17478Re: Heisig's Method for Learning Kanji
- Jan 1, 2005
> Greetings from Solveig! When I looked at the Heisig webpage, some of theGreetings for Otagiri!
> characters were too small to make out and they were not animated.
Yes ... this can be a problem at times. But I use the evisa.com site
only as a supplement.
You can download for free a portion of Heisig's book from the
following site. This is what I am working from for now. I have ordered
a copy of his book to be delivered to my hotel.
You made two points against Heisig's method. One is that the kanji are
learned with English meanings and without Japanese pronounciation and
the other is that the kanji are learned with only one meaning. I
understand his method is considered somewhat controversial, probably
due to these reasons. I believe that Heisig has delibrately sacrificed
completeness for simplicity in an attempt to help the student cram
enough of them to begin reading (kanji as English) as soon as
possible. It's not a complete method. I know I will have to go back
and learn the multiple meanings and Japanese pronouciation. But it's a
start. I am on lesson 5 today. And with the evisa site for
reinforcement, I think I will do okay.
New Year Resolution - complete the memorization of all of Heisig's
kanji in Book 1 this year. I hope to begin reading practise in a few
months. I am currently paging through my few kanji books to identify
the kanji as I learn them. Next year, I can start to learn to read out
My New Year's haiku:
A thousand kanji
A thousand bottles of beer
I cannot finish!
Ichi sen kanji
Biiru no ichi sen pon
Kore de owari
(ten kanji a day) Otagiri
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