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Thread starter Alexis Start date Mar 15, Most of the data for this flashcard list was compiled by members of the Reviewing the Kanji forum. Attached is the Pleco-formatted Flashcard txt file. Please note: The definitions for this list consist of Heisig's character index for cross-reference with the books and the main keyword.
Some of the Chapters are too big to be learned in one setting. This will allow you to restore your previous database if necessary. Set "Duplicate Cards" at "Update Text" when you import. If you do go this route, only do it for the categories that you haven't studied yet. This has been a super useful companion to studying Heisig and for making flashcards.
Thanks for posting. Cheers for this. Have been using the Heisig method for the last few weeks and am doing characters per day. Hope that by end of the summer I'll have got through the 1st book. I need structure to my learning and this is perfect. Although slightly off topic, have you ever looked at Skritter as an additional resource for leaning characters?
I find that the "writing" element helps me immensely in remembering a character since I'm a very kinesthetic learner. The only downside is it's a paid service, but you can trial it for a week for free. It's fantastic on the iPad with the touchscreen. They have Heisig lists based on both Hanzi and Kanji.
I find it invaluable for my learning. I have it but have come to the conclusion that it is not good for me. Recently discovered that no matter how many times I write out characters I forget them. I know this is natural if I'm not coming across them regularly but the method in itself is no good as I'm confusing characters which are similar in appearance. Even with the SRS on Skritter and the mnemonics it's not effective for me.
The Heisig method is perfect. I'm using the following method : 1. Read the key word. Read menomonic story and let it sink in. Close eyes and focus on the images in the story. Open eyes, repeate key word and primitives keeping the images in mind which allows the fog to clear.
Juxtapose the elements in my mind. Write the character out ONCE re telling the story. The key here is the number of times it says to write the character, just the once.
It is a very structured method of learning and I don't need an internet connection, granted Skritter can review previously learned characters. After 3 years learning Chinese I now have the right method for myself and hope to finally stop banging my head of the wall. Ok, thanks for the response. I can easily see that different types of resources work better depending on each person's learning style.
I've only been learning for 6 months and am still trying to find a learning process that helps me retain the details long term. The thing about simplified characters is so many look so similar.
I can't over stress the importance of learning the basic building blocks really well now while you're at an early stage of your learning and the radicals. I really messed up here and the more characters I learned the more foggy things became hence I'm now returning to the basics and learning them really well, something I should have done at the beginning, and already I can see a huge difference.
I'd advise you to give Heisig's book a go. It might take a month or 2 months before you get used to it but even if you only learn 5 characters a day, after a month or two you should find the process of learning new character and distinguishing them much easier.
NB: you don't need to spend loads of time rewriting characters over and over, perhaps at the beginning to get used to stroke order but after 6 months you should have enough practice writing characters. Otherwise it is a complete waste of time IMO. The reason I like this is because it doesn't allow you write the characters on the iPad, I write them by hand just the once which helps reinforce muscle memory. Also, you can see a list of characters laid out before your eyes which I find very useful.
Other apps don't have this layout and I like to be able to see my list in its complete form. I have requested this on Pleco before but I don't think its one which many others are interested in hence it's not in the pipeline. Last edited: Apr 2, I did buy the StickyStudy app several months ago, but after starting to use Skritter never went back to it. I had thought about looking back into it again, but since then purchased the full Pleco pack, which includes the flashcard capability.
I haven't actually even looked at the Pleco flashcard capability because Mike has said one of the next Pleco improvements would be a full re-write of the flashcard functions. As such I figured there was no reason to get "attached" to a particular capability if it had a high chance of going away. I started realizing I had too many flashcard options and have been sticking with Skritter for now as my main learning vehicle.
I think the usefulness of Skritter probably dies out by year two of learning because by then you should have learned a good core set of basic vocabulary and should be learning new content from voracious reading at least that's MY plan Five years later, but nevertheless: thanks Alexis, this is very useful. I've just started with the Heisig method and was pludging away creating my own Pleco cards when it dawned on me that perhaps someone might already have done that?
Chinese characters: Remember the Hanzi, a controversial method
By Hofmann, October 6, in Chinese Characters. Yes, let's talk about it. It might get ugly, but we have to talk about this in order to understand it. James Heisig developed a method of learning the most common Kanji used in Japanese. Read about the method here.
Remembering the Hanzi Book 1 – Review
The Chinese version comes in either traditional or simplified format and currently, only book 1, the first characters, is available for purchase. The book is aimed at those who wish to learn how to write Chinese characters and employs the use of short stories or mnemonics for each individual character, in an effort to help the learner remember both the meaning and the written form. While there are lists of pinyin in the index, I do not agree with his reasons for not including the pronunciation along with each character. For Japanese it perhaps make sense, not that I know anything about Japanese language, however for Chinese, if you know the pronunciation of a radical, or similar looking characters, it can often help you remember others.
Heisig's Remembering Simplified Hanzi 1 & 2
Remembering the Kanji is a series of three volumes by James Heisig , intended to teach the 3, most frequent Kanji to students of the Japanese language. The series is available in English, Spanish and German. Remembering the Hanzi by the same author is intended to teach the most frequent Hanzi to students of the Chinese language. The method differs markedly from traditional rote-memorization techniques practiced in most courses. The course teaches the student to utilize all the constituent parts of a kanji's written form—termed "primitives", combined with a mnemonic device that Heisig refers to as "imaginative memory".