• Eric Muyser

    "To do unreasonable things, you need to be unreasonable"

    Learn Japanese Through Pokemon: Kicking off the series


    Welcome to this new series on learning Japanese with Pokemon. I hope my findings here can help someone else ease the learning curve in a fun way.

    I’m trying to learn Japanese, so naturally I was thinking “let’s translate Pokemon!” Pretty quickly found it was difficult to know if my translation was correct. There’s large meaning and differences in the little fragments of Japanese. So, I decided to try playing both translations at the same time.

    It’s been working out pretty well. With Jisho.org I can usually find the meaning of a stem. Many times I can already find it on Memrise, with voice and all.
    So, I’ve been keeping a log of all the dialog, and pulling out the vocab into lessons on Memrise. That way, I can use spaced repetition learning to review the vocab before starting to play the game again. When the word pops up, as it inevitably does because it’s for kids, I can understand the sentence better.



    Find it on Memrise: http://www.memrise.com/course/292995/pokemon-platinum-2/

    Find the notes on Evernote: https://www.evernote.com/pub/daemn/pokemonplaythrough

    After having started this, I quickly realized I should have a lesson for each area, that way a person can study/review an area’s vocabulary when they get there so they can follow along more easily. Also that way there isn’t too many Pokemon names to study at once.


    My process



    • Around 100 lessons, including all routes and cities
    • Index page with the transcript and words in each lesson, including notes on a particular piece of sentence when necessary.


    I really want to make it the best it can be for learning Japanese with Pokemon.
    Any comments or feedback? Shout out @ericmuyser on Twitter!