Today I decided to write about Nihongo Challenge Kanji aka the にほんごチャレンジ N4・N5［かんじ］There are two other books in these series. In total 3. There is かんじ, 文法と読む練習, and ことば. I own all of them, but I mostly used Kanji because of N5. I was not ready to move onto N4 Grammar and vocab. But now I am starting to use them too, so after some time I will write about them. 🙂
In the beginning, there is an introduction, how to use this book instructions in 4 different languages: Japanese, English, Korean and Portuguese.The book is divided into 2 parts: N5 and N4. In N5 there’re 11 lessons, and 110 kanjis taught. N4 has 20 lesson which means 200 kanji. In every lesson, they teach you 10 kanjis.
A good thing about the book that it has English, Korean as well as Portuguese translations. Which is very good if you don’t speak English but Korean/ Portuguese. Or if you want to learn parallelly both languages.
The way each chapter starts is that you get a picture show how this kanji originated. You have to do the simple exercise like guessing. Then on next page, you get introduced to 10 kanjis. You get the reading shown. They also give you few words with this kanji. I think it’s very useful because you can see that kanji might be pronounced differently depending on kanji next to it or if it stands alone.
After learning the new kanji at the end of each chapter there are few exercises to help you strengthen what you have just learned. After you turn over to the next page, you have to do another set of exercises. This time you have to write kanji in the boxes, they provide furigana.
Every 4th chapter they give you a JLPT-styled test. In these two pages, you can test your knowledge of kanji. There are another few pages of a test when you finally finish N5 and N4 section.
- 単行本（ソフトカバー）: 280 pages
- Publisher: アスク; 初 edition (October 9, 2010)
- ISBN-10: 4872177576
- ISBN-13: 978-4872177572
- Release Date: October 9, 2010
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.2 x 0.9 inches
- Price: ￥ 1,404
My rating: ★★★★★