Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? At long last the approach that has helped thousands of learners memorize Japanese kanji has been adapted to help students with Chinese characters. Book 2 adds another 1, characters for a total of 3, Of critical importance to the approach found in these pages is the systematic arranging of characters in an order best suited to memorization. In the Chinese writing system, strokes and simple components are nested within relatively simple characters, which can, in turn, serve as parts of more complicated characters and so on.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? At long last the approach that has helped thousands of learners memorize Japanese kanji has been adapted to help students with Chinese characters.
Book 2 adds another 1, characters for a total of 3, Of critical importance to the approach found in these pages is the systematic arranging of characters in an order best suited to memorization. In the Chinese writing system, strokes and simple components are nested within relatively simple characters, which can, in turn, serve as parts of more complicated characters and so on. Taking advantage of this allows a logical ordering, making it possible for students to approach most new characters with prior knowledge that can greatly facilitate the learning process.
Guidance and detailed instructions are provided along the way. Students are taught to employ 'imaginative memory' to associate each character's component parts, or 'primitive elements', with one another and with a key word that has been carefully selected to represent an important meaning of the character. This is accomplished through the creation of a 'story' that engagingly ties the primitive elements and key word together. In this way, the collections of dots, strokes, and components that make up the characters are associated in memorable fashion, dramatically shortening the time required for learning and helping to prevent characters from slipping out of memory.
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Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. From what I've seen, Heisig continues to be distinct from the other character learning methods in that he insists on learning nothing more than one keyword per character. No pronunciations, no alternate meanings, no compounds. I think that's a hugely big deal.
Reject anything that adds time. Once the characters are all mentally "on the shelf", the extra things can be added at will. No matter what it takes time. I've gotten through so far in a month. People without jobs or smarter than me will go faster. People with families or dumber than me will go slower.
My main objection is that his ordering of the characters seems illogical. For instance, he saves the very common radical for "person" until very late, warning that you should use a particular person when constructing stories, not a generic person. But that warning could have been given early and such warnings are why his books are more valuable than other sources that just list components. More characters can be assembled from the parts if the most common radicals are covered first.
Also, too often pairs of characters will have different keywords but essentially identical meanings, like "distant" and "far away". He never calls that out and rarely presents them together. It's annoying to have to go back and rework a story to tease out some extremely particular nuance. One reviewer rightly complains that his imagery can be overly masculine and religious.
But the whole point is to learn to make your own images and from the th character on his images are gone. Mixed Results, Weird Descriptions. I charged ahead on the first and tried to skip the stories and make up my own. But the texts they've come up with are just weird. Some are based on biblical references that clearly are meaningful for one of the authors.
The other author comes up with gross, complicatedly violent little stories to explain what's going on. I got tired of trying to not read them, and the sequence of characters didn't make a lot of sense for me after a while.
I discovered Chineasy and Remembr. And some of the translations were weird too, reaching back to a literary usage to avoid something more contemporary but awkward. They both constantly assume the reader is a cisgender male, I suppose because that's what they are. Something else I got tired of skipping past. Works fine for some people but not me. I've been working out of this book every day for the last month and half.
It's a pretty good book! I'm characters in. So if you're unsure which book you want to buy, you can take heart that you don't really need to decide upon buying the book. I've been using the book in conjunction with Anki, but in order to really retain this knowledge, some degree of habitual handwriting should also be in order.
The basic idea behind Remembering Simplified Hanzi, that Chinese characters are composed of simpler pictographs, and that by mentally combining these pictographs into a memorable story, characters can be remembered more easily, is true, but the specifics in how Heisig goes about doing this are in my opinion way off. What is not explained in the book is the actual way that Chinese characters are designed.
The oldest, simplest characters are in fact pictographs, visual representations of tangible things. Some of these characters are combined together to form ideographs, pictures representing more abstract things.
But the overwhelming majority of characters are neither pictographs nor ideographs, but rather are made up of two components, a semantic component often called a radical , hinting at the meaning of a character, and a phonetic component, which may give full or partial information regarding the pronunciation of the character.
So if you knew these two components but never saw the character in your life, you would be able to guess that it was pronounce 'ma' and had a meaning related to women. Following Heisig's method, he would have you memorize some bizarre story involving women riding on horseback, which would be useless for actually understanding the structure of this character.
If you actually learned the character properly, it would then make it much easier to remember other characters containing the same components. There are some characters where the semantic and phonetic components don't give any useful information, probably because of changes in the Chinese language over thousands of years.
So what would I recommend as an alternative? The website remember. At this point I still had a lot of characters to learn, but I could actually start read signs, menus, news, etc in Chinese. Note that I'm not being paid by this website, and actually, I didn't like their other courses, but their Chinese character course is gold. My copy had a publishing error of about 50 pages inserted upside down and backwards within the binding.
This does not make the book unusable, but is an inconvenience. I wish that the the pinyin pronunciations had been included with the characters. The memory devices may be helpful for some people for some characters. Anything that helps implant characters in our minds is useful.
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Remembering Simplified Hanzi 1: How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Chinese Characters
Description 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. 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. That means you can use this deck and Heisig's books to easily learn characters in any order you want, not only the order they are presented in the books. This is very useful if you want to learn how to read and write characters and words as you encounter them in other learning materials. Of course, you can also use this deck to learn the characters in the order presented in the books.
James W. Heisig - Remembering Simplified Hanzi 1 & 2
Remembering simplified Hanzi : how not to forget the meaning and writing of Chinese characters