I wanted to take my first step and learn the kana. Kana are the two syllable based Japanese writing systems, the hiragana and the katakana. I’m sorry if this is a stupid question, but I’m new to the sub. Has anyone used this booklet before? Is it effective? I’m currently using memrise. I was thinking of waiting till after Kanji to do Kana but I was thinking it might be better to But I don’t know Heisig-sensei’s kana books at all.

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Remembering the Kanji is a series of three volumes by James Heisigintended to teach the 3, most frequent Kanji to students of the Japanese language. The series is available in English, Spanish and German.

Remembering the Kana : A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 Hours Each

Remembering the Hanzi by the same author is intended to teach the most frequent Hanzi to students of the Chinese language. This heisug has two variants: Remembering the Kanji 1: It was first published inwith the sixth edition of the book released in There is no attention given to the readings of the kanji as Heisig believes that one should learn the writing and meaning first before moving on to the readings in Volume II.

The method differs markedly from traditional rote-memorization techniques practiced in most courses. The course teaches the student to utilize all the heisiig parts of a kanji’s written form—termed “primitives”, combined with a mnemonic device that Heisig refers to as “imaginative memory”.

Each kanji and each non-kanji primitive is assigned a unique keyword. A kanji’s written form and its keyword are associated jeisig imagining a scene or story connecting the meaning of the given kanji with heisi meanings of all the primitives used to write that kanji.


The method requires the student to invent their own stories to associate the keyword meaning with the written form.

This is to encourage the student to use the stories as practice for creating their own. However, in cases where the reader may be easily confused or for difficult kanji, Heisig often provides a small story or hint. All the kanji are analysed by components—Heisig terms these “primitives”—which may be traditional radicalskxna kanji themselves, or a collection of strokes not normally identified as independent entities.

The basic primitives are introduced as needed throughout the book.

Remembering the Kanji and Remembering the Hanzi – Wikipedia

A sixth edition was released in April The sixth edition includes the corrections for all the current errata hesiig, as well as additional kanji. The additional kanji has been included in response to the changes to heisih “general use” kanji list in December Remembering the Kanji 2: Volume II presents the official readings of the kanji introduced in Volume I. Unlike kaan first volume, this book does not rely on “imaginative memory”. The book is mainly focused on the Chinese readings, however one chapter does suggest a mnemonic device for learning the Japanese readings.

Heisig splits the kanji into various chapters, according to the most appropriate method to learn their readings. For each Chinese reading of a kanji, an example compound word is given. Heisig groups roughly half the kanji according to “signal primitives” that signal a certain Chinese reading.

There will be one or more exceptions to this rule. These are presented by Heisig in an increasing order of difficulty.

The remainder of the Chinese readings are introduced in separate chapters, designed to help the student learn the readings from everyday words and useful compounds. Remembering the Kanji 3: This volume was co-authored by Tanya Sienko. Volume 3 presents a further kanji in addition to the 2, kanji introduced in Volume 1 and Volume 2.


It is split into two parts. The first part is in the style of Volume I, where the writing and keywords are learned.

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The majority of the new kanji are introduced according to their traditional radical. The other part is in a similar style to Volume 2, where the readings of the kanji are learned. A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 hours each Combined edition is a book by James Heisig for remembering hiragana and hsisig.

It uses mostly the same imaginative memory technique as Remembering the Kanji I, though some katakana are prompted to be learned as simplified forms of their hiragana counterparts. Remembering the Kana succeeds the book Remembering the Hiragana: Volume 2 of each book was published in early From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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The cover of the 5th Edition. Englishwith translations into Spanish and German.