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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Christie rated it it was amazing Feb 05, This is the kanji reference book par excellence, much more than just a language-teaching book. A great book for the serious student of kanji or any curious person. It reads like a best-seller. 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 use it every single day, and have done for almost a year now.

To sum up, this book is a superb study of kanji, meticulously researched, concisely explained, and elegantly presented. 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.

There is a story to each kanji–and when you know the story it is much easier to remember each kanji. If mnemonics help you with retention then fine, but retention is not all there is to fluency, and you’re never going to be fluent if you have to recall some goofy story that actually has nothing to do with the kanji at hand every time you encounter it. However, in many cases, this wasn’t feasible and I ended up with a story totally unrelated the history of the kanji.


This is the most amazing kanji book I have found so far. Through my career of researching and teaching Japanese, this is the best all round Kanji book I have seen so far.

What are your thoughts on Henshall’s Kanji by etymology? : LearnJapanese

Log in or sign up in seconds. Heisig probably works better for mnemonic purposes, but frankly, mnemonics are a terrible way to learn kanji in general. And there are around 2, of them! And that makes this book more special to me.

My biggest issue kanni this hebshall that learning kanji with no vocabulary context is utterly useless. Is it reasonable to love a reference text like I love Henshall? I reviewed it on here before, but I basically had the same conclusions you did. Sep 02, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: He is well-known for his translations of literature and history books, and is the author of A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters.

It is perfectly balanced and allows the user to search for characters via the “sound readings” or via the stroke count index. I could get lost for hours reading the history behind each character.

Henshall Kanji Mnemonics

I’m doing Heisig’s RTK right now and it’s working wonders. You “just know it”. This book is supposed to teach you to remember the Henshwll with mnemonics and explanations of the character’s etymology. I hope I will finish your book one day! Trivia About A Guide to Rememb Keep in mind, of course, that you can always change the story– but not the history. Since my only methods for learning kanji are mnemonics and SRS henxhall course I am quite curious what your methods are.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There is a further complication, even if you subscribe to the kanui of limiting yourself to the mnemonics and a brief check of the explanation. Absolutely fantastic reference material for the individual who needs context for their Kanji study.


Which system works better? So I generate clusters based on radical using TheKanjiMap. 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. It helped me to learn some of the readings that I had not gotten before.

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. Professor Henshall, you are my hero.

Otherwise, you hneshall find that you are actually memorizing a series of defunct kanji in order to remember a single modern kanji. Containing “shodo” Brush stroke stylethe examples are written superbly with very good mnemonics based on the radicals. Feb 03, Mike rated it it was amazing.


It reads like a good history of culture book, too. The above is clearly a useful and effective mnemonic. This is information overload — it provides no assistance in memorizing the current hensha,l, although it is an interesting detour. Just be cognizant of your goals when perusing this book henxhall that is, you probably want to learn kanji as opposed to the history of kanji– and orient your study accordingly.

Thank you, Professor Henshall. Carrie rated it really liked it Jan 26, Asking “How do I learn Japanese?