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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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 adventures. I took a stab at playing gen 1 really early on in my studies and now I’m going to put up side-by-side English and Japanese from Pallet Town in Pokemon Let’s Go.

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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 and Japanese text! Don’t forget to check here for part 1.

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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 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.

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Yokai Watch 4 Impressions

When I came to Japan for the first time, Yokai Watch had already taken over. I saw it everywhere. Some people even thought it would overtake Pokemon as the go-to monster catching game for kids. Things didn’t end up panning out that way in the following years, but at least they managed to pull me back in (for whatever that’s worth) with Yokai Watch 4.

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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 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!

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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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