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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To sum up, this book is a superb study of kanji, meticulously researched, concisely explained, and elegantly presented. Professor Henshall, you are my hero.

Its keyword is “Abet” in the Heisig system, and it consists of the primitives “finger, claw, one, knaji, or more succinctly “finger, migrating ducks”. Submit a new link. You remember the mnemonic the first few times, then Paperbackpages. Carrie rated it really liked it Jan 26, Laurence Green rated it really liked it Nov 24, Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy.

Isha rated it it was amazing Nov 25, I hope I will finish your book one day! I think a lot of objections to mnemonic systems wrongly assume you read the post it note every time rather than a couple of times. Want to Read saving….

Henshall Kanji Mnemonics

If you get one book to learn kanji, this is the one you should get. Feb 03, Mike rated it it was amazing.


I submit this is not necessarily a bad thing, given the actual origins sometimes don’t provide a lot of help in memorizing the modern characters, which I discuss next. To find a kanji, you look it up by the readings in the back. Also, a lot of English doesn’t depend on constructing words in the same way Japanese does – so I don’t quite get what you mean by that English analogy. In clear, large-sized entries, A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters details each of the General Use Chara This is a one-of-a-kind kanji study guide that introduces uenshall kanji along with detailed, authentic notes about the historical development of each.

A mnemonic sentence is helpfully provided for each kanji, and the mnemonic provided here employs the “big” meaning as well, to wit: In terms of memorizing kanji, this guide’s biggest strength is in a real sense also its greatest drawback. It tells you the original meanings of both the characters and the separate elements, which besides being interesting in its own right makes it easier to remember them.

In other words, this book makes Kanhi kanji memorable. This is primarily about the development, underlying meaning, and construction of each and every Joyou kanji. This is the most amazing kanji book I have found so far. Welcome hensahll Reddit, the front page of the internet. This is like studying every Latin or Greek word which preceded the modern one to understand English– too much work and unnecessary as well. Feb 14, Ollie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Use furigana if you think they won’t understand your kanji usage.


For each character, he shows you what the original seal script looked like and what it meant.

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I want to note that I have only really used this intensively to around thought I’ll return to it after I finish my current reviewbut I removed a star because I find that some of the examples are not terribly useful. This is my favorite kanji book so far. There is a story to each kanji–and when you know the story it is much ea This is a reference book, so I have not read it cover to cover, but I hensjall it every single day, and have done for almost a year now.

Don’t expect to be able to use this as a dictionary-style reference though. I use the app to learn how to write each kanji, and to study them.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Trivia About A Guide to Rememb LearnJapanese subscribe unsubscribereaders users here now New to Japanese? There is a further complication, even if you subscribe to the technique of limiting yourself to the mnemonics and a brief check of the explanation.

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