Summary: After taking classes in Japan and finding myself annoyed by language books I gave this a shot. Overall I think its concept is quite good but falls short in the end. I thinks this is an issue with first generation productions but nonetheless has great potential if the designers improve the following. 1. The navigation withing the program needs to be improved. When playing a game its not easy to get to the menu or exit the game if needed. 2.
Summary: After almost 2 years, I'm trying to relearn Japanese on my own (as you can see by this review's title). Thinking it would make a great supplemental tool, I snatched up My Japanese Coach without looking up the reviews in advance. Trust me when I say this will never happen again. Going through the first 29 lessons of this learning game, you get a clear picture of what to expect from the remaining 71.
Summary: My daughter is taking Japanese in school and thought this would be the perfect augmentation to her classes and found that it was very limited and she lost interest very quickly with the software. May be good for someone who is only looking for very basic knowledge. Otherwise, it was easy to use and fun.
This is not a learning supplement, this is a game.
17 September 2009
Summary: I was pretty excited when I first heard of this as many others were. At the time, I was an intermediate level speaker of Japanese (somewhere between JLPT 3 and 2). I thought this would be a supplement to what I have learned and enforce old topics and learn new ones. Sadly this was not anything close to that. I don't really mind that they teach with romaji, that is easier for beginning learners (plus in major cities they now have translations/romaji everywhere).
Summary: I took most of my college's first course in Japanese, but I had to leave school 3/4 of the way in. I took my book home, and I also bought this game as a for extra learning. I think it works pretty well as a supplement. It doesn't cover as much grammar as a book, but it did have a few things that I didn't learn in class (though I probably would have learned these things later on). The games are nothing too exciting, but they do help me pace myself when I'm learning.
Summary: well first off i must point out several things some of the kana are WRONG.. look japanese must be written in a certain way.. this game can mess you up later when you try to write.. but you can skip the fading characters game so its not a big deal as long as you get a good workbook.. the vocab is ok.. however its not reviewed enough.. you see one word for one day and you might not have it come up in the study games for a long time..
Summary: I found myself wanting it to do better drills, there is very little drilling, especially on the kana, to help memorize them. You are expected to drill yourself and then pass the test thing. Other than that, I've been enjoying it so far, but I will definitely try the Mind Your Language series when it comes out for Japanese in the UK.
Summary: Ok, so if you read the title of this review, you basically already know how I feel. I picked this up (rented, thank goodness) to see how it was and if I could maybe learn some language while at work since I have a lot of downtime to wait. After playing it for about 30 minutes, I was done with it. I don't think I'd have cared so much if it didn't force you to do the mini-games until you obtain a mastery score for a certain word.
Summary: I can tell that a lot of people are in the same boat as me. They've been waiting for a DS program that teaches Japanese (with an English-language interface) for so long. They had such high hopes! It has a cute sensei! Whack-a-mole! A thousand lessons! Yeah, lots of romaji... but we can get past that! Unfortunately, it also has some serious errors in the writing training.
Summary: This program is the reason I got a Nintendo DS. It has helped me continue learning Japaneese. I did not know a lot when I started and the game gave me access to lesson 5 when I tok the first test. The lessons are ok, but I would use an additional course if I was very serious about learning Japaneese. My problem with this game is that I play the games a lot, but I don't practise writing or sentence construction.