I’m sorry if this is a stupid question, but I’m new to the sub. Has anyone used this booklet before? Is it effective? I’m currently using memrise. I was thinking of waiting till after Kanji to do Kana but I was thinking it . On the back cover of one of Heisig’s Remembering the Kana books it. James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kana – Part 1 – Hiragana LINKED – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online.

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However, you will not be able to read fluently. When I first started, I used the one here: Romaji is an entirely unnecessary crutch that should be avoided.

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If not, You’re probably better off just using your own image associations for learning. For each Chinese reading of remembeirng kanji, an example compound word is given.

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Thusly I cannot comment whether Heisig’s method is effective of not and if the mnemonics work, or if you’d be better off making your own when needed, and learning the rest by good ol’ repetition. There will be one or more exceptions to this rule.

Books by James W. Geoff Sturm rated it it was amazing Jun 02, That goes for the Hiragana, the Katakana and the Kanji book Heisig wrote. The latter is the Japanese name for our western alphabet. Adam rated it really liked it Apr 12, I was really surprised how good this book was. There’s a reason why this is the standard. I found myself unable to relate to the imagery used for learning the syllabary with a majority of the hiragana.


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By using this site, you remeembering to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Though maybe Heisig-sensei has some good mnemonics, and if you want a bit of help memorizing them, why not go for it. At least part of that I’d guess is that they are used to dealing with characters.

Regarding OP’s exact question, I don’t believe there is much practical difference learning kana first, last or in parallel. Heisig groups roughly heisiy the kanji according to “signal primitives” that signal a certain Chinese reading.

No, there are no issues, at all, whatsoever, considering learning to read and recognize the kan can be done in a weekend, up to a week. Apr 07, Doug rated it it was ok. A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 hours each Combined edition is a book by James Heisig for remembering hiragana and katakana.

By making use of a method of “imaginative memory,” introduced in this book, you will be saved from the order of repetition. Notify me of new posts by email. It does let you learn them pretty shockingly fast. I thought it was my own discovery! A kanji’s written form and its keyword are associated by imagining a scene or story connecting the meaning of the given kanji with the meanings of all the primitives used to write that kanji.

For the first 3 lessons there aren’t any useful mnemonics and that’s about half of the syllabary.


Trivia About Remembeirng the Kana. Remembering the Kanji 1: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want remembreing Read saving…. If you are struggling learning the kana or have the feeling that your method is not as effective as it could be, maybe the book is a good fit for you too.

Jan 02, dk rated it it was amazing Shelves: The best way to forget them is not to use them. Not that this point applies here. Much like those Chinese people who don’t have those WTF moments because they are used to dealing with the Hanzi and have a much easier time of it then us Anglos.

Remembering the Kana by James W. Heisig

Learning Japanese on the go: Description Following on the phenomenal success of “”Remembering the Kanji””, the author has prepared a companion volume for learning the Hiragana and Katakana syllabaries of modern Japanese. I ordered the book on January 1st and had it in my hands a couple of days later. Lucky I didn’t try to patent it! Sep 19, oxana added it Shelves: However, it is and admits to beingjust a first step that can and must be improved on by the repeated application, which will eventually tend itself towards brute force to achieve the speed to both read and write in a normal capacity.

If there is kanji, that is rdmembering Rikaisama is for.