In the book these kanji are taught using stories. These kanji are learned the fastest if you read the book as well. Warning: in many cases the key meanings in . For example, Heisig’s RTK is a method. The + Kanji are ordered in a specific order. You only build new Kanji from primitives from the ones. Study the Japanese characters with James Heisig’s “Remembering the Kanji” method, and review with kanji flashcards.

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How to study Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji

How to Study I highly recommend reading the intro pages as they will prime you even better than I can on how the book works. A sixth edition was released in April Heisig just gives us an opportunity to take advantage of our maturity and learn in a way more suited to the developed brain. I take a loose piece of paper out of my notebook and draw each kanji out as I review them. Nothing more, nothing less. Does that confirm my suspicions that there are only two ways of learning Kanji?

Kids take a long time because they’re well, kids. Advertising Register to hide. It’s much more efficient. Elementary school isn’t exactly intense. If you learn the meaning and writing of characters in 1—2 years by completing RTK, that gives you 7—8 more years to learn the readings before you would be learning at the same rate as native Japanese kids.

Some of them actually do a good job of explaining radicals. Any successful strategy of learning written forms of kanji boils down to this: Remembering the Kana succeeds the book Remembering the Hiragana: The first part is in the style of Volume I, where the writing and keywords are learned.

Grammar, vocabulary, and speaking are just as important as kanji. Volume II presents the official readings of the kanji introduced in Volume I. It will save you copious amounts of time. The other disadvantage is that you’re simply looking up the Kanji, not actually studying them closely the same way you would do with RTK. Your brain will start to associate the characters with the readings you learn, finally completing the circle of kanji knowledge.


How to study Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji

If you do, you will put a halt to learning any practical Japanese. Other methods could be just plowing through kanji reference books. The other part is in a similar style to Volume 2, where the readings of the kanji are learned.

After finding a good story on koohiiI then go into my Anki deck and add the story to the corresponding kanji flashcard. When you read a book and you come across Kanji you don’t know IE. Subscribe to this thread View a Printable Version. Just imagine flames pouring out of it and charring the keyboard, the monitor, and your desk a sooty black color.

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

They slave away with pen and pencil, day after day, drawing every stroke of these bastards until the characters have been burned into their humble little craniums.

Maybe I misheard though. Japanese students can take all the time they want, learning only a couple of hundred of Kanji a year, and living in Japan helps. These are presented by Heisig in an increasing order of difficulty. His video on RTK can be found below. But I’m not surprised Warakawa added some nasty words It was first published inwith the sixth edition of the book released in Remembering the Hanzi by the same author is intended to teach the most frequent Hanzi to students of the Chinese language.

The least we could do is return the favor by donating to him or buying his mobile app. In the short term, you remember the Kanji using stories. It uses mostly the same imaginative memory technique as Remembering the Kanji I, though some katakana are prompted to be learned as simplified forms of their hiragana counterparts. Each kanji and each non-kanji primitive is assigned a unique keyword. However, I would not recommend using the second book.


Of course, you need to memorize the radicals before you can memorize the complex Kanji, which makes RTK’s “building block” method much preferable.

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. A kanji’s written form and its keyword heisiy associated by imagining a scene or story connecting the meaning of the given kanji with the meanings of all the primitives used to write that kanji.

I prefer to have a printed copy over a digital one, but anything will work. Please help improve it by removing promotional content and inappropriate external linksand by adding encyclopedic content written from a neutral point of view.

But I guess a teacher would teach that? However, in cases where the reader may be easily confused or for difficult kanji, Heisig often provides a small story or hint. This volume was co-authored by Tanya Sienko. Views Read Edit View history. If that is so, then the advantage of this method for non-Japanese foreigners is that people can learn the most common and useful Kanji first and can use it immediately.