I bought this book because of what Ive read from reviews Im glad I did! Heisig teaches you the drawing of Japanese Kanji in a “real world” atmosphere. James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kanji 1. In the book these kanji are taught using stories. These kanji are learned the fastest if you read the book as well. Remembering the Kanji 1: A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters. James W. Heisig. About the Book.

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So my question is: The remainder of the Chinese readings are introduced in separate chapters, designed to help the student learn the readings from everyday words and useful compounds. Hi vonessa, thanks for your comment! Volume 2 of each book was published in early In several cases, the English keywords themselves are obscure, and I have to look them up in a dictionary.

This is an unavoidable consequence of trying to map each character to a unique and individual keyword, since many kanji have very close meanings which are often used to reinforce eachother when they are paired to make a kanji compound word.

Shortcomings to the system The system itself has a few disadvantages which are worth mentioning, even though in my opinion they are crushingly outweighed by the advantages of this system. Does that confirm my suspicions that there are only two ways of learning Kanji?

The course teaches the student to utilize all the constituent parts of a kanji’s written form—termed “primitives”, combined with ianji mnemonic device that Heisig refers to as “imaginative memory”. But, crutches of this sort, or any other remain useful nevertheless, as a bridge to getting to that point, after which it may be burned.


Review: Remembering the Kanji, volume 1, by James W Heisig |

The Kanji learnt is ordered by commonness. I disagree with that particular point, and recommend learning the kana first. I’m sure this is how people did it before RTK and Anki existed. Volume 3 presents a remembring kanji in addition to the 2, kanji introduced in Volume 1 and Volume 2. I deem that chapter informative, but not really useful.

In fact, the phonetic markers are unhelpful or useless for a large portion: By the way, look carefully: Remembering the Kanji 2: The following is my review, which I also plan to post on Amazon.

It should be noted that a large rememgering of those who have successfully gone through the book within an acceptable time frame and are happy with the result are people who already had a lot of Japanese rememberinb under their belt, which would have sped things up for them.

You only build new Kanji from primitives from the ones you already know. This is to encourage the student to use the stories as practice for creating their own.

But more related to the topic. This advise is all fine and well for anyone who has the mental capacity to get through the book within what is assumed to be a standard time range. At the beginning, listening comprehension and pronunciation are the most important, and, more often than not, completely ignored. I am half-way through the second volume and I am loving it.

Hi Hinnerk, excellent question! These are presented by Heisig in an increasing order of difficulty. It starts with the largest groups of such characters, and ends with the smallest groups. January 18, at 9: Heisig groups roughly half the kanji according to “signal primitives” that signal a certain Chinese reading. March 30, at 1: But I’m not surprised Warakawa added some nasty words So is rote memorization the only Kanji-learning alternative to RTK? It takes a very similar approach to learning the kanji, and in particular focuses on the same key concept behind RTK: Any foreigner who attempts to learn Kanji this way would probably give up.


Some of them actually do a good job of explaining radicals. I’m pretty sure that’s his own creation. Kanji in Context sounds rather like the ideal sort of reading practice. And keep in mind that plenty of foreign learners of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean have mastered Chinese characters by simply doing what the kids in those countries do Since finishing volume one of RTK about a week agoreading is dramatically easier for me.

November 12, at 6: Basically I remembeeing learning Kanji, hanzi and pinyin at the same time. It was first published inwith the sixth edition of the book released in Japando as the Romans do! This volume was co-authored by Tanya Sienko. That’s why I did RTK: Because there does not appear to be kanjji alternative ways of learning Kanji.

Conclusion I would love to see someone completely rework this system, and perhaps choose better keywords, and address some of the other problems I mentioned above.

Review: Remembering the Kanji, volume 1, by James W Heisig

I very frequently replaced them with my own visualized connections, and was quite happy when Heisig finally stopped providing his own clumsy narratives. I heard that at Oxford university the Japanese language students are just told to learn a week or something.

The other common complaint I hear is that no one who finishes this book goes on to gain an intermediate-to-advanced understanding of Japanese.