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: 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.
Summary: Got this game a few days ago and finding it hard to put down. Much as I've wanted to learn Japanese over the previous years, I'm not one to sit down with books. This being a game which also teaches is ideal. Overall very good. You begin with single words, but are introduced to sentence structure as you progress. When you first switch on, you make a profile where you are given a test of your Japanese knowledge. This then determines which lesson you are started at.