Japanese III, Comprehensive

Japanese III, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743528856
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and culture notes on 16 CDs, plus a culture notes booklet

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.

The Pimsleur® Method is scientifically proven to be your fastest route to nearnative fluency. Speak and understand Japanese in just thirty minutes a day. Japanese III, Comprehensive includes another 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of Culture Notes, and is designed is designed to be used after completion of Levels I & II.

  • The beginning 10 lessons offer you the chance to further expand your vocabulary and increase your fluency to an even higher level. In these lessons, you’ll gain experience participating in many informal and some formal discussions on practical, social, and semiprofessional topics. You’ll skillfully form longer, more complex sentences, and most importantly, you’ll find yourself being understood, even by native speakers unused to dealing with foreigners. Understanding a large amount of the conversations you hear, you’ll be able to join in effortlessly, confident of being understood.
  • In the next 10 lessons your skills will show everincreasing mastery of the language. Speaking with grace and complete naturalness, you’ll enjoy fluid conversations on many new subjects. Delving deeper into cultural norms and situations, you’ll find yourself responding without thinking, and able to choose from a wide accumulation of vocabulary and structures.
  • In the final 10 lessons, you are nearing fluency with agile responses, and a naturalsounding, nearnative accent. You’re able to utilize the language in more subtle ways, and speak consistently using past, present, and future tenses appropriately. Self confidence soars as you experience the language and culture; no longer as a foreigner, but with a deepening insight into an expanding new world.
One hour of recorded Culture Notes are included at the end of Unit 30. These Notes are designed to provide you with some insight into Japanese culture. A Culture Notes booklet is also included in PDF format.

Description

Includes 30 lessons and culture notes on 16 CDs, plus a culture notes booklet

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.

The Pimsleur® Method is scientifically proven to be your fastest route to nearnative fluency. Speak and understand Japanese in just thirty minutes a day. Japanese III, Comprehensive includes another 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of Culture Notes, and is designed is designed to be used after completion of Levels I & II.

  • The beginning 10 lessons offer you the chance to further expand your vocabulary and increase your fluency to an even higher level. In these lessons, you’ll gain experience participating in many informal and some formal discussions on practical, social, and semiprofessional topics. You’ll skillfully form longer, more complex sentences, and most importantly, you’ll find yourself being understood, even by native speakers unused to dealing with foreigners. Understanding a large amount of the conversations you hear, you’ll be able to join in effortlessly, confident of being understood.
  • In the next 10 lessons your skills will show everincreasing mastery of the language. Speaking with grace and complete naturalness, you’ll enjoy fluid conversations on many new subjects. Delving deeper into cultural norms and situations, you’ll find yourself responding without thinking, and able to choose from a wide accumulation of vocabulary and structures.
  • In the final 10 lessons, you are nearing fluency with agile responses, and a naturalsounding, nearnative accent. You’re able to utilize the language in more subtle ways, and speak consistently using past, present, and future tenses appropriately. Self confidence soars as you experience the language and culture; no longer as a foreigner, but with a deepening insight into an expanding new world.
One hour of recorded Culture Notes are included at the end of Unit 30. These Notes are designed to provide you with some insight into Japanese culture. A Culture Notes booklet is also included in PDF format.

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PimsleurJapanese Phase 3, Units 1-30
 
4.3

(based on 7 reviews)

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  • Easy to use (5)
  • It works (4)
  • Portable (4)
  • Fun (3)
  • Perfects accent (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement (6)
    • Business/work (4)
    • Fun (4)
    • Travel (4)
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    4.0

    Much have I learned, yet more do I need.

    By Luiz

    from Stockholm

    About Me Traveler

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Self-improvement

        Comments about Japanese Phase 3, Units 1-30:

        Hello fellow language geeks. I have now listened through all three phases, with particular excitement for this one. I must say, that if I could not at this point SERVE the emperor, then Pimsleur have failed. But they haven't...
        Point being that, for a casual learner like myself, I think the level of formality is quite overdone, if not extremely...and I think many japanese people would agree with me.
        I have lived in Japan for one year, and never have I come across that degree of submission/politeness in speech. There are other levels of speaking which are not talked about at all in here. This makes normal approach very hard in daily life, and especially awkward with young people.
        If you guys are making a fourth, and please do, just take this in consideration...onegaishimas. :)
        Let bliss rain upon you all, pimsleurers.

