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April 14, 2006

Must-read interview for Heisig fans

If you're a true believer in the Heisig method of learning kanji (hey, even if you're not), don't miss the interview with James Heisig over at kanjiclinic.com. Heisig talks about the origin of the method, and it's a lot more interesting than his book describes.

Hmmm. I wonder how many non-Japanese learn 2000 kanji by rote memorization--and how long it takes them.

Permalink | Posted by Joe at April 14, 2006 02:37 PM


Interestingly enough, just today I decided to tackle a similar topic at japanesejapanese.com

There's a small (and not incredibly detailed) section on how elementary school students are sometimes taught kanji, along with other ramblings.

I'm not much of a fan of crutch methods (as I've taken to calling them) of any sort, since I think they only add an extra layer of work to an already simple process, but I do so enjoy reading about why they came about!

Posted by: raize at April 28, 2006 03:33 PM

I'm looking forward to reading your article (and writing a suitable rebuttal, of course ;). Thanks for the update!

Posted by: Joe at April 28, 2006 03:52 PM

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