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The only book you need for writing and recognizing Kanji. The problem comes when you realise that most kanji, with a little imaginative license, resemble trees in various states of rude or ill health. Englishwith translations into Spanish and German.

James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kanji 1

By making this assumption, Heisig can arrange the order of thr to be learned according to ease, rather than according to frequency or grade level. Having said that I believe Heisig’s method is great in opening up your intuition about understanding kanji characters.

There’s no real practical and efficient rfmembering that I know of to learn Kanji that works better than this method. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

After I’ve gone through Heisig, I can see that Kanjis are actually made up of parts, written with specific strokes. The 4th edition has been updated to include the new kanji approved by the government in as “general-use” kanji.

Jun 09, Siraj rated it it was amazing. Remembeing strongly believe I never would have learned kanji without this book.


The Best Books of 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. When learning Kanji, the most effective way is to either learn by frequency or by grade level.

For each Chinese reading of a kanji, an example compound word is given.

The book helped get me over the language-learning hump and helped me learn considerably more kanji in a much shorter period of time than I had ever learned before. Dec 28, Olena Rosul rated it it was amazing Shelves: Unlike w.hsisig first volume, this book w.heusig not rely on “imaginative memory”.

Definitely a solid offering. Jul 06, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: After three years of not studying japanese I returned to it.

WaniKani is a great alternative though! I still can’t figure out the intuitive connotations of that word.

James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kan – Memrise

Reading, can then be learned on its own. It doesn’t work for everyone, but it sure works for me. Following the first volume of Remembering the Kanji, the present work provides students with helpful tools for learning the pronunciation of the kanji.

But using this method of learning kanji is really working well for me so far–the idea of creating stories around each particular character in order to help with recall is a kajni smart one. Lists with This Book. I would heartily recommend the book to any serious student. Highly recommended to anyone learning Japanese at any level. The series is available in English, Spanish and German. It’s a lot of work and Heisig does not hide that fact.


First of all, rememberiny are no readings whatsoever. There is no gratification in this and it is very frustrating because you have the feeling of not moving forward at all. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions There are a lot of Japanese Kanji which differ by a single stroke which c two months have passed since I started this book.

I learned hiragana while working on a quiet checkout in a quiet supermarket. 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, too. Finally, this book doesn’t work. Constructing the kanji from the elements up is also the way to go I feel.

In about 6 weeks using this book and Anki decks already compiled and available in the shared decks library NihongoShark for recognition and this koohi-based deck for productionI was able to very easily recall and produce about kanji, which turned out to be quite useful in Japan – it’s not the same as reading it, but you can get the gist of a good fraction of the signs.