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.

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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.

Need Help?

Call us with questions
(800) 831-5497

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4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • It works (14)
  • Portable (13)
  • Perfects accent (10)
  • Fun (8)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (6)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (13)
  • Fun (11)
  • Business/work (9)
  • Travel (9)
  • Family background/heritage (4)
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    • Business person (8), Student (6), Traveler (6)

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5.0

Finished course in 2001, back for more

By MrCustoms

from Boise, ID

About Me Business person, Traveler

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable
  • Speak At Full Speed

Cons

  • No Online Content
  • No Reading Component
  • No writing component

Best Uses

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

Comments about Japanese Phases 1-3:

I purchased and completed Pimsleur Japanese Levels 1-3 Comprehensive back in 2000 before going on a vacation to Japan. I can say that the Pimsleur method is by far the best at getting you up and using the language. This method teaches you how to hear and quickly reply to someone without having to translate in your head. If you complete the full Pimsleur course you will be able to get by in Japan at the hotel, while shopping, eating out, etc. I haven't traveled to Japan for several years now, but soon I have to go on business. I just completed the full Rosetta Stone course and I can say that Rosetta Stone does a good job with reading and writing, but the conversational skills are far below Pimsleur. Pimsleur lessons have Japanese people speaking at normal/full speed, while Rosetta Stone speakers talk very very slow for the entire course. So, I came back here to download the Pimsleur lessons again so I can regain my mastery of speaking Japanese! I love the fact that I can now play these on my Ipod (I remember the old days with cassette tapes!)

Service and delivery comments:

First, I need more levels! I'm begging you to make Pimsleur Japanese Level 4!

Second, you need to add online content. Just like cassette tapes went out of style, Pimsleur needs to catch up with the modern times. This could be word-matching games or flash cards to help memorize the nouns, verbs, adjectives, from the audio lessons. Your online content should also include a message board for subscribes to ask questions to the community, and could also have live tutor sessions for 1-5 learners by web chat (for an extra fee, of course).

 
5.0

Pimsleur Japaneseq

By Tracy Tone

from CA

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement

    Comments about Japanese Phases 1-3:

    I was reluctant to purchase the entire 90 session package, but I am so glad I did. I am on lesson 15 and I get excited to do the 30 minute daily lessons. It is so easy to follow and I use a notepad to write down words and go back and review before I go to the next lesson. I am frankly very surprised how easy this is to follow and I am very surprised at my progress on only 15 lessons. I cannot imagine how advanced I will be after 90 lessons. After the Japanese, my goal is to do Spanish and French. I would recommend this for anyone at any age.

     
    5.0

    Very happy

    By Patty Polyglot

    from Athens, Tn

    About Me Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Time commitment

    Best Uses

      Comments about Japanese I-III:

      I use this product as recommended: once a day, every day. I would consider myself to be a visual learner but Pimsleur has shown me differently. It's simple and it works so I'm happy. I do find that as I progress, I am needing to do each lesson more than once so I can progress into the next lesson without being confused. That's more of my own learning disabilities and less Pimsleur's fault. I recommend this to everyone. If you can find the time and devotion to 30 minutes a day, you won't regret it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best there is!

      By Collinsprinkles

      from Yakima, WA

      About Me Student

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable
      • Sticks In Your Memory

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Japanese Phases 1-3:

        Pimsleur is the real deal. It truly is the fastest way to learn a language. I majored in Linguistics in college where we studied the works of Paul Pimsleur. The method really does work - and is a lot cheaper than college language classes! It is very challenging if not impossible to learn from a non-native speaker or learn from a book and develop near-native fluency. The program is set up in a way that stores the language into your long term memory. The Japanese covered in this course is very fundamental to any situation you may encounter. Emphasis on social cues are included as well as double-consonants. By the time you are done with Stage 3 you will have a VERY sound working knowledge of Japanese and could easily get around there. It quickly surpassed the four semesters I took in college and made my pronunciation, fluency and overall confidence higher.

         
        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.

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