Remembering the Kanji is a series of three volumes by James Heisig, intended to teach the 3, most frequent Kanji to students of the Japanese language. 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 by James W. Heisig, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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September 13, at 9: And that is, to get used to Kanji and it’s strokes. Kanji in Context sounds rather like the ideal sort of reading practice. Heisig thus forces the learner to plan on success on learning all the kanji, rather than failure, unlike most books which try to teach the kanji.

So my question is: Kanken is the most obvious alternative method to me. As a Japanese Japanese language student living in Japan, you learn a couple of hundred Kanji in the first year, a couple of hundred the second year, etc 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 rdmembering book only teaches you to recognise meaning and not to “read” – kamji is, not to be able This book was recommended to me years ago by a French lecturer at my university in Japan.

But then you say that you agree with all the people saying that volume 2 is not needed.

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

Remebering by assigning ‘keywords’ to each kanji so learning the meaning first, jamess initially learning the readings and by constructing the kanji from the elements up. The main advantage of Heisig method it teaches you one of the best methods to differentiate between similar Kanji.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Let me guess, you didn’t read the introduction? Has anyone here finished volume two, or maybe even moved on to the third volume? Hi vonessa, thanks for your comment! Remembering the Kana succeeds the book Remembering the Hiragana: That’s why I did RTK: Now heusig I am half way through the second volume, everything is starting to come together and I am really starting to get good results.


This is an unavoidable consequence of trying to map each character to a unique and individual keyword, since many jams have very close meanings which are often used to reinforce eachother when they are paired to make a kanji compound word. Knowing that two Kanji mean two different English words doesn’t mean you know how to read Japanese.

In about 6 weeks using this book and Anki decks already compiled and available in the shared decks library NihongoShark for recognition and this koohi-based deck Definitely a solid offering. But throughout I just kept wondering how useful would this be to recognize and write characters without knowing the most common readings and meanings?

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. The remainder of the Chinese readings are introduced in separate chapters, designed to help the student learn the readings from everyday words and useful compounds.

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In the short term, you remember the Kanji using stories. I used this mainly to quickly look up Kanji I couldn’t remember the keyword for, or to find the Kanji by keyword. You feel powerful seeing the progress and feel motivated to keep going further.

Anyway, this thread is about alternatives so I guess that is an alternative. See if it works for you, not all methods are for everyone and this is especially true for a language that is one of the most difficult ones to learn for a westerner.

Hi Hinnerk, excellent question! It me I think this book is a great help in studying Japanese characters. Oh okay, so basically Henshall’s method of learning a Kanji by learning its history? The book does a good job of teaching you how to write the characters properly, and illustrates the differences between printed and written forms; and most of all, it presents everything in an order that streamlines learning.


Does that confirm my suspicions that there are only two ways of learning Kanji?

Intuition is a great thing when it comes to kanji learning. Heisig splits the kanji into various chapters, according to the most appropriate method to learn their readings. 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”.

September 14, at Again, I owe this book a lot for helping me tremendously in my studies. If you can see the reasoning behind of all this, then I would definitely get this book.

Part one of a complete course on how not to forget the meaning and writing of Japanese characters. The first part is in the style of Volume I, where the writing and keywords are learned. Englishwith translations into Spanish and German. Articles with a promotional tone from February All articles with a promotional tone Pages to import images to Wikidata Books with missing cover.

James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kanji 1

Subscribe to this thread View a Printable Version. Mr Heisig calls it ‘turkey’, I’d rather call it the Japanese way. These are presented by Heisig in an increasing order of difficulty. In the long term, jammes forget the story and simply remember the Kanji itself.

This series has been my go-to for learning kanji over the last 10 years or so, especially when Jsmes need to brush up. On a good day, I often learned almost kanji, with high levels of retention. Agreed, on all points.

What kind of method if any do they use? Before you start this book make sure you’re using the 6th edition not the 4th, because that one has a couple errors one or two keywords were repeated, another had the wrong Kanji, and on top of that it’s not the full Kanji but This book filled that gap and added Kanji on top of them.