【Riley Takes Over】Books I use to learn Japanese

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This is very useful especially when I am reading Japanese.

I can just find the kanji I am reading by counting how many strokes make up the kanji and then I find how to read it! There is a section in the front of the book where you can find each kanji according to the Japanese alphabet. There is also a section where you can count how many stokes there are in the kanji and find out the reading of that specific kanji, through this way. The last section is where you find common kanji that are used within another kanji.

The kanji are catorgrised into when you learn the kanji at primary school, between Year 1 and 6. The kanji itself is displayed on the top right of the page and underneath that you will find out how many stokes are used to write the specific kanji. Its 音読み and 訓読み are right next to the kanji. There is a picture that represents a meaning of the kanji as well. This kanji dictionary tells you the meaning of the kanji and how to use it, giving examples of other kanji it is paired with. There is a section where you can learn more about it the kanji and the origins of it too.

漢字検定 7級 5分間対策ドリル 

As I am Iiving in the UK, I don’t use Japanese in my daily life and therefore I need to practise Japanese in my spare time. I use this book to use the kanji and to understand more when it is used. It helps me memorise my kanji better as well.


This book teaches me the prefectures of Japan. As I live around 9,600km away from Japan, I am unable to travel to Japan often and don’t know much about each prefecture.

It tells you all the regions’ names in kanji and in hiragana. On each page there is a different prefecture. The book tells you where the prefecture is on a map of Japan and also adds a drawing comparing something that has a similar shape as the prefacture. For example, the book compares 北海道 (ほっかいどう) to a ray. It then provides some infomation about each prefecture, for example, as for 北海道, it’s the biggest prefecture in Japan and in February, 2 million people from around the world come and visit the detailed snow structures. The book also includes famous goods and places from each prefecture.

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Riley x