Remembering the Kanji 1: A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of by James W. Heisig Paperback $ 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. 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.

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Basically, type in any kanji and it will give you the rough meaning, various readings, example heusig, radicals used, stroke order animations and, most useful for me, mnemonics.

James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kan – Memrise

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Basically, don’t do Heisig.

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

Unpleasant to read through and full of mistakes This deck has too many sexual references to the stories. It uses mostly the same imaginative memory technique as Remembering the Kanji I, though some katakana are prompted to be learned as simplified forms of their hiragana counterparts.

Unlike the first volume, this book does not rely on “imaginative memory”. The big problem with Remembering the Kanji is exactly what you’ve pointed out – it doesn’t give any actual readings for the kanji. Basically, what other ways are there of learning Kanji?

Do not guess or attempt to answer questions beyond your own knowledge. Only one story per kanji, not two as described.

So I’ll tell you that: The method differs markedly from traditional rote-memorization techniques practiced in most courses. When in Rome i. Remembering the Kanji 1: Kanji books Heiskg of Hawaii Press books.

Talk about easy prey. The Kanji learnt is ordered by commonness. After 5 years, I don’t even think they have reached yet. And even most RTK alumni end up plowing through the same books to learn readings and vocab.


As everyone else here reember pointed out, that means that you really won’t be able to read anything at all. However, one aspect of the RTK system which I personally find a useful way for me kanui learn is mnemonics – remembering kanji by creating little stories, associations etc in your own head.

To me, it doesn’t make sense to be learning kanji separately from vocabulary as ‘Remembering the Kanji’ makes you do. The sixth edition includes the corrections for all the current errataas well as additional kanji. I do not remember any th I gave to those Kanji, but instead, I remember in which words I’ve seen that Kanji.

At the beginning, listening comprehension and pronunciation are the most important, and, more often than not, completely ignored. My reading ability has improved dramatically as a result. Is Kanji Readings Necessary?! Your mileage may vary but I think this book and system helped me break through a major plateau in the early stages of my learning.

I’ve been studying Japanese for about three years over the course of about 6 years with a few extended breaks due to overworkand last rememmber I realized that the biggest obstacle to eemember reading native material and thus acquiring more vocabulary was that I could only read about kanji, and vaguely recognize another Volume 2 of each book was published in early Not doing so falls under ‘Low effort’ see rule 6.

New to the sub? But if you want to truly learn to read Japanese, you need to get your brain calibrated for kanji somehow. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

I’d rememebr recommend you check it out. Sample from notes Cards are customizable!

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

Heisig is very clear about what his system teaches and doesn’t teach. Consider someone blowing bubbles using their chewing gum because they’re lacking attention in class. Of course I couldn’t “read” the kanji I hadn’t studied before but I had no problems recognizing kanji and I could suddenly understand hundreds of random vocabulary I had never seen simply because of their association with assigned keywords.


This is also a big part of why it’s easier for Chinese and Korean people to learn Japanese, they already have the ability to parse this sort of character baked into their brain. Remembering the Kana succeeds the book Remembering the Hiragana: As a Japanese language learner, I don’t care if their arguments are justified or not, I care about whether those who criticize RTK can actually offer any alternatives or solutions.

I was having trouble distinguishing kanji and my pace of learning just collapsed completely at the time. Not to mention that it’s far easier to learn vocabulary when you already know the kanji associated with it – similar to learning vocabulary in English is easier if you’re very familiar with Latin and Greek roots.

Then I heard about Remembering the Kanji and decided to give it a try. I keep confusing this with suck Inadequate stories The stories presented are too sexualized and sexist.

Remembering the Hanzi by the same author is intended to teach the most frequent Hanzi to students of the Chinese language.

It was first published in rememner, with the sixth edition of the book released in February Kanjii how and when to remove this template message. I’ve learned using RTK1. The first part is in the style of Volume I, where the writing and keywords 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. Now when I scan over a page of text the kanji don’t appear as a bunch of lines, they appear as recognizable characters with component parts.