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In order to feel home in the language, being able to read is crucial as well. I wanted to take my first step and learn the kana. Kana are the two syllable based Japanese writing systems, the hiragana and the katakana. The katakana are used for writing foreign loan words, names, etc. Hiragana on the other hand have a more curved and smooth look and are usually used to write Japanese words for which no kanji exist.

In theory hiragana are enough to write any Japanese sentence. The latter is the Japanese name for our western alphabet. Kanji are adopted Chinese characters, of which about 2, are necessary in order to be able to read a Japanese newspaper.

I wanted to learn in a smart way and use stories and images. I wanted to use mnemonics. With that in mind I went on my journey. I started building some images on my own, which worked pretty well. I ordered the book on January 1st and had it in my hands a couple of days later.

It can be read from either side and has a shared middle part. It saved me a tremendous amount of time! The book provides an easy and fast access to the kana. You will quickly be able to recognize them. However, you will not be able to read fluently. Once you speak the words out loud you will most likely understand their meanings. Hiragana and Katakana can be learned and remembered fast and convenient when using the right method. If you are struggling learning the kana or have the feeling that your method is not as effective as it could be, maybe the book is a good fit for you too.

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Remembering the Kana With that in mind I went on my journey. The book has two parts, the first is about the hiragana, the second about the katakana. Katakana in Tokyo. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.


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

Remembering the Kanji is a series of three volumes by James Heisig , intended to teach the 3, most frequent Kanji to students of the Japanese language. The series is available in English, Spanish and German. Remembering the Hanzi by the same author is intended to teach the most frequent Hanzi to students of the Chinese language. The method differs markedly from traditional rote-memorization techniques practiced in most courses. The course teaches the student to utilize all the constituent parts of a kanji's written form—termed "primitives", combined with a mnemonic device that Heisig refers to as "imaginative memory". Each kanji and each non-kanji primitive is assigned a unique keyword. A kanji's written form and its keyword are associated by imagining a scene or story connecting the meaning of the given kanji with the meanings of all the primitives used to write that kanji.


Japanese Journey

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