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Japanese Kanji Game Pack/The Nihongo Machine Bundle

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If you want to learn a bit of written Japanese, the Japanese Kanji Game Pack/The Nihongo Machine Bundle will help. Note that none of the programs pronounces the words. Although you cannot create your own word lists, the package comes with six lists, and registered users can download more from the company's site.

The Nihongo Machine is a standard flash-card and quiz program. The quiz rates your performance on time and number of incorrect answers as well as on correct answers.

The Game Pack features two Japanese vocabulary games. In the first, Kanji Invaders, you destroy each row of invaders by shooting them with the alien defender that has the same meaning as the kanji, switching among defenders with the mouse wheel or with number keys 1 to 5. The visual representation of the defender has no relation to the word's meaning, though, and winning doesn't correspond to learning.

In the second game, Advance, you line up three or more identical tiles to make them disappear. Hovering your mouse above a tile displays information about the associated kanji, and clicking on two tiles switches their position. After each level, you take a quiz. It took some study of the Read Me file and judicious use of the Show Me a Move command, but, once we figured out how to play, Advance was fun and educational. Overall, this is a solid and amusing package for learning kanji.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "smart.fm is better"

    June 18, 2009  |   By crunchiehime

    Version: Japanese Kanji Game Pack/The Nihongo Machine Bundle 1.0

    Pros

    IMO, nothing. I prefer free things which do NOT install on my machine if at all possible.

    Cons

    It doesn't pronounce the words, which I can get at smart.fm, hence the reason I prefer it.

    Summary

    Bottom line: I'd recommend taking a look at smart.fm first before committing to this. ????????

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  • 1.0 stars

    "50MB (trial) for a program that doesn't display graphics."

    July 15, 2006  |   By YakkSoho

    Version: Japanese Kanji Game Pack/The Nihongo Machine Bundle 1.0

    Cons

    Flashcard graphics do not load. Gamescreen does not respond. The layout and usability is poor and it takes up monstrous amounts of memory for just the trial (50MB). Program is useless.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "File corrupted"

    January 13, 2005  |  

    Version: Japanese Kanji Game Pack/The Nihongo Machine Bundle 1.0

    Summary

    I have download the software and when tried to unzip, it says that file is corrupted. I downloaded for second time and then also it says file is corrupted. Will the responsible person look into it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It reduces the drudgery of flashcards"

    July 28, 2004  |  

    Version: Japanese Kanji Game Pack/The Nihongo Machine Bundle 1.0

    Summary

    I use flashcards to learn Kanji. This set of programs has an excellent course that helps you through the hiragana, katakana and kanji. And then to mix it up and make it fun, there are 2 nifty games that allow you to test yourself. I strongly recommend this package to ANYONE studying Japanese kanji.

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