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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Japanese students can take all the time they want, learning only a couple of hundred of Kanji a year, and living in Japan helps. Sorry for my survival English. While I always tell people that the method works for me and always suggest to people that they look into it because it might work for them also – what evidence do you have that RTK is the “better” method?

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So, to answer your question: 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 rememebring.

This is a pretty ridiculous statement — Heisig wrote his book in ; are you suggesting that “any foreigner” before gave up? By the way, look carefully: The sixth edition includes the corrections for all the current errataas well as additional kanji.


What about the systematic order as shown in his books? February 26, at Kanken is the most obvious alternative method to me.

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

June 20, at By the way, I am actually the author so feel free to e-mail me with questions. But I guess a teacher would teach that? For each Chinese reading of a kanji, an example compound word ksnji given. Is it etymology as dizmox mentioned? January 20, at These are presented by Heisig in an increasing order of difficulty.

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

Hello Micah, thanks for your splendid article! If that is so, then the advantage of this method for non-Japanese foreigners is that people can learn the most common and useful Kanji first and can use it immediately.

First, a significant portion of your energy in reviewing and associating the characters with keywords, is that many of the keywords are confusingly similar.

The following is my review, which I also plan to post on Amazon. An important point, though: Remembering the Kanji 2: That’s what the thread is about, alternatives. In order to aid recall, flash cards like Anki is used. He took the Chinese or Japanese radicals, added some more, called them ‘primitives’ and used kanjii stories in English to remember the kanji. For example, Heisig’s RTK is a method.

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James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kanji 1

But then you say that you agree with all the people saying that volume 2 is not needed. Luisa Pastore Alinante says: After 5 years, I don’t even think they have reached yet.

Remembering the Kanji 1: In the short term, you remember the Kanji using stories. Volume II presents the official readings of the kanji introduced in Volume I. 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. I find this to be mostly untrue.

I disagree with that particular point, and recommend learning the kana first. You will not only need to review, you will need tye review a lot. Unlike the first volume, this book does not rely on “imaginative memory”. In any case, nearly every time this challenge is issued, someone steps forward as a counter-example.

Heisig is by no means perfect, and I can think of several ways it could be dramatically improved in my opinion.