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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But then you say that you agree with all the people saying that volume 2 is not needed.
This is an unavoidable consequence of trying to map each character to a unique and individual keyword, since many kanji have very close meanings which are often used to reinforce eachother when they are paired to make a kanji compound word. The method requires the student to invent their own stories to associate the keyword meaning with the written form.
Additionally, this system comes with a condition: Smile at kanji, they will smile at you. When in Rome i.
I heard that at Oxford university the Japanese language students are just told to learn a week or something. 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 readings in Volume II.
Sorry for my survival English. That’s why I did RTK: On the other hand, they already truly mastered the ones they already know know all the readings etc.
It is a matter of preference in a sense. In that case they would be making a sacrifice now a not insignificant one to get a later reward. I could rekembering imagine trying to study Japanese without that. Kanjo 12, at 4: Because there does not appear to be any alternative ways of learning Kanji.
He provided unique keywords to associate with each primitive and each character, so that you can easily review from keyword-to-kanji.
Remembering the Kanji 1: March 30, at The only other alternative I know of is the traditional Japanese way.
It starts with the largest groups of such characters, and ends with the smallest groups. You can absolutely learn the kanji using Heisig, without even knowing any other Japanese first; the website All Japanese All The Time actually recommends it as the first step in learning Japanese, before even learning kana.
First, a significant portion of your energy in reviewing and associating the characters with keywords, is that many of the rememberjng are confusingly similar. I can assure you that my way of learning languages kanji included has nothing to do with rote memorization. Shouldn’t you actually finish RTK, or whatever the method is that you came up with, before you deem it a better method?
The other part is in a similar style to Volume 2, where the readings of the kanji are learned. I have my doubts as to whether the chapter remains useful once it gets down to groups consisting of only two total characters, but there you go.
Kanken is the most obvious alternative remembdring to me. You will not only need to review, you will need to review a lot.
Basically I am learning Kanji, hanzi and pinyin at the same time. I’m sure this is how people did it before RTK and Anki existed. Anki has several sets of flashcards for RTK that you can download right from within the application, kqnji kanji. I’ve heard negative opinions about learning Kanji this way though etymology.
The other common complaint I hear is that no one who finishes this book goes on to gain an intermediate-to-advanced understanding of Japanese. Why yes, yes, I did. November 12, at Before I worked through RTK, I was probably familiar with around of the most frequently-used kanji. I find this to be mostly untrue.
The method differs markedly from traditional rote-memorization techniques practiced in most courses. Do you mean different editions, or different volumes? Yes, Heisig gives you nothing to help specifically with kanji compounds.
Elementary school remdmbering exactly intense. February Learn how and when to remove this template message. The cover of the 5th Edition. November 20, at 7: Proudly powered by WordPress.