However, in cases where the reader may be easily confused or for difficult kanji, Heisig often provides a small story or hint. Feb 28, In their books, Remembering Traditional Hanzi and Remembering Simplified Hanzi, James W. Heisig and Timothy W. Richardson introduce the. Dec 11, This deck is designed to accompany Remembering Simplified Hanzi 1 (and book 2), and you will need those books in order to use this deck.

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Remember the Hanzi is not a black magic book nor a shortcut for learning Mandarin. If you find errors, or have suggestions for how to make the deck easier to use, please email me: Volume II presents the official readings of the kanji introduced in Volume I.

Description This deck is designed to accompany Remembering Simplified Hanzi 1 and book 2and you will need those books in order to use this deck. I did a frequency analysis of the words at each HSK Level: This is where the books by Heisig and Richardson significantly deviate from many conventional texts.

Heisig groups roughly half the kanji according to “signal primitives” that signal a certain Chinese reading. I’ve been studying Chinese on and off for two years and have hit a wall. Heisig splits the kanji into various chapters, according to the most appropriate method to learn their readings. Your email address will not be published. Ten characters takes about two minutes to write if they’re brand new and traditional, so do that three to five times per day.

Personally, I would experiment with adding the main pronunciation as dictated by the keyword to your flash cards. They gave me the foundations of being able to read, which is ultimately what has helped my knowledge of characters more than anything else. Some hints for learning new characters: This is to encourage the student to use the stories as practice for creating their own. There will be one or more exceptions to this rule. Some of the early characters were very oscure and sometimes were unusable in isolation, or had multiple meanings, so the single meaning assigned by the Heisig system wasn’t useful in the long run.


Wikipedia has them for free. A kanji’s written form and its keyword are associated by imagining a scene or story connecting the meaning of the given kanji with the meanings of all the primitives used to write that kanji. I’ve included the traditional characters on each card in cases where they differ from the simplified characters.

Using stories to remember any sort of things works.

Chinese characters: Remember the Hanzi, a controversial method

Common textbooks take character frequency into account when presenting them, and most commonly introduce them in two ways. The method is secondary, though some methods may be more efficient than others.

This “map” for each character is included in this deck to allow you to learn all of the sub-components needed for a character before learning the character itself. Just look at the first 20 characters above again. The more frequent characters tend to be presented earlier. In other words, your still need to learn Chinese. Hanzi is Beat Writing.

You have made some very good points in your post. If you want a leg hazni on characters, learn extra vocabulary and the characters you need will come by themselves. University of Hawaii Press. The first part is in the style of Volume I, where the writing and keywords are learned.

The sixth edition includes the corrections for all the current errataas well as additional kanji.

One thing that is often not mentioned by those who praise the Heisig method is that even with the Heisig mnemonics method, you have to continue to practice after you have learned the characters.

Even though the biggest advantage seemed occur as an absolut beginner. Heisug more or less went along the path of AJATT, so I was doing a lot of immersion while going through these books, which I think is the best way to use the books.

If you are just beginning, you need to experiment a bit and decide whether you strictly want to adhere to the method outlined in the book. Primitive element keywords and characters are all marked with “p. I use neisig to help me hwnzi characters, and in effect that way am making up my own mnemonics, and there’s a strength in that.


I also have almost completely avoided confusing different characters interferenceor wondering how many strokes I needed to write. However if you live in China and you need to communicate with the butcher or the doctor, I want to wish you good luck if you are going to attempt heiskg learn 3, characters before trying to speak. And then you start to fantasize you could master Chinese language in three months, no need to wait a whole year! R emembering S implified H anzi, book Xlesson YY – all characters are tagged with the lesson in which they appear e.

While creating this deck, I used a shared deck that I downloaded hanai couple of years ago, which included all of the characters from both books, plus their keywords, stroke counts, and pinyin for book 1.

Learning to Read and Write Chinese Characters the Heisig-Richardson Way • RememberEverything

A unique property of this deck is that it also allows you to learn Heisig’s characters “out of sequence” while still using Heisig’s general method. Retrieved from ” https: For a total of six to ten minutes, you should remember characters fairly easily, especially if you review the next day once or twice. I remember those examples from the kanji. It all heisog on how that list of words is generated.

Learning to Read and Write Chinese Characters the Heisig-Richardson Way

But whoever you were, thanks! Heisig recommends that you only review from keyword to character, not from character to keyword.

Nothing holds back yeisig like anger, shame, embarrassment, or whatever. Only when he cannot come up with any additional useful characters using the already learned primitives, does he introduce a new primitive, allowing him to learn yet another set of characters.

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment. Anyway, just thought people might find that interesting!