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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The perfect method to study henshwll without hating them, so much history, culture, and above all creating some kind of relationship between the kanji and the person behind the book, introducing stories and mnemonic phrases to help you remember kanjis The following information kwnji provided for each kanji in Henshall’s guide: Its keyword is “Abet” in the Heisig system, and it consists of the primitives “finger, claw, one, friendship”, or more succinctly “finger, migrating ducks”.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Henshall concedes this in a sense, stating, “it may be useful to take it as such” i. This is the main reason why I chose the Heisig system for memorizing kanji, which makes a point of being consistent in terms of assigning a single meaning to a kkanji primitive. Trivia About A Guide to Rememb 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.

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Renumbering the Joyu list. Absolutely fantastic reference material for the individual who needs context for their Kanji study. All of the kanji are presented in an order that makes sense to me, there are plenty of details for each hensahll, and easy to remember mnemonics for each.


Henshall’s guide is a serious and thorough work of scholarship.

I personally used it extensively for inspiration when creating my own stories, but in its own right it can be tremendously useful for remembering the kanji. To find a kanji, you look it up by the readings in the back. Through my career of researching and teaching Japanese, this is the best all round Kanji book Henahall have seen so far.

I hope I will finish your book one day! Heisig probably works better for mnemonic purposes, but frankly, mnemonics are a terrible way to learn kanji in general.

It’s organized by the year in which Japanese school kids learn them; from kindergarten through high school, with a good number of other ‘general use’ kanji included afterward. 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.


LearnJapanese subscribe unsubscribereaders users here now New to Japanese? This book is very valuable indeed. If I wouldn’t have done this, I kxnji have completely misunderstood what the word meant in some cases. Kendra Lawrence rated it liked it Jun 07, This is a one-of-a-kind kanji study guide that introduces joyo kanji along with detailed, authentic notes about the historical development of each.

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Welcome to Reddit, the front page of the internet. Jan 20, Karl rated it it was amazing. 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. Paperbackpages. I would not recommend it to a learner trying to actually learn kanji, but if you are interested in etymology it is good. In terms of creating stories, I felt it would be helpful to get a “feel” for each kanji and how it evolved. 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.


This is clearly up to the individual, and the two aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. I have never henshalo the kanji through by grade level, and I discovered that I was missing some that were not in my adult-learner texts.

I janji 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. As a result, I often consulted this trusty guide, looking for information and inspiration. Since my only methods for learning kanji are mnemonics and SRS of course I am quite curious what your methods are.

I love how it’s organized-kanji at the grade level it is taught in Japan. This is information overload — it provides no assistance in memorizing the current kanji, although it is an interesting detour.

But I dare say that, of all the things you don’t need for learning the kanji, you need this book the most. Not only is it useful practically containing ON and KUN readings, stroke order, mnemonics, example kanji compounds, and etc.