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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Is Heisig’s “Remembering the Kanji” a good book ? Is Kanji Readings Necessary : LearnJapanese

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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.

Please help improve it by removing promotional content and inappropriate external linksand by adding encyclopedic content written from a neutral point of view. Welcome to Reddit, the front page of the internet. As to kanji and components. At the beginning, listening comprehension and pronunciation are the most important, and, more often than not, completely ignored. Anyway, this thread is about alternatives so I guess that is an alternative.

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. 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.

Remembering the Kanji 1

Remembering the Kanji 2: That’s why Heisih appreciate this method, the order. Check to see if your question has been addressed before posting by searching or reading the wiki.


In addition, each kanji is given its heisi key word to represent the meaning, or one of the principal meanings, of that character. A Guide to Japanese Grammar: It teaches you to assign an identity to Kanji so that when you read, you don’t see a bunch of moonrunes, but rather pictures that represent a concept. As everyone else here has pointed out, that means that you really won’t be able to read anything at all.

I was having trouble distinguishing kanji and my pace th learning just collapsed completely at the time. If you can already tell what makes a Kanji and reme,ber search any Kanji you encounter, then you can safely ignore RTK. I doubt they’re told to use any specific method, more “Go away and learn this! However, one aspect of the RTK system which I personally find a useful way for me to learn is mnemonics – remembering kanji by creating little stories, associations etc in your own head.

Otherwise you’ll be another one of those people complaining about how they’re trying to pass the N2 but their kanji ability just isn’t where it should be and they don’t know why they can’t break that wall.

Dear qwertyytrewq, I can assure you that my way of learning languages kanji included has nothing to do with rote memorization. That’s what the thread is about, alternatives. LearnJapanese subscribe unsubscribereaders users here now New to Japanese? I had a look at: RTK1 does not teach you to read Kanji.

But if you want to truly learn to read Japanese, you need to get your brain calibrated for kanji somehow. The first part is in the style of Volume I, where the writing and keywords are learned. Peace to you all, Japanese lovers. The disadvantage of this method is that we are not Japanese, we don’t live in Japan, and we’re not Japanese children living in Japan learning Japanese for the first time native language.

For each Chinese reading of a kanji, an example compound word is given. Putting newly learned knowledge to use generally works well for me, so I find the Basic Kanji books to be very good. The other disadvantage of course is that the most complex Kanji will be covered first complex in terms of number of radicals, not in terms of meaning which makes it harder to remember.


I started pushing through RTK in earnest in November, adding new kanji to my studies every day. I’m talking about fully-fleshed out methods, from start to finish. In the long term, you forget the story and simply remember the Kanji itself. Why are you being such a sheep can fellow Heisig’s way as if it is God’s way and any criticism of his approach is branded “nasty”?

It’s a far more efficient way of “loading” them into your brain than the standard order hence my referring to it as a road map in my post, which you may have skimmed over.

Armed with the same skills as Chinese or Korean students, who know the meaning and writing of the 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.

We are tne by our emotions – love and soul shattering awe are among them. Remembering the Kana succeeds the book Remembering the Hiragana: The heizig kanji has been included in response to the changes to the “general use” kanji list in December 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 heisjg as independent entities.