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Japanese for Busy People

The Japanese for Busy People textbook series from AJALT, the Association of Japanese Language Teachers, is one of the most widely-used series of graded textbooks for learning Japanese. Kanshudo's creator used it himself!
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Here we present a series of collections of the kanji introduced in the second edition of each of the three textbooks. For each collection, you can quickly create flashcards so you can study the kanji on your computer or smartphone.
Note: if you are studying the current (third) edition, please click here.

Book I

Book I mostly avoids kanji, presenting words that would normally be written with kanji in either kana or romaji (depending on which version you buy). At the front of the book is a section showing commonly-encountered signs, and an appendix includes 20 of the simplest kanji.
Appendix - 20 simple kanji Signs in daily life

Book II

Book II starts introducing kanji in earnest, with a total of 219 in 20 chapters. Click on the chapter number to see the collection of kanji introduced in that chapter.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Book III

Book III keeps up the pace, with 119 new kanji in another 20 chapters. Click on the chapter number to see the collection of kanji introduced in that chapter.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
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By default the component builder shows the most common components (themselves joyo kanji, or used in at least 3 other joyo kanji). Select an alternative set of components below.



Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Help with the component builder
For detailed instructions, see the Component builder how to guide.
To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of.
For any components you recognize, if you know the English meaning or name, start typing it in the text area. Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Alternatively, count the strokes of the component, and scan the list to find it visually.
Example
To find the kanji :
  • Notice that it is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫.
  • 氵 艹 口 all have three strokes, so you could look in the list in the 3 stroke section. 夫 has four strokes.
  • Alternatively, you could start typing 'water' (氵), 'grass' (艹), 'mouth' (口) or 'husband' (夫) in the search area, and the components will be highlighted in yellow.
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.