Heisig

Keyword Usefulness Test – Update

I am part way through scoring the vocabulary items found at the vocab link on this site. (See this previous post for details.) So far the results have been surprisingly reassuring. Given some of the criticisms of the Heisig approach that are floating around the internet, it would be easy to conclude that the Heisig keywords are arbitrary and largely useless. Instead, most of the words on the vocab list use kanji in a way that is consistent with their keyword meaning. There are many more scores of 5/5 and 4/5 than any other scores.

Once all the items have been scored, I’ll provide some quantitative analysis of the scores.

Let me know if you dispute any of the scores. The utility of a keyword is, of course, subjective, but if there is general disagreement with any of the scores I will change them