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Pimsleur Language Programs: Learn To Speak Japanese Audio Lessons
Learning to speak Japanese with the Pimsleur Language Programs has been refreshingly easy for me. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to construct my own sentences after just a few lessons, and it wasn't just through rote memorization either. I can actually make my own sentences, and speak it with the correct accent! I plan to finish the entire Pimsleur Japanese I, II, and III Complete Courses, but I am still on Pimsleur Japanese I which is for beginners.
I had bought many "learn Japanese" books in the past but I had never really progressed with them because (1) they rely on pure memorization (2) you can't learn the correct accent just by reading the words. Because of the Pimsleur Japanese audio lessons, I am really learning the language, and I am sure that I am learning Japanese as spoken by native Japanese people. There are also some reading materials that come with the package, but the audio course is really all that you need to complete the course.
The Pimsleur Comprehensive Japanese series comes in three parts: I, II, and III. Each part has 30 lessons that are approximately 25 minutes each, and you are supposed to listen to one lesson per day. Following this schedule, the entire Comprehensive Japanese course can be finished in three months.
I've made notes on some of the lessons I've finished. You can get them on my blog: http://pursuitofjapan.blogspot.com/
I would highly recommend the Pimsleur Language Programs to anybody who wants to learn a foreign language easily and effectively. If you want to try it out first, you can sign up for free lessons at the Pimsleur website. They also have a list of other foreign language courses to choose from.
I found their channel on youtube and they uploaded lesson 1 of a few Pimsleur language programs. Unfortunately, Pimsleur Japanese wasn't there so here are Pimsleur Spanish Lesson 1 and Pimsleur French Lesson 1 to give you a general idea on how the lessons are taught: