This book adopts a wide focus on the range of East Asian languages, in both their pre-modern and modern forms, within the specific topic area of language change. It contains sections on dialect studies, contact linguistics, socio-linguistics and syntax/phonology and deals with all three major languages of East Asia: Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Individual chapters cover pre-Sino-Japanese phonology, nominalizers in Chinese, Japanese and Korean; Japanese loanwords in Taiwan Mandarin; changes in Korean honorifics; the tense and aspect system of Japanese; and language policy in Japan. The book will be of interest to linguists working on East Asian languages, and will be of value to a range of general linguists working in comparative or historical linguistics, socio-linguistics, language typology and language contact.
Intended for use by art collectors and students who wish to find the identity of signatures in Japanese ideographs, this book instructs on counting the strokes of a character, analysing sounds, predicting consonantal and vowel changes, reading dates, and analysing signatures. Also included are listings of Emperors, personages, and provinces, an index of names, and a dictionary of characters used in names.
Japanese Kanji Made Easy
Author: Michael L. Kluemper
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
This highly-visual book introduces an effective new method to learn over 1,000 Japanese kanji characters using visual stimuli and pictographs. Learning the fundamental kanji characters used to write Japanese can be challenging, but this book is designed to speed up learning by presenting the 1,000 most common characters using a mnemonic approach. In a fun and accessible way to learn Japanese, each kanji is associated with memorable visual and verbal clues. For example, the Japanese character for person is superimposed over a sketch of a smiling man. The visual clue is "a person standing on two legs". By seeing the distinctive shape of the kanji, learners create a mental image of its meaning. Each character is presented as part of a group of characters which share similar traits. These groups use common root symbols known as radicals; they are also categorized by themes such as colors, numbers, animals, or body parts. Pronunciations, meanings and common vocabulary compounds are provided for each character in the group. Mnemonic clues are also given for the basic 92 hiragana and katakana phonetic symbols. A free audio CD helps you learn pronunciation for all of the characters and vocabulary in this book. The introduction explains the basic history and structure of the kanji. Key feature of this Japanese kanji book include: Hiragana and katakana phonetic symbols Easy-to-remember drawings and stories for ALL characters Thousands of vocabulary words Audio CD for pronunciation practice
Birthdays suck! For her eighteenth, Mirissa Colson receives a package from the mother who abandoned her over a decade ago. The family secret it reveals transforms her life from trying on prom dresses to battling an ancient race of demons. Thanks, Mom. Her nineteenth brings forth an even more treacherous foe—one maniacal demi-god bent on ruling the world. So much for dating.Thankfully, the years of martial arts and sharpshooter training her ex-Navy SEAL dad put her through gives her the perfect skill-set to build upon. When she’s called on to save the world—literally—Mirissa finds she has a lot more in her arsenal than just a mean roundhouse kick. Burgeoning powers she previously thought impossible, like controlling the elements and sensory expansion, give her some confidence. But when she’s hurled into a world teeming with preternatural beings, Mirissa finds herself outmatched and outgunned.
La mujer japonesa
Author: Federico Lanzaco Salafranca
Publisher: Editorial Verbum
Aunque puede parecer que a algunos occidentales no les resulte atractivo el perfil del hombre japonés, protagonizado tanto por la agresividad del samurai clásico como por el hombre de negocios contemporáneo casado con la empresa; en cambio, sí parece también ser un hecho real el profundo atractivo que sienten los varones occidentales hacia la mujer japonesa. El fenómeno del “japonismo” a finales del siglo XIX descubrió a Occidente la fascinante belleza de las geishas, protagonistas de los grabados ukiyoe de los maestros de la época Edo.Y así nos ha llegado hasta hoy la sugestiva belleza de la mujer japonesa envuelta en una neblina iridiscente, semiescondida en sus exquisitos kimonos, adornada de pomposos peinados y frágiles abanicos... Las preguntas que se hace el autor hoy son: ¿la mujer japonesa es realidad o mito?, ¿cuál es su perfil auténtico?, ¿dónde reside el tópico, la fantasía o la autenticidad de la mujer japonesa? En un estilo claro, interesante y vivo, enriquecido con experiencias personales insólitas de la sociedad japonesa actual, vamos descubriendo un esbozo del misterio del eterno femenino japonés, a través de la fascinante historia del País del Sol Naciente, que ha cautivado tantos corazones.
Remembering the Kanji III aims at raising proficiency in writing and reading Japanese to the level of 3,000 kanji. Using the methods of volumes I and II, which have helped thousands of students to teach themselves written Japanese, this volume breaks new ground in presenting a systematic selection and organization of kanji needed for reading and writing at an advanced level.
Learning Hiragana and Katakana is a systematic and comprehensive Japanese workbook that is perfect for self study or in a classroom setting. Written Japanese combines three different types of characters: the Chinese characters known as kanji, and two Japanese sets of phonetic letters, hiragana and katakana, known collectively as kana, that must be mastered before the Japanese kanji can be learned. Learning Japanese Hiragana and Katakana provides beginning-level students of Japanese a thorough grounding in the basic hiragana and katakana phonetic symbols or syllabaries. A comprehensive introduction presents their basic function, origin, pronunciation and usage. The main body of the book is devoted to presenting the 92 hira and kata characters along with their variations, giving step-by-step guidelines on how to write each character neatly in the correct stroke order, with plentiful practice spaces provided for handwriting practice. This Japanese workbook includes: Systematic and comprehensive coverage of the two Japanese kana systems. Ample provision for Japanese kana practice, review, and self-testing at several levels Detailed reference section explaining the origin and function of kana, and the various kana combinations. Access to online Japanese audio files to aid in correct pronunciation. Helpful additional information for language students accustomed to romanized Japanese. Vocabulary selected for usefulness and cultural relevance. About this new edition: The new third edition has been expanded and revised to include many additional reading and writing exercises. Accompanying online recordings demonstrate the correct pronunciation of all the characters, vocabulary, and sentences in the book.
Essential Japanese Kanji is an easy approach to learning the most basic kanji encountered in everyday situations in Japan. Packed with fun quizzes and useful exercises for those wishing to improve their Japanese ability, this new edition has been repackaged in a more compact, value-for-money size while losing none of the content that has made it a long-selling favorite. Key features of Essential Japanese Kanji include: Introductory quizzes to introduce everyday situations in which the Kanji are used A vocabulary section to help you understand the readings and meanings of each Kanji New character charts presenting all the Kanji clearly and systematically Definitions, readings, stroke orers and compounds for each character Practice sections help you to imporove your skills Advanced Placement Exam practice questions follow the format of the College Board exam Everyday tasks like finding a street address or buying a train ticket in Japan require a basic working knowledge of kanji—the Japanese system of writing based on Chinese characters. Essential japanese Kanji, teaches you the kanji you'll actually need in everyday situations in lessons prepared by teachers from the prestigious University of Tokyo.
Japanese For Busy People Workbook is a Kodansha International publication.
Japanese from Zero! 1
Author: George Trombley, Yukari Takenaka
Publisher: Yesjapan Corporation
"The Japanese language uses a set of symbols called 'hiragana' (to spell Japanese words), 'katakana' (to spell foreign words), and 'kanji' (to represent entire words or names). Over the course of BOOK 1, we will teach you groups of hiragana piece-by-piece to gradually build up your understanding and familiarity."--Introduction.