Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3

Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3

Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • This Edition: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442310223
  • Availability: In Stock: Available for immediate download
  • List Price: $119.95

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Description

Includes 30 lessons (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus a User’s Guide and Culture Notes Booklet

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 included.

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
- Lessons can be downloaded using the Pimsleur Course Manager App for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, and Mac or Windows computers, or
- Lessons can be downloaded as a zip file for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.
- All purchased courses are backed up in your Pimsleur.com cloud-based digital library account.
- Lessons can be played on your iPod or any MP3 player.
- The Pimsleur Course Manager App can be installed on several devices for personal use only.
- Lessons are non-DRM (Digital Rights Management) MP3 files and can be copied onto a CD or DVD for playing in a CD/DVD player.

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REVIEWS SUMMARY

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Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • It works (27)
  • Easy to use (26)
  • Portable (25)
  • Perfects accent (16)
  • Fun (12)

Cons

  • No writing component (11)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Too fast (4)
  • Time commitment (3)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (22)
  • Travel (20)
  • Fun (14)
  • Business/work (12)
  • Family background/heritage (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (15), Business person (12), Student (5)

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

Perfect for my commute

By Commuter Kelly

from Minnesota

About Me Business person, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Too Fast

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3:

I would listen to a lesson on the way to work (30 minute commute), and then I would repeat that same lesson in the evening for more practice. At work, I would try to use the phrases I learned that morning, and then I would review on the way home.

 
5.0

Increadible way to learn a new language

By Katja

from Denmark, Copenagen city

About Me Emeritus

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Use when you feel like

Cons

  • Not portable in my case
  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Business/Work
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3:

I like very much the Pimsleur way of learning a language. This is my 7th, last language, I decided to learn in my life, because I have got a several months' research/University position in Japan. I was 6 times in the last 8 years in Japan, and I also have taken some courses, but I have forgotten almost everything. Do to my age, I hear each lesson 3 times on different days, and first after this I continue to the next one. After doing this for the first 6 lessons I realized, that I need to make myself a kind of dictionary, and I started today doing this. I am very exited about every new lesson, and I admire the way they are made, the perfect summary of the former lesson in the beginning of a new one, the nice conversations, using the same expression to convey something else.

Service and delivery comments:

Everything arrived immeadetely. But I could download only 4 lessons on my mobile (not enough space), so I use it only on my tablet, which has some cons.

 
4.0

It's A Good Product

By Brad

from Kansas

About Me Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • Time commitment
  • Too Fast

Best Uses

  • Going Out To Eat
  • Sentence Structure

Comments about Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3:

It is definitely one of the best advertised language learning methods. I think the 30 minute a day claim is a little misleading however.

 
5.0

yes

By roman

from czech republic

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun

    Comments about Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3:

    every day.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great program!

    By Chephren

    from Missouri

    About Me Full Time Employee

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

    • No writing component

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 MP3:

    I have been using it as something to listen to either on my walk at lunch if I go or on my bus ride home at night. I find it easier to use while traveling than at home. I do like it very much and have learned a lot! I took a year of Japanese in college and the program my professor used was great! I felt like I had learned even more in 1 year of beginning Japanese than I had in the six years I had studied French before that. Now, somehow, I feel as though I have learned even more about conversational Japanese than I did in class if that's possible! <3 The only thing that I notice is that by lesson 10 and 11, it's gotten really challenging in that it's difficult to remember what the person said if the question has all of these sorts of components: Asita no ban, siti-ji ni, Suzuki-san to ban gohan o tabemasu. So even tho, it's the answer to the question, it can be tough to remember all that. I feel like it only took a lesson or two to get that complicated so I felt like it got difficult and have dropped off for a while and come back a couple of times, starting back at like lesson 4 to refresh and work my way up again.

    Also, I wondered if it was possible, when you're really speaking with someone in real life if it's okay to just answer the part of that that answers the question without repeating it all. If it's just the way Japanese works, then I'll have to get used to it. :)

    The other thing is that I would love it if you all came up with a writing component. It may be that it's in your pc program so I'll look into that in the future units.

    All in all, I really have learned so much from this already and it has been pretty fun so far! Thank you very much! <3 XD

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