Sunday, December 03, 2006

I Think I'm Learning Japanese

Learning Japanese is a challege for many people due to the number of characters involved. There are about 80 characters for each set of hiragana and katakana. And in all there about 50,000 Japanese kanji about 2,000 of which are needed for general use. Knuckles in China Land and Slime Forest are two RPG games that can help you memorize characters and learn vocabulary.

Knuckles in China Land - The game features Knuckles from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. This game tests you by using characters that sound similar ka, ke, ko, etc. It includes about 6000 kanji with 1000 of them ordered from "more common" to "less common".
Slime Forest - This game throws characters at you based on similar looking characters like hiragana's sa and chi. It only lets you die 3 times every 8 hours, so you don't over do your practice. You can download additional still in development games to practice vocabulary and verb tenses.

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