Date: 2017-03-17 12:48
One side has kanji, several vocabulary words, the stroke order and similar-looking kanji. The other side has translations for the vocabulary words, plus the meaning and readings for the kanji.
Since you want to read at a much faster rate than you talk, you need some visual cues to instantly tell you what each word is. You can use the shape of words in English to blaze through text because most words have different shapes. Try this little exercise: Hi, enve thgouh all teh wrods aer seplled icorrenctly, can you sltil udsternand me?" Korean does this too because it has enough characters to make words with distinct and different shapes. However, because the visual cues are not distinct as Kanji, spaces needed to be added to remove ambiguities. (This presents another problem of when and where to set spaces.)
Katakana is the second phonetic Japanese alphabet. Katakana, unlike hiragana is written with straight lines. Generally, katakana is used for writing words of foreign origin.
Many of the kanji books out there incorporate this strategy to an extent. They’ll have a set of empty squares set aside as a practice space. But not too many.
But here’s the thing – knowing the characters alone isn’t enough. There are too many, and they’re all very similar to one another.
If you don’t need lots of entertainment or extra learning aids, and if you have a long attention span and can focus well , then this method may work well for you.
Hiragana (the blue characters in our sample text) are recognizable for their roundish shape and you’ll find them being used for three functions in Japanese writing:
There are no phonetics, there’s nothing about stroke order and there are no vocabulary words or exercises. There are suggestions for creating flashcards, though.
The Katakana (カタカナ) syllabary is used for words of foreign origin (known as gairaigo, 外来語), onomatopoeic words that indicate sounds, scientific names, and also for emphasis, much like how italics are used in English. Katakana symbols are characterized by their angular, boxy lines.