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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Don’t you want to read at least something? 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. I don’t consider myself to be studying Japanese. Remembering the Hanzi by the same author is intended to teach the most frequent Hanzi to students of the Chinese language. Mar 05, Ahmad Hajja rated it liked it Shelves: It would seem to make no sense to even bother with RTK if you are just going to dive into Japanese.

The only problem I see is that he could occasionally have some confusion between kanji and kana while learning them in parallel. 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.

At the very least make or buy flashcard sets for the kana, and practice them throughout the day don’t waste time with Anki for the kana seriously, I myself just spend quality time with pencil and paper and got the gist of it in a weekend and I’m far from a genius. Remembering the Kana With that in mind I went on my journey.


Much like those Chinese people who don’t have those WTF moments because they are used to dealing with the Hanzi and have a much easier time hfisig it then us Anglos. Especially if that might save me even more as many people say it will. Not that this point applies here. If you don’t like those mnemonics I listed, Tofugu made their own as well.

Notify me of follow-up comments by email. I wanted to take my first step and learn the kana. Books by James W. Like read sing along as the song plays. I tell people that Heusig am simply learning to write Kanji with seemingly random English words attached and that is it.

So it seems, as you say, that Heisig-sensei is recommending learning the kana first. We’re featuring millions hheisig their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. You are not doing hockey but doing so will put you miles ahead of those who heusig their summers fishing and playing golf as was the NHL style before the 60’s. Oct 28, David rated it it was amazing. Refresh and try again.

I have nothing to read. Lo mejor para aprender en poco tiempo de manera muy efectiva dos de los alfabetos nipones. Plus, if you already started RTK and understood the value of mnemonics, you’lll probably want to make a few.

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As an example, here is the word k ana written in katakana: The additional kanji has been included in response to the changes to the “general use” kanji list in December It does let you learn them pretty shockingly fast.

It uses mostly the same imaginative memory technique as Remembering the Kanji I, though some katakana are prompted to be learned as simplified forms of their hiragana counterparts. Following the method, you will be able to write and read all Japanese Kana in three hours and retain them This book will help you teach yourself the writing and reading of heisiy 46 characters each of Japanese hiragana and katakana syllabary from memory.


Your email address will not be published. I thought it was my own discovery! Nowhere near going to Japan and heiisig the time I do I should be far beyond kana. Mar 21, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: However, you will not be able to read fluently.

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I would caution against learning katakana and hiragana in parallel to each other however lana they are easy to get confused with each other.

Now, back to the kanji. There is no attention given to the readings of the kanji as Heisig believes that one should learn the writing and meaning first before moving on to heisgi readings in Volume II. 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. Brian Scott rated it really liked it Nov 27, If there is kanji, that is what Rikaisama is for.

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Just took a heeisig at the Tofugu hiragana page. Book ratings by Goodreads. The idea of throwing these in groups is amazing helpful since it clusters what one needs to learn. When I say confusion, I’m speaking specifically about deciding if a character is katakana or hiragana, although there are a few katakana that look similar to hiragana characters but make a different sound. Views Read Edit View history.