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Kana Pict-o-Graphix: Mnemonics for Japanese Hiragana and Katakana Paperback – September 1, 1995
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About the Author
Michael Rowley is an illustrator and graphic designer living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!!
The only thing I would say that is negative about this book is that it lacks stroke order; actually, it doesn't tell you how to draw the kana at all. But since that really isn't the point of the book, I would highly recommend it to all who want to remember the kana. Buy it! Now! You can't go wrong.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Somewhat disappointed in that I did not realize "book" was a tiny pocket edition.
As a result, summary pages are difficult to read. Read more
It works, but not a great system. I remembered the kana in two nights. But, I can't say that the mnemonic pictographs made enough sense to recall intuitively later. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Hamilton
Gave to a friend who loves it. These pictograms don't work for my brain. There are a few that help but everyone has a different learning method and for me it is just more to... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Robert H.
I love mnemonics. I'm horrible at remembering names unless I associate them with something else I know, like my girlfriend's parents' names. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Computer Dr.
Very handy. Like the small size and can practice the Kana without getting anyone's attention. Like the format and easy to remember mnemonics.Published on December 29, 2014 by Norbert 2882