It was first published in , with the sixth edition of the book released in There is no attention given to the readings of the kanji as Heisig believes that one should learn the writing and meaning first before moving on to the readings in Volume II. Each kanji and each non-kanji primitive is assigned a unique keyword. The method requires the student to invent their own stories to associate the keyword meaning with the written form.
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Shelves: language-learning , non-fiction , lang-study-jp I personally recommend learning both hiragana and katakana at the very start of your Japanese studies. This book makes it easier to initially remember the different kana through the use of mnemonics. Then, as you work through your other Japanese study material, your knowledge will be greatly reinforced and solidified. I think I took a weekend. Or, you can take a week, or a month.
Romaji is an entirely unnecessary crutch that should be avoided. I find it kind of wasteful to only buy a book to just use once for a short while, so I borrowed it from the library.
I managed to learn that syllabary in 4 days without intense training, just the half hour per lesson. The second part though was a different story. I quit trying to learn the katakana with the Heisig method and learned the rest using other resources and setting up my own mnemonic devices. Esto es una maravilla!
Coges un gusto agradable con el libro que enseguida te sabes el alfabeto, ya bien metido en el cerebro con varias semanas. Ahora tiene el katana en proceso y en una semana ya se lo tiene sabido. I never did understand why it was presented in a way that constantly required flipping pages back and forth. I had originally learned these from a YouTube channel and picked it up at the library for a little review and reinforcement.
My advice would be to watch the Japanese Pod YouTube channels to pick the kana up pretty easily and in a much more logical order with mnemonics that are much more memorable than these.
Remembering the Kana