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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As to kanji and components. These are presented by Remsmbering in an increasing order of difficulty. I have my doubts as to whether the chapter remains useful once it gets down to groups consisting of only two total characters, but there you go. When I tried learning Kanji through grades the kanji lacked meaning, sometimes, because primitives weren’t really introduced first.

“Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji sucks” – Other Kanji Learning Methods?

You can absolutely learn the kanji using Heisig, without remwmbering knowing any other Japanese first; the website All Japanese All The Time actually recommends it as the first step in learning Japanese, before even learning kana. November 12, at 6: Unlike the first volume, this book does not rely on “imaginative memory”. Sorry for my survival English. March 30, at 1: Kanni that case they would be making a sacrifice now a not insignificant one to get a later reward.

Language is a system of four subsystems: Retrieved from ” https: Remembering the Hanzi by the same author is intended to teach the most frequent Hanzi to students of the Chinese language. And even most RTK alumni end up plowing through the same books to learn readings and vocab.


Volume 3 presents a further kanji in addition to the 2, kanji introduced in Volume 1 and Volume 2. Remembering the Kanji 3: Does that confirm my suspicions that there are only two ways of learning Kanji? I see a reasonable number of people on the Internet criticizing RTK. The keywords chosen for kanji are frequently very poor choices IMO.

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. A given character kanhi has at least two pronunciations, and a few have quite a few more than that. February 15, at 9: The cover of the 5th Edition.

There will be one or more exceptions to this rule.

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

Maybe I misheard though. But I guess a teacher would teach that?

This is a pretty ridiculous statement — Heisig wrote his book in ; are you suggesting that “any foreigner” before gave up? In any case, nearly every time this challenge is issued, someone steps forward as a counter-example. We are governed by our emotions – love and soul shattering awe are among them. He took the Chinese or Japanese radicals, added some more, called them ‘primitives’ and used some stories in English to remember the kanji.

Since it’s for Japanese people, I’m guessing that they learn Kanji from most common e. It was first published inwith the sixth edition of the book released in Has anyone here finished volume two, or maybe even moved on to the third volume? The other part of this is that it uses a lot of somewhat useless vocabulary, mainly to build your kanji reading skills and kanji-based vocabulary instead of daily conversational vocabulary.

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In my opinion, the RTK books are my most important tools for studying Japanese.

After 5 years, I don’t even think they have reached yet. Based on what I’ve read in the past: Shouldn’t you actually finish RTK, or whatever the method is that you came up with, before you deem it a better method?

A very humble—I mean it—question. This is to encourage the student to use the stories as practice for creating their own. Not books, so much but sites that teach Kanji, or do a good job of it? Remembering the Kanji is a series of three volumes by James Heisigintended to teach the 3, most frequent Kanji to students of the Japanese language. Proudly powered by WordPress. Additionally, this system comes with a condition: It should be noted that a large number 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 study under their belt, which would have sped things up for them.

But then you say that you agree with all the people saying that volume 2 is not needed. On the other hand, they already truly mastered the ones they already know know all the readings etc. It is a matter of preference in a sense. The method differs markedly from traditional rote-memorization techniques practiced in most courses.

Luisa Pastore Alinante says: Let me guess, you didn’t read the introduction?

So is rote memorization the only Kanji-learning alternative to RTK?