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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Anyway, this thread is about alternatives so I guess that is an alternative. Heisig did NOT invent anything. Hi Micah, you really put rememberring alot of effort here.

But more related to the topic. 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.

The method differs markedly from traditional rote-memorization techniques practiced in most courses.

James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kanji 1

The problem is, every time I came to an unfamiliar kanji, it would put a hard stop to the flow of my reading. Why do I still recommend this book, then you may ask? Instead of reading textbooks, you surround yourself in Japanese stuff.

Funny how people quarrel about insignificant trifles! However, again I do have friends that learned this way as well and they read Murakami during their leisure time. I have no argument with those. June 13, at 4: Kanji books University of Hawaii Press books. By the way, look carefully: This article contains content that is written like an advertisement.


It starts with the largest groups of such characters, and ends with the smallest groups. A very humble—I mean it—question. 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.

November 12, at 6: What about the systematic order as shown in his books? The end goal is to think in Japanese.

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

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. There is no attention given to the readings of the kanji as Heisig believes that one should learn the writing and meaning first before moving on to the rememberint in Volume II. I disagree with that particular point, and recommend learning the kana first.

In my opinion, the RTK books are my most important tools for studying Japanese. Shortcomings to the rrmembering The system itself has a few disadvantages which are worth mentioning, even though in my opinion they are crushingly outweighed by the advantages of this system. Sure learning them in a logical order and using mnemonics helps but I think the naive method above is not as hard as people make it out to be.

Well, I mean, duh?

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

The other disadvantage of course is that the most complex Kanji will be covered first complex in terms of number of radicals, not in terms of meaning which makes it harder to remember. Any successful strategy of learning written forms of kanji boils down to this: Remembering the Femembering succeeds the book Remembering the Hiragana: The basic primitives are introduced as needed throughout the book.


As for the difference between the different volumes, you can get that from any online description of the individual books, but roughly: 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.

The only other alternative I know of is the traditional Japanese way. Some of them actually do a good job of rdmembering radicals. Alright, now for some complaints about the book.

Shouldn’t you actually finish RTK, or whatever the method is that you came up with, before you deem it a better method? September 14, at Please bear with me and explain! When you read a book and you come across Kanji you don’t know IE. Between the different editions of volume 1, there are mostly the addition of a few characters, and some changes to what some of the mnemonic keywords are.

This can be a daunting task to contemplate, and this is only for the worse since as far as I know, this system will not be effective if it is interrupted. November 12, at 4: The additional kanji has been included in response to the changes to the “general use” kanji list in December Please help improve it by removing promotional content and inappropriate external linksand by adding encyclopedic content written from a neutral point of view.