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. 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 might be better to But I don’t know Heisig-sensei’s kana books at all.

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Advertising Register to hide. Volume II presents the official readings of the kanji introduced in Volume I. Kana are the two syllable based Japanese writing systems, the hiragana and the katakana.

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Geoff Sturm rated it it was amazing Jun 02, If you’re learning Japanese, I’d highly recommend. Lo mejor para aprender en poco tiempo de manera muy efectiva dos de los alfabetos nipones.

However, you will not be able to read fluently. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The katakana are used for writing kxna loan words, names, etc.

The basic primitives are introduced as needed throughout the book.

Even though some of the imagery, supposedly easy to imagine, make sense some of the time, I found myself more often than not creating other ways to remember. 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.


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The method differs markedly from traditional rote-memorization techniques practiced in most courses. Honestly, I would look up this book on Amazon and read a few pages of the excerpts and see how much they help you. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

You are not doing hockey but doing so will put you miles ahead of those who spent their summers fishing and playing golf as was the NHL style before the 60’s. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Login Register Login Username: Great book and great methods. I wouldn’t trust the pronunciation guide if you don’t live in the States, though, as it is designed for US English.

Feb 09, Chrispwill rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the third book I finished this year, and it has really helped me a lot with my Hiragana and Katakana.

Remembering the Kana : A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 Hours Each

Apr 07, Doug rated it it was ok. Now admittedly this is in line with my whole philosophy of learning Japanese by using itbut even if one wasn’t using our overall approach I would strongly recommend this.

Or, you can take a week, or a month. Great method of associating the Japanese kana to things that an adult can remember, rather than forcing it through brute force. There is no attention given to the readings of the kanji as Heisig believes yeisig one should learn the writing and meaning first before moving on to the readings in Volume II.

With that in mind I went on my journey. This article contains content that is written like an advertisement. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But I can conceive the possibility that this could create some friction. Actually, even though I am a bit notorious for saying you don’t necessarily need to write kanjiI did learn kana in conjunction with writing them and, unlike Koichi-san whom I respect I do think it is a good idea to do so.


So why exactly would one learn the kana and then spend the next several moths learning or however many kanji without a single readingthus having no use at all for the kana one has just learned. The only problem I see is that he could occasionally have some confusion between kanji and kana while learning them in parallel.

Remembering the Kana with sounds – AnkiWeb

Like read sing along as the song plays. The latter is the Japanese name for our western alphabet. If you follow the directions and really visualize each little story around each character, it’ll stick. I write everything down even with reviewing mature cards with the Anki. Also the order of RTK builds up from a base, I’d assume Kanji in textbooks are present in order of word usefulness regardless of complexity. I always recommend starting to use the kana immediately after learning them.

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But just being able to heisigg is incredibly useful. You can learn kana for free. Remembering the Kanji 2: Lucky I didn’t try to patent it!