Hi people, I was hoping to find out what the best list of Kanji radicals to primitive list presented by order of appearance: Heisig’s Primitives. Simply, Radical is small component which kanji is made of. (Heisig called his own radicals as primitives) Learning radicals is essential if you. and excuse me for getting straight into it. You can read more about my experiences with Heisig here. I can also point you in the direction of a.

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Aren’t radicals like letters in a word not carrying heiaig actual meaning in themselves? Seeing as I could not find a list of Heisig primitives any where online and the state of the kindle version being unusable judging by the amazon reviewsI decided to make my own list, using my own copy of the 6th ed of Heiisig vol 1.

The method differs markedly from traditional rote-memorization techniques practiced in most courses.

Heisig Primitives List?

Imagining the them as distorted does help though, ’cause a crooked looking cow is very memorable especially if its fighting a shoalin monk for kanji for ‘special’ Does anyone have a list of the primitives that they could share at all?

Trolling, immature, or hostile behavior will result in a warning or ban 6. Unlike the first volume, pdimitives book does not rely on “imaginative memory”.

I’ve just been hearing about the Kodansha KLC thing and their “improved” keywords, and the vocab going along with the words. Want to add to the discussion? Anyways, thanks for your comments from that I can improve the deck, just hope you can clarify your idea: I’ve been using TTS to fill in cards but it’s not ideal. Use furigana if you think they won’t understand your kanji usage.


This is my first topic post, so I’m not sure if Primitjves conveying myself exactly how I want to, but any responses to having a primitives list or to dealing with similarities or slight differences in primitives are welcomed! Did you install the font? No big deal at all!

However, if you can do it by programming a solution that’d be much, much better. Heisig’s Primitives It’s a text file, so it should be minimal fuss to mark which are legit Japanese radicals and even their Japanese term.

As for Pangolin’s font Whatever is on that link is not showing up properly, I think its because I don’t have a certain font installed. The series is available in English, Spanish and German.

Best Kanji Radical List for use with RTK? (and Anki) : LearnJapanese

And in the event one spots a discrepancy, it’s so easily fixed! If you are using a mac you could hiesig query UTF-8 support to find out what mac utility supports it. If not, that is the reason you cannot read it. Here’s the RTK primitive list presented by order of appearance: The sixth edition includes the corrections for all the current errataas well as additional kanji.

You could probably do the same kind of search on how to install a font if you are using a mac. Oops, just realised you haven’t got the link yet. These word lists are then sorted by kana pronunciation then the kanji for that pronunciation. Will I actually use the readings? This index file is typically useful to seed flashcard programs to help students using Remembering the Kanji. AnkiWeb Log in Sign up.

Remembering the Kanji: Primitive Elements: Index of all the RTK Primitive Elements

Just picture it in your head should be good enough which speeds up the process. Here’s an Anki deck with the primitives for RTK 1 and 3. Heisig groups roughly half the kanji according to “signal primitives” that signal a certain Chinese reading. Just like you didn’t set a box of crayons down and memorize them, you just read the labels as you went. Having a hard time inventing stories for some cards?


You will find the radicals much easier to learn this way than studying them systematically from an anki deck or from a dictionary index. Approximately 20 third edition keywords were replaced in the fourth edition.

Docx stroke count ordered: Visit this if you want to learn more: For a beginner like me it is very confusing and frustrating to use this set. I actually don’t recommend learning the radicals systematically. And there’s a list here, which Prmitives presume is pretty much the same, though it doesn’t have readings and as many meanings.

I liked it, but edited the cards many times. Thanks for making this deck.

Kanji Radical (Primitive)

Some I could find, others I made little formulas or descriptions for. Here are the links to four files, two pairs of a word and pdf document showing the 6th ed Heisig primitive elements in both order of stroke count and appearance. For stroke order working, download and install font from this: University of Hawaii Press.

It may not be in an electronic format but it’s a start But if you’ve got a mac it probably has built-in support. Sample from notes Cards are customizable!

Hsisig 2 of each book was published in early Thinking about writing a flashcard program with this index data? If it has three kanji, it’s shown three times with the individual kanji and its kana. Log in or sign up in seconds. This is the site I use for my own Heisig studies.