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 . For example, Heisig’s RTK is a method. The + Kanji are ordered in a specific order. You only build new Kanji from primitives from the ones. Study the Japanese characters with James Heisig’s “Remembering the Kanji” method, and review with kanji flashcards.

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Setting up Anki Download and install it onto your computer and create an AnkiWeb account. The other disadvantage is that you’re simply looking up the Kanji, not actually studying them closely the same way you would do with RTK. In fact, the phonetic markers are unhelpful or useless for a large kahji Volume II presents the official readings of the kanji introduced in Volume I.

I hesitate to call this a method. Or at least, not decent ones. Heisig groups roughly half the kanji according to “signal primitives” that signal a certain Chinese reading. A kanji koohii account. Shouldn’t you actually finish RTK, or whatever the method is that you came up with, before you deem it a better method?

Your brain will start to associate the characters with the readings you learn, finally completing the circle of kanji knowledge.

How to study Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji

I remembered the kanji instantly. That’s why I did RTK: You can even save the stories you like on your account. So is rote memorization the only Kanji-learning alternative to RTK? I take a loose piece of paper out of my notebook and draw each kanji out as I review them.


Remember the kanji

But I guess a teacher would teach that? As to kanji and components.

kajni How to Study I highly recommend reading the intro pages as they will prime you even better than I can on how the book works. Of course, you need to memorize the radicals before you can memorize the complex Kanji, which makes RTK’s “building block” method much preferable. Also, you will quite often be able to figure out the meaning of new words using the meanings of the individual kanji you learned doing RTK.

I highly recommend this. His video on RTK can be found below. Remembering the Kanji 3: I doubt they’re told to use any specific method, more “Go away and learn this! What about the systematic order as shown in his books?

I’m sure this is how people did it before RTK and Anki existed. February Learn how and when to remove this template message. This volume was co-authored by Tanya Sienko.

This is a pretty ridiculous statement — Heisig wrote his book in ; are you suggesting that “any foreigner” before gave up? Go to the Anki website and download one of the RTK decks. It was first published inwith the sixth edition of the book released in It is jeisig to be a resource for people who. A kanji’s written form and its keyword are associated by imagining a scene or story connecting the meaning of the given kanji with the meanings of all heusig primitives used to write that kanji. Sure learning them in a logical order and using mnemonics helps but I think the naive method above is not as hard as people make it out to hisig.


The method differs markedly from traditional rote-memorization techniques practiced in most courses. This is to encourage the student to use the stories as practice for creating their own.

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

Remembering the Kanji 1: Let me guess, you didn’t read the introduction? The goal is to use your photographic memory to recall the mental images you create because that is the power this book helps us tap into.

For sex-related stories, I know it is what Kanji Damage specializes in, but isn’t that based off RTK anyway breaking Kanji into radicals? In the long term, you forget the story and simply remember the Kanji itself. This is the traditional method right? Then this thread would be helpful because you have to learn how to learn Kanji before you can learn Kanji.

When you read a book and you come across Kanji you don’t know IE. How does this book make learning kanji easier? The basic primitives are introduced as needed throughout the book.

He took the Chinese or Japanese radicals, added some more, called them ‘primitives’ and used some stories in English to remember the kanji. University of Hawaii Press.

A sixth edition was released in April Also, for a full description of how the RTK method system kani, see pages in the book. In my opinion, anywhere from 1—2 years is an excellent time frame for finishing the book.