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Mangajin books arrived!

Saturday, February 14th, 2009 | No Comments »
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Mangajin Vol. 58

I’ve always wanted to try the Mangajin books as part of my Japanese-learning regimen, but I could never take the time to read some of the available downloads on the computer. Last month TravelJapanBlog was selling some old issues at a discount price, so I grabbed them. They came in on Wednesday, and I’ve been reading them on the bus and in-between classes since.

The manga are pretty old, but they’re still completely enjoyable, especially if you’re a fan of old-style manga (which I am). The English-language articles seem pretty interesting too–they make up about 1/3 to 1/2 of each issue. They’re more magazines than books, but so far the translations and explanations are teaching me a whole lot about colloquial Japanese. I shall post some scans soon!

You can buy Mangajin volumes from the original distributor at this website:

Kanken DS 2 (Nintendo DS) & Kanji Learning

Thursday, February 5th, 2009 | 5 Comments »
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The full name is a bit long, so I’ll just leave it to you to search for it. XD

I read about this game from the TravelJapanBlog, and had to try it.  It’s the cheapest at Play-Asia, though it’s still pretty expensive there. So far, so good.  I’ve been puttering around on the 10 kyuu level (the lowest) because I didn’t exactly learn my Kanji in the kanken order, so simple kanji like 虫 were a bit beyond me. But the characters (except for the menu buttons) were easy and clear to read (more…)

My Japanese Coach (Nintendo DS)

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 | No Comments »
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I’ve been playing with the My Japanese Coach for Nintendo DS for a couple of days now (that means about two XD). Let me tell you a little bit of background about myself as a Japanese user:

  • About 2 years of classroom study
  • About 300 kanji recognized, can write about 200
  • Know how to conjugate verbs and use past and present/future tenses.

For me–and this is something I’ve read from other reviewers of the game too–this game runs too slowly.  (more…)

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