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My Japanese Coach: Learn To Speak Japanese

Released on 31 October 2008

Rating: 3+ (PEGI)

4.0 out of 5 (14 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Learn Japanese using carefully structured lessons that guide the player through vocabulary and calligraphy exercises. Learn the basic pronunciations unique to the Japanese language. Use the Nintendo DS stylus to properly write Japanese Kanji Characters. Play through a series of fun and informative minigames that reinforces the lesson content for the player.

Explore Japan as each point of interest opens up your vocabulary:

  • Lesson plans take place within interesting locations ranging from Tokyo to the countryside
  • Useful information for first-time Japanese speakers planning to visit the country
  • The world map is identical to the Japanese map and the locations of the country
  • Learn to pronounce sounds unique to Japanese by comparing your voice to a native speaker:

    • Voice recording and playback feature of the DS allows the player to compare his or her accent to a native Japanese speaker
    • Ability to listen and compare phrases not just words

    Develop your calligraphy skills as you trace over animations showing the proper way to write in Japanese:

    • Write Japanese characters using the DS stylus and touch-screen
    • Stroke order and comparison ability allows players to properly write difficult Kanji words

    Participate in minigames that will test your grasp of the structured lessons featured in the game:

    • 12 minigames reinforce lesson plans and the ability to write in Japanese
    • Variety of minigames ranging from whack-a-mole, word search, bridge builder, and Kanji writing

    Use the built in reference tool to look up useful words and phrases:

    • Japanese Dictionary and phrasebook with over 12,000 Japanese words and hundreds of useful phrases
    • Strong reference points and serves as an independent tool from the game that's very practical and useful

    customer Reviews

     Average rating (14 reviews)

     If it's as good as the demo it'll be a winner!

    | | See all zivatony's reviews (3)

    Played on the demo of this game briefly and have already booked my preorder it was so good! Takes really hard japanese kanji letters and breaks them down allowing you to trace each component of them until you get the hand of it. Just like the spanish and french coach games so if you've played those you'll know how good this is as a learning aid. We were very sceptical about the language coach range but love them all now - you really can pick up so much in just about 15 mins a day (as long as you can play without your brain exploding!). Recommend to all with an interest in learning japanese and to anyone who likes the other language coach games. Plus the play.com price is an absolute bargain - all round winner!


     Even a toddler can learn from this

    | | See all IanHolley's reviews (7)

    I brought this cause I wanted to learn some holiday Japanese alongside a language CD, and by using the 2 together this is a great way to grasp the basics
    The lessons are really well structured and easy to grasp, though some of the games you can get through just by button mashing and therefore you don't learn from them, hence 4 not 5 stars.
    As other people have pointed out you should use this along side other educational tools to get the most out of it, but it is a great and fun little game and well worth the money.
    The best thing I can say to show how good this game is, is that whilst playing this game at home my 4 year old started to repeat and understand some of the words and phrases.

     Here at last!

    | | See all Turtle's reviews (2)

    This game is brilliant!
    It teaches you to read, write and speak japanese, the only thing It doesnt give you is the confidence of speaking with a Japanese person.
    It has 1145 lessons overall, including a dictionary and a phrase book.
    You have to play the games to 'master' the things your teacher shows you.
    To benifit as much as you can from this game, I highly recommend using a good Japanese text book alongside your studies from the game. Minna no Nihongo is the one I use and alongside the game, it is a perfect combination.
    To learn Japanese is my goal but if all goes well, I might be tempted to the other 'my coach' games.

     Great for learning kanas and right pronounciation!

    | | See all Noirre's reviews (10)

    This game really addicts you - to learning a new language! As far as learning the basics go, this really beats a book and a cd; the game lets you record your pronounciation and compare it to a native's, so you know how you REALLY sound, instead of just trying to mimic a casette and THINKING you got it right. I also found the kanas really easy to learn using the game. A completely different experience compared to cramming them up with a book in on hand and a dictionary in another!

    All in all, this game is all I expected, and even more. Four stars because I can understand if someone who just wants to learn to speak the langauge gets frustrated that kana lessons can't be skipped and of course, if you really want to speak fluently, you'll have to get a grammar book to help you along the way. However, this is very quickly becoming my favorite game, and I'm thinking about buying others in the same series. A great buy at a bargain price!

     Definately worth a go

    | | See all avp2501's reviews (8)

    My Japanese Coach is a very easy to use and a fun way to learn japanese, You are presented with a lesson such as numbers and then you are able to learn how to say it, how to write it and understand it. You are then presented with a game to help you learn the words. Once you have proven that you have mastered the lesson the next lesson unlocks.

    This is a great way to keep you learning all the basics before moving on. I found that I have learned alot of words in a short space of time.

    The only reason I don't give this game 5 Stars is because I've gotten to Lesson 6 which is reading and writting Kana (which I have no interest in) and I cannot move onto the next lesson until I have learned the lesson. If i could skip this section then I'd happily rate this as a perfect game

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    Rating3+ (PEGI)