Remembering the Kanji Volume 1

Author: James W. Heisig
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824831653
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Foreign Language Study

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.

Remembering the Kanji 3

Author: James W. Heisig
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824831677
Release Date: 2008-01
Genre: Foreign Language Study

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

Remembering the Kanji A complete course on how not to forget the meaning and writing of Japanese characters

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ISBN: 0824831675
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Chinese characters

Updated to include the 196 new kanji approved by the Japanese government in 2010 as "general-use" kanji, the sixth edition of this popular text aims to provide students 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 forgetting how to write the kanji, or for a way to systematize what he or she already knows. The author begins with writing the kanji because—contrary to first impressions–it is in fact simpler than learning how to the pronounce them. By ordering the kanji according to their component parts or "primitive elements," and then 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 make up the kanji. 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, one is 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 Japanese pronunciations, one is then in a much better position to learn the readings (which are treated in a separate volume).

Remembering the Kanji

Author: James W. Heisig
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824831660
Release Date: 2008-01
Genre: Foreign Language Study

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.

Karate s Supreme Ultimate

Author: Patrick McDermott
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9780595307470
Release Date: 2004-02-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Written by a White Belt and a Black Belt, this book contains the essence of Karate lore. Beginners will find all the basic concepts they'll need to get going. But it will also help higher ranks. As Master Funakoshi said, Taikyoku is a kata "of the most profound character and one to which, upon mastery of the art of karate, an expert will return to select it as the ultimate training kata." Taikyoku are used to introduce technique, but also the history and philosophy of Martial Arts. The authors share with you precepts of a master, insights of a beginner, and some Japanese and Okinawan lore and language picked up because of a life-long fascination with Things Japanese. You'll learn the meaning behind the Japanese words and kanji used in Karate, and improve your pronunciation along with your punches. You can use the book in conjunction with the Wado Ki Kai website at www.wadokikai.com. You'll actually be able to see the kata performed by Sensei Arce, step through it or stop motion to study any position. Whether a beginner just starting Martial Arts or a Black Belt reviewing the lore and language of Karate, this book has something for you.

Remembering Simplified Hanzi

Author: James W. Heisig
Publisher:
ISBN: IND:30000122535903
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Chinese language

Covers the writing and meaning of the 1,000 most commonly used characters in the Chinese writing system.

Remembering the Kanji A systematic guide to reading Japanese characters

Author: James W. Heisig
Publisher: Japan Publications
ISBN: UVA:X001710429
Release Date: 1987
Genre: Foreign Language Study

From absolute beginners dreading the thought of acquiring literacy in Japanese to more advanced students looking for some relief to the constant frustration of forgetting how to remember the kanji, once you have cracked the covers of these books you will never be able to look at the kanji with the same eyes again.

Monumenta Nipponica

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105131554094
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Japan

Monumenta Nipponica, an interdisciplinary quarterly journal on Japanese culture and society, was founded in 1938, making it one of the oldest English-language academic journals in the field of Asian studies. Published as an international forum for research on Japan by Sophia University, Tokyo, MN carries both original scholarly contributions on history, literature, art history, religion, thought, and anthropology, and translations of important Japanese literary and historical sources.

Author: 畑佐由紀子阿部
Publisher:
ISBN: STANFORD:36105127530827
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Foreign Language Study

現在研究分野としてその重要性が唱えられている第二言語習得研究に注目し、日本語での研究を中心に過去の研究と現状、今後の研究方向について英語と日本語でまとめた。