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Series 'Remembering the kanji'

Books in the 'Remembering the kanji' series

Reviews of the 'Remembering the kanji' series

Review by Ben Finney

Heisig's method is sound, if you follow it as he suggests in his introduction and through the lessons (as opposed to how others might summarise his method). If you have a good knowledge of English language already, and can manage abstract concepts -- i.e. if you are an adult with English as a ... read more

Review by Ilya Farber

I'm now at the end of my first year of Japanese, and I've used all four of Heisig's books (Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji I & II) as well as many others, so I thought I'd share my impressions of them.

The kana books were wonderful, and I would highly recommend them to anybody interested in ... read more

Review by Charles M Richmond

The one reason that I don't reccommend Heisig's Kanji books is that the student will inevitably learn erroneous derivations, confusing the actual meaning of the radicals with Heisig's mnemonic suggestions. If Heisig had done the extra work to be accurate historically like Henshall did in his book, ... read more

Review by Jeffrey Friedl

The first thing to know about him is that he is not a linguist or a Japanese scholar. He doesn't know nor care about Japanese other than as a tool to do his work (whatever work a philosopher does). Until he met me he'd never heard of Spahn, Hadamitzky, Halpern, or (if you can believe this) even ... read more

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