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Remembering Simplified Hanzi 2 Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0824836559 ISBN-10: 0824836553 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press; 1st edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824836553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824836559
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James W. Heisig is professor and permanent research fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nyhavn on October 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
The review below seems to be annoyed by the lack of mnemonics given, but as the author states in the first book, it is better to create your own mnemonics. The author gives hundreds of mnemonics in Book 1, but by Book 2 you have to create your own. I've completed Book 1, and this is a much better method. Heisig is a long, probably one year, commitment, so this is not for a casual learner. If you don't have Book 1, this book won't be as useful.

Final point: Heisig's books are invaluable for giving elements of characters that are not characters themselves, but reoccur a lot.
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If you have started learning Chinese characters using Heisig's method, continuing with this book is a no-brainer. The layout is identical to book 1: characters are introduced in 55 lessons as natural combinations of smaller character parts. This is supposed to make it easier to memorize. Included are a few of the mneumonic stories that filled the first book, but mostly you are left to come up with your own stories. But honestly, by the time you reach book 2, you should know 1500 characters and 1500 stories, so inventing more shouldn't be too difficult. I do wish the authors had included more mneumonics in the early chapters to aid students who use book 1 and 2 simultaneously (hence 4 stars instead of 5).

You can get a list of the characters and their pronunciation online, so technically this book is not "required." But I highly recommend it because the authors point out important details of meaning or writing for many characters that you would not know just by reading the index. If you are a serious student of Chinese Hanzi, this book is highly recommended.
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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful By phil on July 27, 2012
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Just got the book and have not started it yet, but I quickly noticed that less than half of the characters have stories to them. The other characters simply have two key words listed next to the character where you make up your own story or just remember the keywords and hopefully remember the hanzi itself. The book is pretty much an overpriced Hanzi list, might as well just use the zhongwen.com or the flashcard deck that you can download for it on Anki, all of this is free.
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