- Cards: 300 pages
- Publisher: White Rabbit Pr; Bilingual edition (1 February 2010)
- Language: Japanese, English
- ISBN-10: 0984334904
- ISBN-13: 978-0984334902
- Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 3.8 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,19,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Japanese Kanji Flashcards: 300 Beginner-Level Kanji Cards: 1 (Japanese) Cards – Import, 1 Feb 2010
The White Rabbit cards are a very useful addition to the learning aides for students studying Japanese. -- Jim Breen, Monash University, April 2004<br /><br />The White Rabbit cards are a very useful addition to the learning aides for students studying Japanese. --Jim Breen, Monash University, April 2004
White Rabbit Press's kanji flashcards are a step ahead. Above and beyond the standard content, you get six example words rather then the usual four, full definitions, and a look-alike box that alerts you to similar characters all too likely to show up in trick questions in exams. As with all the best educational materials, it's clear here that an enormous amount of work has gone into making the learning process as easy and convenient as possible for the student. --Giles Murray, author of Exploring Japanese Literature
From the Back Cover
We've gathered all the essential information needed to master 300 beginner-level kanji into a convenient flashcard format that makes learning and drilling as efficient as possible. Preferred by thousands of students, in over 80 countries, White Rabbit Press is the recognized world leader in Japanese kanji flashcards. * Each card includes 6 vocab words/phrases including commonly used kanji compounds * 300 beginner-level kanji suitable for people who are studying for JLPT level N4 or N5 * Includes each character's on and kun readings * Easy and fun to useperfect for study and drilling * Japanese all in kana and kanji, with clear definitions in EnglishSee all Product description
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Features of the cards:
- Size of the cards is just right, slightly bigger then an average credit card.
- Easy on the eyes, not busy looking at all.
- Features both on and kun readings, and the most common meaning in English on the back.
- Gives similar Kanji on the front with their definitions.
- Gives similar words on the back, great for vocabulary building.
- Gives stroke order, very important.
- Gives common ways the Kanji is used.
- Study cards. They can be somewhat slippery but they're easy to use.
Other then the cards themselves, there are unexpected extras.
- This is kinda expected but it gives a slip with details of the cards and how to read them, it's simple, trust me.
- Paper with index of all the Kanji included including stroke order index and yomi index.
- Additional cards, one of them has both hiragana and katakana which is great for reference if you're still rusty.
Other then that, it's packaged excellently and rubberbands are provided. :)
I'd definitely recommend this for anyone that's serious about learning Japanese. Even if you're somewhat familiar with Kanji, this set is good for the extras especially if you want to expand your vocabulary.
Most Kanji taught for N5-N4 are already here in this Kanji set and if I'm not mistaken some N3 kanji's are included too (still not in that level so I can't fully tell if it is.)
I do like most that they have a written step-by-step on how to write each character, which is very important in learning. Even if I received the item well packed, I found out I got 2 defective cards which is why I'm giving it only 4 stars.
Other than that, I recommend this set along with the other flashcards from the same company for people who likes to self-study the Japanese language. Good luck~ ❤
I do have a few minor complaints, however, that have kept me from giving the cards five stars. (1) Only the most common "on" and "kun" readings for each character are given, omitting some that are not unusual and that, in some cases, appear in the examples given. No "nanori" readings are given. (The explanation given is that limited space restricts the number of readings that can be included when, in fact, there is plenty of space on the reverse side of the cards.) (2) In a few cases the editing is sloppy so that there are misspellings. Abbreviations are occasionally used whose meanings are not readily apparent. (3) While the sets, themselves, are arranged in learning or usage order (that is, Set 1 contains basic kanji, Set 2 intermediate, and Set 3 advanced), within each set the cards are grouped according to radical and number of strokes rather than frequency of use or order of learning. At least to some extent, this seems to defeat the purpose of the "basic-intermediate-advanced" organization of the sets. (4) This is not a substantive issue, but the new cards, when their boxes were opened, emitted a pungent, disagreeable chemical odor, so strong as to be mildly nauseating and headache inducing (this seems to be a common problem with plastic products from China, where the cards were printed). With airing, the odor seems to be abating (or I am getting used to it?).
An earlier reviewer commented that a set he had ordered had been missing cards, so, immediately upon receiving mine, I counted the cards in each box. Each set was complete (the manufacturer packaging is very solid).
As far as Amazon's delivery is concerned, with free shipping, the cards arrived a few days after the promised window. As is usually the case with Amazon orders, they were securely packaged.
The above "complaints" notwithstanding, I think that the cards are terrific; I'm only sorry that I waited so long to order them!
Note that these cards do not have romanji - that is the romanized version of the pronunciation - thank goodness they don't waist any space with it... I've started learning japanese on my own about three weeks ago, by now I got my kana down, if you're ready to take on Kanji, you should be comfortable reading your kana - by the way, there was a cute laminated card with the Katakana and Hiragana on each side - quite nice actually. but good call on omiting the romanji.
I started out with version 1 (beginner) with 300 basic Kanji I have my work cut-out... but when I'm done, I'm definitely buying the intermediate version.
to wrap up, beautiful, professional, comprehensive and useful!!!