100 Useful Kanji in Japanese

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Kanji 100: Learn the Most Useful Kanji in Japanese

Kanji 100 Beginner- level

NOW with Stroke Order! This book will guide you through the first and most important kanji 100 essentials. More difficult kanji are built from this foundation. Learning these first 100 hundred kanji well will greatly help your Japanese in the future. Yes, this is true even if your main goal is conversational Japanese.

  • 100 essential kanji
  • FREE MP3s of all the readings and examples found in the book
  • Mnemonic and helpful comments throughout
  • Every kanji has its correct stroke order shown
  • Each has multiple examples and an example sentence showing usage
  • PDF for use on ANY device (including PC and Mac)
  • Plus, Kindle and ePub (Nook and Sony) ebook versions for your reading device
  • ePub works on Android devices with FBReader and possibly other EPUB book reader apps

Learn the most common readings, useful example jukugo (kanji combinations), and understand usage with an example sentence for each kanji. Best of all, download the 100 sound files from our server and listen while you learn. We are also including a PDF version in the download so you can optionally study from your computer as well.

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Here are the top questions Yumi and I get asked about our bundle deals:

I have a Mac, will these bundles work with my computer?

Yes! We use cross-platform industry-standard file formats. All computers and laptops (whether Windows, Mac, or Linux) should have no problem opening PDFs or playing MP3s. In some cases, you might have to download apps for viewing the Kindle MOBI files (with the Amazon Kindle app) or the ePub files (with just about any other ebook reader app). Most phones and tablets also should have no problem opening these files (again with the possible need of using an app for the ePub and MOBI files).

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Two decades ago, we began TheJapanesePage.com, one of the internet's oldest and largest free Japanese instructional sites with hundreds of free articles for beginners of Japanese. We also run TheJapanShop.com, an online store that sells quality lessons and Japanese study materials like books, eBooks, videos, audios and articles which are helpful for learners of Japanese. We also have Makoto+ - a monthly e-zine for beginner to intermediate learners of Japanese. It is a digital magazine with all the good stuff not usually found in textbooks. It has articles on Japanese grammar, kanji, culture, and art. Each issue also includes two complete short stories with vocabulary, grammar explanations, and two sound files of each story (normal speed and slower).