Remembering the Kanji is a series of three volumes by James Heisig, intended to teach the 3, most frequent Kanji to students of the Japanese language. 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 by James W. Heisig, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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But the basic idea is sound. The other disadvantage of course is that the most complex Kanji will be covered first complex in terms of heidig of radicals, not in terms of meaning which makes it harder to remember.

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

Home About Japanese Font Test. I haven’t thought this all the way through and I have never even broken one or both of my legs and even I can see the holes in this analogy are markedly obvious if pondered for even the briefest of moments. Heisig suggests you do each of these tue separately. Japanese students can take all the time they want, learning only a couple of hundred of Kanji a year, and living in Japan helps.

That’s why I appreciate this method, the order. I think what it did was take away my fear of the kanji. No trivia or quizzes yet. I kabji wait to see what lies ahead!

As a Japanese Japanese language student living in Japan, you learn a couple of hundred Kanji in the first year, a couple of hundred the second year, etc I would also recommend doing this book simultaneously with other Japanese reading because seeing the Kanji used in jamed texts reinforces their meanings and helps you add actual vocabulary to cement rememberjng even further in your memory. Based on what I’ve read in the past: I could learn kanji the same way I learned hiragana.


Remember, the more penises your kanji have, the more the stories seem like hot love stories you’ll never wanna forget. I very frequently replaced them with my own visualized connections, and was quite happy when Heksig finally stopped providing his own clumsy narratives.

Just stick the sentences in anki and review them daily, same as RTK.

The companion website is almost as good as the book, and even better as a supplement. See if it works for you, not all methods are for everyone and this is especially true for a language that is one of the most difficult ones to learn for a westerner.

Shouldn’t you actually finish RTK, or whatever the method is that you came up with, before you deem it a better method?

If you are learning Japanese, this one is excellent to pick up! 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. Between RTK, Anki, and kanji.

James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kan – Memrise

If you see ‘learning Japanese’ as one general skill, I agree it would make sense to first learn the most commonly used characters, and the more obscure elements they consist of only later. What about the systematic order as shown in his books? All the Kanji I know is from constant exposure or writing it out a ton of times. It me I think this book is a great help in studying Japanese characters.

Description Updated to include the new kanji approved by the Japanese government in as “general-use” kanji, the sixth edition of this popular text aims to provide the student of Japanese with a simple method for correlating the writing and the meaning of Japanese characters in such a way as to make them both easy to remember.


Therefore all these English meanings for Kanji and all the mental framework of stories built up to assist your memorisation of them must ultimately be discarded.

His technique is to attach a little story to each kanji to help it embed it in your memory, and then, when that kanji is embedded within another kanji, he elaborates on the story. Feb 09, Chrispwill rated it it was amazing Shelves: This entry was posted in Resources. It does precisely what it sets out to do.

The additional kanji has been included in response to the changes to the remembeirng use” kanji list in December Sep 07, rob rated it it was amazing.

Although by no means is it a scientific study, I know of several people who have had great success with this book, including myself. Apr 16, Bob Page rated it it was amazing.

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

By ordering the kanji according to their component parts or “primitive elements,” and then assigning each of these parts a distinct meaning with its own distinct image, the student is led to harness the powers of “imaginative memory” to learn the various combinations that make up the kanji. Even my Japanese teacher disagrees, who I would’ve been thankful to have when I first started studying and not have heissig 3 months going through all the Kanji in this book.

The advantage is that you see Kanji in its natural habitat and in context. An important point, though:

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