Bushu: The Kanji Makers -From Images to Shapes (video clip collection)
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The objective of this study is to enable a student of Japanese to recognize a recurring partial component of kanji (radical or bushu 部首) that carries its own meaning wherever it appears. This knowledge will deepen understanding of kanji and improve the ability to recall kanji and to learn new kanji. It is an approach that goes beyond rote memorization.
Here’s how it works:
(1) A student will learn the historical development of a kanji, from ancient times when the shape was the direct image of meaning, to the present shape.
(2) A student will see that relationship between shape and meaning by reference to three sample kanji that contain the same radical.
(3) The ninety bushu that are included will cover the majority of kanji used in Japan. This will impart the ability to learn new kanji more easily.
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