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Remembering Traditional Hanzi 2 Paperback – February 28, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0824836566 ISBN-10: 0824836561 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press; 1st edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824836561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824836566
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,275 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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If you want to learn how to understand Chinese characters this is the best.
Garyhep
That's because most Chinese words are two-character 'bigrams', and just like in chemistry, adding two characters together often gives an unexpected result.
Kenneth Burchfiel
What is really comfortable, for you do not have to go back and forth - the 3,000 characters are there.
Laerte Agnelli

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First, thanks a lot to Aphasiac, Vorpal, Swilkins, Haraksha and everyone else whose stories helped me make it to the end of these two books.

I thought it would be helpful to the RTH community if I gave my reflections on the Hanzi learning process after entering the '3036' club and learning each of the characters in these two books.

[Note: to find over 2,000 of my stories for the 3,035 Hanzi you'll find in Books 1 (1500 Hanzi) and 2 (1536 Hanzi), go to reviewingthehanzi.com , where you can also enter your own stories, track your progress and review your keywords. This site has been a big study aid for myself and others.]

[Second note: this review covers Remembering Traditional Hanzi I and II at the same time, because they're essentially two volumes of the same work.]

To begin, I'm definitely happy that I spent so much time and effort in learning these characters. Yes, I said 'time and effort', because as people warned me before I started, while these books may be the best way to learn Hanzi, they don't take the effort out of learning the characters. My Remembering the Hanzi word document, in which I've placed all of the character stories I've used to remember the Hanzi, is now about 120,000 words. I needed to write at least 2,000 stories to get from #1 to #3036, which takes a lot of time out of your day. I don't say any of this to brag, only to make it clear that while these books are amazing in the way they teach, you still have to put in lots of work.

I am also happy to defend the Heisig/Richardson method against the criticism it sometimes encounters. It's true that you won't learn to write these characters fast except by rewriting them and rewriting them. It's also true that I've forgotten about half of the ones I've learnt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shawnelle on February 25, 2014
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I began RTH 1 after finishing volume 1 of RTK (kanji). This gave a quick start to learning the traditional forms and allowed me to compare the two systems Heisig has setup for Japanese and Chinese. Overall, in terms of mnemonic devices, they're about equal. RTH mnemonically does some things better than RTK and vice versa. The only suggestion I would make is if you're uncomfortable with a particular radical mnemonic (e.g. if you can see a more provocative meaning in reach) then go for it.

One thing that is possible with some of the characters is to assign lexical class with each character (so the label n./v./adj./etc. will be listed next to the meaning). They don't do this with all the characters and some of the meanings provided are ambiguous in terms of referring to lexical class. This problem and another, which I'll list right after this, could be solved together. The readings for the characters in the appendix is absolutely horrible (edit: clarification on this point: Index 1: Hand drawn characters have many incorrect readings. The other index that alphabetizes the pinyin readings is actually fair as far as I can tell although it does not include multiple readings. more on this later). Anyone using this book, at least until a newer improved edition comes out, should FIND A NATIVE SPEAKER TO GO THROUGH INDEX 1 and correct it for you before you start studying it (if you choose to use their list). This depends on whether you want to study using 國語 (Taiwan) or 普通話 (China). Also, ask them to provide the extra readings for other lexical class instances of the character. It's unbelievable that the authors only included one reading for every character, and often incorrectly. Of course, there's only a minority of characters that have more than one reading but those are important to know.
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By uurtsaikhbaatar on July 2, 2014
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very good book and fast shipment thank you
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By Garyhep on July 16, 2014
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Brilliant! If you want to learn how to understand Chinese characters this is the best.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laerte Agnelli on August 31, 2012
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I have received the vol 1 as a gift from my son and loved it, I was anxiously waiting for the 2nd to appear !
For those who, like me, has the vol 1 I would say just to buy it quickly: it is the vol 1 improved! How? For example, at the end you will have an index with the words of the vol 1 ...and the vol 2! What is really comfortable, for you do not have to go back and forth - the 3,000 characters are there. Meaning you can easily navigate all characters without going to the Indexes from vol 1! And in the way it is written, one that has the vol 1 knows how helpful it is: chinese characters are not easy to memorize and one has to 'create' a mnemonic way of remembering. That's the Eureka's way of these 2 intelligent books! Do not wait until it finishs: I know how bad it is to look for the number 2 vol. Thanks to Amazon, today I have both.
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