You only build new Kanji from primitives from the ones you already know. In the short term, you remember the Kanji using stories. In the long. 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 . So i’m learning Kanji now and I found a book called “Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji” and saw a BUNCH of good reviews. But looked at a.

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I can assure you that my way of learning languages kanji included has nothing to do with rote memorization.

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

Can you please point out what “nasty” words I used? 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. It also has rather comprehensive stroke order guides, remsmber can be useful. Content creators wishing to advertise must contact the mods first.

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

RTK1 does not teach you to read Kanji. They have some good vocabulary to ths and excellent exercises to put them to use. It’s just a different method of internalizing the kanji, and gaining the visual recognition that Japanese people acquire through their childhood years by seeing kanji every day. He took the Chinese or Japanese radicals, added some more, called them ‘primitives’ and used some stories in English to remember the kanji. Remembering the Kanji 3: These key words provide the setting for a particular kanji’s “story,” whose protagonists are the primitive elements.


But years later now, I’ve pretty much lost the skill Heisig taught me. It can be useful as a reference if you’re wondering about what sort of connotation a certain kanji or kanji component might have, but take the keywords with a grain of salt.

Anyway, this thread is about alternatives so I guess that is an alternative. His unique contribution is the ordering of the kanji so that you learn them in sets which helps to kanki the similarities and highlight the differences. The basic primitives are introduced as needed throughout the book. Does that confirm my suspicions that there are only two ways of learning Kanji?


Kanji Kentei – although it’s just a supplement to the traditional Japanese school methods. Armed with the same skills as Chinese or Korean students, who know the meaning and writing of neisig kanji but not their Japanese pronunciations, one is then in a much better position to learn the readings which are treated in a separate volume.

By ordering the kanji according to their component parts or “primitive elements,” and then assigning each of these parts a distinct meaning with its own distinct image, the student is led to harness the powers of “imaginative memory” to learn the various combinations that make up the kanji. RTK provides you the first stone on which you build your kanji knowledge using mnemonic technique.

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I ended up putting off all study for 4 months while I went through the book and it really helped a ton.

Disillusioned people who tried RTK in order to ‘read kanji’ trash it. I see a reasonable number of people on the Internet criticizing RTK. But I guess a teacher would teach that? Shouldn’t you actually finish RTK, or whatever the method is that kwnji came up with, before you deem it a better method?

It teaches you to recognize them. The Kanji learnt is ordered by commonness.

Remembering the Kanji 1 – James W Heisig – Häftad () | Bokus

Any foreigner who attempts to learn Knji this way would probably give up. In fact, the phonetic markers are unhelpful or useless for a large portion: Mr Heisig calls it ‘turkey’, I’d rather call it the Japanese way.

Kanji books University of Hawaii Press books. Peace to you all, Japanese lovers.

Heisig splits the kanji into various chapters, according to the most appropriate method to learn rememmber readings. Login Register Login Username: Lets be realistic, no one is going to learn the whole bunch of kanji in mere months spent on RTK book, but it will make memorizing vocab easier. Log in or sign up in seconds. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.