I was browsing whiterabbitpress.com to check out some Kanji flashcards when I saw a link to Nintendo DS games that may aid in learning the Japanese language. I think I mentioned to some of you that I’m currently learning Nihongo and I’m looking for ways to help me learn the language better because in addition to my very very short attention span, I’m not very good with memorization. ^^; If you have any suggestions and tips on how I can easily memorize Kana and Kanji characters, I’ll be happy to hear from you.
Now let’s go over to the list of Nintendo DS titles which may be helpful in learning Nihongo in a fun and interactive way.
I became interested with Bimoji Training (Beautiful Letter Training) because it says it will teach you how to write beautifully and correctly. It comes with a special stylus too, which resembles a calligraphy brush. My handwriting was really not that bad during my elementary days but it seemed to get worse as I grow older and lazier I guess. ^^; Sensei often corrects some of the characters that I write. Maybe having this game will help me write better.
I think Tadashii Kanji Kakitori-kun: Kanken Taisaku is more useful to those studying a lot of Kanji. It says that this will also be helpful to those who will take the JLPT. This game allows you to trace the every new character that you learn and includes all the joyo (general usage) Kanji.
250 Mannin No Kanken is a popular title in Japan for being the most comprehensive kanji study gamesoft available. It requires a little more effort if you’re still a beginner since everything is in Japanese. This updated version features a special dictionary of over 3,000 idiomatic expressions which will help you increase your fluency of the language.
I found this title over at the Nintendo website. My Japanese Coach uses carefully structured lessons that guide you through vocabulary and calligraphy exercises. It will help you learn in as little as 15 minutes a day with fun and informative mini games to reinforce the lessons as you go along. Sounds promising ne? You also get to use the Nintendo DS stylus to write Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji characters.
Has anyone of you tried these games? How are they?
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