Remembering the Kana: Hiragana and Katakana Paperback – 1 Apr 2001
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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 is three hours and retain them by means of the incredible mnemonic methods. Instructions at the bottom of the each page will ask you to skip backwards and forward 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."
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As with Remembering the Kanji (which doesn't fall into this trap since it doesn't deal with pronounciations, though I worry about Volume II) his method is unusual and fascinating, and there's certainly scope for fixing up the keywords (as I'm doing) with your own which if anything will be more memorable. That said, I think for the cost of this book your money would be better spent on something interactive like BitBoost's TileTag, or Declan's ReadWrite Hiragana, both of which provide sounds, and the first of which has a demo which got me through the first half of both syllabaries in around an hour.
Maybe I'm a bit biased, being Chinese. Some of the original Chinese characters did the trick for me.
Second, what an odd, yet cool book design! Kana are presented in their proper alphabetic order for reference, and you progress through lessons hopping forward and back to seemingly random pages, following for each lesson a trail laid down with directions like "now go to page 21". I found this concentrated my mind during the lesson. I was lost in the wilderness of kana and the only way out was through!
Also cool, the book covers hiragana and katakana, and they both start on page 1, without overlap. How? Flip the hiragana book head-over-heels about its middle, and you're faced with the katakana book, printed on what was "at the back and upside down" of the other. This is fun! Pure genius.
Then I found this book and decided to enter the world of James W. Heisig. It was nothing less than a revelation! Six hours spent in total over a period of ten days and it was done! Astonishing! I have no idea why his method works so well, but it does!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As an English speaker(not American), I was a little worried about the book from the other reviews, but I found it brilliant. Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2009 by karina
This book really does do what it says on the tin. I learnt all the hiragana in less than six hours and had fun doing so. Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2006 by K. Pettifer
The claim that you can learn the KANA in six hours is one that was difficult to believe, but it took me four. If you want a book to free you from the romanji use this book. Read morePublished on 20 July 2006 by Mr. Ciaran Dunne
Committing almost fifty hiragana to memory by "brute force" is difficult, never mind the Katakana, and (gasp!) the dreaded Kanji... Read morePublished on 12 April 2006 by Robot Overlord