Recently I stumbled upon a copy of the Final Fantasy 7 English and Japanese script. It’s side-by-side so that you can easily walk through the entire games story from beginning to end. This got me thinking and I’ve decided to turn it into study material. Basically what I’m doing is I’m going through the Japanese script and any part I don’t understand, I take that sentence(s) and make a flashcard of it since the English translation is already right there for me. If you’re interested in grabbing a copy of the script, Download
For those interested, the way I’m going to be playing the game is: I can only play up to the part of the script that I’ve already learned. Once I hit that spot, I have to stop playing until I learn more of the dialog. This way as I play the game I’m just re-enforcing what I’ve already learned and I never have to stop and look something up while playing. Obviously this means that it’s going to take me a crazy long time to finish the game because I’m only playing a bit each week and it’s limited to how much I’ve studied the script that week. But even if it took me a year, considering this isn’t the only Japanese studying I’m doing, that would still be quite awesome.
Just recently picked up Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for the PS4, mostly because I found a cheap copy on ebay. Be warned though, if you’re playing Final Fantasy Type-0 HD in Japanese like I am, be prepared to either skip some dialog/text and/or spend a lot of time reading. This game doesn’t come with furigana either, so you better know your Kanji!
There are lots of great free Android games on the Japan Google Play Store that are region blocked. With QooApp you can bypass that region block! Though QooApp only works for free games, there are a ton of great free games to be had. You’ll have to side-load their app but once you do that you’re all set! If you haven’t done that before, go here and read up on how to enable side-loading. It’s fairly simple.
Once you’ve got side-loading enabled on your phone, download the app from here. (It’s the button with the android symbol on it in the top right.)
Now when you open the app up, you should see lots of games under the ゲーム (game) section.
Once you’ve installed a game, the games icon will be available for you to start the game just like any other app!
And just in-case you were wondering what kind of games you’re missing out on, here are some of my personal favorites:
All of those games can be downloaded via QooApp, so be sure to check it out! (-^〇^-)
Sentences are a great way to learn Japanese, especially once you’ve already finished RTK (obviously, you should still be doing your RTK reviews! ;)). But it can be hard to know where to start or even where to continue after you’ve finished whatever sentence pack/book you started with. My method may not be perfect, but it seems to have worked quite well for me, so I’m here to show you what it is. Hopefully it helps some of you! 😀 (more…)