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Remembering the Kanji

Use your imaginative memory to remember thousands complex Japanese characters, with Remembering the Kanji by James W. Heisig.

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Review the kanji Review the kanji online. Repeat more of the difficult characters, and less of those that you know well.

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Plans for 6th edition support18 October 2014
I am aware that the website does not directly support the 6th edition of Remembering the Kanji. For the time being gomtuu's 6th edition frame number converter can be used to add flashcards in order for the 6th edition index (forum thread).

When using the Study page, keep in mind you can search by keywords and also by character. While the index is different, most keywords remain the same between 5th and 6th edition. ALL characters in the 6th edition are present on the site. They are just showing under a different index number (many characters that were present in RTK Volume 3, were added to the 6th edition to keep up with the official "common" kanji).

Admittedly this is a cumbersome way of navigating through the Study pages since the previous/next arrows advance using the 5th edition ordering. I will try to get 5th and 6th edition support (both) working before the end of December.
World's most minor fix4 June 2014
When editing stories, a period is no longer added outside of a quote that ends the sentence (ie. allowing for American spelling). As requested by MastodonFarm (forum thread).

New in the Study pages: Example Words!8 April 2014
You can now see a selection of "priority" entries from JMdict (Japanese-Multilingual Dictionary) on any given character's Study page.

You can also use the shortcut key D to view a selection of sample words during flashcard reviews (note these aren't optimized for mobile display, yet).

I remember when I was going through RTK, I spent a lot of time looking up the characters in the Kanji Learner's Dictionary (KKLD). Having example words helps a lot to understand why Heisig chose certain english keywords, and it helps you make better mnemonics that more accurately capture the particular meaning, or common use of the character.

There are some interesting directions I can take with this feature... I would like to hear from you though! Please post suggestions / bugs / feedback in this thread, thanks!
Goi App : Japanese Vocabulary Made Just For You2 April 2014
I'd like to thank Goi App for advertising with us and supporting Reviewing the Kanji since last August!
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Upcoming feature: Example words in the Study pages31 March 2014
I'm currently working on a dictionary feature for the Study pages! I know there's quite a few areas of the site people would like to see improved, but .. when the motivation is there I'll take it.

With this feature you can see a list of example words for a kanji on any given Study page. Having example words for the kanji, even when you are not memorizing them yet, is very helpful to make a connection between the character and the english keywords.

This feature will be at first mostly a convenience one. It can save time looking up the characters in a paper dictionary (eg. Kodansha's Kanji Learner's Dictionary) or separate online resource. But there are quite a few interesting things that can be done in further updates, especially for users who take advantage of the Flashcards on this site.
...more in the news archive.