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Remembering the Kanji 3: Writing and Reading Japanese Characters for Upper-Level Proficiency (Japanese Edition)

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Author: Tanya Sienko, James W. Heisig
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (2008)
Binding: Paperback, 430 pages
Summary:
Students who have learned to read and write the basic 2,000 characters run into the same difficulty that university students in Japan face: The government-approved list of basic educational kanji is not sufficient for advanced reading and writing. Although each academic specialization requires supplementary kanji of its own, a large number of these kanji overlap. With that in mind, the same methods employed in volumes 1 and 2 of Remembering the Kanji have been applied to 1,000 additional characters determined as useful for upper-level proficiency, and the results published as the third volume in the series. To identify the extra 1,000 characters, frequency lists were researched and crosschecked against a number of standard Japanese kanji dictionaries. Separate parts of the book are devoted to learning the writing and reading of these characters. The writing requires only a handful of new “primitive elements.” A few are introduced as compound primitives (“measure words”) or as alternative forms for standard kanji. The majority of the kanji, 735 in all, are organized according to the elements introduced in Volume 1. For the reading, about twenty-five percent of the new kanji fall into “pure groups” that use a single “signal primitive” to identify the main Chinese reading. Another thirty percent of the new kanji belong to groups with one exception or to mixed groups in which the signal primitives have two readings. The remaining 306 characters are organized first according to readings that can be intuited from the meaning or dominant primitive element, and then according to useful compound terms.
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Remembering the Kanji, Vol. 2: A Systematic Guide to Reading Japanese Characters (Japanese Edition)

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Author: James W. Heisig
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (2008)
Binding: Perfect Paperback, 397 pages
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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-reference the 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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Guide to Reading & Writing Japanese (3rd Edition)

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Author: Henk de Groot, Christropher Seeley, Kenneth Hanshall, Florence Sakade
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (2003)
Binding: Paperback, 336 pages
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Teach Yourself Beginner's Japanese Script (Teach Yourself Beginner's Script Series)

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Author: Helen Gilhooly
Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2003)
Binding: Paperback, 208 pages
Summary:
Now learning non-Roman-alphabet languages is as easy as A-B-C! Readers wanting to learn the basics of reading and writing a new language that employs script will find all they need in the Teach Yourself Beginner's Script series. Each book includes a step-by-step introduction to reading and writing in a new language as well as tips and practice exercises to build learners' skills. Thanks to the experts at Teach Yourself, script will no longer be all "Greek" to language learners--unless of course, it is Greek script! Teach Yourself Beginner's Script series books feature: * Origins of the language * A systematic approach to mastering the script * Lots of "hands-on" exercises and activities * Practical examples from real-life situations
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College Korean

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Author: Michæl C. Rogers, Kyungnyun K. Richards, Clare You
Publisher: University of California Press (1993)
Binding: Paperback, 380 pages
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College Korean offers a comprehensive introduction to the Korean language designed for American students. Rogers, You, and Richards have used their many years of teaching to devise and test an approach that balances reading and writing with the spoken language. The result is a well-rounded textbook suited to a yearlong course in which students learn to conduct conversations about their own lives and interests, read texts written in hangul, and write simple compositions. The book systematically introduces basic Korean grammar, a contextualized vocabulary, and styles of speech that are sociolinguistically appropriate for college students. Each of its 26 lessons contains a dialogue or a reading, practice patterns, relevant grammar notes, and exercises. Approximately 150 Sino-Korean characters are also introduced, and complete glossaries and grammar indexes are provided.
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Reading Japanese (Yale Language Series)

Author: Eleanor Harz Jorden, Hamako Ito Chaplin
Publisher: Yale University Press
Binding: Paperback, 607pages
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This new text has been designed to met the special needs of the foreigner who wants to begin learning to read Japanese before having completed a first-year course in speaking the language. It presupposes no previous knowledge of the Japanese writing system. In twenty-five lessons it introduces katakana, hiragana, and 425 kanji, providing an excellent foundation for the use of available intermediate and advanced texts. Reading Japanese is designed to be used either as a classroom text or in self-study programs. It is coordinated with Beginning Japanese, by the same authors.
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Japanese Step by Step : An Innovative Approach to Speaking and Reading Japanese

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Author: Gene Nishi
Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2001)
Binding: Paperback, 256 pages
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This self-study text offers a breakthrough approach for beginning learners of Japanese, as well as an indispensable reference for intermediate students. The unique study method in Japanese Step By Step teaches how to construct Japanese sentences, from the simplest to the most complex, using an easy-to-follow, step-by-step method. Also contains flow charts for verb conjugations and derivations.
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Historical, Literary, and Cultural Approach to the Korean Language (text & cassettes)

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Author: Jong-Rok Kim, Alexander Arguelles
Publisher: Hollym International Corporation (2000)
Binding: Perfect Paperback, 318 pages
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"Approach to the Korean Language: Historical, Literary, and Cultural was written in an attempt to fill the need for a scholarly method for learning to speak, to understand, and--above all--to read Korean. While daily conversational ability is not ignored, this book, as the title indicates, is primarily concerned with presenting the language in its cultural context. This introductory volume presupposes no knowledge of the language. After pronunciation and writing systems (both the Korean alphabet and the use of Chinese characters) are introduced, grammar is systematically presented and drilled through lessons whose text passages concern Korean history and cultural traditions. An answer key to the exercises is provided so that students who purchase the accompanying cassettes can use this method to study Korean on their own. "
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Ten Level Chinese (Level 7): Intensive Reading Textbook

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Author: Wu Zhongwei, Gao Shunquan, Tao Lian
Publisher: Beijing Language and Culture University Press(2007) (2010)
Binding: , 152 pages
Summary:
Ten Level Chinese is a Chinese textbook series compiled for the international students taking long-term Chinese courses in China. Considering the different levels of the students, the different native language they speak, and the large amount of learning hours per week, the series is specially designed to help the Chinese beginners to develop their Chinese skills comprehensively and to cultivate their language and communication ability. The whole series is arranged based on the scientific classification of the learners’ language levels. In each level, there is paralleling training of four skills. Altogether there are 10 levels: the Threshold leads the learners into the world of Chinese in a relaxing manner; Levels 1-4 are for the elementary stage, emphasizing integrated skills training with combination of listening and speaking; Levels 5-8 are for the intermediate stage, focusing on sub-skill training with separate listening, speaking, reading and writing courses; Levels 9-10 are for the advanced stage, containing courses in news listening, social issues, etc.
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Ten Level Chinese (Level 6): Intensive Reading Textbook

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Author: Zhongwei Wu
Publisher: Beijing Language & Culture University Press,China (2007)
Binding: Paperback, 140 pages
Summary:
Ten Level Chinese is a Chinese textbook series compiled for the international students taking long-term Chinese courses in China. Considering the different levels of the students, the different native language they speak, and the large amount of learning hours per week, the series is specially designed to help the Chinese beginners to develop their Chinese skills comprehensively and to cultivate their language and communication ability. The whole series is arranged based on the scientific classification of the learners’ language levels. In each level, there is paralleling training of four skills. Altogether there are 10 levels: the Threshold leads the learners into the world of Chinese in a relaxing manner; Levels 1-4 are for the elementary stage, emphasizing integrated skills training with combination of listening and speaking; Levels 5-8 are for the intermediate stage, focusing on sub-skill training with separate listening, speaking, reading and writing courses; Levels 9-10 are for the advanced stage, containing courses in news listening, social issues, etc.
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