I am not able to read or speak multiple languages. I’m also rather jealous of those that can. Thing is, I don’t “pick up” other languages very easily (just ask my high school French teacher…). But maybe I just wasn’t learning in a way that was engaging enough for me. Well, that’s where something like Hiragana Asobi Karuta might come in. It’s a card game designed to help you learn Japanese, and it’s up on Kickstarter now.
The game is inspired from the Chihayafuru anime. It’s also inspired by Kyogi Karuta, that uses the poems called the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, which is a collection of 100 Japanese poems by 100 poets (the oldest of which was written more than 1000 years ago). In the game, cards representing various words are placed between the two players. Another player then reads out a card and the players need to quickly find a card that matches that type on the field. The player then tries to quickly touch or swipe that card before their opponent can. So it’s sort of like competitive flash-cards, which is pretty cool.
The campaign’s made it over their funding goal, but I only just recently learned about this one (see what I mean about not quickly picking up second languages?), so there’s only a bit more than 2 days left to go before it’s over.