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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Be the first to ask a question about Remembering the Kanji, Volume I. You are right, it is a terrible joke and does not work at all here.

James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kanji 1

All the kanji are analysed by components—Heisig terms these “primitives”—which may be traditional radicalsother kanji themselves, or a collection of strokes not normally identified as independent entities.

It’s much more efficient. Without this book, I’d be scared to really learn Kanji and would see it as a bunch of lines scattered all over the place, randomly meaning something. For sex-related stories, I know it is what Kanji Damage specializes in, but isn’t that jaes off RTK anyway breaking Kanji into radicals? The sixth edition includes the corrections for all the current errataas well as additional kanji. Having remsmbering ordered makes sense to remember how to write them but is ineffective in actually learning Kanji.

My advise to anyone considering using this book who is in the very early stages of their study would be to try the first few hundred kanji using free materals, time it out and then come up with a realistic calculation of how long the whole process will probably take for them, before investing in a purchase. This is a pretty ridiculous statement — Heisig wrote his book in ; are you suggesting that “any foreigner” before gave up? So the basic method is worth 5 stars.

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

The first part is in the style of Volume I, where the writing and keywords are learned. This is silly, as in order for this to be true, the book would actually have to have some property that prevents you from further study.


I’ve heard negative opinions about learning Kanji this way though etymology. I will continue on with the series, just to see what it’s about. Kamji this year I decided to tackle that issue, and invested in this book as well as the other two volumes.

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And I have to say that in combination with my Japanese language course remembernig my attempts in reading manga in Japanese, I’ve already learned some of the readings without making much of an effort, so that helps, too.

November 12, heisigg 6: I can’t praise it enough to be honest. I would love to see someone completely rework this system, and perhaps choose better keywords, and address some of the other problems I mentioned above. A perhaps unhealthy toe, but a toe nonetheless. Jul 22, bhen adrecra rated it really liked it. I deem that chapter informative, but not really useful. But I love this method of learning kanji.

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. Don’t be fooled into thinking there is any one way to get thru the kanji– your ass is on a mission through imaginationland as you read his and create your own stories to go along with all or so common kanji.

Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions By making this assumption, Heisig can arrange the order of kanji to be learned according to ease, rather than according to frequency or grade level. A given character usually has at least two pronunciations, and a few have quite a few more than that.

Works by assigning ‘keywords’ to each kanji so learning the meaning first, without initially learning the readings and by constructing the kanji from the elements up. Heisig splits the kanji into various chapters, according to the most appropriate method to learn their readings. First of all, there are no readings whatsoever.

This book has two variants: 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 June 20, at This is to encourage the student to use the stories as practice for creating their own. Working through this book took me about 8 months, and it’s benefit is only felt when you finish them all. And, although the book discourages you from doing thisI’d recommend even replacing the keywords of the book with the real Japanese words used for that Kanji, but only if you really know that word and have no trouble recalling it.


Do the homework and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and effort. WaniKani is a great alternative though!

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

February 15, at 9: He provided unique keywords to associate with each primitive and each character, so that you can easily review from keyword-to-kanji.

I would never have imagined that I would be this intend on learning Japanese, but there you go. Do you mean different editions, or different volumes? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

That’s the short-term benefit of finishing Heisig. No trivia or quizzes yet.

At first I thought it was an obnoxious idea and that it wouldn’t fit my way of learning. Volume 3 is the same as volumes 1 and 2, but on a new set of an additional thousand characters or thereaboutsnot covered in volume 1.

His first assumption is that it is a waste of time trying to learn only a handful of kanji. The book helped get me over the language-learning hump and helped me learn considerably more kanji in a much shorter period of time than I had ever learned before.

So you need something else for that. Heisig book offered me a significantly great push towards learning the Japanese remembbering.

The best method if you want to start learning Japanese without feeling like you’re heiig siege. I would heartily recommend the book to any serious student. Intuition is a great thing when it comes to kanji learning.