Japanese Kanji Learning: Short-Cuts to Rapid Mastery (Part 1)

Written by Stephen Munday


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You can download pdf files of substantial sections of each ofrepparttar books in this series for review here:

James Heisig Rememberingrepparttar 146402 Kanji Book 1

http://www.ic.nanzan-u.ac.jp/SHUBUNKEN/publications/miscPublications/Remembering_the_Kanji_1.htm

James Heisig Rememberingrepparttar 146403 Kanji Book 2

http://www.ic.nanzan-u.ac.jp/SHUBUNKEN/publications/miscPublications/Remembering_the_Kanji_2.htm

James Heisig Rememberingrepparttar 146404 Kanji Book 3

http://www.ic.nanzan-u.ac.jp/SHUBUNKEN/publications/miscPublications/Remembering_the_Kanji_3.htm

Kenneth Henshall's A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters

Now, I should first state that, personally, I have not used this method in my own kanji study. However, while looking at ways to accelerate my kanji assimilation ability to joyou level (the 1,945 kanji set taught up torepparttar 146405 end of high school in Japan) and beyond, I came across Henshall's method asrepparttar 146406 other major alternative to traditional repeat-until-you-go-mad methods.

Henshall also employs mnemonics, creating a sentence to plantrepparttar 146407 image ofrepparttar 146408 kanji deep inrepparttar 146409 learner's brain. The difference is that where Heisig takes a fast-and-loose approach withrepparttar 146410 meanings assigned to individual elements of each kanji in reaching his goal of creating a memorable mind-picture, Henshall tracesrepparttar 146411 history of these elements in great scholastic detail.

In my opinion (andrepparttar 146412 reason I personally chose Heisig over Henshall for my own study),repparttar 146413 academic strength of Henshall's analysis is its biggest weakness as a memorization tool: If you have an excellent memory, or if you already knowrepparttar 146414 kanji anyway and are interested in their etymological roots, then Henshall will give you a depth of knowledge that will impress even your native speaker Japanese friends. However, if you do not have an almost-photographic memory, and mastering kanji in a sensible time period is your priority, you will probably find that this detailed and obscure analysis does not providerepparttar 146415 compelling memory "hook" that Heisig's method does.

Other Mnemonic Kanji Study Methods

In addition to these two main players you may also want to consider 2001 Kanji by Father Joseph R. De Roo (although its availability is questionable) or Kanji ABC by Forester and Tamura as alternative approaches.

If you are a visual learner, skip on to Part 2 and discoverrepparttar 146416 methods that can work best with your learning style.

Stephen Munday lives in Japan. His most recent project is a website where you can get your name in beautiful Japanese calligraphy. This article is (c) Stephen Munday 2005. Permission is given to reproduce this article in whole with the URLs correctly hyperlinked.


Homeschool Schedule

Written by Mary Joyce


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While mapping a home school yearly schedule is an excellent idea, remember to allow for flexibility inrepparttar schedule. Any school year, especially sincerepparttar 146272 school year is taking place also centered around your home and your family, will haverepparttar 146273 need for unforeseen breaks and absences. Not to worry, just as there are unforeseen missed hours and even days in public school so will there be with your at home education.

Just remember it may take a while to sand offrepparttar 146274 rough edges of your home school schedule to where you feel you have best optimized it. Asrepparttar 146275 year goes by, if you have kept good records and used your lesson plan as your guide you will see that your child is indeed learning all alongrepparttar 146276 way.

Mary Joyce is a former educator, successful homeschool parent, and has written many articles on teaching your child at home for the Homeschool-Curriculum-4u website. Please visit (http://www.homeschool-curriculum-4u.com) for a complete list of Mary's articles.


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