Anna Ruggeri Takeshita
   Department   Kyoto University of Foreign Studies  Department of Italian Studies, Faculty of Foreign Studies
   Position   Professor
Language イタリア語
Publication Date 2024/12
Type Translation(s)
Title Remembering the Kanji 2: A Systematic Guide to Reading Japanese Characters (Italian translation)
Contribution Type Multiple author(s)
Journal TypeAnother Country
Publisher Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Author and coauthor James W. Heisig、 Anna Ruggeri
Details Following the first volume of Remembering the Kanji, the present work provides students with helpful tools for learning the pronunciation of the kanji. Behind the notorious inconsistencies in the way the Japanese language has come to pronounce the characters it received from China lie several coherent patterns. Identifying these patterns and arranging them in logical order can reduce dramatically the amount of time spent in the brute memorization of sounds unrelated to written forms.
Many of the “primitive elements,” or building blocks, used in the drawing of the characters also serve to indicate the “Chinese reading” that particular kanji use, chiefly in compound terms. By learning one of the kanji that uses such a “signal primitive,” one can learn the entire group at the same time.