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Learn Japanese Through Pokemon: Kicking off the series
- Episode 1: Kicking off the series
- Episode 2: Hacking audio into Memrise
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.
- 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!