easy japanese manga

anonymous asked:

do you have any suggestions on the best workbooks that can help in learning, writing, and talking in Japanese? more the one book is fine, thank you :)

Books & Links to guide your journey in learning Japanese language!

Note: Each set of books is for specific purpose.As a tip, it’s better to focus on one skill at a time. It’s recommended to work on grammar before focusing on learning kanji. With that in mind, here we go!:

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Basic stuff!
Easily learn Hiragana
Easily learn Katakana
Introduction about kanji before you start to learn them

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Book set to master basic Japanese (recommended)
TRY! N5 grammar with CD
TRY! N4 grammar with CD
500 Questions for N5-N4 Practice + grammar review
Dictionary for Basic Japanese Grammar

If you’re unsure of which book to buy, this set is all you need. The amount of time require to finish this set would be around 4 - 8 months. The dictionary is complimentary but so worth to have!

One step further:
TRY! N3 grammar with CD
500 Questions for N3 Practice + grammar review
>> Check out the details of this book set

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Hone Kanji reading skills
Books to learn & practice kanji
>> How to use the book

Indepth Kanji study
Book to guide you to remember kanji easily with mnemonics (for beginners)
Kanji dictionary learners (to guide you on each kanji usage)

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Japanese Conversation/Speaking skill
• Basic survival conversation & situation
–> this book teach basic survival grammar!

Learn Japanese with conversation (shadowing technique)
>> Learn more about both books here

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Reading practice material
Ghibli’s Story book - [Full post]
Easy to read Japanese Manga  - [Full post]
Bilingual Doraemon manga  - [Full post]
>> More books & review here

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Another set to master basic Japanese grammar:

Note: It’s not effective to have a different set of similar book, just pick the set you like the most. If you like Genki better, get a genki set and so on~

If you ask our opinion, Genki is easier with a more detailed English explanation but explained from English point of view.

While minna no nihongo is a very immersive study book but will confuse and discourage some people.

Our recommendation Try set above is somewhere in the middle. It’s immersive but not to confusing and each grammar is explained from Japanese point of view~

Minna no nihongo

Minna no Nihongo Beginners Part 1 book (N5-N4)
Minna no Nihongo Beginners Part 2 book (N5-N4)
Minna no Nihongo set review & links

Genki
Genki 1
Genki workbook 1
Genki 2
Genki workbook 2
Answer key for workbook 1&2

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Hope this helps! Happy learning 。゚✶ฺ.ヽ(*´∀`*)ノ.✶゚ฺ。

anonymous asked:

On average, how many kanji do you need to know to read a manga or even a novel?

HOW MANY KANJI I NEED TO KNOW TO READ MANGA/NOVEL? …

We would recommend you not to focus on “How many kanji we know”…

The reason is… because even if you know the kanji, if you are not familiar with the compound word vocabularies, you might not understand the meaning at all.

Let’s use 人口 for example. We know that 人 is human/people while 口 is mouth. But the meaning of this word is not people’s mouth, it is “POPULATION”. And it read as “Jinko”

And that was the very easy kanji. In manga/novel you will encounter a lot more of complex kanji. And note that depending on the theme of the manga/novel, the vocabulary used might be different. For example, a manga with samurai theme will use a lot of kanji/vocabulary that is not used on everyday life.

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What you will need is to learn grammar first, a very recommended book for this is Understanding basic Japanese grammar. It’s similar to Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar (even the name is very similar!) but this one is easier to read and comes with a CD!

While the dictionary is a complementary book, this one can be read on it’s own~ It cover very basic grammar such as different between ます and plain form. With this, you will have a good basic foundation to read manga even if you haven’t learn JLPT material/Minna no Nihongo/Genki.

Grammar is very important since without it, you will have no idea what the sentence is speaking about even if you know all the kanji/word meaning.

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Then try to read easy manga with furigana to wired your brain with Japanese sentence structure. With furigana, you will have no worry about kanji.

After you can read the easy manga with no frustration, you can then move on to manga you like (try to avoid historical/poetic/old theme though). For kanji that you cannot read, search it on dictionary using radical!

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MANGA FOR BEGINNER

Although very tempting, try to avoid shonen at the beginning since shonen manga commonly use a lot of pun/made upwords that will be hard to understand…

One of the most recommended manga for beginner is Yotsuba, it’s easy to read since the main character is a child and it’s about everyday life. (Yes, this manga has furigana!)

If this is the first manga you try to read, to avoid frustration (and depression _:(´□`」 ∠):_ ), you might want to have both Japanese & English version side by side to help you with understanding the grammar pattern/nuance of the sentence.

Here are the links to get them: Yotsuba 1 (Japanese) & Yotsuba 1 (English)

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Another recommended manga is Shirokuma Cafe! It’s a cute (and weird in a funny way) story about a polar bear who owns a cafe. (Furigana? Yes!)

This series is very short and comes in 3 fruit flavor (literally! Strawberry, Mango, and Melon! lol) . (Look at that cover!!) Since this series is short, it can also be a good gift for your friend who is trying to learn Japanese!

Here are the links to get them:
Shirokuma 1 | Shirokuma 2 (Strawberry)
Shirokuma 3 (Mango)  | Shirokuma 2 (Melon)

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Reading Manga to learn Japanese is a good way to learn, but picking a correct one to read and building good foundation before reading is very important or you will end up with depression instead of increasing your motivation _:(´□`」 ∠):_

Happy learning! 。゚✶ฺ.ヽ(*´∀`*)ノ.✶゚ฺ。