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Remembering the Kana: A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 Hours Each (part 1) (Japanese Edition) (Japanese) 3 Blg Edition
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However, the katakana lessons are not very good. It seems like Heisig was writing the book, and as he finished hiragana realised he needed to do the katakana part in half the time. Every new symbol you are introduced to comes with examples using previously learned katakana you have learned so far, but I've experienced on several occasions that the examples include katakana which I've never seen before but then are introduced later in the same lesson. There are also pages without practice lessons, and I'm really confused as it seems one symbol can be used for several things but I already learned this symbol and he never taught me this. Still it pops up in examples.
To be honest the katakana part seems like an afterthought, and not a well done one either.
I would very much recommend the book to anyone just starting out with Japanese, since the hiragana part I would assume as saved me a lot of time with learning these symbols. If you're only looking for an introduction to katakana though, I would honestly keep looking.
Frankly it's quite discouraging now going through the last katakana lessons because the stories are very very far-fetched and uses keywords I've never heard of in English so I have to make up my own, and the missing explanations of things and symbols popping up before I've learnt them makes for a struggling learning experience.Read more ›
Although 15$ may seem like a bit of a steep price for such a small volume, it is well worth the cost.
I came across this when my friend told me about it after they had been looking for another book I've been using (Genki. Good luck finding it on English websites brand new. eBay tends to have them in sets) and they found this one. So I picked it up and immersed myself in lesson 1 and I haven't turned back.
There are two 3-hour courses, one for hirigana and one for katakana, and each of those courses is split into 30 minute lessons. While you can, obviously, ignore the warnings, it will tell you to take a minimum of a 30 minute break, though in the introduction it suggests doing just two lessons a day and finishing each course in 3 days.
What also makes this book interesting is it's linear yet unlinear design. In the book, the kana is listed in, as the book describes it, dictionary order. However, you do not follow straight through. Instead, it starts you with the last one in the book, N, then takes you back a fair amount to Ku, and so on.
This book not only helped me develop a fine knowledge and understanding of kana, but also simple study skills as a whole. For any struggling student of the language, pick this one up!
and the answer is yes and no. The key is that the character are grouped so that ones with common
characteristics are learned together. i.e. you are learning the characters out of order.
You use some stories about each character to help you remember.
Most of the stories didn't work for me, so I made up my own.
Yes you can learn it in less than 3 hours (non-continuous). But it's at the level of recognizing the letters
of C-A-T and taking 30 seconds to figure out that is it cat. I'll need a lot more time practicing to recognize
group of letters as whole words. One thing I do agree with the author is once you can recognize the kana
characters do not go back using romaji. You'll only get better if you practice reading kana.
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Great book. The technique that it teaches with is great for beginners. For a couple of the characters I used different stories because I couldn't draw the same mental image that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by otterriffic
I've been practicing Japanese for several years and was looking for a book to help teach my friend his kana and after only looking at the sample pages I can tell this is not worth... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rev Jake
I used this book to learn the Hiragana and Katagana. I had to come up with my own associations, though, because Heisig's didn't really work for me. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pony Nose
Funny, cute, mind stimulating. That is what I can say about this book. The approach to learning kana is very effective.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Honestly, I bought this book for a refresher... I don't like the methods used to teach you the kana in this guide.. it has you jumping from page to page. It turned me off.. Read morePublished 12 months ago by A.Davis
Echoing the comments of a few other reviewers, the Kindle version of this book is non-functional (on the Kindle Voyage, anyway). Read morePublished 13 months ago by The 7th Dave
The non-linear 'adventure' type layout was unexpected but I like it. Kinda reminds me of those old 'choose your path' type books I read when I was little. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Brian Lin
This book is fantastic, but DO NOT buy the electronic version!! The book has lessons that take you around the kana alphabets out of order, but these buttons sometimes take you to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Justin Kern