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Kanji Cards I
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About the Author
Translator and freelance writer Alexander Kask lives in Tokyo,
Japan.Glen McCabe is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in the
Department of Asian Studies at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.He
has recently revised the bestselling Making Out in Japanese and
More Making Out in Japanese for Tuttle.
All 448 kanji in this set are those prescribed by the Japanese Ministry of
Education for the first three grades of school. This thorough revision of
the 1995 language learning book is designed for travelers and beginning
learners of Japanese.
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Cards edition (September 15,
- ISBN: 0804833974
- Product Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 21 reviews.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful:
useful tool!, December 12, 2000
These are very good, functional flashcards! These are an excellent
addition to any Japanese language students already large pile of
reference materials! However, I found these cards to be somewhat hard to
keep together. They each measure about 2x3 inches (and there are so many
of them). They should have made the box so you could keep them together
according to grade. But don't let that stop you from buying these, as
they are well worth the price. I especially like to use these cards
along with Kanji Gold.
28 of 47 people found the following review helpful:
useful tools, April 30, 2000
I am especially lazy in my study of Kanji and bought both sets
because I am desperate for any help I can get at any cost (I also own a
Canon WordTank for example).
If I weren't so lazy I would just make my own flashcards. The cards
themselves are smaller than I had imagined. I needed both sets to find
all of the first 100 Kanji taught in first year Japanese at Harvard
(although I think 96 of these were in the first set). The cards do not
have Kana to identify the Kanji, and what is worse uses (I think)
Hepburn romanization, not the system used in Jorden and Chaplin that I
am more familiar with, and is more logical. In other words they say
"chi" and "ti". In any case, I would much prefer that they didn't use
romanization at all, as I also need all the kana practice I can get too!
Avg. Customer Review:
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
get what you pay for, July 19, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
These cards are cheap. At $13.97 they are about $.03 per card, but you
get what you pay for: poorly design cards printed on small, thin squares
of paper; stroke order characters scrawled by hand; and the use of
romanji despite strong sentiment among educators that it should be
abandoned as it interferes with mastering basic kana skills. I give this
product only 1 star because even though it is very cheap, I still felt a
little ripped off because the quality is so poor.
I recommend 'Japanese Kanji Flashcards 1' published by White Rabbit
Press, ISBN 0974869406. True they cost a few cents more per cards, but
they are well worth it. I bought mine through the "New and Used" link so
I paid about six-and-a-half cents per card, but the features are well
worth it for me: the design and printing is excellent, you get more
vocab, better definitions, images of kanji which look similar so you
don't get confused them, stroke order diagrams in typeset fonts (not
handwritten); and, of course, readings in kana scripts (no romanji).
Also, they are the same size and shape as regular playing cards, a
little large for some people's hands, but I've gotten use to them.
Learning kanji is a lot of hard work. If you are a student on a very
limited budget, then the Tuttles cards do have the basic kanji
information in a flashcard format, but if you can afford a few pennies
more per card I recommend investing in the "Japanese Kanji Flashcards 1"
product--you get a lot more for the money. It's worth is just for the
extra example words (six per card).
The biggest problem with the White Rabbit Press cards is that there
aren't enough of them. I have written the publisher about this, and they
said we can expect Set 2 with 700+ cards sometime later this year, so
hopefully they will be out by the time I'm finished with Set 1. Nihongo
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Reviews are Lies, July 13, 2004
I got these cards as a gift from my teacher, and I just completed the
first set (I already knew some). These cards are perfect, the big type
allows you to see the kanji clearly, and compounds teach you some of
common readings, and it has how to write, along with all the on and kun
readings. True, they are in romaji, but RTK also uses romaji. Most of
the reviews have just been people going wah wah wah about losing them
and them being small. I haven't lost a single card, and how hard can
they be to organize? It's not like I'm building a house of (flash)cards
with them. The romaji, perhaps unacceptable, is commonplace in kanji
learning materials, and the thickness and size is not a problem at all.
Don't get these cards if you have the attention span of a 10 year old,
but other than that they are excellent.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
but not the best, February 24, 2004
Making your own kanji flashcards is A LOT of work (I've tried it) so
I definitely recommend buying a set. I tried these Tuttle cards and then
read a review here saying that the White Rabbit Press cards were the
best, so I thought I would try them too. (I'm always in the market for
anything that is going to save me some time.) Compared to the White
Rabbit Press cards, the Tuttle cards are not as useful. The vocabulary
words they picked are not always something you would use everday and the
definitions are usually just one or two words. Also, I found several
mistakes, and I'm still a beginner! The White Rabbit cards are much
larger (and thicker) so they had more room for more vocabulary (each
card has 6 examples--Tuttle has only four) and the definitions on the
White Rabbit Press Kanji Flashcards are more like the ones that you'd
find in a dictionary. They show if nouns are countable or uncountable or
both, like in "(an) internal medicine." Overall I think the White Rabbit
cards are a much better investment. I had to search Google to find them,
but I found the author's email address and he said they should be on
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
another product, February 19, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
I have tried hand made cards and the Tuttle Kanji Cards - OK, but easily
lost or bent, and hard to organize. I just received the White Rabbit
Press Japanese Flashcards - these are keepers! They are the size of
standard playing cards, durable, easy to read and have stroke order as
well as examples on the cards. And they fit neatly back into their box!
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