KanjiPictoGraphix: Essential Kanji Mnemonics for Learning Japanese combines proven mnemonics with gorgeous color illustrations in an insightful and elegant application for your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Learning with Mnemonics
Japanese children traditionally learn kanji, the characters of written Japanese, by drawing each kanji repeatedly until it has been memorized. KanjiPictoGraphix offers a different, visual approach where vivid illustrations are used to associate a kanji with its meaning.
The idea is powerful, yet simple. Start with a drawing that closely resembles and captures the meaning of a kanji. Then, when seeing the kanji on its own, the drawing is recalled automatically, along with its associated meaning.
Kanji characters are often composed of symbolic elements which are visible in other related kanji. For example, the element of “fire” can be seen in the kanji characters for autumn, charcoal, burn, and extinguish. Within the application, these elements are thematically organized into groups such as “Nature”, “Food”, “Animals”, “Human”, and “Place”. Exploring related kanji is easy with the intuitive filtering features.
KanjiPictoGraphix contains 611 of the Jōyō Kanji, the guide to characters compiled by the Japanese Ministry of Education. Learning these kanji is an excellent step towards mastering written Japanese. For each of these kanji, stroke diagrams are included, as well as the on yomi and kun yomi readings presented in both kana and
romanji. Each kanji includes additional related vocabulary.