         
        4.0

        Wonderful Program

        By Sandy the Sipper

        from Reading, PA

        About Me Business person, Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Only 3 Levels
        • Short On Vocabulary

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Japanese Phase 3, Units 1-30:

        I first studied Japanese at The Japan Society in NYC in the mid-80s. One class a week. Just a smattering, but it gave me a bit of a background, particularly because I learned some kana and kanji. When I began the Pimsleur Course, some of it was review. (That is to say, I knew a few words here and there). It did help that I knew the syllables involved, which I would not have known had I not studied previously. For example, I knew that desu [pron, des] does have a u at the end. It is short on vocabulary, but I have learned so much, including proper pronunciation (which was missing at The Japan Society. Memorizing vocabulary as part of a study routine does not ensure proper pronunciation. In fact, quite the opposite occurs.) I found that providing pronunciation--as the course does--from the end to the beginning of a word quite helpful. Clears the mind. Eliminates the initial terror (Yikes, what was that!) you might experience upon hearing something foreign. The few times I had trouble hearing a word correctly, I resorted to my Japanese dictionary or went online. (Yes, I cheated.) I wanted to be sure I knew what the separate words were. (I know, I know. No pens. Still, I found it helpful.) Speaking and comprehension, of course, is the object of the course. And that is the strength of the Pimsleur Method. I now actually wake up with words or phrases in my head. During the first level, I dreamt some words in Japanese. Of course, most of my dreams were in English, but I had actually substituted phrases in Japanese. Considering that Japanese is not a language one hears frequently (or at all) during the day, the method works excellently on many levels. I did not give it 5 stars, however, because it is somewhat light on vocabulary. Nonetheless, it's definitely the place to start for any language--either new or in review. I tried a few others online and was not impressed. I think my only option to improve my Japanese will be to find a private tutor. Right now, I feel I have somewhat of a handle on construction that I would not have had with any other system. I am more confident in Japanese than I was after 2 years of German and 2 years of Italian and 6 years of French. I am going to brush up on my Italian next (and even tried a test CD). Fabulous. If there is a level 4 in the offing for Japanese, I will definitely purchase it. I would recommend this program wholeheartedly to anyone seeking to learn a language, especially one that is somewhat inaccessible to Americans. Imagine how much easier it will be to study or review one of the romance languages in this method.

        One more thing: After 6 years of studying French, a friend and I attended a play in French (one of Moliere's). I remember being very upset because I could not understand much at all. Yet, I can listen to the opening conversations on the Pimsleur CDs and follow them 100%. Now that is what I'm talking about!

         
        4.0

        Please give me more!

        By Xafirox

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me Student, Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No writing component

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Japanese Phase 3, Units 1-30:

        I listen to 1 unit twice a day, on the way to work and coming home from work, or once a day before bed if I didn't have work or if I simply couldn't find time to do it a second time.
        Constant practice is great. I can remember every word I have learned through the course instantly just like I can in English.
        The only drawback is, there is not enough vocabulary. Hopefully there will be a phase 4 soon just like there is an Italian phase 4 to teach vocabulary.
        There is plenty of vocabulary for sure, but it would be nice for more.
        If you don't pay attention, though, it will be boring.

         
        5.0

        Love It

        By Greg

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Business person

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        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Real Conversations

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business/Work
          • Self-improvement
          • Travel

          Comments about Japanese Phase 3, Units 1-30:

          I usually do a lesson every morning before work and then usually redo it in the evening unless that lesson was especially easy. It works great and doesn't take too much time this way. Phase 3 seems to be a bit more business focused (planning meetings, parties, etc)
          I think Pimsleur is the next best thing to moving to Japan and spending your days practicing your Japanese on people. I highly recommend it!

           
          4.0

          Works, but it could work even better

          By Dutch Aussie

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Software Developer, Traveler

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No dictionary

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Japanese Phase 3, Units 1-30:

          You are continually hearing as well as speaking Japanese in a conversational setting.
          It is also easy to use, insofar that it does not require an elaborate computer setup.
          The Pimsleur app makes it easier to use and I like the replay again button ( go back 10 seconds)
          I use this app on my tablet, so once again simple to use.
          I will do a lesson first thing in the morning while I am still in bed. Same holds true in the evening.
          Japanese pronunciation is not easy and unnatural for westerners. Even hearing the pronunciation many times, I have uncertainties as to whether I got it right ( many words sound very similar). As a result there is now a ? or uncertainty attached to a word or sounds and the consequence is a hesitation or pause whenever I hit this word or have to say it. I address this problem by making use of a Japanese dictionary.

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