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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Much easier than looking through the indexes in the book. However, in cases where the reader may be easily confused or for difficult kanji, Heisig often provides a small story or hint. Love, love, love this book. Kanji books University of Hawaii Press books.

I found that I remember most of the kanji I learned with Heisig’s method. 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. Like you wouldn’t learn architecture by first memorizing blueprints of buildings, to only later finally find out what a brick or a steel beam actually is. I still find many characters are a challenge, as I can’t remember all the stories. They should state this more clearly, I reckon.

Also, the words used to describe various kanji are slightly different in this book than what I’ve seen in WaniKani, so I have a feeling that trying to focus on both might mess me up. Safe and Secure Payments. An excellent book by an excellent author – RTK invokes mnemonic techniques that are useful not only in learning the kanji, but learning almost anything else one puts one’s head to.

Remembering the Kanji 1: Following the first volume of Remembering the Kanji, the present work provides students with helpful tools for learning the pronunciation of the kanji. And I would’ve been done even sooner if some dickwads hadn’t broken into my apartment and stolen my laptop with the data on it, but that’s another story.

Constructing the kanji from the elements up is also the way to go I feel.

Between RTK, Anki, and kanji. For those who are learning, I recommend to download Anki deck for this book, it is a bit more comfortable to memorize in that way. Behind the notorious inconsistencies in the way the Japanese language has come to pronounce the characters it received from China lie several coherent patterns.


I sighed for a week and then just ran with this explanation and supposed that everything I read on advertisements while idly riding the train, or on various shop hoardings while walking around the city, every piece of writing I saw concerned the labyrinthine subject of dendrology.

All in all, it’s not a silver bullet and even if it were, learning kanji is not a werewolf and the only way to really learn the kanji is obviously just by reading a shedload, but this method really does provide a good crutch. Although it thd very helpful in remembering the shape and stroke tje of the kanji, it fails to provide any readings On and Kun. The Kanji are not Egyptian hieroglyphs, and looking at Kanji won’t teach you how to read a book, let alone how to speak and the book doesn’t even show you how to pronounce the Kanji, ffs.

It’s been over a kanjk since I’ve used this book and I remember not a single story. I borrowed this from my library as an Interlibrary Loan, so I didn’t have much time with it.

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If anyone had visited my apartment they might have remarked upon my studying kanji and I might have replied with a noncomittal hmmm. Finally, this book doesn’t work. If you don’t know what that Kanji says in actual Jap I’m going to be the minority here since most people getting this book and reviewing it are those that are new learners of Japanese.

And for that I’m incredibly grateful. Again, I owe this book a lot for helping me tremendously in my studies. 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. That way you don’t waste time reviewing your ever-growing pile of Kanji everyday and focus only on the ones you need to review.

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.

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The problem comes when you realise that most kanji, with a little imaginative license, resemble trees in various states of rude or ill health. Heisig himself says in the preface that it should be possible to finish it all in six weeks if you’re dedicated and have the time – I remembbering at that and thought to myself that it would take me years. They are in what Heisig calls “imaginative memory” order; that is, you can’t expect the jams to be the kanji with the fewest radicals.


View all 3 comments. The result of finishing the book? When am I going to learn the readings of each character?! You feel powerful seeing the progress and feel motivated to keep going further.

The rremembering part is in a similar style to Volume 2, where the readings of the kanji are learned. The 6th edition is the one you want. Unfortunately, I’ve fallen off the wagon with studying Japanese, as I’ve been focusing on my writing in English. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

Students visualize a story about the different elements within a kanji character, with this story being tied to the meaning of the kanji and to the way it is written. That’s what grinds my gears.

The method requires the student to invent their own stories to associate the keyword meaning with the written form.

James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kanji 1

To ask other readers questions about Remembering the Kanji, Volume Iplease sign up. Naturally I started to read a couple of entries and found myself recalling the meanings a couple of days later when viewed out in the wild Unwittingly, during my earlier kanji and hiragana study I had been following the technique outlined by Heisig in his books without even knowing it. I’m not sure that working through this book is entirely the way to go for most people, since it would definitely require a lot of discipline and additional study to learn how to actually pronounce things.

If you don’t have enough free time to finish the Heisig method fast, you end up studying kanjis for months and your only skill is spotting them while reading Japanese texts but being unable to do anything else beyond vaguely knowing their meaning ,no reading or studying grammar is possible while studying Heisig. After a small review and minimal effort they are dug up from somewhere inside my head and it’s like I knew them forever 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.