2009年1月10日土曜日

Learning how to type - 2

This game, The Typing Of The Dead, is addicting. I literally cannot stop playing it. There are a bunch of different little games to work on all sorts of different typing areas. I remember when I was a kid and my parents gave me Mario Teaches Typing, I thought it was boring as hell. But this game, if I had it as a kid I would have played it all day and learned to type much sooner. I am literally killing zombies between sentences here.

Level 1: D
Level 2: D
Level 3: E
Level 4: Game Over, E
Level 5: Game Over

"俺様" was actually a word I had to type.

I realized that the way I was typing Japanese was... wrong. Or at least inefficient. I'm noticing there are better ways to type certain things. For example, し can be typed in with one less key then I was using, 'si' over 'shi'. つ can be done with a 'tu', and half width vowels can be typed with a 'l'. The game also teaches 'hu' over 'fu' for ふ, so I guess I'll go with it. I noticing that even my English typing abilities have areas I need to work on. For example, I have trouble hitting 'x' and I never touch type numbers, I have to look at them to be accurate.

But on the positive side I'm not looking at copying sentences over to Anki as drudgery anymore. Now it's an opportunity to practice.

5 件のコメント:

  1. I bothered to learn to touch-type kana before I found out that hardly anyone actually uses that... They just use romaji as you've been doing. Does the game support that?

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  2. Yes, it has an option to change it entirely to kana input.

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  3. Hi there, I found your blog through a search and hope you can help... I am trying to play this game too but the letters are showing up in some encoding that only displays roman letters but not numbers / symbols / etc. As a result, any of the special items and crows on level 1, I cannot beat (short of guessing by trying every key on the keyboard). I only get weird ascii fonts for non-alphabet letters. Are you running this on a Japanese OS / overlay? Or do you have it working on an English OS? I even tried using some encoding software like NJStar but no go... Please share what settings you used for readable letters / symbols for all monsters. I really hope you can help. Thanks!!
    - orca

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  4. Yeah, I was using Windows XP with the Japanese font and everything installed.

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  5. Thanks for the response about Japanese font, that was very helpful. I found and followed the instructions here for "Setting non-Unicode Programs": http://www.coscom.co.jp/help3/jpfont/jpfont.html and am now able to see all the words properly.
    - orca

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