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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This series has been my go-to for learning kanji over the last 10 years or so, especially when I need to brush up.

Heisig groups roughly half the kanji according to “signal primitives” that signal a certain Chinese reading. When I tried learning Kanji through grades the kanji lacked meaning, sometimes, because primitives weren’t really introduced first.

Why yes, yes, I did. As to kanji and components. Additionally, this heieig comes with a condition: I’ll admit, this book jjames have a good use. I saw my classmates get ahead of me in terms of being able to read out loud knowing the pronunciations but I began to surpass them in reading comprehension since I started to know all the meanings.

James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kan – Memrise

The book helped get me over the language-learning hump and helped me learn considerably more kanji in a much shorter period of time than I had ever learned before. In about 6 weeks using this book and Anki decks already compiled and available in the shared decks library NihongoShark for recognition and this koohi-based deck for productionI was able to very easily recall and produce about kanji, which turned out to be quite useful in Japan – it’s not the same as reading it, but you can get the gist of a good fraction of the signs.


If that’s your goal, this book could be a useful reference tool. Yes, Heisig gives you nothing to help specifically with kanji compounds. The numbers one to five I remembered by associating them with the severe stomach cramps I endured from eating five bananas in a row. 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. Heisig book offered me a significantly great push towards learning the Japanese language.

For a better Kanji book in the same memrise style, please do yourself a favour and buy the Kenneth Henshall’s “A guide to remembering Japanese characters”, published by Tuttle. This was a handy start for my fruit-based system. I cannot wait to see what lies ahead!

On a good day, I often learned almost kanji, with high levels of retention. Please bear with me and explain! Japando as the Romans do! In this way, one is able to complete in a few short months a task that would otherwise take years. And I would’ve been done even sooner if some dickwads hadn’t broken into my apartment and stolen my laptop with the data on it, but that’s another story.

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. And for that I’m incredibly grateful. The result of finishing the book? The heck does Sagacious even mean?

Not books, so much but sites that teach Kanji, or do a good job of it? This book filled that gap and added Kanji on top of them.

James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kanji 1

So you need something else for that. In addition, each kanji is given its own key word to represent the meaning, or one of the principal meanings, of that character.

However, it suffers from two shortcomings that really prevent it from being as effective as RTK, in my opinion: After about kanji kxnji in the Heisig method, I was able to look at a completely unknown kanji for the first time, understand how to write it,deconstruct the radicals and search about it in a dictionary.


A book that doesn’t teach readings but claims it teaches Rememhering is a scam. Thhe may not be for everyone, and it may seem like double the work because you don’t learn everything in one go, but that’s kind of the point.

So, even though not for me at this point, because of time restrictions, I would still suggest this method to all people going into japanese learning.

The end goal is to think in Japanese. Unfortun If you are looking for a way to memorize the Japanese Kanji without beating your head against a wall, this is the book for you. And you do this every time.

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

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I could not, however, write a lot of cha I finally did it, and I’m not really sure what I think of it. 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.

Unfortunately, I’ve fallen off the wagon with studying Japanese, as I’ve been focusing on my writing in English.

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Great book for learning kanji. Don’t let the method presented in this book turn you away. Some of them actually do a good job of explaining radicals.