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Essential Kanji
2,000 Basic Japanese Characters Systematically Arranged for Learning and Reference
Author P.G. O'Neill
Publisher Weatherhill
CategoryKanji learning - Joyo kanji
ISBNs0834802228 [COPAC, Webcatplus, Wikipedia]
0834800829 [COPAC, Webcatplus, Wikipedia]

Review by Ben Bullock

Kanji learning book covering the Jouyou and some of the jinmei kanji sets with a total of about 2000 characters. Gives both modern and old-fashioned handwritten forms and printed forms with some compounds. The choice of compounds is deliberately obscure in order to increase the student's ... read more

Review by Allen Childs (MistaKefka)

Covers all of the Joyo Kanji plus some, and it pretty good. It's not near as in depth as Henshall's book, as it doesn't have historical meaning, mnemonics, etc. but it does have stroke order, readings, compounds, good definitons, etc. and is very cheap and compact. You'll outgrow this quicker than Henshall's, but it's still nice in its own way.

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