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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 in three hours and retain themThis 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 in three hours and retain them by means of the incredible mnemonic methods. Instructions at the bottom of each page will ask you to skip backwards and forwards 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."...

Title : Remembering the Kana
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ISBN : 9784889960723
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 153 Pages
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Remembering the Kana Reviews

  • Gavin
    2019-04-16 21:50

    It does let you learn them pretty shockingly fast. If you aren't used to using your visual memory to memorise things (explained further in Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown) by yourself, Heisig's own scheme will cut that prior reading/training for you. In fact, Heisig's visuals are by rights more consistent and easier than any you can come up with in the same period of time it takes to read this text.Highly recommended.

  • Mistress ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
    2019-04-16 21:39

    I was only using this book to learn Katakana, and found the mnemonics unusable. They were the old school unnecessarily complicated sort. I returned this book and used instead.

  • David
    2019-04-24 15:53

    I was really surprised how good this book was. I tied learning the kana a number of times, by brute force memorization, and it never really worked out that well. I started this book on a Monday, and finished both volumes by that Friday where, on a quiz, I'm getting 90% or higher on remembering these. The images he tries to form in your mind are very helpful, and I like how stuff builds off each other (for example, Fu フ Nu ヌ Wa ワ Su ス U ウ Wo ヲ are presented together because they look similar. Fu is described as a "food bowl". Nu as a noodle falling out of the food bowl. Su as a Soup Bowl, with handles because it's hot. The idea of throwing these in groups is amazing helpful since it clusters what one needs to learn.The only bad thing about this book is some Kana don't include ways of really visualizing it. It's something like "well, we had something like this, if you remember that, you'll remember this." This isn't really the most true, so I kinda wish that assumption wasn't made. Unfortunately, "Remember the Kanji" has a similar issue, but I'll get to that on that book's review once I finish with it.I'm really amazed by this book, and am looking forward to my work in Remember the Kanji.

  • Anca
    2019-04-24 20:38

    The first part, learning the hiragana, was pretty useful. I managed to learn that syllabary in 4 days (without intense training, just the half hour per lesson). The second part though was a different story. For the first 3 lessons there aren't any useful mnemonics and that's about half of the syllabary. I quit trying to learn the katakana with the Heisig method and learned the rest using other resources and setting up my own mnemonic devices.

  • Nikolaus Trixner
    2019-04-10 21:44

    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.

  • Davo
    2019-04-24 19:38

    Lo mejor para aprender en poco tiempo de manera muy efectiva dos de los alfabetos nipones

  • Ahmad Hajja
    2019-04-12 23:34

    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 did learn the Kana, but I wouldn't say the method in this book made a lot of sense to me. I do hope that Remembering the Kanji makes more sense. 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. Simply Shitsunsono (シツンソノ); has no meaning, but written correctly the movement of your hand should be fluid.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-27 18:51

    I personally recommend learning both hiragana and katakana at the very start of your Japanese studies. This book makes it easier to initially remember the different kana through the use of mnemonics. Then, as you work through your other Japanese study material, your knowledge will be greatly reinforced and solidified. 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... work on it in little chunks throughout the day). I think I took a weekend. Or, you can take a week, or a month. Learning the kana doesn't take that much effort and is well worth whatever effort you do put in. Romaji is an entirely unnecessary crutch that should be avoided. 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.

  • Doug
    2019-04-09 16:49

    In terms of usefulness, this book had very little for me. I found myself unable to relate to the imagery used for learning the syllabary with a majority of the hiragana. The only reason I didn't vote it as low as possible is because it did help me learn a few of the characters. Honestly, I would look up this book on Amazon and read a few pages of the excerpts and see how much they help you. If the imagery works for you then go out and buy it. If not, You're probably better off just using your own image associations for learning.

  • oxana
    2019-04-20 18:55

    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 studying the two. 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).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. Perhaps too much.

  • Nicholas
    2019-04-22 18:55

    Excellent. Great method of associating the Japanese kana to things that an adult can remember, rather than forcing it through brute force. However, it is (and admits to being), just 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.Excited to read the Kanji companion from Heisig, which made this book recommended.

  • Jayson Virissimo
    2019-03-27 17:33

    It does exactly what it says it will. You will learn the kana as long as you follow the instructions, although you will have to keep using them to keep them in memory (or else use spaced-repetition software, or better yet, do both). Now, back to the kanji. つよくなりたい!

  • Ingrid
    2019-04-16 17:46

    Uno de los mejores libros que han pasado por mis manos en mi época de japonés autodidacta. Usa el método mnemotécnico de la memoria imaginativa, siguiendo un orden específico para aprender el silabario.A mi me resultó realmente útil y ameno.

  • Janary
    2019-04-18 21:36

    This is the third book I finished this year, and it has really helped me a lot with my Hiragana and Katakana. I am surprised how fast it took me to go through all of it with your help, good job Mr. Heisig, I look forward to devouring your Remembering the Kanji books.

  • Тsvetan
    2019-03-24 22:49

    really well written short stories, which help you remember how the symbol looks. The author uses the so called "primitives", simple images, which he puts in order to form the easy to remember story. That goes for the Hiragana, the Katakana and the Kanji book Heisig wrote. All of them brilliant.

  • Scott
    2019-04-18 18:49

    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.

  • Chrispwill
    2019-04-23 19:44

    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. In combination with online pronunciation guides, you can learn both the hiragana and katakana in 4 or 5 days.

  • Timon Karnezos
    2019-04-13 15:33

    There's a reason why this is the standard. I'd say more than 3 hours each, but no more than 7.

  • Rashdan
    2019-04-13 23:29

    Definitely one of the easiest ways to learn the Japanese alphabet.

  • obakasan
    2019-04-09 17:42

    kinda works for me...

  • Benjamin
    2019-04-01 19:27

    Excellent tool for learning the Kana.

  • Ajnadenver
    2019-04-14 22:49

    It works! If you follow the directions and really visualize each little story around each character, it'll stick. If you're learning Japanese, I'd highly recommend -