Listeners learn pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar of Japanese without the need of a textbook.
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©2006 Henry N. Raymond (P)2014 Penton Overseas, Inc.
Very good reading speed, pronunciation and format. And the pdf is exactly the same order as the audio for memorization purposes (as is Japanese for you). Easy to listen to for 9 hours straight, without the irritating syllable by syllable breakdown and ludicrously slow pronunciation of most of the other titles.
"Not user friendly at all."
It just starts randomly without giving the listener any idea into what he/she is going to expect and how to approach the book - especially considering that it is meant to teach someone a new language. This is probably one of the worst ways to learn a new language.
I'm going to return the book.
"A good way to build up sentences and vocab."
In a nutshell it's this. American man says a phrase, Japanese woman repeats it. That's all! At first it starts off a bit basic, a ticket please etc, a hotel room please etc but soon all the information builds. It's over there, it's under there etc etc. The further you get the more you can put it all together and you can also start supplementing their words for other vocab words. That's what I like about it. E.g. the book is under the table, well change book to whatever and suddenly you're making more sentences.It's probably not for complete beginners although it would still help I think. I've found this course very useful for building up vocab and sentences. I put each chapters details into Anki (copy them from the PDF) and then I listen on repeat to each chapter's audio. Once I can remember the chapter quite well I move on the next chapter. So for example if the sentence says: the train from Tokyo (Tokyo kara no densha) I put it into Anki, I change train to bus, car, airplane etc and I also put those sentences into Anki. It's a massive 9 hour file but you can play chapters on your phone via the app or in iTunes. It is a copyrighted file though. Other things to note is that it's relatively polite Japanese so when possible I also try to include the casual version of the sentence in Anki as well. I signed up on the month's trial so I got this course for free :)
I like the way you can start making sentences.
At 9 hours no!
It's an excellent way to familiarise and review a huge range of vocabulary and grammar points. Unlike Pimsleur audiobooks, it comes with a very useful pdf for follow-up study. I highly recommend it to help your progress in Japanese :)
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