• Eric Muyser

    "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born... and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain

    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.

     

    Course

    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

     

    Plans

    • 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!