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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I remembered the kanji instantly. June 13, at 6: It starts with the largest groups of such characters, and ends with the smallest groups. I hesitate to call this a method. The other part is in a similar style to Volume 2, where the readings of the kanji are learned. This is heisgi encourage the student to use the stories as practice for creating their own.

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There is a fantastic new resource that came out this year The book is mainly focused on the Chinese readings, however one chapter does suggest a mnemonic device for learning the Japanese readings. What about the systematic order as shown in his books? The end goal is to think in Japanese. You can contact me from the website. However, in cases where the reader may be easily confused or for difficult kanji, Heisig often provides a small story or hint.

It was first published inwith the sixth edition of the book released in That’s what the thread is about, alternatives. March 30, at Of course, you need to memorize the radicals before you can memorize the complex Kanji, which makes RTK’s “building block” method much preferable. Heisig is by no means perfect, and I can think of several ways it could be dramatically improved in my opinion.


Volume 3 presents a further kanji in addition to the 2, kanji introduced in Volume 1 and Volume 2.

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

University of Hawaii Press. Basically, what other ways are there of learning Kanji? The next chapter is probably the most helpful in the book: Any successful strategy of learning written forms of kanji boils down to this: Since it’s for Japanese people, I’m guessing that they learn Kanji from most common e. Kanken is the most obvious alternative method to me.

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

For sex-related stories, I know it is what Kanji Damage specializes in, but isn’t that based off RTK anyway breaking Kanji into radicals? In the long term, you forget the story and simply remember the Kanji itself.

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.

This volume was co-authored by Tanya Sienko.

The other disadvantage of course is that the most complex Kanji will be covered first complex in terms of number of radicals, not in terms of meaning which makes it harder to remember. Some keywords differ only very, very slightly.


While I always tell people that the method works for me and always suggest to people that they look into it because it might work for them also – what evidence do you have that RTK is the “better” method?

I could not imagine trying to study Japanese without that. So my question is: The disadvantage of this method is that we are not Japanese, we don’t live in Japan, and we’re not Japanese children living in Japan learning Japanese for the first time native language. Dear qwertyytrewq, I can assure you that my way of learning languages kanji included has nothing to do with rote memorization.

That’s why I appreciate this method, the order. Advertising Register to hide. June 13, at 4: Other methods could be just plowing through kanji reference books. Is it etymology as dizmox mentioned? Englishwith translations into Spanish and German. From there on out it makes sense to just create Anki decks with the stuff you need kanj learn. As to kanji and components. I find myself differing quite frequently from what would be an appropriate keyword for a given character, and even when it is a genuine meaning, a number of characters have multiple possible meanings, and the keyword Heisig chose, even when it is the most important one, may not be the one best suited for understanding a particular compound.