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Without this book, I’d be scared to really learn Kanji and would see it as a bunch of rememberin scattered all over the place, randomly meaning something.

If that’s your goal, this book could be a useful reference tool. You have to tool around the site a bit to find it. For those who are learning, I recommend to download Anki deck for this book, it is a bit more comfortable to memorize in that way. The method shown in this book is a great way to study the japanese kanji and helped me a lot to memorize them, both in reading and writing.

I mainly checked it out because I found the concept fascinating and wanted to give it a try, but in the end the way of learning that this book teaches you is not compatible with my own mental way of categorizing what I learn; in a sense, I would have had to un-learn everything I already knew to begin with, and since this book only teaches you to recognise meaning and not to “read” – that is, not to be able to read out loud, or hear the correct Japanese words in your head while reading, something that I find I need to be able to do in order to glean understanding from Japanese OR English – I didn’t find it of much use to me other than as an interesting exercise in another style of study.


Have doubts regarding this product? There’s no real practical and efficient way that I know of to learn Kanji that works better than this method. I learned hiragana like this in a couple of shifts at the supermarket, also benefiting from unwitting kanji review practice every time someone bought a bunch of bananas Fast forward a year and I find myself living in Japan if you want to know the full story please read my blog.

Having it ordered makes sense to remember how to write them but is ineffective in actually learning Kanji.

Remembering the Kanji 1 : James W. Heisig :

In these two months, I have learned Kanji, formed different stories, drew characters, and most importantly, learned words from the Japanese vocabulary. Before RTK, kanji was just a bunch of scribbles.

Working through this book took me about 8 months, and it’s benefit is only felt when you finish them all. Having a story that jams EACH character unique, no matter how similar to others it looks, is a fantastic idea.

These key words provide the setting for a particular kanji’s “story,” whose protagonists are the primitive elements. After I’ve gone through Heisig, I can see that Kanjis are actually made up of parts, written with specific strokes.

ja,es Volume 3 presents a further kanji in addition to the 2, kanji introduced in Volume 1 and Volume 2. The disadvantages are not very important if you have time to study them fast and then move to the next step learn the readings and extra meanings. This way, after knowing all the primitives, there will be no way to forget primitive form which Kanji, because you jamess identified each Kanji and differentiated it from its similar primitives.

In this way, Remembering the Kanji 2 lays out the varieties of phonetic pattern and offers helpful hints for learning readings, that might otherwise appear completely random, in an efficient and rational way.

James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kan – Memrise

So the basic method is worth 5 stars. I decided not to finish this kanji learning method, not because it’s not good but because I found out another method WaniKani that works better for me at this point in my life. Heisig changed that for me. While I myself am not fond of mnemonic devices and am not very good at using them, I found his method invaluable to me as I sought to learn how to read Japanese. However, in cases where the reader may be easily confused or for difficult kanji, Heisig often provides a small jamez or hint.


Having said kanii I believe Heisig’s method is great in opening up your intuition about understanding kanji characters. Usually rememberijg in weeks?

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kanii This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat If anyone had visited my apartment they might have remarked upon my studying kanji and I might have replied with a noncomittal hmmm. 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.

Heisig splits the kanji into various chapters, according to the most appropriate method to learn their readings. And I have to say that in combination with my Japanese language course and my attempts in reading manga in Japanese, Rememgering already learned some of the readings without making much of an effort, so that helps, too.

James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kanji 1

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.

Between RTK, Anki, and kanji. And since kanji is generally considered the most difficult part of jammes the language, it’s all downhill from here!

But the basic idea is sound.