Learn Japanese to Survive!
I'm not sure how many of you know this, but there is a RPG game series available on Steam that I just started playing to help me learn Japanese. I'm currently on "Learn Japanese to Survive! Hiragana Battle" but "Learn Japanese to Survive! Katakana War" is also available. The Kanji version is due out in August as well.
I'm more using it as a refresher as I learn Hiragana through a combination of Duolingo and Memrise, but I'm finding it to be a lot of fun and I wanted to share :)
Steam has a couple other language learning games.
I've tried out Influent, which is a vocab-focused memory game. It is available for a number of languages, including Japanese. It helps you to learn the names for common houshold objects and other things. I thought it was pretty good, but I wish it had more locations.
When you get further along, you can find a decent number of games that have Japanese languages options on Steam. Some have audio as well. But you will probably want to wait until you know a decent amount of grammar and vocab before trying the more text-heavy games.
Another nice Japanese learning game I've tried is called Crystallize. It is not on Steam, but easy to download. It was originally made as a college project and is available for free. Unfortunately, I don't think it is currently being worked on and it has some glitches.
The game has a neat "immersion" teaching style which is a good way to practice basic Japanese conversation skills. It teaches some grammar along with vocabulary and common phrases. Although there is an option to have text displayed in romaji, I recommend learning hiragana first and using this game to practice your reading skills. The game is designed to teach you Japanese, even if you know nothing about the language, starting from scratch.
What other language learning games have you found on Steam? I'd love to check them out!
I am actually waiting for Koe (声) to be available. It will be a jrpg with the intent of learning basic Japanese in it. You will have to like write your spell and read Japanese dialog. First it will be mostly English and the more you advance the story the more Japanese the texts will be.
I've been playing it too and it's really good for a "teacher" feel. It gives explanations to dakuten (the things that look like quotation marks), gives an explanation on pronounciations (like why we say "Sushi" 'soo-shi', and "Suki" 'ski') and just overall is a pretty fun game too, although obviously it does sacrifice some gameplay for learning. Still I'd check it out, especially once the summer sale comes up.
Wow! You are level 25 in nine languages! And at least level 7 in 21 other languages. Very impressive! Well done! :D
Ooh, I didn't know there was gonna be a kanji version soon. I was only ever recommended the hiragana one which I wasn't too interested in since I've already got hiragana down to an extent.
I came across one a while ago called Super Toaster X, but I don't know if it's good or not, because I haven't played it, and it's in early access. Sure looks cool, though. An RPG with a "unique character progression system based on mastering Japanese vocabulary" sounds interesting, indeed.
Thanks for the info! I put it on my wishlist, but I think i'm going to wait until more people review it before I decide to purchase it or not.
You can either play it through Steam or get a hard copy from their website. I think it's cheaper through Steam though.
Just wanna report back that I've began playing it and so far I like it very much. It's definitely a good way to cement the hiragana knowledge, and add more to the player's vocabulary knowledge.
Plus let's be honest, it's always easier to learn things when you're having fun! Thank you for sharing this game with us! :D
That is amazing! I love the idea of making a video game to learn languages. Granted, Duolingo is kind of like a game, but most won't consider it a "video game." I'm hoping to one day play my favorite videogame, Final Fantasy 6, in Japanese one day. Anyways, thank you for sharing this! :-)
It is very meaningful for us and for our duolingo students to know English more than I found this very very meaningful to you are learning English and it helps Vietnamese people know a lot about English. And it helps people learn a lot because it is very useful for many Vietnamese people
Thanks so much for that. I love knowing what's out there and available for students ☺️
I am Korean, and there is no Japanese class for Korean. So I try hard to learn, but there are lot of difficulties..
I love japanese. I am what you would call a gigantic weeaboo. In other words I love things like anime, manga, (japanese food goes without saying) and overall japanese culture. So what's the Hirigana Battle game rated?
Yes, I knew about the games, as a learning tool they are very good but as a game the combat and game play gets worse in further installments but thank you for letting me know when the Kanji version is coming out, I'll have to keep an eye out for it.