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Pimsleur Language Programs: Learn To Speak Japanese Audio Lessons

Updated on January 23, 2016

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:

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:


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      8 years ago

      Hi everyone. This is Fardin Thanhaa

    • Melody Lagrimas profile image

      Melody Lagrimas 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      It's good to know, thanks for this info.

    • Susan Ng profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ng Yu 

      9 years ago

      Thanks, Charia. :) Yea, I haven't been around much. Been lazy. Hehe. :P

    • Charia Samher profile image

      Charia Samher 

      9 years ago

      Wow I love this teacher Susan. I always want something new to learn and this is one interesting thing to learn. Missed u by the way. =)

    • Susan Ng profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ng Yu 

      9 years ago

      Hai. Haha! Thanks, Tony. :D

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      9 years ago from san diego calif

      Susan let me know when you have that mastered ! :D

    • Susan Ng profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ng Yu 

      9 years ago

      Hi, Tony. :) My country's language is also closely related to Spanish since we were once colonized by the Spaniards, so I aced Spanish in college. I've already forgotten most of what I studied though. Hehe. :P

      As for Japanese, it IS hard especially since its sentence construction is totally different, but I watch a lot of Japanese anime so I'm pretty familiar with all those tongue-tieing (Is that a word? :P) syllables. :) My first goal is actually to be able to watch anime in Japanese without subtitles. Hehe. :D

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      9 years ago from san diego calif

      I know some spanish , as I live very close to the Mexican border and work with a lot of Hispanics , but man Japanese Is hard ! So many syllables for short phrases I get tongue tied !

      And that Is rare for me . But Susan thanks for the lesson

      I Intend to look Into this as I like the Idea of being multilingual. I bet you are pretty smart ! Have a nice day .

    • Susan Ng profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ng Yu 

      9 years ago

      I have a feeling French is a very difficult language to learn, Brian. But it does sound really nice. :D

      Goldmine indeed, Teacher Michelle! "Nihongo ga sukoshi hanashimasu." That means "I speak a little Japanese." Hehe. :D And I'm bringing the Pimsleur Mandarin Chinese to school tomorrow. Dichi asked for a copy, too. :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello Teacher Susan! You found a goldmine...enjoy learning the Japanese language. :) I await the mandarin version. LOL

    • BrianS profile image

      Brian Stephens 

      9 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      I might just have a look at the French option as I am now living in France and seem to have hit a bit of a wall.


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