- 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)
Remembering the Kanji 2: A Systematic Guide to Reading the Japanese Characters Paperback – 30 Aug 2012
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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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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.
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.
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
First read this book
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.