One of the main problems with playing otome games (also known as otoge) a lot of us face is the damn language barrier. I don't speak a lick of Japanese. Most people on the LP forum and on this site probably don't speak a lick of Japanese. Words taken from the Pidgin Guide sort of count, I guess, but that's one word out of every ten chapters in a book (understatement), and most of us probably wouldn't recognize the kanji if it bit us in the ass. Unless you're taking Japanese lessons or, you know, are actually more observant than me. So what do most of us do? We end up relying on individuals who are fluent in Japanese to create patches for us. But that's not always the best solution since people have lives, teams can break apart, technical problems come up, translations aren't always accurate, etc, etc. Waiting around for big companies to officially translate games for us, too, is like waiting for rain in the desert. Otoge has an extremely niche fanbase (though this forum is trying to prove otherwise) and I'm amazed Aksys took on the project of translating Hakuoki at all, though here's to hoping the sales were good enough to open the way for more. The signs are good so far, right? Right? Does someone have an answer? This even stretches out to other games that simply don't get to see the light of day overseas for various reasons (generally licensing issues). So what's left for us? Well, there are translating tools, for one, but the accuracy of those are... Far, far from the target, most of the time. And they're incredibly frustrating to work with, too. Other than that, there's not much we can do short from learning the language itself. But that's far from easy. Not to mention expensive. So! What I propose is that everyone come together and try to pool our resources here. Free sites that hold translations or explanations for Kanji, dictionaries, free online lessons, cheap lessons, the works. Let me start off! == A directory for Japanese related lessons: Free Japanese Lessons - A ten lesson course to help teach you the basics of Japanese. More courses are available but only if you get a membership. However, the ten courses already offered are a lot to start with. Japanese Mnemonics: Higana | Katakana == Feel free to contribute more if you think you can add anything!