Workbooks to practice writing kanji based on reading?

I posted this to the Ultimate Additional Japanese Resources List thread a while ago, but I guess it wasn’t noticed there. I’m looking for a workbook that makes you write words in kanji based on reading.

For example, Kanji in Context workbook has this: 「今日の 天気 はいいですね」(What is the reading of the bolded word?) And this type of exercise is great for memorizing readings.

But it doesn’t have: 「今日の てんき はいいですね」(What are the kanji of the bolded word?)

Does somebody know books with these kind of exercises? It would be much appreciated, thanks! :smile:

Things like kanji drill books for Japanese students contain plenty of these, though you’d have to order them from Amazon Japan or something, and they’re organized by Japanese grade level. Similarly, books intended to help people prepare for the Kanji Kentei have a lot of writing drills. Though they also have lots of types of problems based on other aspects of kanji, since writing is only about 50% of Kanken problems.

You can find Kanken drills online as well. (For all of these, there are just a few problems on the page, but then if you scroll down there will be links to more pages for the same level)

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Thanks, that’s exactly what I was looking for and those Kanken drills look great! I’ll be searching for kanji drill books from Amazon JP then. Thanks a bunch! :smile:

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If you happen to fancy it, there’s a pretty awesome Anki deck, that has exactly the type of questions you described. I posted about it in the Kanken thread:


This is a bit of a late reply as I had to dig through my old school textbooks to find the one which had this.

The “Japanese for Everyone” textbook series has a “Kanji book” that goes along with it that has both types of exercises (reading and writing):

Note for anyone buying: There is also a “Workbook” for this series. That is not what you want. You want the “Kanji Book”.