Japanese Phase 1, Units 1-30

Japanese Phase 1, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442310223
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and culture notes (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and culture notes

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: 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, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of Culture Notes in thirty, 30-minute lessons.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information or preferences, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with nearnative pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to really participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons of Phase 1, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more and more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. You can talk about your immediate family, go on a car trip, and ask for and understand directions. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening and traveling with children. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

One hour of recorded Cultural 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 (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and culture notes

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: 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, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of Culture Notes in thirty, 30-minute lessons.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information or preferences, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with nearnative pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to really participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons of Phase 1, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more and more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. You can talk about your immediate family, go on a car trip, and ask for and understand directions. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening and traveling with children. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

One hour of recorded Cultural 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 1, Units 1-30
 
4.5

(based on 18 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • It works (16)
  • Portable (14)
  • Perfects accent (11)
  • Fun (6)

Cons

  • No writing component (5)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (14)
  • Travel (12)
  • Business/work (9)
  • Fun (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business person (8), Traveler (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Twenty-Six lessons in and Loving it!

I practice every morning before work along with Spanish and I find myself comprehending and speaking it with more confidence everyday. It doesn't feel too difficult and it provides just the right challenge to...Read complete review

I practice every morning before work along with Spanish and I find myself comprehending and speaking it with more confidence everyday. It doesn't feel too difficult and it provides just the right challenge to keep things interesting and at a decent pace.

Sometimes I wish I had more time to say what I want, but I tend to say things faster than expected after a bit of practice because Pimsleur goes over what we learned often enough to where I don't have to stress whether or not I'm going to absorb it or not.

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Excellent complement. but not alone...

Affordable and effective, it worked well for me in getting me up to speed quickly in conversation and helped me be on track during regular Japanese class. The convenience and pricing of the downloaded...Read complete review

Affordable and effective, it worked well for me in getting me up to speed quickly in conversation and helped me be on track during regular Japanese class. The convenience and pricing of the downloaded version is very attractive with one major draw back: the audio quality is relatively poor. Also, using other material with Pimsleur helps a lot, adult learners are not children and need several pathways to enhance the language learning experience.

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4.0

Working for me

By Weldon the Traveler

from Manassas, VA

About Me Business person, Computer Engineer, Government employee, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Japanese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

Every morning and afternoon on the way to/from work I listen to my Japanese tracks on my iPod. After 30+ days thus far (I repeated a few lessons) I feel like I have a better grasp of my new language than when I took 4 years of Spanish in school. And Spanish is supposed to be a much easier language to learn. These courses are not perfect and definitely require supplementation (I listen to Japanese movies and music to facilitate my learning). However, for basic understanding of the language, this program has done wonders on me. I find myself naturally conjugating words and phrases and I understand the different usages much easier. I will definitely go on to use this program for all my other language needs. My only issue is that this program is 100% audio, I think it would really benefit learners to have some kind of visual assistance. Other than that, this is a great product!

Service and delivery comments:

I don't know how, but some kind of visual aid for certain words/phrases/concepts would only bolster the expedited learning process. Supplemental learning material is always needed for learning a new language and even just a nice booklet (or downloadable pdf) with good website and physical sources that can be used would help as well (though I definitely don't think it is Pimsleur's job to do my research as I happily did myself, it would just help).

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Learn what you can actually use

By Allison

from Roanoke, VA

About Me Freelance Designer, Traveler

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Don't Need Strong Grammar
  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Learn Instead Of Memorize
  • Memorable
  • Perfects Accent

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No Visual Component

Best Uses

  • Business/Work
  • In The Car
  • Travel

Comments about Japanese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

My short review: If you're traveling to another country and need to know the language, start with Pimsleur. It's the only thing I've tried that makes you feel confident having a conversation in another language rather than just teaching you vocabulary.

My longer review:
I'm about to embark on a 6 month trip to Japan and I've been trying to learn Japanese for the last year. The first 6-8 months I was using another very popular language software and when that didn't work out, I switched to learning from textbooks and online videos. I felt like I was making decent progress but as the time to leave for Japan grew near, I started to panic because I realized I only knew vocabulary and couldn't even hold a basic conversation. Someone recommended Pimsleur to me and I was apprehensive at first since I am not a very strong listener. I'm so glad I listened to them! I'm only 6 lessons in but I feel like what I've learned so far is more useful than everything I learned in the previous year. I only wish I had started with Pimsleur. Thank you!

Service and delivery comments:

It would be nice if there was some visual component to go with it, like computer software. I have a hard time paying attention to something I'm just listening to and usually end up doing something else with my hands/eyes.

 
4.0

Good progra

By smiledr

from Los Angeles

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement

Comments about Japanese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

Good product, very helpful as my commute is exactly the length of most lessons. I will redo each lesson until I have 90% correct. Usually one lesson per day. Need to supplement with other written language system to get a good understanding. Some word pronuciation can be difficult to understand, that's why 4 stars.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible!

By Ryan the Rockstar

from Greeley, CO

About Me Business person

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Japanese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    So far, this program as exceeded my expectations. I walked into a Japanese restaurant and they had to question wether or not I used to lived in Japan. (and i'm pale white). I met a Person from Japan, online, that, when hearing me speak, said my accent was perfect. I have recommended this product to a lot of my friends and continue to do so. I am very impressed.
    In the past, I had taken Spanish (in highschool) for 4 years and came out with no ability to speak the language. I learned a ton of random words but can't form sentences or understand when other people are speaking Spanish. After 8 days of Pimsleur (Japanese) I could already understand basic formation of Japanese sentences and form new ones on my own. The price and commitment required to learn, using this program, is quite small compared to going to taking a college course or other programs out there... and I can almost guarantee it's more effective.

     
    4.0

    Great product

    By Josue

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Cultural

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Smartphone Download

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement

    Comments about Japanese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    Love the product! No complaints

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