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5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best Kanji book I have studied from!, 28 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Remembering the Kanji, Volume 1: A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters (Paperback)
I initially read the free first chapter of this book after reading some raving reviews and after just reading this first chapter I had the first few Kanji's embedding permanently in my brain, saying I was impressed was an understatement so I bought the book!

I have not been disappointed! You have to really understand the method involved in learning Kanji this way though so it's important you study the text before you jump straight to the Kanji as its about building up your knowledge of reading Kanji slowly, understanding the components of how each Kanji is made up so some characters are Kanji in their own right but some will be parts of other Kanji which come later in the book. The stories around the Kanji's make remembering them so much easier.

My only gripe is that this book is written by someone who knows alot about baseball, coming from the UK, a country that doesn't have baseball as a national sport, a couple of the stories I have read have been baseball related and have left me pretty much none the wiser lol but as you progress in the book you need to start making your own stories anyway so it was a good chance to practice this method.

Along with the fan website based on this book by Kanji Koohii which has a flashcard tool as part of its free membership to help you practice what you have learnt, this book has been invaluable in my learning of Kanji.

What this book does not teach you though is the pronunciation, just the meaning; as if you were Chinese who will then go on to learn the pronunciation, an important factor to know before purchasing this book.
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Initial post: 30 Mar 2012 21:51:40 BDT
Darkcobra says:
Is the baseball stories frequent? i cant say i know all to much on baseball (being from the UK aswell) and im not the biggest on sports anyways so i sometimes find it a slight drag to read sports stories in study guides, but if it isnt all bad i could let it slide :)
thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 21:03:17 GMT
The baseball stories are not frequent - there's only a couple of them. However Heisig is an academic and his English vocabulary is considerably larger than the average language student. There are a lot of keywords that I had to look up in an English dictionary xD. But it's not a problem, if you really don't like a keyword you can just look up the kanji in a dictionary and pick another one.
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