Learn Japanese with The Pimsleur Method
Speak Japanese like a native!
It’s now possible to speak and understand a foreign language effortlessly. The world-famous Pimsleur Method™ combines well-established research, most-useful
vocabulary and a completely intuitive process to get you speaking right from the first day. All Pimsleur® courses feature real-world context and
flexible vocabulary enabling you to learn your new language in a fluid, natural way. Pimsleur gives you everything you need. It’s the simplest way
to start speaking a new language today.
About the Japanese Language
Japanese is spoken by about 130 million people, 122 million of whom are in Japan. There are also Japanese speakers in the Ryukyu Islands, Korea, Taiwan, parts of the United States, and Brazil.
Japanese has many “registers” – levels of politeness. Throughout the Pimsleur course, you will learn how to speak a polite level, which is appropriate in virtually any situation you are likely to encounter in Japan.
In the 3rd and 4th century AD, the Japanese borrowed the Chinese writing system of ideographic characters. Since Chinese is not inflected and since Chinese writing is ideographic rather than phonetic, the Chinese characters did not completely fill the needs of the inflected Japanese language in the sphere of writing.
In the 8th century AD, two phonetic alphabets, or kana, were devised: Hiragana and Katakana. They are used along with the ideographic characters (or kanji) to indicate the syllables that form suffixes and particles and for foreign loan words.
The direction of writing is usually from top to bottom in vertical columns and from right to left. The Roman alphabet has also been used increasingly to transcribe Japanese.
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