Japanese Kanji Made Easy:
An Easy Step-by-Step Workbook
to Learn the Basic Japanese Kanji
To be published some time in 2023
by Lingo Mastery
Nonfiction/ Language book/ Japanese
Ecopy received for review
You may have read that I recently decided to learn Japanese, and this has become a bit of an obsession. Actually, can you even manage to learn Japanese if you are NOT obsessed, lol?
So today, I’m presenting a very special kind of nonfiction, an ebook I just received from Lingo Mastery for review: Japanese Kanji Made Easy: An Easy Step-by-Step Workbook to Learn the Basic Japanese Kanji.
I already have two books published by Lingo Mastery, on Hiragana and Katakana (two of the 3 Japanese alphabets). I like the way they work, so I was thrilled with this one on Kanji.
And obviously, you first need to master hiragana and katakana to be able to fully enjoy kanji learning.
I am currently working with a few other tools, so I’m planning to start working daily with this book in January.
But I have been through it and can see that it will be very useful to consolidate what I already know and expand my vocabulary.
The goal of the book is to present 102 most basic kanji used in daily life in Japan. They all appear in the JLPT 5 (which is the easiest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test). And this is roughly the number of kanji you need to know to pass this forst level test.
The focus is also on helping to write Kanji, though I was told that in fact it is not that useful to focus on writing. A lot of Japanese are not that good at writing Kanji, and when you take the JLPT tests, it’s just reading not writing them. But writing can definitely help memorize! And that’s how I will approach the writing practice.
The book starts with a nice and simple presentation on the history of kanji.
Then there are 5 thematic lessons. Each contains 3 sections:
- Explanation and structure
- Boxes where to practice the kanji writing and learn vocabulary at the same time, by adding the kanji in a box
- And advanced section, to practice listening (audio files are available through a link), reading, and writing longer sentences
Lesson 1 has 30 kanji on people, nature, and body parts
I like that they start with pictograms, and where the kanji came from. It makes it easier to remember. They repeat the pictogram on the following pages for each kanji.
They also give the basic rules of stroke order and stroke endings.
The advanced section contains the days of the week.
Here is an example:
Lesson 2 has 26 kanji on numbers and time
It explains 6 different counters. Also how to tell time and date.
The advanced part is also about the price of clothes.
Lesson 3 presents 19 kanji on places and directions
Lesson 4 has 17 kanji on verbs, with basic conjugation rules
Lesson 5 has 10 kanji on adjectives
Not sure why they included only one color!
There’s actually a 6th lesson, but it is a review lesson, covering all the 102 kanjis learned throughout the book.
It works with short paragraphs (a few are in audio) on different characters, and questions on them, some in English, some in Japanese.
And obviously, the Answer keys are at the end of the book.
It’s also thrilling to know Lingo Mastery is preparing a second book on more advanced kanji!
I hope they will soon publish it in print, obviously better, so you can really practice the writing in the boxes prepared for that purpose.
And I can’t wait to start diving into this! Thanks Lingo Mastery!
VERDICT: Perfect tool to start learning basic Japanese kanji!