The Yokomine Method of Learning The Kana — 5 Comments

  1. I’m definitely going to use this with my son. We haven’t spent much time on writing (in Japanese) and this looks like a perfect approach to it.

  2. Are the first three actual kana?

    Sure sounds like a great idea to adapt the learning process to something that makes sense for learning purposes. Good news for future students of kana, Japanese children and foreigners alike :)

    • They are kanji (and/or kanji radicals). They explained that they started with them because vertical/horizontal lines are the easiest for children to draw.

      • Good… Just wanted to make sure I hadn’t missed something in my kana studies long ago. I knew 一 and 十 but the vertical line stuck out. As a radical it makes sense (it is Heisig’s walking stick primitive as well). And surely straight(-ish) lines are the easiest thing to start out with.

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