- Series: Remembering the Kanji (Book 1)
- Paperback: 490 pages
- Publisher: University of Hawaii Press; 6th Updated edition (March 31, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0824835921
- ISBN-13: 978-0824835927
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 169 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,974 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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James W. Heisig is a permanent research fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan.
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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.
This series is best for self-study, or before you take a formal course. This series does not help much with college courses; the kanji sequences will be totally different. I found The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Course: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering 2300...by Andrew Scott Conning a similar, yet superior book to use with a college course using a textbook like say Genki. Conning's intro also advocates learning one thing at a time and delaying readings until later, but the presentation of each kanji frame shows everything (multiple readings, vocab examples). Heisig only presents what you should currently memorize, which is preferable to self-study. RTK is very clean and uncluttered. Additionally, Conning's book serves as a better resource to use as a dictionary than Heisig's series. You will never get around the problem of sequences in any book though.
Many reviews can tell you the good things about this book. I just have two reservations:
1. Heisig only provides one meaning for each kanji, and the meaning he provides is not necessarily the most common meaning, but rather, is the meaning that best fits the radicals (thus proving the usefulness of his method). However, that isn't exactly helpful when a character has many other drastically different meanings that don't fit the meanings of the radicals.
2. Heisig does not provide any pronunciations or common words comprised of the kanji characters, which decreases the book's usefulness.
So, it's not perfect, but overall well worth the purchase.