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April 10, – This page contains mnemonics for the kanji taught in the first six years of school in Japan (i.e. kanji), as developed by. Kenneth G. Henshall. · Rating details · ratings · 17 reviews. This is a one -of-a-kind kanji study guide that introduces joyo kanji along with detailed. Henshall Kanji Mnemonics. This page contains mnemonics for the kanji taught in the Kanji, Number, Mnemonic. 一, 1, one finger. 右, 2, right hand to the mouth.

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It helped me to learn some of the readings that I had not gotten before.

How about a method which teaches radicals via meaning and mnemonics, such as WaniKani? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. If you’re a raw beginner, I recommend starting with Read Japanese Today! I could get lost for hours reading the history behind each character. This is a reference book, so I have not read it cover to cover, but I use it every single day, and have done for almost a year now.

He is well-known for his translations of literature and history books, and is the author of A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters. I consult this book daily to learn the Why of each kanji, and to figure out how to remember them.

Then he shows how it developed into the modern kanji used today. To sum up, this book is a superb study of kanji, meticulously researched, concisely explained, and elegantly presented. Mar 05, Anne Beardsley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Henshall concedes this in a sense, stating, “it may be useful to take it as such” i. I love how it’s organized-kanji at the grade level it is taught in Heshall.


The following will result in post removal: Henshall takes you through kanji on a brief history tour. This is clearly up to the individual, and the hneshall aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive.

So I generate clusters based on radical using TheKanjiMap.

And many history behind each characters even brought tears to my eyes. In terms of memorizing kanji, this guide’s biggest strength is in a real sense also its greatest drawback. As useful as it is fascinating, it’s a book any new or aspiring Japanese language scholar will visit over and over. Its keyword is “Abet” in the Heisig system, and it consists of the primitives hensall, claw, one, friendship”, or more succinctly “finger, migrating ducks”.

You “just know it”.

Henshall Kanji Mnemonics

hrnshall Laurence Green rated it really liked it Nov 24, Due to the derivation from historical origins, there are often similar interpretations given to different elements of a given kanji, or “primitives” as Heisig labels them. Jun 16, Winda Priliadewi added it.

It reads like a best-seller. This technique is quicker, and doesn’t burden your memory with what is in fact non-essential information. Henshall’s guide is a serious and thorough work of scholarship.

His style of breaking down each compound and component of each Kanji to help you remember its meaning fits perfectly well with my own style of henshqll it! This is the kanji reference book par excellence, much more than just a language-teaching book.

Lists with This Book. As a result, I would suggest that, unless you have a compelling reason to know the etymology of the kanji, you would hensball better served to first read the mnemonic, then just enough of the explanation to understand how it was put together.


Just be cognizant of your goals when perusing this book — that is, you probably want to learn kanji as opposed to the history of kanji– and orient your study accordingly.

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Books by Kenneth G. Sometimes I find the process of inventing the mnemnomic in itself is enough to stick a kanji or radical into long term memory, and I never actually need to recall it. Content creators wishing to advertise must contact the mods first.

It reads like a good history of culture book, too. Otherwise, you may find that you are actually memorizing a series of defunct kanji in order to remember a single modern kanji.

Don’t expect to be able to use this as a dictionary-style reference though. He finishes with explaining the characters it might be confused with, and how you can tell them apart; and then gives a clever mnemonic to recognize it by. I like as not will alter the mnemonic so it fits my own brain.

Jan 20, Karl rated it it was amazing.

Not only is it useful practically containing ON and KUN readings, stroke order, mnemonics, example kanji compounds, and etc.

Aug 25, Nash rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: