You only build new Kanji from primitives from the ones you already know. In the short term, you remember the Kanji using stories. In the long. In the book these kanji are taught using stories. These kanji are learned the fastest if you read the book as well. Warning: in many cases the key meanings in . So i’m learning Kanji now and I found a book called “Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji” and saw a BUNCH of good reviews. But looked at a.

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If Kanji all looks the same to you, then I recommend you use RTK until you have picked up the skill to tell Kanji apart from each other. It is split into two parts. Let me kamji, you didn’t read the introduction?

James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kanji 1

I ended up putting off all study for 4 months while I went through the book and it really helped a ton. Then this thread would be helpful because you have to learn how to learn Kanji before you can learn Heisiig. Not doing so falls under ‘Low effort’ see rule 6.

RTK provides you the first stone on which you build your kanji knowledge using mnemonic technique. Bloggat om Remembering the Kanji 1. When in Rome i.

I supplement the keywords with a few compounds using the kanji written in hiragana when I add them to my anki deck, which helps immensely when I see the kanji in context as I can think back to what compounds I know and try to work out what reading it might use.


It gives you a tool to make the learning of Japanese easier, but it is not necessary. There will be a point when you dont need to recall mnemonic images, but rest assured, the time spent on RTK aint wasted.

Heisig is only one of the possible methods. RTK1 does not teach you to read Kanji. I’m talking about fully-fleshed out methods, from start to finish.

You can learn about kanji components and stroke orders without memorizing hundreds of keywords, but rather associating the meanings with real Japanese words. Although, in my opinion, nothing replaces gemember good book, Kanji Alive is definitely a great supplement to help you understand each kanji better. Ingrid Elinge5 augusti For each Remmber reading of a kanji, an example compound word is given.

These key words provide the setting for a particular kanji’s “story,” whose protagonists are the primitive elements.

As everyone else here has pointed out, that means that you really won’t be able to read anything at all. Furigana To create furigana in your posts, use the following syntax: On the other hand, they already truly mastered the ones they already know know all the readings etc. Want to add to the discussion? The method differs markedly from traditional rote-memorization techniques practiced in most courses.

Is Heisig’s “Remembering the Kanji” a good book ? Is Kanji Readings Necessary : LearnJapanese

They have some good vocabulary to learn and excellent exercises to put them to use. The other disadvantage is that you’re simply looking up the Kanji, not actually studying them closely the same way you would do with RTK.


My understanding of stroke order means my kanji are always recognized when I look them up via direct input, and I can easily write things down as notes. However, hejsig aspect of the RTK system which I personally find a useful way for me to learn is mnemonics – remembering kanji by creating little stories, associations etc in your own head.


We westerners have to brute force it in there, and RTK is just one method of doing that. Since I knew every kanji, it was a breeze going through the vocabulary and readings. Trolling, immature, or hostile behavior will result in a warning or ban 6.

This book has two variants: I see a reasonable number of people on the Internet criticizing RTK. Instead of reading textbooks, you surround yourself in Japanese stuff. If you can already tell what makes a Kanji geisig easily search any Kanji you encounter, then you can safely ignore RTK. Do not guess or attempt to answer questions beyond your own knowledge.