Remembering the Kanji I: A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters Vol. 1

Remembering the Kanji I: A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters Vol. 1The Aim Of This Book Is To Provide The Student Of Japanese With A Simple Method For Correlating The Writing And The Meaning Of Japanese Characters In Such A Way As To Make Them Both Easy To Remember It Is Intended Not Only For The Beginner, But Also For The Advanced Student Looking For Some Relief From The Constant Frustration Of How To Write The Kanji And Some Way To Systematize What He Or She Already Knows The Author Begins With Writing Because Contrary To First Impressions It Is In Fact The Simpler Of The Two He Abandons The Traditional Method Of Ordering The Kanji According To Their Frequency Of Use And Organizes Them According To Their Component Parts Or Primitive Elements 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 Result In Addition, Each Kanji Is Given Its Own Key Word To Represent The Meaning, Or One Of The Principal Meanings, Of That Character These Key Words Provide The Setting For A Particular Kanji S Story, Whose Protagonists Are The Primitive Elements In This Way, Students Are Able To Complete In A Few Short Months A Task That Would Otherwise Take Years Armed With The Same Skills As Chinese Or Korean Students, Who Know The Meaning And Writing Of The Kanji But Not Their Pronunciation In Japanese, They Are Now In A Much Better Position To Learn To Read Which Is Treated In A Separate Volume. I DID IT Right on.Phew I started working with this book at the end of July the beginning of August 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 laughed at that and thought to myself that it would take me years.It took me four months Four months of sitting down every evening to learn about 15 20 new kanji each day 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 Sure, I only recognize the kanji and know their basic meaning, but Well Considering that five months ago I didn t know any kanji, let alone their meaning, that s pretty awesome I still have a lot of revising to do, and studying, but I have to say I found this book incredibly helpful and fun It may not be for everyone, and it may seem like double the work because you don t learn everything in one go, but that s kind of the point And I have to say that in combination with my Japanese language course and my attempts in reading manga in Japanese, I ve already learned some of the readings without making much of an effort, so that helps, to
Don t let the method presented in this book turn you away The first time I read about this book, I thought WTF When am I going to learn the readings of each character This is STUPID About 3 4 years later, I realized that the method from my Japanese classes wasn t cutting it What method am I referring to The method where you learn the strokes for a particular character, 2 or 3 readings of it, and then repeatedly writing it ten times or , hoping that it would stick in my memory past tomorrow.Maybe that method works for you, but if not, I highly recommend picking up this book and using it with an SRS such as Memosyne, Anki, etc See for details Heisig s method only concentrates on meaning and writing, saving reading for later, so this is a divide and conquer approach His reasons 1 Chinese and Korean students who come to the Japanese language already know kanji, just not the Japanese readings so they have a huge head start compared to Westerners.2 Learning the writing and the meaning of each kanji puts you on the same level as them, associating each character with an English keyword and a story for each of
I DID IT After 4 months of studying 25 50 Kanji characters every day, I can easily say that coming across this book has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me When I first started learning Japanese, I was in d
Love, love, love this book Between RTK, Anki, and, I learned the English meanings and writing of over 2,000 kanji in 89 days I averaged 22.9 kanji per day and studied for 136.8 hours Of course, now that I ve entered all of the kanji into Anki, I have to keep reviewing But I love this method of learning kanji.When I see an u
I was going to begin this review by repurposing the old dictionary joke about how the zebra did it In the case of Remembering the Kanji book I it was the sign of the snake that did it 2042 You are right, it is a terrible joke and does not work at all here I am glad I did not use itI found James Heisig s Remembering the Kanji books I and II in a used bookshop in old Tokyo town They were a rather cheap 500 each much cheaper than the 30 or 2000 I had seen them at before so, despite having sworn off learning kanji as a task for one with a better brain than I myself have, I bought them as a kind of symbolic gift I had previously tried to learn kanji a few years ago by combining study with eating fruit The British government recommends eating five portions of fruit per day Thus, I reasoned, if I ate a piece of fruit while learning each character, I could learn five kanji each day and become as healthy as a horseThe first few kanji one learns are the numbers one to ten This was a handy start for my fruit based system The numbers one to five I remembered by associating them with the severe stomach cramps I endured from eating five bananas in a row It turns out the British government meant five portions of different fruit each day They should state this clearly, I reckon The numbers six to ten I remember as swirling halluc
LAST AND FINAL UPDATE I decided not to finish this kanji learning method, not because it s not good but because I found out another method WaniKani that works better for me at this point in my life There are a couple of disadvantages of this book 1 the learning arrangement of the kanji makes sense for learning them intuitively but not for practical use and 2 you don t learn any kanji reading at all The disadvantages are not very important if you have time to study them fast and then move to the next step learn the readings and extra meanings 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 There is no gratification in this and it is very frustrating because you have the feeling of not moving forward at all That s why I decided to jump the WaniKani wagon.Having said that I believe Heisig s method is great in opening up your intuition about understanding kanji characters After about 600 kanji learned in the Heisig method, I was able to look at a completely unknown kanji
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 2000 or so common kanji Working through this book took me about 8 months, and it s benefit is only felt when you finish them all They are in what Heisig calls imaginative memory order that is, you can t expect the first 300 to be the kanji with the fewest radicals However, they re laid out ni
two months have passed since I started this book In these two months, I have learned 2200 Kanji, formed 2200 different stories, drew 2200 characters, and most importantly, learned 2200 words from the Japanese vocabulary Heisig book offered me a significantly great push towards learning the Japanese language The main advantage of Heisig method it teaches you one of the best methods to differentiate between similar Kanji There are a lot of Japanese Kanji which differ by a single stroke which can be missed easily The way Heisig teaches it, makes almost impossible if the method is done correctly to misunderstand a Kanji He teaches you all the building primitives of a Kanji initially, then he teaches you the Kanji which you can remember by forming a short story which relates the building primitives with the meaning of the Kanji itself This way, after knowing all the primitives, there will be no way to forget primitive form which Kanji, because you have identified each Kanji and differentiated it from its similar primitives Some people argue they are better at drilling th
For anyone wanting to remember how to read and write kanji, this book is a must have The author, James Heisig, makes a few assumptions about learning the kanji that may seem odd at first, but in the end make perfect sense His first assumption is that it is a waste of time trying to learn only a handful of kanji 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 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 Heisig thus forces the learner to plan on success on learning all the kanji, rather than failure, unlike most books which try to teach the kanji His second assumption is that we should learn the pronunciation of the kanji separately from the meaning, as the pronunciation of the kanji is in some ways difficult than the meaning Since even many native Japanese are sometimes unclear as to how to pronounce unusual kanji combinations they might come across, this is also a good call.Instead of relying on rote memory, Heisig teaches a method for remembering the kanji that relies on imaginative memory 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 While I myself am not fond of mnemonic devices and am not very good at using them, I found his m
Only Kanji symbols and their English meanings, with hints for remembering And those hints are, for most of the time, sooo sooo sooo etymologically incorrect That s what grinds my gears 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 For a better Kanji book in the same memrise style, please do yourse