The Kodansha Kanji Usage Guide

An A to Z of Kun Homophones

  • Jack Halpern
The Kodansha Kanji Usage Guide

Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
ISBN10: 1-56836-559-4
ISBN13: 978-1-56836-559-6
Release date: March 1, 2015

List price: $22.95

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The Kodansha Kanji Usage Guide is a new type of reference work that enables learners to deepen their understanding of how kun homophones are used in contemporary Japanese. The first Japanese-English resource devoted exclusively to kun homophones, the book presents detailed usage articles that show the differences and similarities for 675 homophone groups, or 1590 kanji headings—the vast majority of single-character kun homophones in current use.

With headwords arranged in Japanese a-i-ue-o order and thousands of illustrative examples of kanji in context, the Usage Guide is at once a dictionary and a manual—an all-around resource for clarity on kanji used in kun homophones. Armed with this unique guide, learners will discover in kanji new meanings they never knew existed, and learn to write Japanese more articulately than ever before.