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 . For example, Heisig’s RTK is a method. The + Kanji are ordered in a specific order. You only build new Kanji from primitives from the ones. Study the Japanese characters with James Heisig’s “Remembering the Kanji” method, and review with kanji flashcards.

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For sex-related stories, I know it is what Kanji Damage specializes in, but isn’t that based off RTK anyway breaking Kanji into radicals? Installation instructions are right under the download button. If you do, you will put a halt to learning any practical Japanese. Does that confirm my suspicions that there are only two ways of learning Kanji? I’m sure this is how people did rememberinv before RTK and Anki existed.

Depending on how fast you would like to go, you must choose a regular number of kanji per day to study. These are presented by Heisig in an increasing order of difficulty. Sure learning them in a logical order and using mnemonics helps but I think the naive method above is not as hard as people make it out to be. Kanji Kentei – although it’s just a supplement to the traditional Japanese school methods.


As a Japanese Japanese language student living in Japan, you learn a couple of hundred Kanji in the first year, a couple of hundred the second year, etc Peace to you all, Japanese lovers.

For each Chinese reading of a kanji, an example compound word is given. Under the deck options, make rememberimg to set the number of new cards per day to the number of new kanji you choose to learn every day. The method differs markedly from traditional rote-memorization techniques practiced in most courses.

How to study Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji

The only other alternative I know of is the traditional Japanese way. Or at least, not decent ones.

Other methods could be just plowing through kanji reference books. Retrieved from ” https: That’s what the thread is about, alternatives.

Remember the kanji

A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 hours each Combined edition is a book by James Heisig for remembering hiragana and katakana. The sixth edition includes the corrections for all the current errataas well as additional kanji.

A kanji koohii account. Heisig splits the kanji into various chapters, according to the most appropriate method to learn their readings. Well, reading kanji in sentences with context information has helped me learn the readings a lot more easily than when I briefly attempted to use RTK 2. Remembering the Kanji 1: His video on RTK can be found below.

The method requires the student to invent their own stories to associate the keyword meaning with the written form. Basically I am learning Kanji, hanzi and pinyin at the same time. In the long term, you forget the story and simply remember remembefing Kanji itself.

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The advantage is that you see Kanji in its natural habitat and in context.

How to study Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji

Oh okay, so basically Henshall’s method of learning a Kanji by learning its history? Dear qwertyytrewq, I can assure you that my way of learning languages kanji included has nothing to do with rote memorization.

So is rote memorization the only Kanji-learning alternative to RTK? Kanji books University of Hawaii Press books. We are governed by our emotions – love and soul shattering awe are among them. When you read a book and you come across Kanji you don’t know IE.

The goal is to use your photographic memory to recall the mental images you create because that is the power this book helps us tap into.

Is it etymology as dizmox mentioned? Volume 2 of each book was published in early Then I discovered Anki and RTK and did RTK1 but without using stories for some reason, but I imagine I’d have been just as well served by sticking with learning to my original method but switching the notebook out for Anki.

From there on out it makes sense to just create Anki decks with the stuff you need to learn.