What a month this was! So many changes have happened that I’m really not sure where to begin.
First, there’s the most obvious change which was to change my theme from the Genesis Lifestyle Theme to the Prose Theme for the sake of making my site mobile responsive sooner rather than later. Obviously I will be making much more tweaks here and there later on.
Use Shirtori For Increasing Vocabulary
Lately I’ve been playing a popular word game in the iTalki forums to practice my written Japanese while having a bit of fun at the same time. The rules of the game are to start each word with the last letter (sound in Japanese) from the previous poster. If the person uses a word that ends with an “n” or in ん(Hiragana)/ ン(Katakana) the game is over and you must start over with “a” or あ(Hiragana)/ア(Katakana) to continue.
Sounds like a interesting way to gather random vocabulary which could be useful later on. It also gives you a chance to practice your written skills in the target language as well.
Immersion Through Game Play
Who doesn’t like playing games? If you can make learning fun then I say go for it! Especially, if that further solidifies your motivation in the target language. I’m currently focused on Japanese at the moment and going through
How do I find these games on Vizzed? You could so a search for “Pokemon” or “Pocket Monsters” into the search function in the Retro Game Room. Then look at the screenshots provided and to see if it’s actually in Japanese or if has been translated to English. Note: You do have to download the RGR Plugin or another one of their emulators in order to play the games on site.
Because these versions were aimed at young children there’s absolutely no Kanji (Chinese characters) in these games which can be great for an absolute beginner! Although it can be a little annoying for those of who recognise quite a Kanji already. The following are the games that were in Japanese. Enjoy!
Pokémon Golden Sun (Rom Hack)
Are there any other games I can play to other than Pokémon? Of course! As a matter of fact here are some non-Pokémon games in Japanese:
There’s so much more but rather than post all of them here’s where you can find them: Japanese Games
Just remember to check out the screenshots to double check that they really are in Japanese before playing them.
Which games would you play in the target language?
I’ve mentioned video games and Shiritori previously but there’s so many other types of games out there the possibilities are endless. What comes to mind is an online community I was apart of when of since I was 13 years old! It’s stumbling upon the Foreign Languages “Guild” (Think of it as a “niche-forum” or a “club” in a huge community) where we would discuss and practice the languages we were learning.
In fact there were all sorts of games to play on these forums just so we could use what we learned. But alas, as time when on this particular “guild” became less and less active to the point where there were so few people active anymore that there was no point in even logging in anymore. While there are more active parts of the site, it seems like there aren’t as many like minded people on there anymore.
I also feel like I out grew the forums too because of the immaturity in the other areas of the site. It’s such a shame though. Seeing as I used to frequent those forums on a regular basis too! But at least I still keep in touch with at least 4 of them off site anyway.
Then there’s card, board, dice, and word games to help strengthen your abilities in the new language. Do you have any recommendations? If so, which ones are the most beneficial for improving your skills in the language? And which games are the most enjoyable for you to play?
Tell me about the games you play in the languages you’re currently learning. Or would you consider doing this to boost motivation as a supplement to your regular language learning activities. I’d love to hear from you!