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Remembering the Kanji I
A complete course on how not to forget the meaning and writing of Japanese characters
Author James W. Heisig
Publisher Japan Publications
SeriesRemembering the kanji
CategoryKanji learning - Joyo kanji
ISBNs0870407392 [COPAC, Webcatplus, Wikipedia]
4889960759 [COPAC, Webcatplus, Wikipedia]

Review of Remembering the Kanji I by an anonymous reviewer

Uses a controversial method. The introduction makes the claim that about 2000 kanji can be `learnt' in about four weeks. There has been considerable conflict in sci.lang.japan and soc.culture.japan as to whether learning one English keyword for each kanji and how to write it constitutes `learning' a kanji or not. Some people say that you cannot claim to have `learnt' these kanji without learning significant Japanese vocabulary associated with them, something no-one claims can be done in four weeks. Others say that Heisig's course (he does not claim to have invented the method) teaches the 'kanji', separate from vocabulary and pronunciation with which are associated, but semantically separate parts the Japanese language. These of course must be learnt if you are to learn "The Japanese Language", rather than just a very small part of it.

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