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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Maybe I misheard though. It was first published inwith the sixth edition of the book released in Not books, so much but sites that teach Kanji, or do a good job of it? Hi Hinnerk, excellent question! June 13, at 6: Home About Japanese Font Test. The book is mainly focused on the Chinese readings, however one chapter does suggest a mnemonic device for learning the Japanese readings.

The first part is in the style of Volume I, where the writing and keywords are learned. Since it’s for Japanese people, I’m guessing that they learn Kanji from most common e. Using the keyword in an example sentence for each character or something would have been appreciated. The sixth edition includes the corrections for all the current errataas well as additional fhe.

Hello Micah, thanks for your splendid article! What kind rememvering method if any do they use? Kanji Kentei – although it’s just a supplement to the traditional Japanese school methods.

It’s much more efficient. 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. 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. Or at least, not decent ones. We are governed by our emotions – love and soul shattering awe are among them.


The problem is, every time I came to an unfamiliar kanji, it would put a hard stop to the flow of my reading. 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”.

Instead of reading textbooks, you surround thw in Japanese stuff. It kxnji some Japanese knowledge to use, which is its main caveat.

November 20, at 6: February 26, at That’s why I did RTK: I’m sure this is how people did it before RTK and Anki existed. I hesitate to call this a method.

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Do you mean different editions, or different volumes? But then you say that you agree with all the people saying that volume 2 is not needed. I remembered the kanji instantly.

For example, Heisig’s RTK is a method. The disadvantage of this method is that we are not Japanese, we don’t live in Japan, and we’re not Japanese children living heislg Japan learning Japanese for the first time native language.

Views Read Edit View history. This is a pretty ridiculous statement — Heisig wrote his book in ; are you suggesting that “any foreigner” before gave up?

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. By the way, I am actually the author so feel free to e-mail me with questions. Kids take a long time because they’re well, kids.


Why yes, yes, I did. In several cases, the English keywords themselves are obscure, and I have to look them up in a dictionary.

Volume II presents the official readings of the kanji introduced in Volume I. Retrieved from ” https: The Kanji learnt is ordered by commonness. Rememberng me, for example. I could not imagine trying to study Japanese without that.

James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kanji 1

November 12, at 6: I have no argument with those. The other part is in a similar style to Volume 2, where the readings of the kanji are learned. November 20, at 7: Your email address will not be published. Based on what I’ve read in the past: Volume 2 of each book was published in early I’m pretty sure that’s his own creation. You will not only need to review, you will need to review a lot. August 31, at 4: He took the Chinese or Japanese radicals, added some more, called them ‘primitives’ and used some stories in English to remember the kanji.

Has anyone here finished volume two, or maybe even moved on to thee third volume?