Understanding Dr. Seuss in Japan


I grew up on Dr. Seuss. Japan didn’t. That’s sad to me, but I’m sure a childhood without Anpanman is just as sad to Japanese people.

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Not Understanding Is Fine: Teaching English


One of the first things you realize when you teach a language is that you don’t really understand what the heck is going on. And that’s okay, especially if you’re a learner. Continue reading

Educational Games vs. Edutainment vs. Gamification


With all the “games for class” and “games for learning” recently, I’ve had the above on my mind again, and I think it’s important to clarify what the above terms mean. Continue reading

Games as Study: Pokémon X/Y Review


I’m a big advocate of using entertainment of all kinds as study, especially in the realm of language study. Pokémon X/Y might have been perfectly crafted for this purpose. Continue reading

Support the Koe (声) Kickstarter!


This is a cool project!

I’m busy this weekend with finishing my own simple RPG for my class, so it was funny to see someone else with a similar idea. Their ideas are more education-based than my own, but it’s definitely worth a look.

From the “What is Koe?” section:

Koe)pronounced “ko-eh” is a role-playing game in the style of traditional JRPGs such as Dragon Quest, Pokemon and Final Fantasy and is influenced heavily by them. Koe will be released for WindowsMac OSX and Linux with plans for it to be released on Playstation Vita. The special edition of Koe will only ever be available through this Kickstarter campaign!

Essentially, what I want to do in the game is give you an introduction to the Japanese language within the game itself. I know people who are interested in this style of gaming, as well as Anime and Manga, and who have wanted to learn Japanese because of it, but have no idea where they should start. So why not a fully-fledged story-driven JRPG that gives you a nice start with the language itself?

Before I lose you with the education side of things, I want to tell you that the game itself is a game before anything else, not a flash-card application nor a voice recognition translator, but rather I have put the game, and therefore the gameplay, before anything else. This means it plays like a JRPG, there are random battles, bosses, a story, pets, wizards, cities, houses as well as cats and you will play through collecting items, experience points, weapons and everything else that comes with a traditional JRPG.

If it strikes your fancy, support it. I know I will be. That road between initial learning and really feeling comfortable playing video games can be a difficult one for some. Hopefully this can ease that transition.

Okay, back to work.