Learning the Japanese language with Nintendo DS

Learning Japanese with Nintendo DS

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.

Bimoji Training Nintendo DS
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.

Tadashii Kanji Kakitori-kun: Kanken Taisaku
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 Nintendo DS
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.

My Japanese Coach Nintendo DS
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.

You may check more titles here. I also found a few more Japanese games here.

Has anyone of you tried these games? How are they?

Images via Nintendo and White Rabbit Press.

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14 Responses to “Learning the Japanese language with Nintendo DS”

  1. LilSeebs says:

    I received “My Japanese Coach” for Christmas last year (unfortunately I no longer possess it.) and it is a GREAT game for learning the language. The only downsides are you need to know basic grammar (the difference between a adjective and an adverb, or what is a definite or indefinite article.) and self control, because if you play 20 lessons per day, you’re bound to forget some words, especially after lesson 30, where you start learning kanji.

    What I really like about this game is the way they teach you grammar. They do a great job of it, and the mini-games aimed for that are very well-made.

    I think “My Japanese Coach” is the best English available teacher out there. There are thousands of lessons, and close to 10,000 words and 1,500 phrases. They also have a very good way of teaching you kanji (although sometimes the stroke order is not correct, for a very small handful of them.) as well as having a Japanese-English-Japanese dictionary available for you at all times.

    I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone, beginner or advanced, to pick up this game, because if used right, you can learn Japanese fluently.

    1. xine says:

      Hello LilSeebs.
      Thanks for the recommendation. I think fun games makes learning easier. It’s nice that you enjoyed playing the game and learned Nihongo. ^^

  2. I haven’t tried any of the titles you mention here but I do have this one: http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-9g-49-en-70-198v.html

    It’s basically a Japanese dictionary but it also has English definitions for a lot of words. So you can type in a Japanese word and hopefully (not always) there will be an English definition along with it. But the most useful thing is that you can draw out kanji on the touchscreen and if it’s accurately drawn, it will look up the definition. Very useful for looking up kanji while reading.

    1. xine says:

      Thanks anony. I’ll definitely add this to my list too. ^^

  3. GREW says:

    Did you know that McDonnald will use the DS for their part timers to learn?

    Since those people know how to use it. And Mc will save money / as they say.

    1. xine says:

      Yeah, I think I’ve seen that post somewhere with the yellow DS in the picture. Learning should be fun and I guess Nintendo DS has been helpful in that aspect. ^^

  4. red4 says:

    You’re a brave man, Exteen. I’d have an easier time brushing a lion’s teeth… from inside his throat.

    1. xine says:

      Lol. Did you learn something new in Italian lately?

      1. red4 says:

        No, not lately. But when I do feel like learning some new Italian words, it’s pretty easy. Italian is almost identical to Spanish – which I speak somewhat fluently.

  5. Fabrice says:

    unfortunetly….i dont have a ds D:

    1. xine says:

      I’m still thinking about getting the DSi XL or an electronic dictionary ^^;

  6. rockleelotus says:

    i have a DS, and i wanna learn japanese! could this be for me? :P

    i think i suffer from the short attention span and bad memory thing also Lol but ill give these a try, just hope i will stick to them ^^;;

  7. K says:

    awesome games XD. Now to find a way to alot extra time for serious Jap learning XD

  8. Marzia says:

    @red4 e così stai imparando l’italiano? ma dici sul serio 0.o? io sono italiana e per me è un po’ strano trovare qualcuno che cerca di imparare la mia lingua -.-“.

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