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Need help with Kana!

Postby Naruto721 » Sun 07.17.2005 12:51 am

What's a good way to remember all the Katakana and Hiragana? I bought a book with all the kana and stuff like that. So, how do remember all of those? I tried flash cards, but I ran out of them. Any help/suggestions? Thanks for your time!:D
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RE: Need help with Kana!

Postby lomagu » Sun 07.17.2005 5:52 am

Just to remember hiragana\katana, I used flash cards. I'm not sure what you mean by you ran out of them... but just keep reviewing what each character sounds like. You could also try to read simple sentences to get used to seeing them the way they usually appear. Good luck!
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RE: Need help with Kana!

Postby Shibakoen » Sun 07.17.2005 3:36 pm

just try to learn a few gou each day, maybe A through SO one day then TA through HO, etc... Learning the Kana is just practice, practice, practice. Maybe writing some simple sentances like introductions. Good luck.
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RE: Need help with Kana!

Postby Christian_ » Sun 07.17.2005 8:17 pm

on this website in the hiragana section i memorized it extremely easily with the memounics and then i did the quiz thing for like 10 minuites then wrote them down etc. I found it extremely easy but now im having trouble with katakana lol. try one lesson a day or 1 lesson every 2 days:|
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RE: Need help with Kana!

Postby Naruto721 » Sun 07.17.2005 11:28 pm

^^^ Yeah, I ran out of Index cards to write Kana and the meaning on the back.

I think I can recoginze it, but Writing it might be a little tough to do... But I guess that's what practicing is for! Thanks!:D
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RE: Need help with Kana!

Postby Naruto721 » Mon 07.18.2005 12:57 am

Ok, I made progress! I leant A, E, I, O, U! Yeah, I just need to take a small step at a time. Thanks for all the help guys! :)
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RE: Need help with Kana!

Postby ayesee » Mon 07.18.2005 5:53 am

The method that helped me the most was drawing up the kana tables in Excel (vowels for columns, consonants for rows), squeezing four into a single page, printing out 20 copies and trying to fill it in a couple of times each day. Writing them down really helps learning them, at least for me it does. If you're having trouble with a lot of empty gaps, then just concentrate on one row at a time. Because you would be doing it multiple times a day it will stay fresh in your mind. I knew it all solidly after a week or two.

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RE: Need help with Kana!

Postby james_scoltock » Mon 07.18.2005 11:34 am

Write them over and over again on any pieces of paper you can get your hands on. If it's good enough for the japanese it's good enough for us...
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RE: Need help with Kana!

Postby MenomaMinx » Mon 07.18.2005 4:17 pm

I'm going to teach you the game that taught me.

Start by laying out the flash cards in front of you in a row.

If you know the first one from the right, put in a new row above the first one, and then move the other two to the right -- adding a new left card to the bottom row. If you don't know it, move it all the way to the left and move the other two towards the right.

Eventually, you'll have four rows. The first row on the bottom will contain three cards the second row will contain 5, the third row will contain 5, and the last row will contain seven. When you know the furthest right card from the seven row, you're done studying that card for the day. You do this until you go through your entire deck, and you play the game at least once a day.

Thisgame also works for memorizing other things as well. I originally learned from Heisig's remembering the kana double bind book {two books combined into the same one that has the text upside down when reading one book so you flip it to read the other.

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RE: Need help with Kana!

Postby Naruto721 » Tue 07.19.2005 12:29 am

Thanks for all the suggestions! I'll try to do them all!:D
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RE: Need help with Kana!

Postby Naruto721 » Tue 07.19.2005 1:17 am

Ha, I just learnt Ka Ke Ki Ko Ku! Hopefully now, I can remember more and still know the old ones! Cause I think Kana and kanji is prob the hardest part in Japanese...or at least I think so... 5 a day, Hopefully this'll work.:)
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RE: Need help with Kana!

Postby mandolin » Wed 07.20.2005 2:36 pm

Might be worthwhile to mention to you now is that you should start getting used to the japanese vowel order, for dictionary reference as well as plain ol' consistency and understanding when speaking with other learners/native speakers.

While in america, we learn vowels as AEIOU,
Japanese order as AIUEO

I don't try to remember it with american pronounciation, because that just leads to trouble. ah-ee-ooh-eh-oh forwhatever reason manages to stick in my head, and has since I first read it. :)
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RE: Need help with Kana!

Postby Naruto721 » Wed 07.20.2005 10:32 pm

I see, I didn't know that, Thanks!:D
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