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4.7

(based on 12 reviews)

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  • Easy to use (12)
  • It works (11)
  • Portable (11)
  • Fun (7)
  • Perfects accent (7)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (5)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (11)
  • Business/work (9)
  • Fun (9)
  • Travel (8)
  • Family background/heritage (3)
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(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.

         
        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.

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