EASY AND FUN KANJI:
A Basic Guide to Learning Kanji

小川清美 (著)、Orrin Cummins (英語監修)

日本語学習者のための、楽しく学べる漢字練習帳

I wrote this book as part of the Easy and Fun series after the hiragana and katakana books from that set. I imagine that most people who are reading this book as part of their Japanese studies also feel that the kanji writing system is by far the hardest part of learning the Japanese language.

There are several reasons: the number of unique kanji is huge; they have complicated shapes; there are many ways to pronounce them; writing them is tricky.

Japanese natives learn the characters slowly over a period of many years, from elementary school (or even earlier) all the way through high school. Japanese children practice reading and writing kanji every day at school then work on them even more as part of their homework.

I think that many people who are learning Japanese as a secondary language are hesitant to study kanji because of this substantial time investment. That’s why for this book I devised a faster method that differs from how Japanese natives approach kanji learning.

Since grade schools in Japan teach kanji in order of difficulty starting with the easiest, the characters needed for daily life (which are surprisingly difficult to memorize) are not learned until later, making that learning method unsuitable for foreigners who are staying in the country for a relatively short period of time.

This book instead presents the basic kanji alongside selected characters that are widely used in daily life while helping you become familiar with how they actually appear in the real world. I’ve also included some fun drawings that may serve as hints to help you remember the different kanji.

This book will make memorizing kanji a more fun and enjoyable process for you.

日本人でさえ苦労するのだから、外国人にはいっそうハードルが高い漢字学習。EASY AND FUNシリーズは、日本で過ごす外国人が、楽しく基礎を学びながら同時に実用的な日本語も習得できる学習書です。日本で生活する際に知っておきたい、知っていると便利な最低限の漢字をこの一冊にまとめました。たくさんのイラストを使用し、漢字の意味や形を楽しく視覚的に覚えられるように工夫されています。

小川清美(おがわ きよみ)

Kiyomi Ogawa teaches Japanese and translates it together with her husband. She gained insight into how foreigners experience Japan and its language by teaching Boeing employees in Nagoya, and now teaches online lessons to students around the world. Kiyomi likes to use illustrations to help students understand difficult concepts, as can be seen in her books.

フリーランスの日本語講師。Cartus の講師として日本在住のボーイング社員や家族に日本語を指導。2012年、Top language teacher に選ばれる。同時にクラブイタリア名古屋でイタリア人留学生、また名古屋近郊に住むシリア人移民にプライベートで日本語レッスンを行っている。語学学習サイト ITALKI のオンライン講師としても活躍中。自身も語学習得が趣味で、フランス語、イタリア語、スペイン語、アラビア語、中国語など色々な言語を学びながら常に新しい教え方を取り入れている。また、アメリカ人の夫と翻訳業も行っている。

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ISBN 978-4-7946-0501-6
タイトル EASY AND FUN KANJI: A Basic Guide to Learning Kanji
著者 小川清美 (著)、Orrin Cummins (英語監修)
紙書籍定価 本体 1,300円+税
出版社 IBCパブリッシング
初版刊行 2017/08
ページ数 120 ページ
判型 B5判
本のサイズ 257 x 183mm

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