[read online Pdf] Remembering the Kana: A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 Hours Each (Manoa): part 1 Hiragna : parAuthor James W Heisig – Bilb-weil.de

Following on the phenomenal success of Remembering the Kanji , the author has prepared a companion volume for learning the Hiragana and Katakana syllabaries of modern Japanese In six short lessons of about twenty minutes, each of the two systems of kana writing are introduced in such a way that the absolute beginner can acquire fluency in writing in a fraction of the time normally devoted to the task 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 Now in its third edition, Remembering the Kana has helped tens of thousands of students of Japanese master the Hiragana and Katakana in a short amount of timeand have fun in the process.

8 thoughts on “Remembering the Kana: A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 Hours Each (Manoa): part 1 Hiragna : par

  1. Mairi Rivers Mairi Rivers says:

    Have found this book really excellent for learning the Kana It is broken down into short lessons which really do take no than 20 minutes The only problem is that as it is based on American pronunciation there are a few words that don t work in UK English So you either have to make up your own or try to remember to use an exaggerated American accent I have done a mixture of both.I would highly recommend this book My 14 year old daughter has also learned the Kana with this book.

  2. Luke Carroll Luke Carroll says:

    I m currently reading one of the author s other books, Remembering the Kanji, and that book really is pretty much perfect By contrast, this book has two major flaws despite otherwise being a great book one, the author seems much suited to creating interesting ways to remember kanji elements than he does to creating ways of remembering the kana Two, many of the pronunciation guides are given based on American English pronunciation rather than British English.For example, generally ta is generally pronounced similar to TAp or TAtty but in this book the author suggests using TOp as the pronunciation Naturally, the author being American, all a sounds are given the sound of a British short o as in Orange and all o sounds are given the sound of a rounded o as in Only There are other misleading US pronunciations given too This leads to one saying words like kun correctly pronounced so it rhymes with pun in a very over pronounced American way that rhymes with loon.In short, think of how Americans pronounce Cecil as See sill and you ll see how you ll sound mispronouncing the Japanese syllabaries and consequently full words You would normally only pronounce Japanese in such an over pronounced way if you were shouting something, as you may shout to a friend on the other side of a road, or if you were singing.As for the first given flaw, the author s slightly oddball method of teaching kanji meanings, attributing interesting connotations and keywords to the smaller elements and then building up from said smaller elements to the complex kanji, is employed roughly here to try and enable the reader to remember kana pronunciation and form It s slightly flawed here for the main reason that he has to attribute some incredibly odd meanings to the elements which in my opinion make it harder to remember than merely copying out the kana a few times a practice he s strongly against For example, he suggests that one should remember a certain kana character by seeing it as a puppy with its tail stuck in a hole in a boomerang, hovering overhead as people below throw eggs at it Further the US pronunciation rears its head here because the element of the wacky image that s meant to aid with pronunciation is the YOlk of the egg yes, you apparently say it as yo however this is for the kana ya.Now this has all been very negative so far and yet I ve awarded it 4 5 The reason being that it s a truly helpful book if you re willing to do the following a find another source for pronunciation, there are many such sources on the internet and many Learn Japanese books and CDs compiled by British and Japanese authors and b are willing to sometimes ignore his bizarre stories and make your own For example, he suggests the hiragana ma be remembered by the keyword mama , with the image of a mother standing in an open field throwing large heavy swords so that they come back to her like boomerangs All that despite the fact that ma looks just like a MAst on a boat a much easier way of remembering it.

  3. Uncle Brian Uncle Brian says:

    I love this book I d say I m driven to learning Japanese, but this book makes it easier to jump right in it s fun Putting together imagery and stories to really get you Remembering the Kana Not gonna lie, I was slightly skeptical at first slllightly I did my research about this book and read plenty of reviews carefully and I could not find a single hater or nay sayer or anything like that the reviews were only really positive, so that s what convinced me to give it a try Let me tell you, this s works you won t believe how well it works Committing the effort, the discipline, the time and focus to this book, Remembering the Kana should be a breeze James W Heisig has already done all the research and most of the work for you

  4. Peter Davies Peter Davies says:

    For me 3 hours is a gross underestimate of the time required to learn the hiragana, but the good news is that his technique really works and that it allows recall over a long period So if you are prepared to put the initial effort in, I think you will succeed.

  5. J.B J.B says:

    I m not going to go into the ins and outs of how the system works, and I m not going to agree with the author when he says it can be done in 3 hours each, at least not flawlessly, BUT it certainly worked, and worked FAST I cracked open this book on the first of 3 night shifts, using some of my time to study it I m happy to say after some solid work over those 3 nights, somewhere in the realm of 10 hours study time altogether I can now not only write words spoken to me, but confidently read and understand words written entirely in Hiragana I still don t know what they mean, but damn can I read and write em Looking forward to learning the Katakana

  6. Gandalfina Gandalfina says:

    It took me than 3 hours, actually a week but in the end it did the job The book is a bit disappointing if you expect the same efficiency as Remembering Kanji or Remembering Hanzi, but it follows the same principle The most useful part is the back table with the integrated Katakana and Hiragana at one place.

  7. Síol na nGael Síol na nGael says:

    This really works The only issue that his phonological comparisons are with American English and so don t always ring true for my Northern British English pronounciation, but a great method Nice little book.

  8. Lucas Thiesen Lucas Thiesen says:

    it s ok, really depends if you find the remembering rules easier than other alternatives.