Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 CD

Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743523530
  • Availability: In Stock: Usually ships within 1 business day
  • List Price: $345.00

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Description

Includes 30 lessons and culture notes on 16 CDs (16 hrs), plus Culture Notes Booklet and User’s Guide.

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn Japanese
Whether you want to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what’s going on in the world around you, learning Japanese will expand your horizons and immeasurably enrich your life.

The best part is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or take years to master. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes, and we get you speaking right from the first day. Pimsleur courses use a scientifically-proven method that puts you in control of your learning. If you’ve tried other language learning methods but found they simply didn’t stick, then you owe it to yourself to give Pimsleur a try.

Why Pimsleur?
- Quick + Easy – Only 30 minutes a day.
- Portable + Flexible – Core lessons can be done anytime, anywhere, and easily fit into your busy life.
- Proven Method – Works when other methods fail.
- Self-Paced – Go fast or go slow – it’s up to you.
- Based in Science – Developed using proven research on memory and learning.
- Cost-effective – Less expensive than classes or immersion, and features all native speakers.
- Genius – Triggers your brain’s natural aptitude to learn.
- Works for everyone – Recommended for ages 13 and above.

What’s Included?
- 30, 30-minute audio lessons
- 60 minutes of recorded Culture Notes to provide you some insight into Japanese culture
- in total, 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Culture Notes Booklet and a User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, 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 near-native 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 participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.

In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. 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 Lesson 30. These Notes are designed to provide you with some insight into Japanese culture. A Culture Notes booklet is also included in PDF format.

The Pimsleur Method
We make no secret of what makes this powerful method work so well. Paul Pimsleur spent his career researching and perfecting the precise elements anyone can use to learn a language quickly and easily. Here are a few of his “secrets”:

The Principle of Anticipation
In the nanosecond between a cue and your response, your brain has to work to come up with the right word. Having to do this boosts retention, and cements the word in your mind.

Core Vocabulary
Words, phrases, and sentences are selected for their usefulness in everyday conversation. We don’t overwhelm you with too much, but steadily increase your ability with every lesson.

Graduated Interval Recall
Reminders of new words and structures come up at the exact interval for maximum retention and storage into your long-term memory.

Organic Learning
You work on multiple aspects of the language simultaneously. We integrate grammar, vocabulary, rhythm, melody, and intonation into every lesson, which allows you to experience the language as a living, expressive form of human culture.

Learning in Context
Research has shown that learning new words in context dramatically accelerates your ability to remember. Every scene in every Pimsleur lesson is set inside a conversation between two people. There are no drills, and no memorization necessary for success.

Active Participation
The Pimsleur Method + active learner participation = success. This method works with every language and every learner who follows it. You gain the power to recall and use what you know, and to add new words easily, exactly as you do in English.

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. Japanese has many “registers” or levels of politeness. Pimsleur’s Japanese courses will teach you how to speak at a polite register, which is appropriate in virtually any situation you are likely to encounter in Japan.

Tech Talk
- CDs are formatted for playing in all CD players, including car players, and users can copy files for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.

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REVIEWS SUMMARY

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Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3
 
4.5

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (22)
  • It works (22)
  • Portable (21)
  • Perfects accent (15)
  • Fun (9)

Cons

  • No writing component (8)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (19)
  • Travel (16)
  • Business/work (11)
  • Fun (11)
  • Family background/heritage (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (12), Business person (11), Student (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Enjoying the Pimsleur courses

I had taken two semesters of Japanese almost ten years ago in college. Always wanting to get back into Japanese I purchased this program.
I am now on lesson 26 and I am...Read complete review

I had taken two semesters of Japanese almost ten years ago in college. Always wanting to get back into Japanese I purchased this program.
I am now on lesson 26 and I am very pleasantly surprised with how fast I am able to pick up Japanese using the Pimsleur method.
I have had to repeat some courses for a couple of days as some seem to be more difficult than others. However, after sticking to it I am almost on my way to Japanese II and couldn't be happier with my purchase.
I have also been able to use the course to discover that I was pronouncing many Japanese words wrong, like when telling time, and overall get my accent sounding more native.
Each course begins with two people, a male and a female, talking using words learned previously in the course. I am not finding myself able to understand these parts well except for when I have repeated a course many times, then I can understand parts.
I think more practice listening and translating Japanese to myself would be very helpful. For example, if a sentence was spoke in Japanese and it was the listeners job to translate it.

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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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5.0

Extremely Helpful!

By Kim in Cali

from SF Bay Area, CA

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Business/Work
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3:

Loved it! Really helped my listening and speaking skills. It was the missing piece in my daily study routine.

Service and delivery comments:

The app loads a little slowly but otherwise works great.

 
5.0

Good Product

By Jerry

from Wisconsin

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3:

      This product works very well. I am learning fast and only repeated two lessons. The male speaker is difficult to understand at times but, the female is very good. I use another source for written so I can see what is being said if I don't understand. I use Pimsleur every day at lunch.

       
      4.0

      Great Way to Learn Japanese

      By CG

      from Sudbury, MA

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Portable

      Cons

      • No writing component
      • Time commitment

      Best Uses

        Comments about Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3:

        I am planning a trip to Japan and would like to be able to speak a little Japanese to make getting around easier. Pimsleur teaches you useful phrases for just that purpose. The way they teach it also seems to work well, since from one lesson to the next I am learning what they teach. What doesn't work so well is that they have two different people, a man and a woman, saying the words, each with a different way of pronouncing them, which is confusing.

        All in all, though, I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to dabble in conversational Japanese.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Add a booklet

        By Deuce

        from San Diego

        About Me Military personnel, Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • It Works
        • Portable

        Cons

        • No Good Booklet To Refera
        • No writing component

        Best Uses

        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3:

        I rehearse with this product everyday for 30 min, and it works very well. I feel though that the booklet that it come with in the digital version is ok. I would rather have a booklet with all the phrases that are being practiced so I can always go back and reference them and study them.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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 Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3:

        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.

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