Hiragana and katakana are the two basic Japanese phonetic scripts or alphabets that are the keys to learning basic Japanese. To produce almost all of the sounds represented by the hiragana characters, you will use five vowels sounds: a (ah), i (ee), u (oo), e (eh), o (oh). For the consonants, you use: k, s, t, n, h, m, y, r, w
My daughter, who is currently taking a Japanese language class, asked me if I would design a game that would allow her to study some of the hiragana characters. The original idea for the design was to use a flash-card approach. The learner selects a card, determines its meaning, and then flips the card over to see the answer. After creating a few mock-ups for this design, I wasn’t happy and decided to take a different approach… one that used more of a card game design and feel and that tracked the user’s progress. To build this game, I utilized Articulate Storyline, PowerPoint and Adobe Photoshop.
There are ten questions in this game with the point value of each question being set to 10 for a maximum score of 100 points.
Click the graphic to launch the game!