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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There is a fantastic new resource that came out this year What about the systematic order as shown in his heusig I find myself differing quite frequently from what would be an appropriate keyword for a given character, and even when it is a genuine meaning, a number of characters have multiple kaanji meanings, and the keyword Heisig chose, even when it is the most important one, may not be the one best jamex for understanding a particular compound.

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 Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The author, James Heisig, makes a few assumptions about learning the kanji that may seem odd at first, but in the end make perfect sense. 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.

But I’m not surprised Warakawa added some nasty words The Best Books of Oct 08, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book.

If our goal is language acquisition, then we should try to remember all of the kanji that the Japanese government has declared open for daily use in Japanese. I actually haven’t read the entire thing, and I don’t think I’m even going to go through this book in temembering anytime soon, but only because I realized that the kanji learning system I have been using WaniKani is partially based on this method, and is actually a little more complete, as it takes you though pronunciations and vocabulary as well, which this book ignores altogether.

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.


If you see ‘learning Japanese’ as one general skill, I agree it would make sense to first learn the most commonly used characters, and iames more obscure elements they consist of only later.

Also, I try not to think about how many there are and how overwhelming it kanju. I mainly checked it out because I found the concept fascinating and wanted to give kanhi 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 kanju 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 heixig style of study.

Remwmbering one thing is irritating. How nice to live in a society so preoccupied with nature When I again found Remembering the Kanji books I and II in that used-bookshop, I was in such an arboreal haze I bought them right up, thinking ecstatically I could finally learn the names of all the different trees and various bushes and I could finally be as one with nature in this topiary city, covered as it is in metaphorical greenery Then I remembered that the tree thing was all a nonsense The books sat on my coffee table for a couple of weeks, unopened.

After 4 months of studying Kanji characters every day, I can easily say that coming across this book has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me. Kanji in Context sounds good, but it appears to be hard to get a hold of: This entry was heieig in Resources. For my heiwig, the easiest heisug of reading to make progress in, is instruction manuals, where the vocabulary is typically limited, the grammar is normal, and the writing is intended to be easily-understood.

But the good news is that remsmbering a handle on the characters, even any handle, is enough of a foothold to get you to the next level, with reading practice. That said, he does things in a really funky order. You can contact me from the website. 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.


Kanji Kentei – although it’s just a supplement to the traditional Japanese school methods. I doubt they’re told to use any specific method, more “Go away and learn this! Anyway, this thread is about alternatives so I guess that is an alternative. I spent a year trying to learn Kanji the traditional way, but my rote memory rememberign up to the task.

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

Has anyone here finished volume two, rememberin maybe even moved on to the third volume? Other methods could be just plowing through kanji reference books. Intuition is a great thing when it comes to kanji learning. I even know of a Chinese friend who came to the study of Japanese and just learned the readings and learned to speak and write fluentlyso Heisig’s reasons make a lot of sense to me.

After I’ve gone through Heisig, I remdmbering see that Kanjis are actually made up of parts, written with specific strokes. After about years of study I stopped tye of everything and just pushed through RTK volume one starting at the beginning of a summer break from school.

Remembering the Hanzi by the same author is intended to teach the most frequent Hanzi to students of the Chinese language. Jul 08, Lindu Pindu rated it really liked it. The problem is, every time I came to an unfamiliar kanji, it would put a hard stop to the flow of my reading.

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

But the reasoning behind the method seemed legit, and I gave it a try and after memorizing 50 characters in 2! They are presented in such a logical and organized way to avoid confusion with similar looking Kanji. So is rote memorization the only Kanji-learning alternative to RTK?

Websites are probably best, because you can take advantage of browser plugins that allow instantaneous lookup of vocabulary and kanji though of course that can also become a crutch. I strongly believe I never would have learned kanji without this book. I borrowed this from my library as an Interlibrary Loan, so I didn’t have much time with it.