JapanTree currently offers two paperback tools for learning kanji, with more on the way.
The two available now are our kanji writer’s dictionary and our kanji practice workbook
The contents of these books are also available free on this website (see the “kanji navigation” section above), but for those who prefer paper and/or would like to contribute to the future of this project please consider purchasing the book.
I have also developed a free “hint-assisted” kanji keyboard based on the method of the book.
Anyone interested in building upon the system, promoting it, or even stealing it – the basic lists are in the creative commons, so they are yours. I only hope that this system that I’ve created (and is useful to me and my classes) can be useful to others.
The world’s First “Kanji Writer’s” Dictionary
blog post about our dictionary are available at this link http://japantree.benfii.com/topic/yasuke-kanji-writers-dictionary/
If writing kanji by hand is your goal, this dictionary is your new best friend.
I created it for myself and for my students. It is the dictionary I wanted to have but did not exist anywhere.
The paperback dictionary is available on Amazon:
Or through LULU.com
Kanji Practice Workbook
(If you don’t yet have the book *Click here for an evaluation copy of the workbook’s contents*)
About the Workbook
The Yakitori Kanji Stories (YKS) workbook is a practise workbook for learning to recognise and write the Kanji.
It builds on the Remembering The Kanji system invented by James Heisig (among other resources) AND adapts them for the classroom!
The method teaches Kanji with mnemonics and in an order where every new introduced Kanji is composed of kanji/radicals already learnt.
The workbook can be used along with the digital copy and other tools on this website. (See the kanji navigation links at the top of this page)
The workbook has an advantage over flashcards in that you get an overview of the kanji all at one glance.
This gives perspective, and a flood / Tadoku style of learning to learning the Kanji.
Full mnemonics are under development. Students are encouraged however to adapt the mnemonics to stories they will remember.