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Kana Pict-o-Graphix: Mnemonics for Japanese Hiragana and Katakana

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Pocket-size visual guide for remembering the Japanese syllabaries--perfect for beginners!
Paperback, 72 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Stone Bridge Press (first published September 1st 1995)
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Darin
May 03, 2008 Darin rated it it was amazing
This tiny little book does exactly what it says it does--it teaches you the kana in a matter of minutes/hours. I've tried other mnemonic pictures available on the Internet, but none are better than these. You'll learn the kana quickly and painlessly--I can't recommend this one highly enough!
Helen
Jul 16, 2009 Helen rated it it was amazing
Soooooooo helpful!
Arlian
Sep 11, 2013 Arlian rated it it was amazing
Absolutely incredible. I have tried other Mnemonics for memorizing the kana and found them too complicated. Michael Rowleys version is incredibly simple and easy to remember. When I am tired I tend to get forgetful and I find myself relying on my memory of these cards to get me through my kana homework. I am totally glad I got this book and I use it all the time. I highly recommend it to anyone else seriously studying Japanese.

My only complaint is that this is a book instead of flash cards.
Morten
Dec 14, 2008 Morten rated it did not like it
From what I've experienced, using mnemotics for neither kana nor kanji is a good method. If you absolutely cannot remember this a certain character, using a mnemonic for that specific one could prove useful, but in other cases, I would not recommend it.
Chloe
Mar 20, 2013 Chloe rated it it was amazing
A very handy and cleverly made pocket guide. The only criticism would be the lack of stroke order numbers. Really looking forward to the kanji flash cards (are they out yet?)they look stunning. Cheers Michael Rowley!
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If you're interested in the beauty and meaning of Japanese kanji, please add me as contact. I'm currently at work on a six-box set of kanji flash cards called Kanji PictoCards. You can see samples and notes on how it's progressing at my blog, Vizcabulary.com and my website KanjiPictographix.com.

While living in Japan, I wrote two illustrated books, ‘Kanji Pictographix’ and ‘Kana Pictographix.’ Retu
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