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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January kajni, at Unlike the first volume, this book does not rely on “imaginative memory”. Has anyone here finished volume two, or maybe even moved on to the third volume?

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. Kanji Kentei – although it’s just a supplement to the traditional Japanese school methods.

February 26, at March 30, at 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.

Instead of reading textbooks, you surround yourself in Japanese stuff. Home About Japanese Font Test. 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.

Subscribe to this thread View a Printable Version. Kanji in Context sounds rather like the ideal sort of reading practice. Probably not beforebut now that RTK exists, maybe they would give up when they know there’s a better alternative.

He took the Chinese or Japanese radicals, added some more, called them ‘primitives’ and used some stories in English to remember the kanji. I could not imagine trying to study Japanese without that. Sorry for my survival English. Any successful strategy of learning written forms of kanji boils down to this: February 15, at 9: I heard that at Oxford university the Japanese language students are just told to learn a week or something. Remembering the Kanji 1: In several cases, the English keywords themselves are obscure, and I have to look them up in a dictionary.


Please help improve it by removing promotional content and inappropriate external linksand by adding encyclopedic content written from a neutral point of view. As for the difference between the different volumes, you can get that from any online description of the individual books, but roughly: But I think Heisig works so well precisely because the first volume completely ignores pronunciation, and focuses on meaning or at any rate, a caricature of one of its meanings and writing, which gives you a more manageable chunk of information to learn.

In the short term, you remember the Kanji using stories. The course teaches the student to utilize all the constituent parts of a kanji’s written form—termed “primitives”, combined with a mnemonic device that Heisig refers to as “imaginative memory”. February Learn how and when to remove this template message. These are presented by Heisig in an increasing order of difficulty.

Often they are obscure and rambling monologues with only light connections to the elements in the kanji. And you do this every time. Agreed, on all points. The basic primitives are introduced as needed throughout the book. However, it still remains at this time, the most effective system for quickly gaining a solid repertoire of characters, and at the end of it, you really can read Japanese much more effectively.

Before I worked through RTK, I was probably familiar with around of the most frequently-used kanji. In my opinion, it also has a tendency to choose more useful keywords for the primitives than RTK does. I can assure you that my way of learning languages kanji included has nothing to do with rote memorization. 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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Hi vonessa, thanks for your comment! Alright, now for some complaints about the book.

The only other alternative I know of is the traditional Japanese way. I’ve heard negative opinions about learning Kanji this way though etymology.

James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kan – Memrise

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

Remembering the Kanji is a series of three volumes by James Heisigintended kanui teach the 3, most frequent Kanji to students of the Japanese language. I doubt they’re told to use any specific method, more “Go away and learn this!

By the way, look carefully: Anyway, this thread is about alternatives so I guess that is an alternative. When you read a book and you come across Kanji you don’t know IE.

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

There is no attention given to the readings of the kanji as Heisig believes that one should learn the writing and meaning first before moving on to the readings in Volume II.

Volume 2 of each book was published in early Right after the explanation of the kanj for the number three, after putting the number 2 in brackets to explain that it is written with two strokes, the author adds two …are they kanjis?

Can you please point out what “nasty” remembeering I used? It is a matter of preference in a sense. I disagree with that particular point, and recommend learning the kana first.

And even most RTK alumni end up plowing through the same books to learn readings and vocab.

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