Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv

Contents

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p. v

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Introduction

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pp. 1-7

The aim of this book is to provide the student of Japanese with a simple method for correlating the writing and the meaning of Japanese characters in such a way as to make them both easy to remember. It is intended not only for the beginner, but also for the more advanced student looking for some relief...

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Note to the 4th Edition

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pp. 8-12

In preparing a new layout and typesetting of this fourth edition, I was tempted to rethink many of the key words and primitive meanings, and to adjust the stories accordingly. After careful consideration and review of the hundreds of letters I have received from students all over the world, as well as...

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Part One: Stories (Lessons 1–12)

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pp. 13-113

Let us begin with a group of 15 kanji, all of which you probably knew before you ever cracked the covers of this book. Each kanji has been provided with a single key word to represent the basic meaning. Some of these characters will also serve later as primitive elements to help form other kanji, when they will...

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Part Two: Plots (Lessons 13–19)

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pp. 115-176

By this time, if you have been following along methodically frame by frame, you may find yourself growing impatient at the thought of having to read through more than 2,000 of these little stories. You probably want to move at a quicker pace and in your own way. Take heart, for that is precisely what we are...

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Part Three: Elements (Lessons 20–56)

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p. 177

We come now to the third major step in our study of the kanji: the invention of plots from primitive elements. From now on, the ordering of the remaining characters according to their primitives will be taken care of, but the reader will be required to do most of the work. As before, particularly difficult kanji will be...

Indexes

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p. 407

I. Kanji

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pp. 409-426

II. Primitive Elements

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pp. 427-430

III. Kanji in Stroke Order

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pp. 431-441

IV. Key Words and Primitive Meanings

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pp. 442-460