The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You'll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Japanese Phase 1, Units 1-5 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Japanese.
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"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." (AudioFile magazine)
The learning format is very good. It flows from chapter to chapter at a well suited speed adding phrases or new words that build on previous chapters. Listening daily is recommended - great for trips to and from work!
I wouldnt listen to this all in one sitting. Once you complete a chapter or two since you are learning - you need the time for your brain to process and learn the new information in each chapter. They make this audiobook a good mental challenge and it does work out your mind which will need a rest :)
listen in the car to/from work and have used some of the conversation with Japanese co workers with success. Will be buying the second "pack" in the near future. Ja mata
"Excellent as a practice or for tourists"
This system is great as listening and speaking practice for those who only need some basics for tourism. The work is well presented, it's fun to follow and quite challenging in good way. I missed having written materials, and real explanations of the grammar. My fear is that without those you end up like a parrot, able to repeat things, but without much ability to create your own much past what you have been repeating. Also completely unable to read anything.
The method presents itself that way, and it does what its system suggests very well.
I gave it a 4 because, though I don't believe it should be your only resource if you really want to learn the language, it most certainly is an incredibly helpful one.
"Domo arigato gozai mas"
Easiest Learning System I found. The lessons are short and to the point. Repetitive but in a good way.
"Best Language Learning"
I've failed French twice in college, struggled through two terms of Chinese--somehow learning to write it better than speak it. When I speak Chinese Mandarin speakers tell me they don't speak Cantonese; Cantonese speakers the reverse. I've studied and taught ESL. So I have a lot of experience, and pain.
Pimsleur Japanese is amazing. I've learned so much in a week. I still hesitate a bit (I'm on Units 6-10), but when it comes out it's fluid, quick, my pronunciation is good. It's like being a child in the language-when I learn something, I don't recall it--it is just there, like my native language.
Being able to use one credit for five lessons is very smart. Try it out.
I can't comment on other languages, but the method is sound, so they should also be good. This is probably a secret weapon for taking a second language in school.
I usually concentrate on the lesson, while getting ready in the morning, driving to and from work. If my attention lags, or I'm distracted, I'll stop. Always I go back and re-do lessons. I was just in Japan, I watch Japanese movies and I'm amazed at how much more I understand.
"great learning tool"
great learning tool to learn Japanese. will use again in the future. recommend to anyone wanting to learn Japanese
"only 5 units, but this course is excellent! veryez"
too short, but very easy to learn and get excited about progress. the structure allows a lot of feedback and measures progress.
Satisfied and felt progress while having fun, it doesn't drop tons of vocabulary at once and constantly reminds you of past words from previous sections
I'm actually learning! It's easy and useful. My sister (japanese speaker living in Japan) is amazed about my quick learning of the conversational basics. Now, the next pack of lessons!
Memorable lessons and very useful in every day encounters. I should have used this series before I went to Japan for the first time rather than another book, maybe I would have made some sense.
"Ooooh this helps"
I like the Japanese products and food so this absolutely helps a lot when I feel like taking a vacay there.
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