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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 4 votes out of 4 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0
  • Total Downloads:
    24,587
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 10, 2003
  • Price:
    Free to try (Vocabulary lists limited ); $25.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    26.25MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    0
  • Platform:
    Windows

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Editors' Review

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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Full Specifications

General
Publisher Silent Monkey Productions
Publisher web site http://www.silentmonkeyproductions.com
Release Date November 10, 2003
Date Added November 10, 2003
Version 1.0
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Language Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 26.25MB
File Name NM_and_GamePack-trial.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 24,587
Downloads Last Week 0
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Vocabulary lists limited
Price $25
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