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

Geoff Sturm rated it it was amazing Jun 02, Advertising Register to hide. Been more focused on getting through RTK rather than getting things perfect.

Probably the only person here it seems who has no interest in Anime or Manga. Excellent tool for learning the Kana. You are not doing hockey but doing so will put you miles ahead of those who spent renembering summers fishing and playing golf as was the NHL style before the 60’s. 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 something surprises you.

If you’re learning Japanese, I’d highly recommend. 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”. Truth be told, if you’ve made it as far as you have in RTK without getting frustrated, then I’d definitely say you could learn both Hiragana and Katakana over the course of a single weekend. University of Hawaii Press.

So waiting a few months to start learning Japanese isn’t a huge thing for me. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This book has two variants: Tonk82 rated it really liked it Nov 18, It is split into two parts. Using the same basic self-taught method devised for learning the kanji, and in collaboration with Helmut Morsbach and Kazue Kurebayashi, the author breaks the shapes of the two syllabaries into their component parts and draws on what he calls “”imaginative memory”” to aid the student in reassembling them into images that fix the sound of each particular kana to its writing.


However, in cases where the reader may be easily confused or for difficult kanji, Ksna often provides a small story or hint. Though maybe Heisig-sensei has some good mnemonics, and if you want a bit of help memorizing them, why not go for it. All the kanji are analysed remsmbering components—Heisig terms these “primitives”—which may be traditional radicalsother kanji themselves, or a collection of strokes not normally identified as independent entities.

Remembering the Kana

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 Feb 09, Chrispwill rated it really liked it Shelves: If you look at the JLPT wiki page, there is a significant time difference between what people who know a character based language need vs the rest of us.

You can learn kana for free. There are only a few confusables, but it really makes life easier. I do hope that Remembering the Kanji makes more sense. Oct 28, David rated it it was amazing. Paperbackpages. I thought it was my own discovery!

The mnemonics helped for me cuz I can sorta place a story to each of them. I’d say more than 3 hours each, but no more than 7.

Fu is described as a “food bowl”. I write everything down even with reviewing mature cards with the Anki. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


The method differs markedly from traditional rote-memorization techniques practiced in most courses. The remainder of the Chinese readings are introduced in separate chapters, designed to help the student learn the readings from everyday words and useful compounds. If you like to be busy with something consider also Japanese calligraphy.

Remembering the Hanzi by the same author is intended to teach the most frequent Hanzi to students of the Chinese language. Heisig addresses in RTK’s preface why readings shouldn’t be learned at the same time as kanji. In fact it makes no sense whatsoever to postpone all Japanese study for rejembering you finished RTK. Remembering the Kanji 3: Please help improve it by removing promotional content and inappropriate external linksand by adding encyclopedic content written from a neutral point of view.

The first part is in the style of Volume I, heksig the writing and keywords are learned. The katakana are used for writing foreign loan words, names, etc. I would caution against learning katakana and hiragana in parallel to each other however as they are easy to get confused with each other.

That goes for the Hiragana, the Katakana and the Kanji book Heisig wrote. Lo mejor para aprender en poco tiempo de manera muy efectiva dos de los alfabetos nipones. Trivia About Remembering the Kana. Also the first 12 chapters of Kanji are available as a free sample so I was able to try before I buy, I’ve failed so often at language in the past, I didn’t want to spend any money still I had some evidence I could stick to it and do it.

The question that immediately arises in my mind is: