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Kana Pict-o-Graphix: Mnemonics for Japanese Hiragana and Katakana Paperback – September 1, 1995
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I highly recommend this to any English-speaking westerner who is beginning to learn Hiragana and Katakana. Some reviewers complain that it doesn't examine the true basis for these characters, however that element is totally useless and tedious. Hiragana is used to represent sounds, and the quicker you learn it, the easier your life will be. Some of the mnemonic devices are extremely corny and far-fetched, however the results do not lie!
On a side note, if you are struggling with your Kanji, I highly recommend "Remembering the Kanji, Volume 1," by James W. Heisig.
first; this book is teeny weeny. that makes it AWESOME for carrying around with you everywhere, so you can pop it out and study it anywhere. It is deliberately confined only to the hiragana, katakana, and some mnemonic devices, and will tell you very little more, but if you want to learn japanese the very first step should be to memorize the kana. Of course, you will need, and i do mean NEED, to go on to use a workbook to learn to write the kana, not because of any failing on this book's part, but because you can't skip that step if you are really a serious learner of the japanese language. but this book is your first step, even before you get to writing the kana, just to learn to recognise them and memorize them.
It is less helpful for learning to writing the characters, as no stroke order is given. But I was able to memorize reading the hiragana and katakana in about a week each, using the mnemonics.
All in all, this is a useful tool for those starting out (before taking a Japanese language class, try reading this book to get a head start). Also, the book is very small (about 2"x4" paperback, 70 pages) and fits in a pocket easily.
I thought learning to read Japanese would be a painful experience spread over many months. But this book is amazing. The mnemonics in this book are right on. If you are a beginner of Japanese and want to know how to read, I would not hesitate another moment and pick up this book today. You will not regret it. In one night you too can learn to read Japanese!!
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