Anyone know a good katakana mnemonics chart?
  • I used this one to learn Hiragana, it made it much easier to memorize them.
    http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~if2n-szk/gif_1/mnemonics.jpg

    Does anyone know a similar one for Hiragana?
    I couldn't find any.
  • I'm not into pmneumonics but most of the katakana look similar to the corresponding hiragana, so associating the katakana with hiragana should make it easier.
  • I wouldn't say "most." I would only say カ,キ,ヘ,モ,ヤ,リ look like their corresponding hiragana, セ,ラ,コ,ノ,メ,ウ are really quite a stretch, and I'd struggle to see similarities of any other. There are also ニ(ni) which is a fake as it looks like こ(ko).
  • Perhaps you should interpret "similar" artistically. Often the katakana look like just a part of the hiragana, for example セ looks like せ but written with just 2 strokes instead of 3. ノ, メ and ケ also like like part of の、 め and け. ニ also is part of に, and コ looks similar to こ, even if ニ also looks like こ.

    Most of the katakana and hiragana (31/46) are taken from the same Chinese character:

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Comparison_of_hiragana_and_katakana_derivations

    Though it is true not all of the katakana look like the corresponding hiragana, I still recommend you try to associate the katakana with the hiragana.
  • Being "artistic" is a luxury of someone who's already mastered it. See from a beginner's point of view - it won't be "wow cool ケ and け looks like 計" (orly? Well, I suppose so if you ignore that the both kana has 2 vertical strokes while the kanji has 1 and the 4 way intersection in 計 has disintegrated to 1 in ケ but not け). It'll be more like "FVCK ケク セヒ, フウワ, ラヲ, ンソ, シツ."

    BTW, you wouldn't say your hand looks like your head would you? Resembling and being a part of the same whole are 2 different things. In any case, you should have already mastered at least how write kana by the time you get to kanji.

    [quote=tamatama]Though it is true not all of the katakana look like the corresponding hiragana, I still recommend you try to associate the katakana with the hiragana.[/quote] I maintain that most katakana don't, but associate them you must. It's not like you have a choice if you're going to be learn written Japanese.

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