Learn Japanese for Otome Games, Difficulty Setting: HARD
Let’s get the boring stuff out of the way. W’ve got to bite the bullet first (learning Hiragana and Katakana). I’ll share the sources that I used to learn and I’ve also included some practical information about what we will be doing and how we will be doing this.
I call this method the “Learn Japanese for Otome Games” Difficulty setting: HARD
I’ve been trying to learn japanese for a few years now and tried learning the 500 kanji coupled with learning Kana and it just hasn’t worked for me. It seems like I’m not getting any closer to my goal (to read Japanese otome games).
Hey, we all know it’s hard to learn another language and if you’re antsy and impatient like I am let’s learn japanese through another method! Let’s learn through experience! (Aka. the hard way, but that’s okay we’re tough!!!).
Here is a link to another website where I learnt about this method! https://bit.ly/2ZFjpKhOkay yes, the website talks about how to build up you’re vocabulary and I totally love the method! Buuuuut first you’re going to have to learn Katakana and Hiragana (the basics). Tofugu has some good sources to learn (I personally used them as well) so here’s the link for that! Here is the hiragana one https://bit.ly/2b18pix and here is the katakana one https://bit.ly/2mONkge.
SO, now you’ve learnt katakana and hiragana what next? I recommend you download the chrome extension (yes I use chrome, CHROME IS THE BEST) rikaikun, I’ll explain why later. I also recommend that you download Anki. We’ll use Anki to build our vocabulary deck and we’ll use rikaikun (this is the why explanation) to learn random Japanese along the way.
If you don’t know how to use any of these sources please google how to use them (lol I’m too lazy to do a full explanation here plus there are lots of other good sources where you can learn how to use these tools elsewhere on the web).
NOW THE FUN PART! We’re going to be playing otome games and learning vocab as we play! WARNING: This method is not for the faint of heart because we’re going to be struggling (and I do mean struggling) through the first otome since we don’t know too much vocab (in your case you probably don’t know any). And if you’re like me, you’ve learnt a bunch of kanji but kinda forgot it since we don’t use it alot.
I will be using my Ps Vita for this and I’m sorry if you don’t have one but you can probably find these games online as well. I recommend you buy one (yes this is my bias) because there are sooooo many Japanese games and they’re super easy to access when you have a Japanese playstation account.
I’m going to skip how to set up a Japanese playstation account (again there are really good sources online who tell you how to do this) and the whole buying a Ps Vita process. I bought mine from OMG I JUST ACCIDENTALLY EXITED THIS TAB AND HAD A HEART ATTACK BECAUSE I HADN’T SAVES ANY OF MY CHANGES OMGTHANKYOUWIXFORAUTOSAVINGILOVEYOU ehm, anyway, I bought mine from play asia.
From what I gather they’re a very good source to use (I love using them to buy all my Japanese video game stuff). Here’s a link! https://bit.ly/2GUqFuA OH, I just checked the website and it looks like they don’t have any more. Which makes sense because sony stopped producing Ps Vita’s. If you still reaaaallly want to buy one you can probably find them sold at your local version of ebay (If you’re in Bangkok use Lazada or Shoppee they seem pretty legit, yes I’m located in Bangkok don’t try to guess my school please thank youuu) BUUUT it’s still good to know the play asia site anyway if you want to buy anything 🙂
I will be using the game アルカナ・ファミリア -La storia della Arcana Famiglia- Ancora for my first go. Reason being, I’m really bad at katakana and it looks like this game will use quite a bit of katakana so I’m going to do my very best to struggle through it to solidify my katakana. Here is a link to the game on the Japanese Playstation store!https://store.playstation.com/ja-jp/product/JP0003-PCSG00751_00-ARCANAFAMIGLIA00
What if you don’t have/want to get a Ps Vita or if you don’t want to play this game? That’s ok! You can still use the methods I’ve listed and if you want you can still follow this blog but it won’t be as helpful. Reason being that I will be going through the game as well and we can learn together/encounter difficult things at the same time. Which is the main reason I made this blog. So that we Japanese learners with the singular goal to learn Japanese to play Otome (or any other) games can do so in an easier fashion (since I can help you along the way). Haha I think I repeated myself, whatever.
Let’s talk practical information. I will probably (no guarantee but I really will try my best) post about once every two weeks (with the occasional weekly post when I’m on break). This is because I’m a senior (haha there goes the whole safety on the interwebs thing) in high school. Which meeaaaaannnss I need to prioritize school because I need to get into my uni (I MUST GET ACCEPTED TO MY DREAMSCHOOL, BECAUSE IT’S AMAZING). I will try to pre make some posts if I’m approaching one of those deadly times where teachers are cramming assignments so you won’t be left for too long without any updates 🙂
See you later and happy learning!- Mochi (I LOVE MOCHI)