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Remembering the Kana: Hiragana and Katakana

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    James W. Heisig(Author)

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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 is three hours and retain them by means of the incredible mnemonic methods. Instructions at the bottom of the each page will ask you to skip backwards and forward through the book, following the best "learning order." The lessons will guide you step-by-step through this process. As an added bonus, the book includes a supplement on "Learning How to Remember."

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  • PDF | 156 pages
  • James W. Heisig(Author)
  • Japan Publications Trading Co (April 2001)
  • English
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  • By David Gordon on 16 January 2005

    This is an excellent book if you happen to have an American accent, but if you're English and pronounce words properly, a portion of Heisig's "key words" are going to hinder rather than help. In the introduction he mentions that he's assuming a "generalised American" accent (whatever that is) and so offers a story about an otter (or, "ah-dar") to remember 'a', hopscotch to remember 'ha' and so on. What's more frustrating is, this could have been avoided with a little more care over the keywords (he also mentions in the introduction that he rattled the first draft off in a few hours...)As with Remembering the Kanji (which doesn't fall into this trap since it doesn't deal with pronounciations, though I worry about Volume II) his method is unusual and fascinating, and there's certainly scope for fixing up the keywords (as I'm doing) with your own which if anything will be more memorable. That said, I think for the cost of this book your money would be better spent on something interactive like BitBoost's TileTag, or Declan's ReadWrite Hiragana, both of which provide sounds, and the first of which has a demo which got me through the first half of both syllabaries in around an hour.

  • By Guest on 25 January 2005

    First off, this taught me the kana in one rush, when the more "normal" methods of memorization and familiarization weren't working. Why so good? Partly pictorial association. But just as importantly, picking apart the kana and giving pieces (wierd but memorable) names. What was an unnameable, unmemorable squiggle becomes a sword, the seven dwarfs, or a puppy dog's tail. It's surprising how much easier it is to tell kana apart when you can recognise them piecewise.Second, what an odd, yet cool book design! Kana are presented in their proper alphabetic order for reference, and you progress through lessons hopping forward and back to seemingly random pages, following for each lesson a trail laid down with directions like "now go to page 21". I found this concentrated my mind during the lesson. I was lost in the wilderness of kana and the only way out was through!Also cool, the book covers hiragana and katakana, and they both start on page 1, without overlap. How? Flip the hiragana book head-over-heels about its middle, and you're faced with the katakana book, printed on what was "at the back and upside down" of the other. This is fun! Pure genius.

  • By J. H. on 18 April 2006

    I have attempted to learn kana the traditional way, years ago, spending weeks and weeks trying to get to grips with it without much success.Then I found this book and decided to enter the world of James W. Heisig. It was nothing less than a revelation! Six hours spent in total over a period of ten days and it was done! Astonishing! I have no idea why his method works so well, but it does!

  • By Mr. Ciaran Dunne on 20 July 2006

    The claim that you can learn the KANA in six hours is one that was difficult to believe, but it took me four. If you want a book to free you from the romanji use this book. The imaginative methods used really allow you to learn quickly and effectivly.However I would recommend that you then cement your knowledge by using one of the graded readers and read a chapter of hiragana aloud .

  • By Martin Wain on 21 October 2004

    I think this is the most fabulous learning aid I've ever purchased. Something that I thought would be insurmountable soon became as simple as ABC - literally. While some may find the stories and methods surreal and silly, I found that you have to just put faith in what Heisig tells you. If you dip into the book at random, it will seem, quite frankly, daft, but if you build up through the carefully structured lessons, this method really works. The Hiragana is a pure doddle and the Katakana just simply fall into place after that. Superb, 12 out of 10!


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