Remembering the Kana: A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 Hours Each: Part One Hiragana, Part Two Katakana / Edition 3by James W. Heisig
Pub. Date: 05/28/2007
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
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Remembering the Kana: A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 Hours Each: Part One Hiragana, Part Two Katakana based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I struggled for a week with Kana trying to learn it from Android apps. Total waste of time. My retention was no better than 50%. In the promised 3 hours, working in 2 half hour sessions a day, I had mastered the hiragani, and in about the same time, the katakana. Many times, I thought the memory devices were beyond STUPID. It started to actually annoy me and I tried inventing a few of my own. But amazingly, his stupid stories came back to me at lightning speed when I started to forget a few weeks later. You can't argue against success. I'm on here right now to order Remembering the Kanji.
Each lesson in this book is easy to understand and use, simple yes advanced methods of practicing and learning both Hiragana and Katakana. Each lesson is structured so the student can understand with ease.
Most of the reviews that people read on Amazon say that the Katakana was not as well thought out as the Hiragana, that is simply because once you learn the rules for the Hiragana, you apply those same rules to the Katakana. However, addressing the issue of the book and actually learning the Kana, I absolutely stand behind this book. I have learned the Hiragana and it was so simple. I seriously couldn't believe it. I translated a song from Romanji into Hiragana, simply to see if I could do so with little trouble. I went through the whole song and translated it all, I made two mistakes and that was because I wrote the kana slightly wrong. I definitely suggest getting this book though. It is the most painless way to learn Kana and to learn it well enough that when you see it, you will recognize it. It doesn't use the brute force memory tatic, instead you imagine images and a story that tells you the sound, and how the kana is created. It's amazing and I love it. I have Remembering the Kanji vol. 1 and I plan to get the other two as well. Simply a fantastic book, definitely worth the money.