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Publisher's Summary

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Japanese Phase 1, Units 26-30 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Japanese. One hour of recorded Culture Notes are included at the end of Unit 30. These Notes are designed to provide you with some insight into Japanese culture. A Culture Notes booklet is also included in PDF format.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2002 Simon & Schuster (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." ( AudioFile magazine)

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This is a great way to learn Japanese!

I really like the Pimsleur method - it's a fantastic use of commute time in the car!

Note YOU NEED TO ACCESS THE REFERENCE PDF in ACROBAT!

Others have reported that it has only the title page. This is only if you use some other PDF viewer! I had the same problem, and audible's awesome chat line sorted it for me!

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  • peakrunner
  • 11-04-2015

Reference Guide not really included

Would you try another book from Pimsleur and/or the narrator?

Good audio courses, however the reference guide download is a pdf file that only includes the first page. Audible or Pimsleur need to update this and include the reference guide as advertised and paid for. An accompanying reference guide that lists the vocabulary and phases introduced in each lesson is necessary to truly learn Japanese unless you are a 100% auditory learner.

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  • brenty
  • 17-05-2018

Great series, with only a few caveats.

I started with Pimsleur Japanese a few years ago before I even thought I would ever go to Japan. It's just a fascinating language. But after going there several times now, re-listening to the series to practice pronunciation and useful phrases leaves a few things that stand out:

- 飲むもの (nomumono "something to drink") and 飲み物 (nomimono "beverage"): I have never heard the first used. The second is much more common and incredibly useful at restaurants and in many other social situations; I wish they'd used it in the lessons.

- が話します (ga hanashimasu "[subject] talk") and を話します (wo hanashimasu "[object] talk"): I wish they had explained and illustrated the different usage. Particles are hard. I kind of get it now, but they did a much better job of this with other particle/verb combinations.

Still a great series. I don't know how I would have survived getting lost my first night in Tokyo without it. :)

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  • Doris
  • 01-06-2018

Excellent method to learn Japanese

I have been practicing the lessons that help me to support my weekly classes, it’s amazing how much I can improve by listening 30min every day on my way to work!!! Highly recommend. :)