Try Reading Real Novels in Japanese for Free! (Based on games, of course)

As many of us are well aware, Japanese is a difficult second language to get the hang of. Seeing a big block of text can be incredibly intimidating, but it’s something we all have to challenge ourselves with sooner or later. There are a lot of options to ease yourself into reading large chunks of Japanese text like graded readers and slice-of-life manga. Or you can dive head first into that 800 page tome of fantasy goodness you’ve had your eye on like a carrot on a stick that keeps you studying every night. That can be very frustrating and futile though depending on your level, so I’m going to propose a middle ground and help you get started for free! …To some extent anyway. 

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Reading Books (Based on Games)

I recently did something I should have done a long time ago. I read two books. They were about Kirby and the gang but… I say it still counts! Reading a book may not be quite as fun as playing a game, but it’s pretty close and arguably better practice so I wanted to write a bit about the challenges and give a couple of tips to get started.

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Japanese Practice Through Games – a Beginner’s Guide

Playing games in Japanese can be a great way to learn. It shows you real life language written by Japanese people for Japanese people. There’s no worry about whether the vocabulary you’re learning is relevant because you’re seeing it right there in front of you. You might even have these resources sitting in your house, right now! Hundreds of learning opportunities ready to be taken advantage of!

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How I Study

Here, I want to break down how I study and what resources I’ve found to be the most helpful. There are a lot of other sites and resources I’ve used help fill in the gaps over the years, but what I really want to talk about in this post are things that have been staples of my various routines. As time goes on, you’ll probably find your own favorite sites (maybe even this one) and apps and whatnot to help spice up your study routine and help you when you’re stuck so I won’t go into everything I’ve used. Let’s get to it.

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Zero Experience Beginner’s Guide

So you’re considering embarking on the Japanese learning journey? Great! It’s a long road (like, years… maybe forever) but incredibly rewarding. But before you dive in, I want to quickly explain a couple of things and give you some tips. If you’re looking for how to actually get games to play in Japanese, check here.

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