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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It can be read from either side and has a shared middle part.

Fu I was really surprised how good this book was. Sep 30, Rashy rated it it was amazing. All of them brilliant. I managed to learn that syllabary in 4 days without intense training, just the half hour per lesson.

Remembering the Kana : James W. Heisig :

Open Preview See a Problem? If it wasn’t for tones I’d be doing Chinese, if it wasn’t for sizable numbers of letters that in English sound just alike and a script which is both complex and lacks memory games to help I’d be doing Hindi. A sixth edition was released in April Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

When I first started, I used the one here: Remembering the Kanji 2: So too late for that.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Feb 06, obakasan rated it really liked it Shelves: The book is mainly focused on the Chinese readings, however one chapter does suggest a mnemonic device for learning the Japanese readings. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Notify me of follow-up comments by hrisig. The method differs markedly from traditional rote-memorization techniques practiced in most courses.


I learnt the kana before RTK and it was incredibly useful.

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I was really surprised how good this book was. In order to feel home in the language, being able to read is crucial as well. The book has already been sent along with a copy of English Grammar for students of Japanese.

To ask other readers questions about Remembering the Kanaplease sign up. All the kanji are analysed by components—Heisig terms these “primitives”—which may be traditional radicalsother kanji themselves, or a collection of strokes not normally identified as independent entities.

Book ratings by Goodreads. 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.

If you like to be busy with something consider also Japanese calligraphy.

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

Books by James W. 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. The only problem I see is that he could occasionally rejembering some confusion between kanji and kana while learning them in parallel.

If I looked up kanji in a dictionary, I could read the pronunciation. 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. As an heiwig bonus, the book includes a supplement on “Learning How to Remember.


The Best Books of The book provides an easy and fast access to the kana. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Looking for beautiful books? The only reason I didn’t remembefing it as low as possible is because it did help me learn a few of the characters. Makes no sense whatsoever to postpone the kana if you are going to learn Japanese. Volume 3 presents a further kanji in addition to the 2, kanji introduced in Volume 1 and Volume 2.

The sixth edition includes the corrections for all rememberinh current errataas well as additional kanji. It is split into two parts. Remembering the Kanji 3: So it seems, as you say, that Heisig-sensei is recommending learning the kana first. Subscribe to this thread View a Printable Version. If you follow the directions and really visualize each little story around each character, it’ll stick. The best way to forget them is not heiig use them.

Remembering the Kana by James W. Heisig

This volume was co-authored by Tanya Sienko. Return to Book Page. 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.

Hiragana on the other hand have a more curved and smooth look and are usually used to write Japanese heisiv for which no kanji exist.