posted by TrevorL (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Dec 6, 2008
Member since Dec 2005
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I've just finished my third semester of college level Japanese, and purchased a DS so I could have a electronic kanji dictionary that could recognize handwriting. Seeing as this was also just released I figured I would give it a shot.
I put it in and it presented me with a 50 question quiz to assess my grasp of Japanese, which I demolished in short form. This left me a little put off because it only cares if you've made it to "pre-schooler" as the game calls it, or about a half a semester of Japanese. I was then presented with 10 vocab words I already knew, that the game wanted me to "master"...
It was at this time I came to the conclusion that this game wasn't for me and I started poking around to see what it offered to someone starting out with Japanese.
The vocab memorization games are excellent, as they work you to the point where you hear "watashitachi" and you instantly think "us". It also teaches grammar and sentence structure which is a plus. Once you know where to put your nouns, verbs and direct objects, you can take your burgeoning vocab and construct sentences upon sentences. It also has a dictionary with phrasebook that adds to the value immensely, although it is a little hard to get to.
The hirigana lessons however, leave something to be desired. The strokes for a number of the characters are just plain wrong, and completely disrupt the flow of your writing. While this may seem trivial, learning how to write hirigana and katakana correctly (and count strokes correctly) makes kanji much easier.
My suggestion is if you are interested in Japanese, this game is a great place to start- Just think of it as a primer. Then, if and when you start taking Japanese and want to use this to supplement you studies, REMEMBER this hierarchy from most to least correct:
Nihongo Sensei -> Nihongo text/workbooks -> My Japanese Coach
gamers (85%) found this review helpful
I have has one year college 101 and 102 for japanese and thought I would give this game a try. It is pretty good for people starting out but it is better as a study aid more then anything. The game is pretty good though and I like the mini games. However, the writing pad really sucks. I would put the touch the screen and before I could write anything it had said it was wrong. I also noticed that likes you to write sloppy instead of taking your time to do it the right way. As for the dictionary... I give it a 7 out of 10 since there is no option to type in katakana letters instead of romaji. In conclusion.. use this game for studying and along side of other japanese learning material.
posted by Sariebear2 (MACKINAW CITY, MI) Nov 10, 2008
Member since Sep 2008
gamers (80%) found this review helpful
I have read a lot of people say that they have been learning japanese before this game and say that the game is bad. Well, duh it's going to be bad cause this game is for those who haven't learned japanese. It's basically just to start you off. I have to say I love the game very much cause I have learned a lot in just a week. But would recommend that it be used at a study guide or be used first to start yourself with learning the language and then move onto another learning system. Overall I love the game.