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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Apr 07, Doug rated it it was ok. The latter is the Japanese name for our western alphabet. I was only using this book to learn Katakana, and found the mnemonics unusable. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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The Katakana definitely gave me a harder time, so I’ll end my short review with a phrase I coined that helped me remember the difference between Shi, Tsu, N, So, and No. Nowhere near going to Japan and by the time I do I should be far beyond kana.


It’s also possible to maintain kana without using them in context. I’m talking about a split second indecision wether a character should be understood phonetically or pictographically. Volume II presents the official readings of the kanji introduced in Volume I. The Best Books of Heisig, I look forward to devouring your Remembering the Kanji books. That goes for the Hiragana, the Katakana and the Kanji book Heisig wrote.

By making use of a method of “imaginative memory,” introduced in this book, you will be saved from the order of repetition. Return to Book Page. To ask other readers questions about Remembering the Kanaplease sign up.

Following the method, you will be able to write and read all Japanese Kana in three hours and retain them by means of the incredible mnemonic methods. Remembering the Kanji 1: Excellent tool for learning the Kana.

Brian Scott rated it really liked it Nov 27, I tied learning the rememberung a number of times, by brute force memorization, and it never really worked out that well. In fact it makes no sense whatsoever to postpone all Japanese study for after you finished RTK.

Geoff Sturm rated it it was amazing Jun 02, This book makes it easier to initially remember the different kana through the use of mnemonics. Remembering the Kanji 3: The book is mainly focused on the Chinese readings, however one chapter does suggest a mnemonic device for learning the Japanese readings. While I think heisg does make some sense to learn kana first so you can use it immediately and all the things cure dolly said I don’t think it makes much difference one way or the other.


The best way to forget them is not to use them.

Much of the advice I’ve read about RTK is that you “waste” a few hundred hours up front but it really pays off in the future. If you follow the directions and really visualize each little story around each character, it’ll stick.

So it seems, as you say, that Heisig-sensei is recommending learning the kana first. Fu I was really surprised how good rememberingg book was. I always recommend starting to use the kana immediately after learning them.