This holiday bundle contains three specially selected books to help you learn Japanese with a focus on kanji: Japanese the Manga Way: An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure, Crazy for Kanji, and Kanji Pict-O-Graphix Dragon Book: Blood, Fire and Spirit!
Japanese the Manga Way: An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure
Japanese difficult? Study boring? No way! Not with this "real manga, real Japanese" approach to learning. Presenting all spoken Japanese as a variation of three basic sentence types, Japanese the Manga Way shows how to build complex constructions step by step. Every grammar point is illustrated by an actual manga published in Japan to show how the language is used in real life, an approach that is entertaining and memorable.
As an introduction, as a jump-start for struggling students, or (with its index) as a reference and review for veterans, Japanese the Manga Way is perfect for all learners at all levels.
Raised in Japan, Wayne P. Lammers (Ph.D. in Japanese) taught at the university level. He was translation editor for Mangajin and now does commercial translation. He is the award-winning translator of Still Life and Evening Clouds. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Crazy for Kanji
Memorizing kanji - Japanese written characters - and their thousands of shapes, sounds, and meanings would drive anyone crazy. And here's something crazier: a whole book about kanji: where they come from, why they look like they do, how to tell husband from prisoner, where to find kanji in Wales, and how to learn kanji faster. Scattered throughout are nearly one hundred large-type "exhibits" of kanji madness, including puzzles and even kanji sudoku.
Written by Eve Kushner.
Kanji Pict-O-Graphix Dragon Book: Blood, Fire and Spirit
Japanese characters (kanji) blend form and line to convey words and ideas in pictographs. Learning them takes time, practice, and sometimes... imagination! Here are 150 of the most basic kanji (school grades 1–4) in a completely reimagined and fanciful format to make memorization and recognition fun, or just to delight anyone who loves how words and language can be transformed into playful visual art.
Included are readings, meanings, and visual and text mnemonics. The "Dragon Book" emphasizes kanji related to power and spirit.
Written by Michael Rowley.