- Save 10% on Books for Schools offered by Amazon.co.uk when you purchase 10 or more of the same book. Here's how (terms and conditions apply) Enter code SCHOOLS2016 at checkout. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)
Remembering the Kanji 1: A Complete Course on How Not To Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters Paperback – 30 Jun 2011
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Special Offers and Product Promotions
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
About the Author
James W. Heisig is professor and permanent research fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Anyone who has ever attempted to learn Japanese will, however, agree that the hardest aspect of studying this infuriating, endearing language is kanji, and the main trouble is remembering how to write the little beasts. What this book does is to systematise the mnemonics that we all invent for ourselves - "thing like a ladder, box lid, lantern, child, camp-stool, moon, mouth, twiddly-thing-that-means-motion". Then the author combines these, or encourages the student to combine them, into 'stories', which you are supposed to visualise, thereby remembering the writing of the kanji. And it does work, up to a point.
Other reviewers have commented that the book is very, very American, which sometimes poses difficulties. Several of the stories are concerned with baseball, about which I know nothing; there are numerous references to Bible stories and the doings of Almighty God, which is rather off-putting; and "a moose head hanging on the wall of the den" is not the first image that would come to the mind of an urban Brit. There are some strange choices, too - why the familiar standing bowl of rice that forms a part of so many kanji to do with eating and drinking - taberu, nomeru, musume... should become 'halo' is beyond me. So I am not sticking faithfully to Mr Heisig's 'primitives'; I am using the book more as a starting point for creating my own system.
The book does not include any Japanese readings of the kanji - each one is just given a 'key word' meaning in English, some of them rather wide of the mark, I feel. I gather that there's another volume that teaches the readings, but I will probably stick to my kanji textbook for that. Heisig warns that you should not use his book whilst studying kanji the conventional way, which is quite weird - who, other than a student of Japanese, could possibly want to Remember the Kanji?
If you are beginner in Japanese language, if you want to learn quickly you will use this book. There are people that do not like Heisig method, BUT.. that is because they do not understand what this book gives you.
You will learn 2200 characters. You will remember them and have mnemonic meaning. People say "how does this help you with Japanese?" and "what is the point to know how to write character if you don't know the real meaning in context".
Hear me. After you know 2200 kanjis and their mnemonic meaning, it will be so easy for you to go into grammar and vocabulary. Why? Because you will store new words in your head so quickly, because you know the kanjis already. It's so so so simple.
Basically this method shortens the whole procedure of learning Japanese by a lot.
When you were learning latin alphabet, you had to remember A, B, C, D to make a word. It is the same with kanjis. When you know them it's easy to remember the word.
So trust me, and go through this book, once you remember the kanjis, Japanese grammar and vocabulary is peace of cake.
I've yet to actually begin with the 'heavy' stuff, but I can already notice the benefits from the techniques and ilttle tips and tricks that this book provides. Although I found it interesting, before this book, I found Kanji extremly tedious and very laborous. Now quite the contrary, I actually enjoy learning more and more. This book has made it fascinating and, definitely more of a fun challenge to try and test what you've learnt using the techniques the book employs.
Just as my personal recommendation, this book should be used side-by-side with Anki, a free downloadable program which acts like digital flashcards. It's extremely useful in testing yourself and guaging your progress.Read more ›
My main point of criticism concerns the quality of many of the mnemonic 'stories' that Heisig comes up with for many of the first 600 Kanji that he treats. He seems to adhere to the motto "the crazier, the more memorable", which leads to a large number of stories that may be downright wacky, but have little or no obvious connection to the Kanji in question. E.g. #372 "read", where he states that most words that are read are read for commercial reasons. Is that dubious statement really the kind of clever mnemonic trick that will allow you to "fix" this symbol in your memory, even using the 6 steps Heisig recommends for doing so on page 102 (after the reader will already have tried to memorize almost 250 Kanji without the benefit of these 6 steps)? I don't think it is. Nor do I feel that this kind of mnemonic 'story' comes across as being the result of the sort of careful consideration and pruning that Heisig claims to have employed, resulting in the most efficient and vivid story to finally be selected for use as a mnemonic. And the same thing goes for a great many other 'stories' that Heisig presents the reader with in the first two parts of this book. That gave me the distinct impression that the author was being less than truthful about both the method and care he employed to create his learning method. Did I think I could do better?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Horrible descriptions are very advanced lots of olden time references and references to the bible DONT BUYPublished 1 month ago by laura a.
Excellent book to help you learn and memorize the Kanji. Would highly recommend to everyone, but have never tried another product to be fair.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good - my only issue is that without Kindle Fire the diagrams showing how to write the characters (and occasionally some of the characters themselves) come out as garbage. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Charles Harris
I have yet to finish this book but have already found it to be a great tool. I have been through the first 250 kanji without a hitch over the course of about two weeks and the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Thomas R.
As much use as a chocolate fireguard. No mention of any japanese throughout let alone on and kun readings so how you could actually use this with any benefit is beyond me. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Holly
Only gives a single English "decoding" for each kanji symbol ignoring completely the Japanese sounds and language. Fairly useless for learning language.Published 18 months ago by Seby
NB this won't display properly on a Kindle paperwhite but the book is great.Published 19 months ago by Jacqueline Ellul