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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March 30, at Has anyone here finished volume two, or maybe even moved on to the third volume? Remembering the Kanji is a series of three volumes by James Heisigintended to teach the 3, most frequent Kanji to students of the Japanese kamji.

However, in cases where the reader may be easily confused or for difficult kanji, Heisig often provides a small story or hint. November 12, at 4: Remembering the Kanji 1: Why are you being such a sheep can fellow Heisig’s way as if it is God’s way and any criticism of his approach is branded “nasty”? August 31, at 4: In regards to some of the comments toward the very end about it working all at once or not at all: There is a fantastic new resource that came out this year So you need heidig else for that.


Can you please point out what “nasty” words I used?

It starts with the largest groups of such characters, and ends with the smallest groups. Heisig groups roughly half the kanji according to “signal primitives” that signal a certain Chinese reading. I have no argument with those. After 5 years, I don’t even think they have reached yet.

I very frequently replaced them with my own visualized connections, and was quite happy when Heisig finally stopped providing his own clumsy narratives. Why yes, yes, I did. There will be one or more exceptions to this rule.

A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 hours each Combined edition is a book by James Heisig for remembering hiragana and katakana.

November 12, at 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?

Sure learning them in a logical order and using mnemonics helps but I think the naive method above is not as hard as people make hiesig out to be.

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

However, again I do have friends that learned this way as well and they read Murakami during their leisure time. February Learn how and when to remove this template message. Why do I still recommend this book, then you may ask?


He provided unique keywords to associate with each primitive and each character, so that you can easily review from keyword-to-kanji.

We are governed by our emotions – love and soul shattering awe are among them. Retrieved from ” https: In my opinion, it also has a tendency to choose more useful keywords for the primitives than RTK does. However, for those who are going to be outside that range — people who, for example, would take two years or more to get through the book, it is a questionable exercise.

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

I doubt they’re told to use any specific method, more “Go away and learn this! It does geisig what it sets out to do. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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