Japanese I-III

Japanese I-III

Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 90
  • ISBN: 9780743557535
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  • List Price: $695.00

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Description

Includes 90 lessons and culture notes on 48 CDs, plus 3 culture notes booklet

The Pimsleur® Method has worked for millions all over the world. Totally portable; simple to use; Pimsleur works so you don’t have to. This complete Japanese course includes all of Levels I, II, and III – 45 hours of spoken language practice and three hours of Notes providing background on Japanese language and culture. With this product you start from zero, learning first survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a high intermediate level of speaking and understanding Japanese. Every lesson contains an introductory conversation and isolated vocabulary and structures, as well as full practice of all vocabulary introduced. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Japanese. At the completion of this course, you’ll speak confidently using your wideranging vocabulary, and experience the language and culture with a deepening insight into a new world. Culture Notes are included at the end of Unit 30 for each level. Totaling about three hours, these Notes are designed to provide you with background information on the language and insight into the culture. A Notes booklet is also included in PDF format.



About the Japanese Language

Japanese is spoken by about 130 million people, 122 million of whom are in Japan. There are also speakers in the Ryukyu Islands, Korea, Taiwan, parts of the United States, and Brazil. Pimsleur's Japanese teaches a polite level of Japanese, which is appropriate for use in most situations in Japan.

Description

Includes 90 lessons and culture notes on 48 CDs, plus 3 culture notes booklet

The Pimsleur® Method has worked for millions all over the world. Totally portable; simple to use; Pimsleur works so you don’t have to. This complete Japanese course includes all of Levels I, II, and III – 45 hours of spoken language practice and three hours of Notes providing background on Japanese language and culture. With this product you start from zero, learning first survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a high intermediate level of speaking and understanding Japanese. Every lesson contains an introductory conversation and isolated vocabulary and structures, as well as full practice of all vocabulary introduced. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Japanese. At the completion of this course, you’ll speak confidently using your wideranging vocabulary, and experience the language and culture with a deepening insight into a new world. Culture Notes are included at the end of Unit 30 for each level. Totaling about three hours, these Notes are designed to provide you with background information on the language and insight into the culture. A Notes booklet is also included in PDF format.



About the Japanese Language

Japanese is spoken by about 130 million people, 122 million of whom are in Japan. There are also speakers in the Ryukyu Islands, Korea, Taiwan, parts of the United States, and Brazil. Pimsleur's Japanese teaches a polite level of Japanese, which is appropriate for use in most situations in Japan.

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4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • It works (10)
  • Portable (10)
  • Fun (7)
  • Perfects accent (6)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (5)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (10)
  • Business/work (8)
  • Fun (8)
  • Travel (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business person (7), Student (4), Traveler (4)

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5.0

This method really works

By Danica Globe Trot

from Central CA

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Japanese Phases 1-3:

      We've studied Japanese from books, podcasts and with Genki. After all that, I met a Japanese lady and couldn't think of anything coherent to say. This method gives us mastery of a bit of material every day, and at the end we just know the right particle to use, for example, in the structures presented, without memorizing a lot of reasons why.
      I listen on the way to work or when tidying up around the house. After enough fairly painless practice, the lovely moment comes when I just know the right response without going through any brain struggle.
      My husband did German one and I did Polish one with similar gratifying results. What a delight to have the ability to understand some basic sentences, and to construct our own easily.
      For Japanese, the lack of instruction with written material is a huge limitation, but we have other resources for that. Maybe next time I see that Japanese lady I won't say it's old when I mean it's cold, because I'm learning the words in a meaningful context instead of from a long vocabulary list.

       
      5.0

      Well worth the price

      By Vic Knight

      from Ohio

      About Me Business person

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent

      Cons

      • Expensive
      • No writing component

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Japanese I-III:

      Excelllent at getting the beginner out of the stuttering/ hemmimg/ hawing stage of learning to speak. Repetition of words and phrases, as well as answering the questions , enables you to discern quickly the content of the sentence,and to respond accurately without "thinking it to death" before replying. Matching your inflections and intonation to the recorded examples is easy, and imitating the native speakers at a normal conversational rate provide a sound base for eliminating your own accent in time.

      Wonderful way to build speaking and listening skills.

      My only wish is a vocabulary list to be included. It is hard to figure out spelling in a new language.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wonderful product, it works perfectly!

      By Taren

      from Biloxi, MS

      About Me Military personnel

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business/Work
        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Japanese Phases 1-3:

        The audio lessons helped to really put the language into my head. Often times I would be walking around and think "if somebody tried to talk to me in japanese right now, how well could I respond with that I know?" At times like those I easily recalled much of what I learned, even though I haven't done the lessons nearly as regularly as recommended.

        The program definitely put the langauge into my head, and I highly recommend this to anybody that wants to learn Japanese, or even a language in general. Pimsleur is one of the best out there, if not vying to be the best.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Really good way to build speaking skills

        By didgers

        from Salt Lake City

        About Me Interested In Japanese

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • It Works
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Expensive
        • Hard To Review
        • Time commitment

        Best Uses

        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement

        Comments about Japanese Phases 1-3:

        I have it loaded on an mp3 player and listen to it on my way to work, five days a week. Been going for about four months and I'm about 60% through all three courses. A little slow because I often replay the lesson so I feel more comfortable with it.

         
        5.0

        Wonderful audio for self learning

        By Xiaoming Sun

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Business person, Government employee, Military personnel, Student, Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Fun
        • It Works
        • Perfects Accent
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business/Work
          • Family background/Heritage
          • Just for fun
          • Self-improvement
          • Travel

          Comments about Japanese I-III:

          I usually listen to the CDs when driving. I have finished 10 CDs and am able to absorb 90%+ of the contents.

          The organization of the CD contents are wonderful, which matches my learning curve.

          I am actually expecting more. Audio is important, but visual also is important. Vocabulary is another big key and hard part of learning a new language. Here are what I am looking for.

          1) A good and large volume text book which presents the key vocabulary and expressions matching the CDs in the similar or same order.

          A simple reason of this is: when I learn a new Japanese word (multiple syllabus), I have to find an English or Chinese word to map it, so it is easy for me to recall it. The cons of doing in this way include that a) the pronunciation may not be accurate, and b) the imperfect first impression may not be wiped out or corrected for a long time.

          Please note: There are some Japanese text books on market. I bought one but do not like it. It has a lengthy description of Japanese and its features... I am expecting a large volume of text book, which presents me the writing of the vocabulary and expressions, part by part, and section by section. I do not want to memorize the theoretical features...
          2) More advanced and complicated longer conversation or narration in a different situation. As an analogy, the similar materials are those used in TSE or TOEFL tests.

          I truly want to master Japanese in a short period of time (say, a few months). For this sake, I would like to pay whatever I have to pay.

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