Learn Japanese with The Pimsleur Method

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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. It’s the simplest way to start speaking a new language today.

Japanese is spoken by about approximately 122 million people in Japan. There are also speakers in the Ryukyu Islands, Korea, Taiwan, parts of the US, and Brazil. Pimsleur's Japanese teaches a polite level of Japanese appropriate for most situations in Japan. Learn Japanese today with Pimsleur. READ MORE »

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PimsleurJapanese Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.5

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • It works (19)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Portable (17)
  • Perfects accent (13)
  • Fun (8)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (17)
  • Travel (14)
  • Fun (11)
  • Business/work (10)
  • Family background/heritage (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business person (11), Traveler (10), Student (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Learn what you can actually use

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...Read complete review

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!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Great program

By E-lux

from Sydney, Australia

About Me Business person, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

  • Not Great Interface

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Japanese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I used the product during times of day when I have availability. It's been great and very helpful and well-paced. I do wish that the user interface was a bit more modern and cleaner with bigger buttons and better access to the documentation and cultural notes. Otherwise, the content via audio has been great.

 
5.0

Amazing

By Xafirox

from Raleigh, NC

About Me Business person, Student, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • It Works
  • Portable
  • Speedy

Cons

  • Too Fast

Best Uses

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

Comments about Japanese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

This course is truly amazing. I finished the first level and I can already listen to English audio and I automatically perceive it as English and Japanese at the same time, just like a bilingual person. I already feel like I can participate in any conversation in Japanese. Although, it can be a little fast.

 
5.0

It works!

By Rose

from FL

About Me Business person

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement

    Comments about Japanese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    My husband and I walk every morning for an hour, and we listen to the Pimsleur Japanese while we walk. We have both always wanted to learn another language, Japanese in particular.

    Pimsleur Japanese had us conversing in Japanese from the first day, and we use it in our regular conversations a lot. For us, we need to listen to a lesson more than once, until we are comfortable with it. But only once per day, as recommended. We honestly love this approach. We are excited about our continual progression.

     
    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).

    (2 of 2 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.

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