Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 CD

Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • Format: 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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Learn a new language while commuting, while cleaning the house, or working out. Like millions before you, discover the power of the scientifically sequenced and portable Pimsleur Method.

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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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  • It works (35)
  • Easy to use (33)
  • Portable (33)
  • Perfects accent (21)
  • Fun (17)


  • No writing component (14)
  • Pricey / poor value (5)
  • Too fast (5)
  • Time commitment (3)

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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.


Most Liked Negative Review


This is not the same caliber as other Pimsleur courses

I completed four levels of Spanish, two of French, and one of Italian using Pimsleur courses. I had planned to retire in Mexico and felt confident I'd easily adapt, but life happened. ...Read complete review

I completed four levels of Spanish, two of French, and one of Italian using Pimsleur courses. I had planned to retire in Mexico and felt confident I'd easily adapt, but life happened. With a son in the U.S. Air Force stationed on Okinawa, I got excited about learning Japanese and traveling to visit Japan. I purchased level one Japanese. I'm not excited now. I am up to lesson 11 but I have listened to over 24 lessons; I count that required repetition as a failure of the lessons. I find I must repeat the lessons more often than I did the other three languages, sometimes as many as four times before I could keep up with the lesson. The amount of new words varies considerably between lessons. The repetition of new words seems to have no relation to how difficult it is to say the words. I often hear different sounds from the male and female Japanese speakers. As one of many examples, 'sem me ma sin', meaning excuse me or pardon me, always sounds like it ends in an N sound from the female but an M from the male. I actually saw the word in a book that showed it ending in an N. But I have no help with about 20 other uncertain syllables I must learn. So, I'm not excited as I had been about speaking to the Japanese and I have no confidence I will not sound stupid and ignorant. That was NOT the case with spanish. I was once told by a Puerto Rican that I had no accent! Cool! Pimsleur Japanese lessons should be redone to be worth the cost.

The smart phone app was bad when I started - hanging one out of two uses - but I think it was improved in an update. I am not certain, first because no statement of bug fixes was made when an update arrived and, second, because I simply stopped touching the Pause or Back 10 Seconds icons on the progress bar because of the repeated lockups.

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By Eric

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Comments about Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3:

I studied Japanese with a tutor and textbook for a 12+ months. I bought the Pimlseur MP3s because I wanted to improve my conversational skills, not just my reading/writing skills. Books tend to have lists - countries, numbers for counting, things you can buy or eat, etc. My textbook has practice dialogues, and it's good. I like the Pimsleur dialogues better. The two speakers have a slightly different dialect, and this gives me a chance to learn some nuances about talking. I like how the Pimsleur audio teaches variations for nouns and verbs, and the repetition makes everything stick and become natural. I'll continue with the tutor and textbook, because I want to do business in Japan. The Pimsleur method will help everything work better and I can learn faster without losing quality.


absolutely excellent, I will order phase 2 soon

By Joseph Bailey

from australia

About Me Government employee, Traveler


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


    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3:

    I love it, although I realized that it was the same (slightly different) than what I already had
    I am looking forward to phase 2 when it is offered at a discount for loyal customers


    Service and delivery comments:

    the entire phase one was received almost immediately, thanks


    Easy to learn

    By Andrea

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3:

    I am extremely happy with the programme, I easily downloaded to laptop and tablet and it is easy to learn... lots of repetition and I can redo any lesson. I have recommended it to friends already. and bought number 2!!!


    Seems to be (almost) effortless

    By Keith

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3:

    Used everyday. Listened to each lesson twice and was amazed by my recall - this really seems to work. Can't wait to try it out in Japan next week

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Pretty good. Needs a transcript.

    By Manfred

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    Comments about Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3:

    Not bad. However, the audio-only lessons often leave me wondering whether the sound was "wei" or "sei". Same with other, similar sounds. Fortunately you can find a romanji transcript if you google for it.

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