This is an invaluable study guide for learning basic Japanese characters. The first 100 Japanese Kanji
is intended for beginning students, or experienced speakers who need to practice their written Japanese. Kanji are an essential part of the Japanese language and together with kana (hiragana and katakana
) comprise the written components of Japanese.
This book presents the kanji characters that are most commonly used. They have been carefully selected for rapid and effective learning. Each kanji's readings, meanings, and common compounds are presented, and romanized pronunciations for English speakers (romanji
) are included as well. Printed with gray guidelines, stroke order guides are designed to be traced over to teach students the standard sequence of strokes used to write each character. Three indexes at the back allow the characters to be looked up as with a dictionary or by their readings. Students who wish to practice writing kanji will find extra practice sheets available. This book includes:
- Step-by-step stroke order diagrams for each character.
- Special boxes with grid lines to practice writing characters.
- Words and phrases using each kanji.
- Romanizations (romanji) to help identify and pronounce every word.
Eriko Sato received her Ph.D.in linguistic from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Japanese Linguistics and Pedagogy in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is also the Executive Director of the Japan Center as well as the Founding Director of the Pre-College Japanese Language Program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and has written several educational books on the Japanese language.