Learning the kana?

ajj7060 July 18, 2016, 9:02 pm
Maybe this is a silly question, but is there any advise on how to learn the kana?  I feel like just starting at it and hoping it sinks in isn't going to work, I need to actually do something to remember it, and "the Z symbol with the middle missing" won't cut it for most of the other symbols.  

I have the Japanese IME installed on Windows, but typing the romaji either I pick the wrong symbols (maybe the kanji when it wants hiragana) or the symbols I'm trying to type don't show up at all.
Learning the kana?
Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor July 21, 2016, 11:52 am
Hi ajj7060さん!

That is not a silly question at all In terms of advice on how to learn kana, I unfortunately can only recommend continual practice using good old-fashioned writing on pen and paper. Start with each line (e.g. the a-line, the ka-line, etc.) and slowly built up until you can write the whole chart by memory.

Try scribbling down a line or the whole chart whenever you are free and you'll have learnt it all in no time!

In terms of Japanese IME, make sure it is on the hiragana setting and once you have written the kana you want (e.g. こんにちは), instead of pressing the space-bar (as you would when typing in English), press enter and then the space-bar, if you want to create a space. Pressing the space-bar scrolls through the different kanji options for the kana you have inputted, while the enter button simply leaves it as it is...Read More
Hi ajj7060さん!

That is not a silly question at all In terms of advice on how to learn kana, I unfortunately can only recommend continual practice using good old-fashioned writing on pen and paper. Start with each line (e.g. the a-line, the ka-line, etc.) and slowly built up until you can write the whole chart by memory.

Try scribbling down a line or the whole chart whenever you are free and you'll have learnt it all in no time!

In terms of Japanese IME, make sure it is on the hiragana setting and once you have written the kana you want (e.g. こんにちは), instead of pressing the space-bar (as you would when typing in English), press enter and then the space-bar, if you want to create a space. Pressing the space-bar scrolls through the different kanji options for the kana you have inputted, while the enter button simply leaves it as it is.

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have anymore questions
Hope that helps!

Crystal 
Learning the kana?
ajj7060 July 21, 2016, 1:08 pm
Thanks Crystal.  That's what I thought; I think I'll make up some flash cards.  I did figure out the IME thing for the tests; while both writing part of the tests say "listen then right the kana," the first test seems to always want all hiragana, and the second wants kanji / hiragana.
Learning the kana?
trutenor July 25, 2016, 11:22 pm
ajj7060, I have something that might help you out.  It was what I used years ago for learning katakana and hiragana.

http://realkana.com/

This is a simple system that allows you to just drill yourself on all the kana.  You can even choose if you just want katakana or hiragana, and choose which sets you want to learn.  This is perfect for creating your own difficulty settings.

This is perfect for learning to reading and identify the kana, but this system only worked for me 90% of the time, as there were some hiragana and katakana that are extremely similar to one another that I would mix them up.  For example, the hiragana nu ぬ and the hiragana me め。The answer that I found to this was as Crystal suggested is writing down the kana as well as using the "flash card" method...Read More
ajj7060, I have something that might help you out.  It was what I used years ago for learning katakana and hiragana.

http://realkana.com/

This is a simple system that allows you to just drill yourself on all the kana.  You can even choose if you just want katakana or hiragana, and choose which sets you want to learn.  This is perfect for creating your own difficulty settings.

This is perfect for learning to reading and identify the kana, but this system only worked for me 90% of the time, as there were some hiragana and katakana that are extremely similar to one another that I would mix them up.  For example, the hiragana nu ぬ and the hiragana me め。The answer that I found to this was as Crystal suggested is writing down the kana as well as using the "flash card" method.  When writing, it triggers something inside your mind that goes "Wait a second...ぬ has an extra twist at the end while め doesn't..."

Before I found Rocket Japanese and starting writing the Kanji, I would always have this problem.  I would always mix up two different yet very similar Kanji.  
Hopefully this works for you.

ガンばって! 
Learning the kana?

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