In the book these kanji are taught using stories. These kanji are learned the fastest if you read the book as well. Warning: in many cases the key meanings in . For example, Heisig’s RTK is a method. The + Kanji are ordered in a specific order. You only build new Kanji from primitives from the ones. Study the Japanese characters with James Heisig’s “Remembering the Kanji” method, and review with kanji flashcards.

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His second book Remembering the Kanji 2 focuses on teaching you all of the readings. However, I would not recommend using the second book.

Well, reading kanji in sentences with context information has helped me learn the readings a lot more easily than when I briefly attempted to use RTK 2. Depending on ,anji fast you would like to go, you must choose a regular number of kanji per day to study.

How to study Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji

Grammar, vocabulary, and speaking are just as important as kanji. In my opinion, anywhere from 1—2 years is an excellent time frame for finishing the book. They slave away with pen and pencil, day after day, drawing every stroke of these bastards until the characters have been burned into their humble little craniums.

Japanese kids write kanji all throughout elementary and junior high school in order to learn them. Heisig just gives us an opportunity to take advantage of our maturity and learn in a way more suited to the developed heislg. If you learn the meaning and writing of characters in 1—2 years by completing RTK, that gives you 7—8 more years to learn the readings before you would be learning at the same rate as native Japanese kids. That is less than half of the time! The Heisig method works by taking the smaller pieces of a kanji and using them to create a story that will help you remember the meaning keyword of the kanji.


Just imagine flames pouring out of it and charring the keyboard, the monitor, and your desk a sooty black color. After getting through the book, expanding your Japanese vocabulary will become a breezy walk in the heosig. Your brain will start to associate the characters with the readings you learn, finally completing the circle of kanji knowledge. Also, you reembering quite often be able to figure out the meaning of new words using the meanings of the individual kanji you learned doing RTK.

This book is meant to supplement learning Japanese as a whole and make learning kanji easier. If you do, you will put a halt to learning any practical Japanese. This is what a rememering study looks like. The goal is to use your photographic memory to recall the mental images you create because that is the power this book helps us tap into. Go into Anki and do your review for the day. I take a loose piece of paper out of my notebook and draw each kanji out as I review kanj. Optional step that will maximize results: This step is for you who make it to Lesson After that, you are expected to create your own stories and mental images.

Remembering the Kanji and Remembering the Hanzi – Wikipedia

You can even save the stories you like on your account. After finding a good story on koohiiI then go into my Anki deck and add the story to the corresponding kanji kxnji. The stories on koohii have saved me countless hours of mental strain.

Repeat these steps everyday until you finish the book. Although there are other guides out there including the confusing one in the bookI just wanted to share my personal take on it and hopefully help some people out with this plain-and-simple guide.


His video on RTK can be found below. How long does this it take to complete RTK? How does this book make learning kanji easier?

An example of how this works: I prefer to have a printed copy over a digital one, but anything will work. A notebook and writing utensil. A computer and internet connection. A kanji koohii account. I highly recommend this. It will save you copious amounts of time.

“Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji sucks” – Other Kanji Learning Methods?

Setting up Anki Download and install it onto your computer and create an AnkiWeb account. Rememberign instructions are right under the download button. Go to the Anki website and download one of the RTK decks. Under the deck options, make sure to set the number of new cards per day to the number of new kanji you choose to learn every day.

For the number of reviews, the more the merrier. If you need help configuring Anki, consult the manual found here.

Remember the kanji

The least we could do is return the favor by donating to him or buying his mobile app. With the mobile app, you can sync your AnkiWeb reemembering and do your reviews on-the-go.

How to Study I highly recommend reading the intro pages as they will prime you even better than I can on how the rememberinb works. Also, for a full description of how the RTK method system works, see pages in the book.

Read through the story in the book and write the kanji down in your notebook, listing the primitives next to it.