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!Continue reading “Japanese Practice Through Games – a Beginner’s Guide”
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 and Japanese text! Don’t forget to check here for part 1.Continue reading “Let Me Introduce You to Springdale [Sakura New Town] Part II”
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 see if the text is around your reading level. Yokai Watch 4 is full of NPCs so we’ll start by meeting some of the kids in the various parks around town.Continue reading “Let Me Introduce You to Springdale [Sakura New Town]”
Alright, it’s time to go meet the rest of Cherrygrove City as we continue looking at dialogue from Pokemon Crystal with side-by-side translations. Don’t forget to check out Part I and the rest of the ‘Let Me Introduce You to‘ series!Continue reading “Let Me Introduce You to Cherrygrove City Part II”
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 :]Continue reading “Let Me Introduce You to Route 29 and Cherrygrove City Part I”
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 to read the text yourself and then check the translation to see how you did. I may sprinkle in some grammar information as well. Let’s get to it!Continue reading “Let Me Introduce You to New Bark Town”
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 a need to import games because most of them are on the eShop. Plus, with a bank account that lets you make international purchases, like Ally Bank or something, you can use the debit card from your bank to buy games. Buying eShop gift cards from international sellers and having the codes sent to you is also an option though. With all of that out of the way, let’s get to the games.Continue reading “3 Great 3DS Games to Play in Japanese Part I”
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 region locked. A region locked console, such as the Nintendo 3DS, will not be able to play games from other regions which means you can’t just import a game from Japan and pop it into your North American system. Let’s start with the consoles listed above and follow that up with some other consoles that aren’t region locked.Continue reading “How to Play Video Games in Japanese”
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.
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.