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Remembering Traditional Hanzi 2 1st Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.