- Series: Remembering the Kanji (Book 1)
- Paperback: 484 pages
- Publisher: University of Hawaii Press; 6th Updated edition (June 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0824835921
- ISBN-13: 978-0824835927
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Remembering the Kanji 1: A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters 6th Updated Edition
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It had only taken me 11 chapters to notice that this was the best way to learn kanji and start the japanese language. This book when used in junction with the website and the flash card system, makes learning kanji not only easy... but fun. Its a simple idea where you use your imagination and combine kanji to make new kanji. There are about 2200 kanji in the book, but if you dedicate your time to it, it won't even take 3 months to learn the kanji and 6 months to have them fully memorized to recall.
When I say its easy, understand that it will take a little effort. You will have to study a bit and dedicate a lot of time to it. You are learning the meanings of the kanji and how to write them. You do not have to worry about gramnar or pronunciation yet. If you are wondering 'Why Buy This?', the answer is simple. It gets you over the huge and widely believed hugest hurdle of the japanese language. Start here and whevever you go from there is up to your own judgement. It is not an extremely easy process. It is however, not stressful or tedious at all. This is a 5 star product that everyone wishing to learn japanese should own. Whether for beginners or just for refrence, it is s must have in my opionion.
I consider reading this book one of the best choices I've made in learning Japanese, and I think it is the best way to start learning kanji, or reinforce them if you already know some. Also, I highly recommend that if you buy this book you take a look at a website called "reviewing the kanji" an unofficial, though recognized by the author, companion website that provides invaluable help and support when going through the book.
Let me state that as far as the book itself goes, it looks like a fantastic book with a great system, and I am very happy to pay for it and use it. It is JUST the Kindle version that has a problem, NOT a problem with the book or the system itself.
If I receive a corrected version of the Kindle edition, I will come back and fix this review. If you are wanting to learn Japanese, I will suggest you get this book, but for now order the paperback.
I've been using Heisig's book for about 7 weeks, and have "learned" 310 kanji during that time. I wanted to share some of my experiences and thoughts to add to the other thoughtful reviews.
First, by way of background, I experienced the "traditional" method of learning kanji when I studied Chinese a number of years ago. As Heisig notes in his introduction, that method involves learning characters in order according to how fundamental they are in language, and one learns the written character, pronunciation, grammatical details, and so forth simultaneously. The characters are learned purely by rote, and the pictorial aspects are not tied to anything systematic. My experience agreed with Heisig's notes: with nothing to anchor one's memory, it is nearly impossible to remember how to write the characters. I spent many hours a day practicing the characters to little avail and much frustration, and ultimately abandoned learning Chinese because I could not find the time to persist in that method.
When I decided to learn Japanese, the fear of chinese characters returned. How could I learn kanji when Chinese characters were an insurmountable obstacle in the past? Luckily, Heisig's book has been part of the answer. The key is that, instead of merely learning random markings, he lays out a system in which one uses imaginative associations. And, yes, it really works (at least for me). It is not difficult to "learn" 20-30 kanji per day, given an available hour or two of time.
Now, a few things have to be said. First, in his system, to "learn" a kanji means simply to learn two things: (1) how to write it; (2) a single key meaning.Read more ›
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I bought this book a while ago as part of my efforts to learn Japanese. I'm finally 95% done, so I can give a precise & thorough review. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Asteriskx
Kanji will be a long road but thanks to this it's going to be easier than I thought it would be.Published 11 days ago by Ian
At first glance, this is a great book, there are over 2,000 kanji characters and quirky ways to remember them. Read morePublished 14 days ago by AB
Having learned all the kanji covered in this book using this method, I can tell you that it does actually work pretty well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matt Hayes
Picked this up after finishing genki I and I wish I bought it earlier! It really helped me solidify the kanji I already know since it breaks every one into individual radicals. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yumna Ahmed
This book is a treasure of Japanese learning material. Some Japanese learners shun it because it is not "Japanese enough" or the method is "silly", but I've tried... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book has been immensely valuable for my Japanese studies. This book teaches you how to write the Kanji, and that's valuable in the same way that learning how to write the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Citrim