なぞっておぼえる 大人の漢字練習 完全版
なぞっておぼえる 大人の漢字練習 完全版【－おとなのかんじれんしゅう かんぜんばん】 is one of the many kanji learning applications for the Nintendo DS that teach you how to write the kanji and learn the readings as well. This game is an update to its predecessor, なぞっておぼえる 大人の漢字練習, adding 316 kanji to the 1,945 that was present in the first version to make up 2,261 kanji for learning in this application.
Like ２００人の漢検, this application is not for very beginners who have little knowledge of kana. It is also worth mentioning that you cannot input your name in this application with the roman alphabet.
When you boot up the application on your DS, you will be presented with 5 selections on the touch screen. From top to bottom, left to right:
マイトレーニング (My Training) is where most of your kanji learning time will be spent. More about this mode will be further explained later.
簡単テスト【かんたんテスト】 (Simple Test) is where you can take a simple test (either a kanji reading test, a kana-to-kanji test, or both) to figure out what level you are at in your kanji knowledge. You can take an overall test on this mode to determine a good starting point or you can test yourself on separate levels of kanji.
書き順検索【かきじゅんけんさく】 (Stroke Order Search) is where you can write a kanji to look up the stroke order in. If you want to try and write a character in the correct stroke order, write the character that you need the stroke order for and it will give you a stroke order diagram for you to use.
書写練習【しょしゃれんしゅう】 (Handwriting Practice) is where you can practice your handwriting on various text sources like the Hyakunin Isshu and the sayings of famous people and philosophers of all worlds.
漢字のゲーム【かんじのゲーム】 (Kanji Games) is where you can play games that'll test your knowledge of kanji through challenging games. It also has a picross game (called 漢字ロジック１００) where you can draw kanji characters on a picross grid.
マイトレーニング is the base of this application. When you start off, you will be presented with three 新規データ【しんきデータ】 (New Data) slots. When you start a new file, it will ask you if your DS time and date is the correct one, then it will prompt you for your name. As stated before, you cannot use the roman alphabet to input your name in this game, so in most people's cases, the kana version of their own name (or a nickname if the kana version of their name exceeds 6 characters) can be used. Because the name prompt is handwriting-based, kanji can also be inputted, so Japanese users as well as people who have adopted a Japanese name can write their names and use them. After you are done inputting your name, you will be asked for your birthday. Your starting level is based off how old you are. For instance:
6 years and younger will start you off at Level 1.
7 years will start you off at Level 2.
8 years will start you off at Level 3.
- and so on until -
12 years and older will start you off at Level 7.
One of the problems of the older version of なぞっておぼえる 大人の漢字練習 is that in order to start at a lower level, you had to input a fake birth date in order to start on that level because there was no way of changing the starting level once your birthday was inputted. However, on 完全版, inputting a fake birth date is unnecessary thanks to the ability to change profile aspects last minute before you start off. From the last screen, you can tap the 変更【へんこう】 button next to the starting level and change it to a lower level (or for those with a wide knowledge of kanji, change it to a HIGHER level (8 to 10)). You can also change your name and your birthday (for those that did not know that they did not need to put in a fake birth date to start on lower levels) before finalizing all of the details. Once all this is done, you're ready to study.
For reference, the kanji levels are as follows:
Levels 1-6 are essentially the 教育漢字【きょういくかんじ】
Levels 7-9 are the rest of the 常用漢字【じょうようかんじ】 supplemented with the aforementioned 教育漢字.
Level 10 is the kanji learned in high school.
When you start off, it will present to you the following before going to the main menu of the マイトレーニング section:
現実の漢字レベル【げんじつのかんじレベル】 - Your current kanji level out of 10 levels.
習得漢字【しゅうとくかんじ】 - The number of kanji learned.
苦手【にがて】 - Kanji that need more practicing. Separated into two categories: 読み【よみ】 (reading) and 書き【かき】 (writing).
進級テスト達成率【しんきゅうテストたっせいりつ】 - The percent of Promotional Tests completed.
雑学チャレンジ達成率【ざつがくチャレンジたっせいりつ】 - The percent of Knowledge Challenges completed.
On the menu, you will be presented with the following (top to bottom, left to right):
終了【しゅうりょう】 - Ends your study session.
記録【きろく】 - Your records. Basically what you see before you begin your session. You can also change your name here.
ペン - Change your pen drawing sound, the thickness of the writing, and the color. More colors can be unlocked the more you study.
音楽【おんがく】 - You can also select music that will play during your practices and testing. More music can be unlocked the more you study.
今日の練習【きょうのれんしゅう】 - This is where you practice your kanji knowledge. This will evaluate you on your current kanji knowledge 5 kanji at a time.
マイドリル - You can create your own drills to practice off of (up to 3 lists, up to 20 characters in each list). For instance, you can make a list that contains kanji that contain a certain radical, involve certain topics (like weather), or just plain random kanji.
進級テスト【しんきゅうテスト】 - Promotional tests. Here, kanji completed here will be considered learned if both their 読み and 書き questions were answered correctly. Incorrect answers on a kanji will move that kanji to the 苦手 section. You need a score of 80 points or higher to pass a test.
This section will be locked when you first start unless one of the following has occurred:
- You start off at LV2 or higher.
- You complete 20 kanji on the 今日の練習 section at LV1.
苦手【にがて】 - This section is where you can test yourself on incorrect kanji from the 進級テスト section. A kanji corrected here is then considered learned. This section will be locked if you never received any 苦手 kanji.
雑学チャレンジ - You can challenge your kanji knowledge with these challenges. Challenges range from writing the right kanji/kana for jukugo, picking the right readings or kanji for reading, and picking the right radical with a matching description.
とことん - Essentially an endless mode. You can do readings, writing, stroke order practicing (via tracing), and kanji practice as long as you want until you feel like quitting.
On 今日の練習, you can practice kanji readings and writing 5 at a time. Kanji that you have trouble with, you can tap on a kanji that doesn't have a 丸【まる】 to practice its stroke order and also learn the readings for them. You can also write a kanji repeatedly to get the feel of writing the character, as well as comparing your handwriting on the top screen. Regardless of incorrect answers, one complete session of this will add 5 kanji to your 'practiced kanji' count. When you're done with one session, you will then be asked to continue (続ける) or quit (やめる).
進級テスト is where you can evaluate your kanji knowledge you have gotten thus far. If you get correct answers for a kanji on both the 読み and the 書き sections, that kanji will be considered 'learned'. Incorrect answers will go straight to 苦手 where you can retry those kanji to 'learn' them.
苦手 is helpful if you got a question wrong during testing and are in need of correcting them. You can correct them at any time.
なぞっておぼえる 大人の漢字練習 完全版 is a good addition to your DS collection if you are willing to learn kanji. There are many other kanji training applications out there for the DS, but なぞっておぼえる 大人の漢字練習 完全版 is loaded with many features that will help you in your kanji studies.