Kirby Vocabulary List

You might be wondering what Kirby is doing here considering Kirby games aren’t really known for… Having text. But in Japan, there is actually a tie-in book series with novelizations of games and original stories. These books are probably aimed at mid-elementary to early middle school students, so they’re great stepping stones for Japanese learners. […]

Let Me Introduce You to Pallet Town

If you’re around my age, Pokemon may have been your first RPG. The start of a grand adventure in the world of Pokemon and the start of a lifelong love of the genre. I’ve mentioned this a couple of other places on the site, but Pallet Town was also the start of my gaming in […]

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, […]

Let Me Introduce You to Springdale [Sakura New Town] Part II

We’re not quite done with Springdale and Yokai Watch 4 just yet. There are a lot of NPCs to meet so let’s take a look at the next batch. This is a continuation of the ‘Let Me Introduce You to’ series where we walk around video game towns and practice reading Japanese with side-by-side English […]

Let Me Introduce You to Springdale [Sakura New Town]

Let’s take a little stroll around Yokai Watch 4’s Springdale and meet some of the residents. In this series we go around video game towns and use side-by-side English and Japanese text to get to some Japanese reading practice. This may be a good place to start if you’re thinking about importing the game to […]

Let Me Introduce You to Route 29 and Cherrygrove City Part I

Now that we’ve talked to everyone in New Bark Town, it’s time to move to Route 29. Check the side-by-side game dialogue and translations to get reading practice using Pokemon Crystal! And don’t forget to check out the rest of the ‘Let Me Introduce You to’ series :]

Let Me Introduce You to New Bark Town

I want to try something a little different here and see if anybody out there finds this sort of post helpful. I’m basically going to post the Japanese text from each NPC in New Bark Town from Pokemon Gold and Silver with a translation that tries to be literal, but still understandable. You can try […]

3 Great 3DS Games to Play in Japanese Part I

The Nintendo 3DS may be region locked, but if you want access to a great catalog of Japanese games, importing a system from the 3DS line is worth the trouble. This is because it can access Nintendo’s digital store, the eShop, and is jam packed with JRPGs. Once you import a system, there isn’t really […]

How to Play Video Games in Japanese

Learning all of these fancy words isn’t going to do you much good if you don’t have any games to read them in. Lucky for us, getting our hands on video games that we can play in Japanese has become easier in recent years, especially with the Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One not being […]