Video Game Teaches People Japanese As They Play [Video]
Koe is an RPG that teaches players how to read and understand the Asian language.
Learning a new language can be difficult, which is why there’s a multi-million dollar business in teaching them through tapes, software, and books. University of Derby student Jitesh Rawal decided to take a different approach to learning Japanese and created a video game to help others get started on their linguistic journey.
Koe 声 (meaning “sound” in Japanese) is a role-playing game currently up for funding on Kickstarter that uses gameplay to teach players how to read and understand Japanese. The player begins as their in-game avatar goes to Japan and encounters friends and enemies, using the words they gain as weaponry or inventory objects. The game teaches players Japanese katakana, hiragana, and kanji, the three written forms of Japanese.