10 Japanese Learning Tips

When you search how to learn Japanese you get told this:

Learn Hiragana
Learn Katakana
Learn kanji
Learn Grammar

Which is…helpful but also not very helpful, in a way. I didn’t find it helpful because it’s very vague. I don’t do vague well! (⌒_⌒;)
The reality is some learners play games, never study, and they still learn the language. Others learn it with textbooks. Others use Memrise and Anki, apps/website to help remembering content thanks to SRS and mnemonics. Others mix them all up.
It’s up to you to decide which you prefer, as a learner and knowing how you best learn, or discover it by trying them all.

Now what’s my way to approach otome gaming?

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Learning Japanese With: Starry Sky 彼氏 (Partial!)

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So this is pretty embarrassing to admit but I can’t really understand narration and/or polite Japanese. Which is what most audio books are. After hearing to a few free ones, I was pretty disheartened. So I plopped down and tried drama CD, expecting not to understand much.

Turns out, if it’s dialogue/impolite I understand a lot! o(^▽^)o
And that’s how I became enraptured by Starry Sky without playing the games (⌒-⌒; )

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Learning Japanese With: Starry Sky ~in Spring~ Portable

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Developer Windows, Nintendo 3DS
Honeybee
PlayStation Portable
HuneX
Publisher Windows, Nintendo 3DS
Honeybee
PlayStation Portable
Asgard
Genre Role-playing video game, life simulation game, visual novel,otome game
Platform Windows, PlayStation Portable,PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS
Released Windows

  • JP: March 27, 2009 (Spring)

PlayStation Portable

  • JP: June 24, 2010 (Spring)

Nintendo 3DS

  • JP: April 25, 2013 (Spring)

Tidbit Info
I was supposed to have started this game in February (with Anny, Cas and Naja who did a post here) but since Tsukiko, the MC, has monologues and dialogue, I got afraid and just decided to keep doing N4, with two astronomy vocabulary/kanji because the game uses such terms, and started it in March to finish in April (which later got changed to May for our game group, but what’s done is done).

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Guide to Learning Japanese with Otome

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So I did a page about it because I figured a post would get lost in time and too long really.

If you have an interest in what I wish I’d been told from the beginning, then check it out. I also included some stuff I did and some advice about the ways you could go about it.

It’s not very long yet, and it isn’t exhaustive, so if there’s any question or information I’d be glad to provide, just ask! (≧∇≦)/

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Learning Japanese With: Uta no Prince-sama Music

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Developer Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Publisher Broccoli
Genre Rhythm game
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP: November 24, 2011

Do you like rhythm games? Are you perhaps in Love Live/Idolish7/Aichuu hell? Maybe learning Japanese and find all the games have too much text and need gameplay to break it up but can’t enjoy RPG? Either because of the gameplay or because you can’t understand what to do?

Well, this game is a very good entry point.

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