Remembering Simplified Hanzi 1


J. W. Heisig & T. W. Richardson

Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2009, 2012..

[Also available as an Apple iBook.]

Based on the best-selling series of books on the Japanese characters, Remembering the Kanji, Jim Heisig and Tim Richardson have combined forces to produce comparable courses for Simplified and Traditional Chinese characters.

Book 1 of each course covers 1,500 characters, organized around the 1,000 most frequently used characters (for details on the process of selection, read pages 8-9 of the download). Book 2 adds another 1,500 characters for a total of 3,000 frequently-used characters and a solid foundation for the serious student of Chinese. To facilitate the memorizing of the characters as quickly and efficiently as possible, the course introduces a unique order for learning and makes use of “imaginative memory” to combine the basic building blocks—or “primitive elements” of which all characters are composed—into memorable images and patterns.

James W. HEISIG is a permanent fellow of the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan and Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Letters at Nanzan University.

Timothy W. RICHARDSON is Coordinator for World Languages and teaches Chinese and Spanish at Brigham Young University Hawaii, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Cultural Studies and World Languages.

  • The Introduction and a sampling of the first lessons of Book 1 is available for downloading free of charge.
  • Errata in Remembering Simplified Hanzi, Book 1 (19 April 2013)

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