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The 5 Pillars of Kanji – Developing Your Internal Sense — 7 Comments

  1. On the subject of kanji books with example words (no exercises though), I’m using The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Course (cross references with their Learner’s dictionary), which is an RTK-like book with example stories throughout instead of them stopping and several vocabulary words next to each kanji. It includes 2300 kanji and various appendices on on-yomi groups, irregularly read compounds, a guide to understanding compounds, a table of radicals, a table of look-alike kanji, a table of non standard forms, and various reading and radical indexes.

    • Thanks for commenting. I have not head about Kodansha Kanji Learner Course before but it something I will be looking in to. It sounds like a rather complete series. Have you been using it long?

        • The book looks really promising. Finding a good Basic Kanji Meanings method I think is the hardest part of kanji learning. It is necessary but there are so many choices that it can be paralyzing. You seem to have found a good choice and I think the author has really interesting background.

          “Andrew Scott Conning is a doctoral candidate and Presidential Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He received a bachelor’s degree in languages from Georgetown University (USA) and a master’s degree in social anthropology from the Escuela Nacional de Antropología 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.”

          I would be interested to see how you feel as you progress through the book and even a larger review of the book when you finish, if you feel game. Please keep us other JALUP users posted! :D

        • How is this book working out for you? I’m disappointed with RTK and this book looks like a big improvement. Somebody should write up a comparsion of the two.

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