Remembering the Kanji

A systematic guide to reading the japanese characters

Author: James W. Heisig

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824831667

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 397

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Following the first volume of Remembering the Kanji, the present work takes up the pronunciation of characters and provides students with helpful tools for memorizing them. Behind the notorious inconsistencies in the way the Japanese language has come to pronounce the characters it received from China lie several coherent patterns. Identifying these patterns and arranging them in logical order can reduce dramatically the amount of time spent in the brute memorization of sounds unrelated to written forms. Many of the "primitive elements," or building blocks, used in the drawing of the characters also serve to indicate the "Chinese reading" that particular kanji use, chiefly in compound terms. By learning one of the kanji that uses such a "signal primitive," one can learn the entire group at the same time. In this way. Remembering the Kanji 2 lays out the varieties of phonetic patterns and offers helpful hints for learning readings, which might otherwise appear completely random, in an efficient and rational way. A parallel system of pronouncing the kanji, their "Japanese readings," uses native Japanese words assigned to particular Chinese characters. Although these are more easily learned because of the association of the meaning to a single word, Heisig creates a kind of phonetic alphabet of single-syllable words, each connected to a simple Japanese word, and shows how they can be combined to help memorize particularly troublesome vocabulary. Unlike Volume 1, which proceeds step-by-step in a series of lessons, Volume 2 is organized in such as way that one can study individual chapters or use it as a reference for pronunciation problems as they arise. Individual frames cross-referencethe kanji to alternate readings and to the frame in Volume 1 in which the meaning and writing of the kanji was first introduced.
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Remembering the Kanji

A systematic guide to reading theJapanese characters

Author: James W. Heisig

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780824836696

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 405

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This book focuses on the pronunciation and reading of the Kanji presented in Remembering the Kanji V. 1. The Kanji in this volume are organized into groups based on the building blocks of the characters to facilitate their study.
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Remembering the Kanji III

Writing and Reading Japanese Characters for Upper-Level Proficiency

Author: James W. Heisig,Tanya Sienko

Publisher: Kodansha

ISBN: 9780870409318

Category: Chinese characters

Page: 492

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Remembering the Kanji III aims at raising proficiency in writing and reading Japanese to the level of 3,000 kanji. Using the methods of volumes I and II, which have helped thousands of students to teach themselves written Japanese, this volume breaks new ground in presenting a systematic selection and organization of kanji needed for reading and writing at an advanced level.
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Remembering the Kanji 3

Writing and Reading Japanese Characters for Upper-Level Proficiency

Author: James W. Heisig,Tanya Sienko

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824831675

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 430

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Volume 2 (4th ed.) updated to include the 196 kanja approved in 2010 for general use.
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Remembering the Kanji, Volume 1

A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters

Author: James W. Heisig

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824831659

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 460

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The aim of this book is to provide the student of Japanese with a simple method for correlating the writing and the meaning of Japanese characters in such a way as to make them both easy to remember. It is intended not only for the beginner, but also for the more advanced student looking for some relief from the constant frustration of how to write the kanji and some way to systematize what he or she already knows. The author begins with writing because--contrary to first impressions--it is in fact the simpler of the two. He abandons the traditional method of ordering the kanji according to their frequency of use and organizes them according to their component parts or "primitive elements." Assigning each of these parts a distinct meaning with its own distinct image, the student is led to harness the powers of "imaginative memory" to learn the various combinations that result. In addition, each kanji is given its own key word to represent the meaning, or one of the principal meanings, of that character. These key words provide the setting for a particular kanji's "story," whose protagonists are the primitive elements. In this way, students are able to complete in a few short months a task that would otherwise take years. Armed with the same skills as Chinese or Korean students, who know the meaning and writing of the kanji but not their pronunciation in Japanese, they are now in a much better position to learn to read (which is treated in a separate volume). For further information and a sample of the contents, visit http: ///www.nanzan-u.ac.jp/SHUBUNKEN/publications/miscPublications/Remembering_the_Kanji_l.htm.
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CJKV Information Processing

Author: Ken Lunde

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 0596800924

Category: Computers

Page: 912

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First published a decade ago, CJKV Information Processing quickly became the unsurpassed source of information on processing text in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese. It has now been thoroughly updated to provide web and application developers with the latest techniques and tools for disseminating information directly to audiences in East Asia. This second edition reflects the considerable impact that Unicode, XML, OpenType, and newer operating systems such as Windows XP, Vista, Mac OS X, and Linux have had on East Asian text processing in recent years. Written by its original author, Ken Lunde, a Senior Computer Scientist in CJKV Type Development at Adobe Systems, this book will help you: Learn about CJKV writing systems and scripts, and their transliteration methods Explore trends and developments in character sets and encodings, particularly Unicode Examine the world of typography, specifically how CJKV text is laid out on a page Learn information-processing techniques, such as code conversion algorithms and how to apply them using different programming languages Process CJKV text using different platforms, text editors, and word processors Become more informed about CJKV dictionaries, dictionary software, and machine translation software and services Manage CJKV content and presentation when publishing in print or for the Web Internationalizing and localizing applications is paramount in today's global market -- especially for audiences in East Asia, the fastest-growing segment of the computing world. CJKV Information Processing will help you understand how to develop web and other applications effectively in a field that many find difficult to master.
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