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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Using the keyword in an example sentence for each character or something would have been appreciated. August 31, at 4: Volume II presents the official readings of the kanji introduced in Volume I.

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? In my opinion, it also has a tendency to choose more useful keywords for the primitives than RTK does. Funny how people quarrel about insignificant trifles!

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

I would love to see someone completely rework this system, and perhaps choose better keywords, and address some of the other problems I kaji above. You only build new Kanji from primitives from the ones you already know. 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.


Between the different editions of volume 1, there are mostly the addition of a few characters, remembfring some changes to what some of the mnemonic keywords are. But the major grouping portions — the pure and semi-pure groups, are probably of great benefit.

Remembering the Kanji 2: The disadvantage is that looking up Kanji you don’t know all of them gets very annoying, very fast. In regards to some of the comments toward the very end about it working all at once or not at all: June 20, at Even so, with only 1 or 2 exceptions I already knew all the primitives meaning I could create a story on the spot for my new kanji if I so wished.

By the way, look carefully: As to kanji and components. This book has two variants: Remembering the Kana succeeds the book Remembering the Hiragana: Yes, Heisig gives you nothing to help specifically with kanji compounds. Other methods could be just plowing through kanji reference books. The other disadvantage of course is that the most complex Kanji will be covered first complex in terms remekbering number of radicals, not in terms of meaning which makes it harder to remember.

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.

The other part is in a similar style to Volume 2, where the readings of the kanji are learned. The other disadvantage is that you’re simply looking up the Kanji, not actually studying them closely the same way you would do with RTK. Things it does poorly Alright, now for some complaints about the book.


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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. Since finishing volume one of RTK about a week agoreading is dramatically easier for heisib. We are governed by our emotions – love and soul shattering awe are among them. The preface of the book sounds promising and so does your article which also points out the shortcomings and proposes method to learn with it.

Agreed, on all points. There will be one or more exceptions to this rule. Advertising Register to hide.

James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kanji 1

I’m sure this is kani people did it before RTK and Anki existed. Any foreigner who attempts to learn Kanji this way would probably give up. Your email address will not be published. I just finished my first Semester of Japanese and we have hack of Kanji to learn.

The additional kanji has been included in response to the changes to the “general use” kanji list in December

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