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Book Review – Kanji Master for N1

Kanji master for N1 (Arc Academy) lists out around 900 Kanjis with their onyomi and kunyomi readings and stroke count. This combined with the 1000 and odd Kanjis that you’ve already learnt until n2 should take you closer to the ~2000 Kanjis that you are supposed to know for n1. Short sentences with words using each Kanji have also been provided. However the meaning of those words have not been mentioned. Besides, stroke order has also not been provided.. There are totally 6 chapters which have been further divided into smaller sub divisions based on topics such as economy, education, nature, personal, attitude, politics and so on.

Not sure if it’s because of the “laundry list” nature of the book – with pages and pages of Kanjis listed out, I never quite got comfortable with this book. There are practice exercises too at the end of every chapter. But I was so intimidated by this book that I didn’t even attempt the exercises. Thinking about it now, not sure what made me buy this book in the first place:-). Remember using Henshall’s instead to memorize all the Kanjis and then question banks to check how much I knew.

The recent editions of this book have a new book cover – wonder if the contents have changed too. I would think the entire approach of the book has to be reworked to make it more student friendly.

 

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