To all tha haters that sed we wuz whack. That sed “hanzi be rockin’ semantic-phonetic duality, son… ideographic component analysis just won’t work — I played Othello at Cambridge!”; that sed we couldn’t represent no more. Well here’s a big BOOYAKASHA from Timothy “Tha Killa” Richardson and James “Old Kanji Bastard” Heisig, two thugs with PhDs in school but also in life, cousin. That’s right. Thirty years after the first Remembering the Kanji hit the streets of Compton and sparked drive-by arguments [“Oh, Reginaaald…? I disagree!”] from Osaka to Oakland, Remembering the Hanzi is out, just in time for Kwanzaa.
So for all you Chinese learners out there. Here is the merchandise. This is the detaaaaagent [if you didn’t watch Kenyan TV commercials in the early 1990s…I cannot help you with this one]! This is what you need. There are 1500 characters in this first volume, so it’s just something to get you started up. A second volume, with another 1500, is in the works. Should it be delayed, then, rather than wait for it to come out, I would recommend applying the stories/components in the first volume to the characters in Rick Harbaugh’s Chinese Characters: A Geneaology and Dictionary (zhongwen.com), and then move on to sentences. With steady progress, it shouldn’t take very long at all, and you’ll be able to read (comprehend) and write Chinese like a madman, despite not yet knowing how to sound stuff out yet.
Anyway, yeah…FYI, whoomp there it is.
It’s been out for like a month, actually.