Prime The Kanji Code: See the Sounds with Phonetic Components and Visual PatternsAuthor Natalie J Hamilton – Bilb-weil.de

Memorising kanji readings is one of the biggest hurdles when learning Japanese The Kanji Code teaches a systematic method of learning the readings of kanji or Chinese characters By studying phonetic components and other visual clues, students of Japanese can reduce their reliance on rote memorisation and feelin control of their learningWhat people are sayingAn invaluable resource It explains very well the relationship between kanji and kana, kanji and phonetic code, and kanji and visual code Many of the phonetics listed here are the same ones my research identified as being useful for students of Japanese The idea of seeing the relationships between kanji through a common visual feature isoriginal and very interesting I will be recommending it to my students Dr Etsuko Toyoda, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne stars An absolutely brilliant textbook If youre serious about learning Japanese or if youre planning to live in Japan you need to read this book and integrate its principles into your studies Renae Lucas Hall, author of Tokyo TalesThe Kanji Code teachesphonetic components the key to the readings ofkanji charactersYou will also learn the link between kanji, hiragana and katakana and use it to remember the ON readings of common kanji charactersIn addition, you will learn how visual features like shape and patterns like stripes can give a clue to the ON reading ofkanji charactersThe book contains an easy to read explanation of the keisei or form sound kanji characters, to deepen your understanding of the components and their functions Graphics show the visual connection between kana and kanji, and visual similarities between kanji with the same or similar readings that would otherwise be overlooked The visual approach will especially appeal to visual learners and students interested in art and designEach kanji features ON and kun readings, English meanings and example words Kanji readings are written in romaji so they can be read by students of all levelsThe Kanji Code also includes several detailed indexes for ease of searching and improved understanding of kanji composition The innovative radical index includes the English names of radicals and is sorted not by stroke order but by subject, making itintuitive to non native Japanese speakers