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  • Paperback: 407 pages
  • Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press; 4th Revised edition edition (30 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824836693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824836696
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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<strong>James W. Heisig</strong> is professor and permanent research fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan.


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I used his RTK1 book and loved it but this (as everyone says) is a different thing altogether. I think it may be very good but for now I am leaving it on my bookshelf and learning actual words.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97bfa60c) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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HASH(0x97cdd900) out of 5 stars Beware of what you're buying and how it is used 8 Jan. 2013
By Stephen Lerch - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're looking at the second book in the set, you are likely already aware, but this system is NOT a normal rote memorization method for learning Kanji, better known as "how Japanese students learn."

This book teaches the readings of the general use Kanji, where the first book taught how to remember the meanings and writings.

It's a brilliant method that will help you learn the 2000 general use Kanji (you can likely read a Japanese newspaper when you have gone the course of the books). The 4th edition was updated to include 196 Kanji added to Japan's "general use" Kanji list.

Highly recommended. Makes a fantastic and encouraging first step towards proficiency in Japanese. Or I guess a second step.
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HASH(0x97bf4b88) out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Nov. 2014
By misteraaron - Published on Amazon.com
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Do not get this until you've mastered the first book in the series. Complete them in order.
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HASH(0x97bfa0d8) out of 5 stars I would recommend getting tapes (e.g. An Introduction to Modern Japanese by Mizutani) and listening to them over and over 26 July 2015
By James Kenney - Published on Amazon.com
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I recommend Book 1 very highly, as it is the fastest way to memorize the Kanji for a Westerner. I think if you learned from Book 1, it makes sense to study Book 2, even though by its very nature, it is completely unlike the amazingly organized book 1. Personally, I found that once having learned to read Japanese, I still could not read it aloud. This book helped somewhat, but I had to have a tutor once a week for 2 hours to learn how to pronounce Kanji. I would recommend getting tapes (e.g. An Introduction to Modern Japanese by Mizutani) and listening to them over and over until you understand spoken Japanese fairly well, before reading this book. Then you can more easily make the connection between the Kanji and their pronunciations(s).
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HASH(0x97be399c) out of 5 stars Why are we asked to buy a second book just for this information? 21 Oct. 2015
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Appendix 2 of the Kodansha Kanji Learner's Course contains more instruction for learning readings than this entire book. Plus it is better organized and is integrated into Course so that the information is not just stuck in an appendix.

Even if one conceded Vol. I's specious argument that readings (and thus compounds!) should be ignored until all kanji meanings have been mastered, there would be no justification whatsoever for requiring students to purchase a second volume for this easily compressible information, instead of offering it in a convenient appendix table as Kodansha does.
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HASH(0x97be39b4) out of 5 stars HOW TO DO THIS RIGHT 5 Aug. 2015
By Arekusu - Published on Amazon.com
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I stopped after I finished the first book and then realized a year later that I would have wasted all my time unless I learned the second.

I completed both volumes. The kanji is the short cut to the language . Learning it will be infinitely more fun and easier when you can read all the characters. This was the best decision I could have made in regards to my learning and by far the most time consuming. I put the breaks on everything else, grammar, vocabulary and only focused on these 2 volumes for 4 consecutive months in order to complete them. I am going to outline what I did to do this. My biggest tip is DON'T LEARN TO WRITE THEM. Is it really that helpful? We all type all the time anyway, it will literally triple the amount of time it takes to complete the books if you learn to write them. The N5-N1 exams are all multiple choice anyway you don't have to write anything other than your name at the top.

Buy it then find a way to get it on your phone so you use it side by side with the anki deck and just flip between the two
https://ankiweb.net/shared/decks/heisig

First read this book
http://www.amazon.com/The-Memory-Book-Classic-Improving/dp/0345410025

That book gave me the foundation for using menomics, you don't need to read all of it just the beginning and associations and the section on foreign language is enough. I only read those parts anyway lol. You have to have the technique to create the most ridiculous, large and graphic story's you can and that book helps you learn how to do that.

Second YOU HAVE TO GET ANKI FLASH CARDS
It's a $20 investment if you get the app but it is the only reason I have been able to learn grammar vocab and memorize these 2 books. You will find corresponding decks for the 2 hesing volumes on anki web.

Third YOU HAVE TO REVIEW EVERYDAY
While I was in the bathroom, during all my breaks and lunches, while I was at stop lights "don't do that", while I was doing nothing and when I first woke up or when I was going to sleep I would review if you want to do this in 4 months or less you will spend 1-2 hours everyday doing reviews on your anki flash cards.

I would wake up early Saturday and Sunday morning and would not leave my room for 4-6 hours and would memorize 250 characters over the weekend, divide that over Saturday and Sunday and would review them for the rest of the week, even if you are still weak and forget them the next day don't worry you have 5 days to refine your recognition and at least it's now in your head.

And honestly I am not that smart and I was still able to do this, it's purely a time commitment and a grind that's all. If you're passionate about your Japanese study like I am this will not be a problem. I was still reviewing all my grammar and vocab on my anki decks everyday too so I never forgot anything while I completed the volumes.
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