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Kodansha Europe Ltd.

24 PB

228 x 152 mm
704 pages, 2,300 entries
beginner / intermediate


MARCH 2014

The Kodansha Kanji

Learners Course

A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering 2,300 Characters

author: Andrew Scott Conning

foreword: Jack Halpern, author of The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary

and The Kanji Learners Dictionary & originator of the System of
Kanji Indexing by Patterns - SKIP
228 x 152mm; 704 pages, for beginner / intermediate
isbn: 978-1-56836-526-8 BIC: YQF 2GJ

24 Softcover
Europe Ltd.

The Kodansha Kanji Learners Course is an innovative and highly effective system for learning and remembering kanji, or Sino-Japanese
characters. It contains all 2,136 Joyo kanji (Japanese government designation for kanji in common usage) plus 164 of the most useful
non-Joyo kanji, specially arranged to maximise efficiency of acquisition.
One of the books key features is its mnemonic devicesoriginal stories for each kanji that teach you to associate graphical components
with images linked to the characters meaning. With these, students will find it hard to forgot the nuances of the kanji theyve studied,
and more than likely they will even find it easier to decipher the meanings of unfamiliar compounds that contain those characters.
Another unique feature is the authors emphasis on comparing similar-looking kanji as a means of differentiating them. Most kanji
dictionaries and textbooks arrange their entries in ways that do not address the needs of non-native learners, such as by traditional
radical or by the grade in which the kanji are taught in Japanese schools. The Kodansha Kanji Leaners Course uses a unique sequence
that presents look-alikes one after the other, and presents the building blocks before the complex kanji they appear in.
This book fills an urgent need for a timesaving, yet reliable, kanji-learning system that can be used from beginner through to advanced
levels. It is intended for anyone who is serious about learning to read and write Japanese.

Includes 2,300 kanji entries; teaches the

meanings, readings, and usages of all 2,136
government-prescribed Joyo Kanji
Offers clear and systematic guidelines to
help in visualising the meanings of the characters as they are encountered
Introduces kanji components in a logical,
step-by-step order, with related kanji grouped
A super user-friendly kanji learning system
for ALL learners that is perfectly dovetailed
with The Kodansha Kanji Learners Dictionary
(978-1-56836-407-0; 30 PB).
Includes full cross-referencing with kanji
listed in The Kodansha Kanji Learners Dictionary and incorporates core meanings, charactermeanings, readings, and sample vocabulary
from the dictionary
Written by Andrew Conning, in association with Jack Halpern, Editor-in-Chief of The
Kodansha Kanji Learners Dictionary and The
Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (978-1-56836-4087) who is a highly-respected world authority in
the field of Japanese language-learning
10 original appendices
Andrew Scott Conning is a doctoral candidate and
Presidential Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of
Education. He received a bachelors degree in languages
from Georgetown University (USA) and a masters degree
in social anthropology from the Escuela Nacional de Antropologa e Historia (Mexico). He has been active in Japan as a lecturer and university administrator, and most
recently as a research scholar at the University of Tokyo.