Japanese language in otome games
Posted 27 July 2010 - 01:16 PM
Posted 27 July 2010 - 01:46 PM
I would say tokimeki really is one of the easiest games language wise, mostly because the actual amount of text isn't that much either. Starry Sky isn't too difficult either, the only thing you might want too look up are some of the terms related to astrology.
Other than that, I'd advise to stick with games that are set in the present time (and world) to avoid weird terminology. Also, don't force yourself to look up every word, it will only take all of the fun out of it. If you understand the general meaning of a sentence you can often manage just fine, playing longer will increase your vocabulary automatically. If it helps, stick with (almost) fully voiced games, I find I can understand a lot more than I can read, plus it helps if you already know the pronunciation when you want to look something up.
Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:32 PM
But yeah, like Nika says, modern-world game stories are the best because the vocab used is basically what you learn from textbooks and stuff. Another good way to learn could be listening to music by popular bands since translations and romaji are easily found online. Watching anime with subs help because you tend to know what the words sound like and if you internalise it with the grammar that you have or will learn/t, then you should do pretty okay.
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 07:27 PM
I'm gonna wait to play Hakuoki and SYK and other games. Ah well...
Posted 29 July 2010 - 12:02 AM
Posted 14 September 2010 - 07:25 AM
My first otome game is Vampire Knight DS. It almost full voiced, with many minigame. But because the story different than the manga, I can't understand it and stopped playing before finished a route. At that time, I almost can't read Hiragana and Katakana. Then, I know about TMGS 2nd kiss and started playing it. With walkthrough, even someone with lack japanese language skill like me can enjoy and finished the game.
Posted 15 July 2011 - 06:07 AM
Random note- It can get a bit tedious, but you could use an electronic dictionary with in-built tablet to search up unknown kanji while playing. Sometimes I use my DS kanji dictionary, cos searching kanji online or in an actual dictionary got way too impractical
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