By thomas | November 12, 2007
Last Tuesday (November 6th) was my birthday. I turned 27. My lovely wife, being the sweetheart that she is, got me a Nintendo DS Lite for my birthday along with the game 250万人の漢検 (250まんにんのかんけん). This game is a Kanken test preparation game and it’s insanely addictive. It covers all 12 levels of the Kanken test, so it can take you from knowing no kanji at all to knowing more than you could possibly ever need.
Each level has thousands of questions (over 47,000 total) that it feeds you five at a time. You choose your level and question-type (writing, reading, radical recognition, etc) and it throws the questions at you. You answer as best you can and then it grades you on correctness and speed. Depending on how well you do, you get awarded one of four “orbs”: bronze, silver, gold or rainbow. Missed questions get marked and you can redrill your problem words (again, five at a time) at any time.
Since it’s so fast to complete a 5-question rep, it’s really easy to get sucked into “just one more turn” syndrome. In the short time I’ve owned the game I’ve already answered over 3000 questions without even realizing it. I’ve seen and written the target kanji in my level so many times that I can’t imagine ever forgetting them.
The game also:
- keeps stats
- includes two dictionaries
- has a story mode (more reading practice)
- kindly supports left-handers like yours truly
This game has been ridiculously time-efficient for me for learning kanji. Check it out.
Other Kanji Games for the Nintendo DS
250万人の漢検 is only one of many kanji games for the Nintendo DS. Kanken2 is another one that is getting a lot of buzz. I haven’t played it yet, but I’m sold on the Nintendo DS as a learning tool, so I’m sure I’ll have it soon.
If you want to know more about this game and others, I highly recommend checking out Naruhodo!, a blog dedicated to Japanese learning games for the Nintendo DS.
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