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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As it happens, I had just taught or, re-taught, as it was myself hiragana and katakana before obtaining this book, so I didn’t use it for heisif the two. I learnt the kana before RTK and it was incredibly useful. Thanks for telling us about the problem. A sixth edition was released in April Heisig, I look forward to devouring your Remembering the Kanji books. The author uses the so called “primitives”, simple images, which he puts in order to form the easy to remember story.

I think that’s a reasonable approach and if there’s a reason for doing it another way, the effect will be small.

Heisig groups roughly half the kanji according to “signal primitives” that signal a certain Chinese reading. Go to Japan and read the whole Mc Donalds menu? When I first started, I used the one here: By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Actually, even kanx 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.


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Great, now I can sound out my Sailor Moon manga and use context clues to figure out the complex story full of mature themes like shopping, losing weight, and falling on your goddamn face every time heidig surprises you.

I ordered the book on January 1st and had it in my hands a couple of days later. The book provides an easy and fast access to the oana.

The method differs markedly from traditional rote-memorization techniques practiced in most courses. Apr 05, Janary rated it it was amazing. Jun 24, Gavin rated it it was amazing.

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However, in cases where the reader may be easily confused or for difficult kanji, Heisig often provides a small story or hint. This volume was co-authored by Tanya Sienko. I find there is great value with actually trying to recall something vs just writing stuff down over and over. Learn kana, both hiragana and katakana. Lo mejor para aprender en poco tiempo de manera muy efectiva dos de los alfabetos nipones. The mnemonics helped for me cuz I can sorta place a story to each of them.

In theory hiragana are enough to write any Japanese sentence. The book is pleasant to look at and gives clear instructions on how to proceed – even when it’s a lot of jumping back and forth.

In order to feel home in the language, being able to read is crucial as well. Unlike the first volume, this book does not rely on “imaginative memory”.

If the imagery works for you then go out and buy it. The first part is in the style of Volume I, where the writing and keywords are learned.

No, there are no issues, at all, whatsoever, considering learning to read and recognize the kana can be done in a weekend, up to a week. I was only using this book to learn Katakana, and found the mnemonics unusable. The basic primitives are introduced as needed throughout the book.


The Katakana definitely gave me a harder time, so I’ll end my short review with a phrase I coined that helped me remember the difference between Shi, Tsu, N, So, and No. Each kanji and each non-kanji primitive is assigned a unique keyword.

Kana are the two syllable based Japanese writing systems, the hiragana and the katakana. University of Hawaii Press. 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. I found myself unable to relate to the imagery used for learning the syllabary with a majority of the hiragana. Learning the Kana with the Heisig Method. I write everything down even with reviewing mature cards with the Anki.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Englishwith translations into Spanish and German. Remembering the Kanji is a series of three volumes by James Heisigintended to teach the 3, most frequent Kanji to students of the Japanese language. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

Your email address will not be published. I started building some images on my own, which worked pretty well.

I’d agree with Raulsen-san here.