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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Stonebridge (1 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880656183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880656181
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.8 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Lindsay on 9 Oct 2006
Format: Paperback
When taking a Japanese class, you're presented with a table of Kana, and the teacher expects you to just learn it by studying the grid of basically meaningless characters, and writing them over and over to drill it into your memory. If like me you've tried this 'traditional' way and failed, then this little book is just for you.

Now, I'm from the UK, and keep in mind that the author of this book is American. Thus I can relate to what my fellow reviewer "J. Q. W. Bayes" is saying, mnemonics such as "sob" relating to the kana "sa" doesn't make sense unless you pronounce "sob" as an american would ("saab"). But I found that even seeing the author's picture of a sobbing face made me remember "sa" when I saw it printed in a book.

However, not all the author's mnemonics suited me, some were very obscure such as "cock-a-doodle do" relating to the kana "ka" (and a picture of a rooster's head). In that case, I looked at the kana for a while and made my own mnemonic "CAtapult". Personally this book encouraged me to be creative in remembering the kana - if you don't like his, make your own!

This book isn't perfect, it also doesn't include stroke orders for kana - even though its only meant to aid reading, it doesn't take much effort on the author's part to put a few numbers beside the kana tables to indicate order. That, and the americanised mnemonics forces me to give this book 4 stars.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Q. W. Bayes on 15 Feb 2005
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This book relies totally on a broad american accent to make kana sounds relate to english words and sounds, and as such I can't use it. I am not american, and I refuse to pretend to be in order to learn Japanese. It's probably quite effective if you do actually talk and think with an american accent, however.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By sgoddy on 14 Sep 2001
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Although I speak no Japanese, about a year ago I decided to try to learn the Japanese Kana syllabaries as a prelude to starting to learn the language. I got about 80% through them before reaching saturation, where I was forgetting as many characters as I was learning and so gave up.
I then came across Michael Rowley's book. This offers the chance to learn the Hiragana and Katakana syllabaries by associating each character with an image that acts as a mnemonic. Bizarre as it may seem to those who know Kanji, it hadn't occurred to me to learn kana in this way - I had been trying to learn the raw characters.
Physically, the book is small in size, light, and conveniently fits in any pocket making it ideal to carry around while learning. It's remarkably cheap as well.
As for the content, I have to say that I have only had the book a month or so, but can now reliably recall ALL 92 characters (Yeah OK some of them I still have to think about :-). Most of the images are very intuitive and easy to remember. I don't use all the images in the book, as some characters are innately memorable from the first time I tried to learn (don't know why, but Ka and No just stick in my mind without any need for mnemonics).
Where the mnemonics really come into their own however is in remembering the distinctions between the similar looking letters such as Nu/Me, Ne/Re/Wa even Shi/Tsu. I had great trouble with this the first time around.
If I were to have any criticisms, it would be that several of the mnemonics are a bit skewed. For example, the mnemonic for both Ra characters is actually a word starting Ro, and this happens with a few other characters as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryuto on 19 Jan 2010
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This method does work, although I have to admit some of the pictures of association are a little abstract and stretch the concept a little too far and some seem 'wrong' (katakana 'I' shows an Eagle! I and E?), but the point is you DO remember the shape and the sound of the character. Its pocket-sized so you can carry it around and revise while commuting or sitting in the park. This has accelerated my learning greatly and now I can read the hiragana/katakana with confidence and quite quickly. Brush-stroke order arrows would've been a nice addition. For this price, I'd recommend it unreservedly.
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By Rachel on 28 Jan 2014
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Very handy for learning hiragana and katakana. I take this everywhere with me it's small but has all the info you need to get you started on japanese.
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By Suzi Williams on 29 Nov 2013
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So easy to use , great tips on how to remember the kana forms, some you may change to suit yourself, plus pocket size so you can take it everywhere. Would be great for them to do number and kanji one of this too.
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If like me you are a little daunted by the tables of Kana that your teacher laid out on the table and asked you to memorise, then this little gem is for you. Whilst it is written by an American author (and yes this is pointed out by every review) so some pronunciations are off. It has the ability to make you see the unrecognisable shapes on the paper and turn them into something fun you may be able to match with a sound.

You'll find this a useful AID, so use it alongside whatever materials you are given. About 80% will fit and the other 20% you'll make up mnemonics of your own. There are only 5 sounds to each 'letter' a(ah)I(ee)u(uh)e(eh)o(oh) so as you keep practising you'll remember what goes next to each other in the table and will have it in no time.

A downside to this book is that it doesn't include stroke order, so that's why it only gets 4 stars from me.
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