James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kanji 1. In the book these kanji are taught using stories. These kanji are learned the fastest if you read the book as well. Remembering the Kanji I: A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and 1 4th Edition (Japanese Edition) [James W. Heisig] on On-Yomi: カイ. Heisig story: The key word refers to kanji that are written in full, squared form, as opposed to cursive writing which is more flowing andabbreviates.

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James W. Heisig – Remembering the Kanji 1

A sheep became the foster parent for a heisg pup, feeding it with milk. Websites are probably best, because heisiv can take advantage of browser plugins that allow instantaneous lookup of vocabulary and kanji though of course that can also become a crutch.

However, again I do have friends that learned this way as well and they read Murakami during their leisure time. Trolling, immature, or hostile behavior will result in a warning or ban 6. I use kanjidamage to check radicals everytime I learn a new kanji.

After RTK, they turned into great resources for learning, with familiar kanjis everywhere. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. By the way, I am actually the author so feel free to e-mail me with questions. The next chapter is probably the most helpful in the book: A kanji’s written form and its keyword are associated by imagining a scene or story connecting the meaning of the given kanji with the meanings of all the primitives used to write that kanji.


I’m aware that recently the RTK book was heisgi. I couldn’t find anything on Koohii forums about it either.

Sample from notes Cards are customizable! See the “minimum information principle” discussed in the Anki manual, and in the Supermemo article the manual links to. The only complaint I would have is that the creator possibly doesn’t understand fully the way the Rttk method works and his main version is sorted by common usage instead which while being useful defeats the point of using mnemonics to learn in batches.

It will also give you a keyword for that kanji, but it is not much important.

Between the different editions of volume 1, there are mostly the addition of a few characters, and some changes to what some of the mnemonic keywords are. You can just look the kanji up by keyword on this site or in kanjidic. Want to add to the discussion?

By learning the sound heisif with that grapheme, you learn all the graphics in which it appears at least, among the common or so — there may be some few exceptions, but they would be in fairly rare characters. I felt so much more motivated with learning kanji after I started doing so in Genki a textbook after months and months of trudging through learning the jouyou kanji and English meaning by stroke order which I realize is somewhat different from Heisig.


The series is available in English, Spanish and German. Just stick the sentences in anki and review them daily, same as RTK. I’m on the earlier side of RtK, but here’s how I would describe it to a complete newbie to Kanji: I personally am not feeling great about MC, though I would not want to have to write in the answers.

It’ll be as if you’re Chinese or Korean and using your knowledge of kanji from those heiisig languages to aid in learning how Japanese use those kanji.

What is Your Opinion on Heisig’s Method (RTK)? : LearnJapanese

The people here raving about how great this deck is clearly haven’t read Heisig’s book. I can, now, understand why? One thing to look out for: In any case, now that it’s sticky’ed, please stay on topic.

When this deck is imported into the desktop program, cards will appear as the deck author has made them. In any case, nearly every time this challenge is issued, someone steps forward as a counter-example.

You may want to edit the layout of this to show the keyword in bold above the English meaning to make it easier to keep them distinct. Before RTK dictionaries were really scary, with all those weird huge kanjis. So my question is: March 30, at 1: