In order to feel home in the language, being able to read is crucial as well. I wanted to take my first step and learn the kana. Kana are the two syllable based Japanese writing systems, the hiragana and the katakana. The katakana are used for writing foreign loan words, names, etc.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Remembering the Kana by James W. Remembering the Kana by James W. This book will help you teach yourself the writing and reading of all 46 characters each of Japanese hiragana and katakana syllabary from memory.
By making use of a method of "imaginative memory," introduced in this book, you will be saved from the order of repetition. Following the method, you will be able to write and read all Japanese Kana in three hours and retain them This book will help you teach yourself the writing and reading of all 46 characters each of Japanese hiragana and katakana syllabary from memory. Following the method, you will be able to write and read all Japanese Kana in three hours and retain them by means of the incredible mnemonic methods.
Instructions at the bottom of each page will ask you to skip backwards and forwards through the book, following the best "learning order. As an added bonus, the book includes a supplement on "Learning How to Remember. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published by Japan Publications Trading Co. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Remembering the Kana , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Remembering the Kana. Jun 24, Gavin rated it it was amazing. It does let you learn them pretty shockingly fast. In fact, Heisig's visuals are by rights more consistent and easier than any you can come up with in the same period of time it takes to read this text.
Highly recommended. I was only using this book to learn Katakana, and found the mnemonics unusable. They were the old school unnecessarily complicated sort. I returned this book and used wikibooks.
Oct 30, Tadeusz Mollin rated it it was amazing. What a joy to have Heisig at your side when visiting Japan. I learned all the hiragana in one week! Oct 28, David rated it it was amazing. I was really surprised how good this book was. I tied learning the kana a number of times, by brute force memorization, and it never really worked out that well. Fu I was really surprised how good this book was. Fu is described as a "food bowl".
Nu as a noodle falling out of the food bowl. Su as a Soup Bowl, with handles because it's hot. The idea of throwing these in groups is amazing helpful since it clusters what one needs to learn. The only bad thing about this book is some Kana don't include ways of really visualizing it.
It's something like "well, we had something like this, if you remember that, you'll remember this. Unfortunately, "Remember the Kanji" has a similar issue, but I'll get to that on that book's review once I finish with it. I'm really amazed by this book, and am looking forward to my work in Remember the Kanji. Mar 21, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: language-learning , non-fiction , lang-study-jp. I personally recommend learning both hiragana and katakana at the very start of your Japanese studies.
This book makes it easier to initially remember the different kana through the use of mnemonics. Then, as you work through your other Japanese study material, your knowledge will be greatly reinforced and solidified. If you're really focused for a few hours, you can get through both hiragana and katakana in a day even don't do it all at once though I think I took a weekend.
Or, you can take a week, or a month. Learning the kana doesn't take that much effort and is well worth whatever effort you do put in. Romaji is an entirely unnecessary crutch that should be avoided.
I find it kind of wasteful to only buy a book to just use once for a short while, so I borrowed it from the library. Jun 08, Anca rated it it was ok.
The first part, learning the hiragana, was pretty useful. I managed to learn that syllabary in 4 days without intense training, just the half hour per lesson.
The second part though was a different story. For the first 3 lessons there aren't any useful mnemonics and that's about half of the syllabary. I quit trying to learn the katakana with the Heisig method and learned the rest using other resources and setting up my own mnemonic devices.
Coges un gusto agradable con el libro que enseguida te sabes el alfabeto, ya bien metido en el cerebro con varias semanas. Ahora tiene el katana en proceso y en una semana ya se lo tiene sabido. Using this and Duolingo to teach myself some Japanese having three writing systems just seems excessive, guys. For the most part this book is really helpful, although it's set up a bit like a choose your own adventure story, with lots of flipping back and forth between different pages.
There are some really useful devices to help you remember each symbol On his tummy are a stack of daggers, which he is tossing one by one at the signs, clapping his paws with glee each time he hits a bullseye. If you can, I guarantee what you're picturing looks bloody nothing like the symbol for 'a'. Although it is so nuts that it's hard to forget, which is maybe the point.
Mar 10, Mary rated it it was ok. Needlessly detailed and confusing. I never did understand why it was presented in a way that constantly required flipping pages back and forth. I had originally learned these from a YouTube channel and picked it up at the library for a little review and reinforcement.
My advice would be to watch the Japanese Pod YouTube channels to pick the kana up pretty easily and in a much more logical order with mnemonics that are much more memorable than these. You really don't need to learn how these Needlessly detailed and confusing.
You really don't need to learn how these evolved from the original Chinese unless you are particularly interested. May 31, AnnanFay rated it it was ok Shelves: did-not-finish. Pretty useless unless you use North American pronunciation.
Keywords and stories break very easily because of the bad word choices. For example "SOCK" for "sa" sound. Which is useless if you think sock, mock, shock and dock all rhyme. Nov 16, Nikolaus Trixner rated it liked it. It didn't help me remember all of the Kana in a few hours, but it helped me remember more Kana than I knew before. Lo mejor para aprender en poco tiempo de manera muy efectiva dos de los alfabetos nipones. Mar 05, Ahmad Hajja rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction.
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Remembering the Kana : A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 Hours Each
Remembering the Kanji is a series of three volumes by James Heisig , intended to teach the 3, most frequent Kanji to students of the Japanese language. The series is available in English, Spanish and German. Remembering the Hanzi by the same author is intended to teach the most frequent Hanzi to students of the Chinese language. The method differs markedly from traditional rote-memorization techniques practiced in most courses. The course teaches the student to utilize all the constituent parts of a kanji's written form—termed "primitives", combined with a mnemonic device that Heisig refers to as "imaginative memory".
Remembering the Kana