After quite some time without an update to this page, I decided to let y’all know where I’m at.
I haven’t touched Project JDS in a long time for the simple reason that I don’t need to practice recognizing ひらがな or カタカナ anymore! Reading and writing Kana is now a basic part of my everyday Japanese language studies. All thanks to Project JDS in combination with My Japanese Coach! (Both highly recommended!)
And to help me get faster at reading Japanese I decided to look for another game to help me out.
So, I’ve started playing around with Anpanman to Asobo – aiueo Kyoushitsu. (アンパンマン と あそぼ あいうえお 教室) A very simple and, well, childish game. But then again, most people learning 日本語 are of young age! And I’m just an old-guy trying to catch-up.. If you are any good with Kana you’ll get the hang of this game quickly. It consists of a lot of mini-games, that (except for the really かんたん (easy) games) focus on learning the aiueo (The Japanese ABC) and a lot of everyday words like dog (いぬ), cat (ねこ), ears (みみ), and (like I’m used to by now in these Japanese-training-games); Sushi (すし).
This game offers a good way to expend your vocabulary, and could very well be used in paralel to My Japanese Coach, since it doesn’t offer a big challenge and aproaches the Japanese vocabulary from a child’s point of view. And let’s be honest: If you are just starting out with Nihongo, You are, in a way, just a kid learning your first words. And if you are just a kid, isn’t it nice if you are able to name everyday items like fruit, (りんご – apple, もも – Peach) animals, (きつね – fox, せみ – fly) or a pencil (えんぴつ)?
The game contains a lot of spoken (informal) Japanese too, if you are a starting student like me you won’t understand most of what the speech is about, but hard practice makes good practice! And it will help you understand Japanese faster, although in a very, very childish way. Which isn’t necessarily bad, but does make you wonder how much money you want to spend on learning Japanese on your Nintendo DS.
I wanna finish this post with a gift I got from someone who loves me: