than in the first edition — fill its pages, making it the most comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of its kind.The main goal of the dictionary is to give the learner instant access to a wealth of useful information on kanji, including their meanings, readings, stroke order, and usage in compounds.Compounds pose a special problem for learners. Normally one must…
Author(s): Jack Halpern, Y. H. Tohsaku

4. The Complete Guide to Japanese Kanji: (JLPT All Levels) Remembering and Understanding the 2,136 Standard Characters (2016)

 Best Kanji Books You Should EnjoyThis 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. 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…
Author(s): Christopher Seely, Kenneth G. Henshall, et al.

5. Kanji From Zero! 1: Proven Techniques to Learn Kanji with Integrated Workbook (Second Edition) (Volume 1) (2016)

 Best Kanji Books You Should EnjoyKanji From Zero! is perfect for current students of Japanese who already know how to read hiragana and katakana. The book isn’t just another kanji reference book. Instead it’s designed to teach kanji and associated culture and related words to give a connection to kanji that other books ignore….
Author(s): Mr George Trombley, Mrs Kanako Hatanaka, et al.

6. (New Edition) Basic Kanji Book -Basic Kanji 500- Vol.1 (2015)

 Best Kanji Books You Should Enjoy(New Edition) Basic Kanji Book -Basic Kanji 500- Vol.1…
Author(s): Chieko Kano, Yuri Shimizu , et al.

7. The Kanji Code: See the Sounds with Phonetic Components and Visual Patterns (2019)

 Best Kanji Books You Should EnjoyMemorising kanji readings is one of the biggest hurdles when learning Japanese. The Kanji Code teaches a systematic method of learning the readings of kanji or Chinese characters. By studying phonetic components and other visual clues, students of Japanese can reduce their reliance on rote memorisation and feel more in control of their learning.What people are saying"An invaluable resource. It explains very well the relationship between kanji and kana, kanji and phonetic code, and kanji and visual code. Many of the phonetics listed here are the same ones my…
Author(s): Natalie J Hamilton

8. Kanji Pict-O-Graphix: Over 1,000 Japanese Kanji and Kana Mnemonics (1992)

 Best Kanji Books You Should Enjoy“Kanji Pict-o-Graphix offers an engaging way to learn and memorize Kanji.”—Rocky Mountain Region Japan Project”A fun book for studying kanji. The illustration reveals more of its contents and method than any description ever could.”—Japan Times”It is a very nice book, simple and pretty effective. A useful addition to the library of all beginners who aspire to learn Japanese. Recommended.”—Protoculture Addicts Learn more about kanji from Stone Bridge Press: Kana Pict-o-Graphix, Designing with Kanji, Kanji Starter 1&2, and Crazy for Kanji…
Author(s): Michael Rowley

9. Learning Japanese Kanji Practice Book Volume 1: (JLPT Level N5 & AP Exam) The Quick and Easy Way to Learn the Basic Japanese Kanji (2015)

 Best Kanji Books You Should EnjoyLearning Japanese Kanji Practice Book is intended for beginning students or experienced speakers who need to practice their written Japanese. Kanji are an essential part of the Japanese language and together with kana (hiragana and katakana) comprise written Japanese. This book presents the most commonly used kanji characters. All the kanji and related vocabulary words in this book are those that students are expected to know for Level 5 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. (JLPT). Characters that appear in the AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam are flagged. Readings, meanings, and common compounds are presented….
Author(s): Sato Ph.D., Eriko

10. The Key To Kanji: A Visual History of 1100 Characters (English and Japanese Edition) (2010)

 Best Kanji Books You Should EnjoyThe Key to Kanji: A Visual History of 1100 Characters is a one-of-a-kind reference for learners at any level! Based in etymological research, this detailed guide takes away the difficulty of learning these Japanese characters. Each of eleven hundred essential kanji receives a fully illustrated entry with a brief English summary explaining the evolution of its written form and meaning from ancient to modern times. Each kanji is also given on- and kun- pronunciations, a section header in a traditional kanji dictionary, a clear stroke order illustration, and sample words that are useful for…
Author(s): Noriko Kurosawa Williams

11. BASIC KANJI BOOK 2 Books Bundle Set , Kihon 500 Book Vol.1 & Vol.2 for Learning Japanese , Orignal Sticky Notes (2010)

 Best Kanji Books You Should EnjoyThese books are textbooks just for learning kanji. Each lesson covers about 10 characters and begins with a section called “About the kanji” which gives interesting background on the kanji you are about to learn. Next comes writing and reading lessons for each kanji. Lastly, there is a longer reading section followed by a game or some quiz….
Author(s): Chieko Kano, Hiroko Takenaka, et al.

Best Kanji Books You Should Enjoy

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Soft Rock Mechanics and Engineering

Author(s): Milton Kanji, Manchao He, Luís Ribeiro e Sousa
ID: 2469399, Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 51 Mb, Format: pdf

Computational Advancement in Communication Circuits and Systems: Proceedings of ICCACCS 2018

Author(s): Koushik Maharatna, Maitreyi Ray Kanjilal, Sukumar Chandra Konar, Sumit Nandi, Kunal Das
ID: 2472127, Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2020, Size: 17 Mb, Format: pdf

Excerpts from A Learning Handbook for Joyo Kanji: Japanese Radicals and essential components

Author(s): Daniele Minnone
ID: 2798644, Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 624 Kb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly best-sellers according to Washington Post, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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