Javizy wrote:Just wondering why that is. I've seen you steer some other poor souls away from even trying the book, and it makes me shiver to think of the extremely extended path of mindnumbing repetition and frustration these newbies have unwittingly been led down.
I'm wondering if replying is that good an idea...
Javizy seems to suggest that I'm deliberately trying to make life harder for people.
I don't think I've told people not to try it, I have usually said to give it a go, because I'm conscious of my dislike of the book but still know it is effective for some people and I do see benefits behind parts of it. I have said it probably works best if you know nothing about Japanese to hinder you (just like Heisig when he invented it). I have pointed out it's not for everyone. I have pointed out other books I like about kanji. I don't know what I'm doing wrong in expressing my opinion.
There isn't one true way, there are many approaches to learning a language and learning kanji. One size does not fit all. And there's enough column inches about the virtues of Heisig on this board and the net that no-one is going to ignore it all based on my lone opinion.
I was sure Javizy or someone else would come along to extoll it's virtues and put those poor souls back on the one true path of Heisigness. Indeed it seems the metaphor is more of a matter of belief than taste for a lot of people.
I'm loathe to recommend the book because I dislike it. It's Natto mixed with Marmite, maybe good for you but I don't like the smell or taste so don't insist that I swallow it.
I dislike it's made up meanings. I dislike the authors tone. I dislike the lack of Japanese. I dislike that it ignores so much about kanji and how they work. I dislike it's one trick approach. I dislike the half true claims that knowing individual kanji's English headwords enables you to somehow read and understand Japanese. I dislike the idea that one can write by hand properly balanced characters without repetitive practice and instruction. I dislike the insistence that the fault lies with the student if they don't take to it's techniques. That they haven't got what it takes.
It's my fault, mea maxima culpa, I haven't got what it takes to make use of the memory technique.
I dislike that expressing this view contrary to the loudest opinions here will probably lead to flames, because I like kanji, I like Japanese, I like this site...
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