Kanji Pict-O-Graphix


01-22-2005, 11:21 PM

After having A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters (http://www.timog.com/forum/showthread.php?t=171 ) and not liking it, I was skeptical when I checked this book out of the library and brought it home. I’m wary of books that use mnemonics to teach kanji. I believe that kanjis have to be learned the way Japanese school children do it: by writing them repeatedly on notebooks and in combinations with other kanjis to form words.

So imagine my surprise when I actually enjoyed reading Kanji Pict-O-Graphix (http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/0962813702/qid=1106401362/ref=pd_ka_0/249-9458749-5439514). If it means anything, my son, who has to be coaxed and pleaded with to write his kanjis, actually picked this book up by himself and browsed its pages – many times.

The illustrations are well constructed and the mnemonics are written in concise sentences and phrases . I like the fact that kanjis are presented in groups, so you can study (or form mental pictures of) related images and kanjis. You open the book, for example, to a page about “Leg” and you see kanjis (with their related illustrations) of words like “Dance”, “Leap”, “Trace”, “Follow”, “Run”, “Proceed”, etc. Very useful for memorizing related groups of kanjis.

You might also be interested to know that this book has won typographic and design awards.

This is a good second book to supplement a solid kanji reference, like the Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (http://www.timog.com/forum/showthread.php?t=162 ). And even then, you really have to learn to write the kanjis on notebooks while memorizing them.

Pros: Good illustrations.
Cons: None; okay, maybe the fact that there are only “over 1,000” kanjis. Still, that’s good enough for beginners.


01-23-2005, 12:29 PM

This is interesting. I checked out amazon japan and got myself a copy. Thank for sharing Reon.

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