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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There are plenty of free resources out there as well. The author uses the so called “primitives”, simple images, which he puts in order to form the easy to remember story.

It’s something like “well, we had something like this, if you remember that, you’ll remember this. Lucky I didn’t try to patent it!

For each Chinese reading of a kanji, an example compound word is given. Play some Japanese games and make out a bunch of imported words? I’d assume the same would apply for Kana. Get the latest news. Heisig groups roughly half the kanji according to “signal primitives” that signal a certain Chinese reading. I learnt the kana before RTK and it was incredibly useful.

Remembering the Kana With that in mind I went on my journey. The only problem I see is that he could occasionally have some confusion between kanji and kana while learning them in parallel. This book has two variants: Also the order of RTK builds up from a base, I’d assume Kanji in textbooks are present in order of word usefulness regardless of complexity. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I write everything down even with reviewing mature cards with the Anki.


Excited to read the Kanji companion from Heisig, which made this book recommended. In six short lessons of about twenty minutes, each of the two systems of “”kana”” writing are introduced in such a way that the absolute beginner can remwmbering fluency in writing in a fraction of the time normally devoted to the task. Sep 28, Jayson Virissimo rated it really liked it. However, it is and admits to beingjust a first step that can and must be improved on by the repeated application, which will eventually tend itself towards brute force to achieve the speed to both read and write in a normal capacity.

It does let you learn them pretty shockingly fast.

It didn’t help me remember all of the Kana in a few gemembering, but it helped me remember more Kana than I knew before. 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.

Remembering the Kana

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A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 hours each Combined edition is a book by James Heisig for remembering hiragana and rremembering.

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. No, there are no issues, at all, whatsoever, considering learning to read and recognize the kana can be done in a weekend, up to a week. Kanji books University of Hawaii Press books. However, you will not be able to read fluently.

They were the old school unnecessarily complicated sort. In my experience no two people seem to like the same kana mnemonics, and mnenonic books for kana tend to fall by the wayside.

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The best way to consolidate them is use them. Volume II presents the official readings of the kanji introduced in Volume I. Heisig addresses in RTK’s preface why readings shouldn’t be learned at the same time as kanji.