I've spent a little time with the books and I'm happy to share what I thought!
These are the books
- Japanese Kanji and Kana
- Essential Japanese Grammar
- 600 Basic Japanese Verbs
- My First Book of Japanese words
Japanese Kanji and KanaThis book is a reference book for the kana and all the kanji you need to know for the JLPT tests. Check out the inner picture below.
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I used Heisig to learn the kanji but I know my writing and reading has atrophied a little. I learned the writing and meaning first ~2500 kanji but I never explicitly studied the readings. Instead I tried to pick up the readings from words as I encountered them in the wild. This has worked pretty well for me but I know I don't have comprehensive knowledge of every reading. The kana and kanji book has the most common readings for each character which could definitely be worth memorizing.
It also has stroke order which is useful and common words using that kanji which is very useful. These words would make great source material for flash cards and I'm sure it's not too hard to find samples sentence using them.
Essential Japanese Grammar
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600 Basic Japanese VerbsVerbs are usually the key to understanding a sentence or part of a text, so it's well worth emphasising them. This book seems pretty good to me, lots of examples, good transformation tables. Again I'd rather have kana than romaji at this level but I think it's a good book. If you know these 600 verbs that's really going to help unlock a lot of Japanese for you.
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