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Nihongo Challenge N4 & N5 Kanji was written to allow beginners of the Japanese language to enjoy studying and understanding Kanji. It is a revised textbook, including all the Kanji from the old Level 3 and 4 (now N4-5) of the JLPT.
Each lesson teaches 10 new Kanji in a really nice and clear way. The Kanji are shown is a chart which includes the stroke order, space for practice, On and Kun reading, compound words etc. The special feature is that every Kanji is also presented by a hand drawn illustration showing how the Kanji was created and an explanation of the illustration to make it easier for you to understand the meaning of the kanji.
The illustration and explanation will surely help you to memorize the kanji more easily.
Part 1 holds 11 lessons and all Kanji of the old Level 4. Part 2 covers 20 lessons and the Kanji of old Level 3. Every lesson has Kanji exercise. After every third lesson is a short section of JLPT type exercises and after each part (part 1 & 2) a longer section with comprehensive exercises.
Translation is given in English, Korean and Portuguese.
Hiragana and Katakana are two Japanese syllabaries. Both hiragana and katakana are composed of 46 different phonetic symbols used to represent all the possible syllables of the spoken language. These characters were derived from simplification of kanji characters, but unlike kanji each character is pronounced in only one way and has no conceptual meaning.
Hiragana, whose forms are rounded and flowing in shape, is used for particles, for verbal and adjectival endings, and for many native Japanese words. Over the centuries many words from foreign languages were incorporated into the Japanese language, especially from the Chinese and English languages. Whereas Chinese loan words are naturally written in kanji, non-Chinese foreign words are written in the katakana syllabary, whose form is more angular. Katakana is also used to represent onomatopoeic words and is often used for emphasis in exclamations.
Our recommended product for learning hiragana and katakana is: Kana Flashcards