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This system is great as listening and speaking practice for those who only need some basics for tourism. The work is well presented, it's fun to follow and quite challenging in good way. I missed having written materials, and real explanations of the grammar. My fear is that without those you end up like a parrot, able to repeat things, but without much ability to create your own much past what you have been repeating. Also completely unable to read anything.
The method presents itself that way, and it does what its system suggests very well.
I gave it a 4 because, though I don't believe it should be your only resource if you really want to learn the language, it most certainly is an incredibly helpful one.
19 of 20 people found this review helpful
I've failed French twice in college, struggled through two terms of Chinese--somehow learning to write it better than speak it. When I speak Chinese Mandarin speakers tell me they don't speak Cantonese; Cantonese speakers the reverse. I've studied and taught ESL. So I have a lot of experience, and pain.
Pimsleur Japanese is amazing. I've learned so much in a week. I still hesitate a bit (I'm on Units 6-10), but when it comes out it's fluid, quick, my pronunciation is good. It's like being a child in the language-when I learn something, I don't recall it--it is just there, like my native language.
Being able to use one credit for five lessons is very smart. Try it out.
I can't comment on other languages, but the method is sound, so they should also be good. This is probably a secret weapon for taking a second language in school.
I usually concentrate on the lesson, while getting ready in the morning, driving to and from work. If my attention lags, or I'm distracted, I'll stop. Always I go back and re-do lessons. I was just in Japan, I watch Japanese movies and I'm amazed at how much more I understand.
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I’ve followed this course before but only the first dozen or so units. It’s simple to follow and understand. All I want to know at this stage is to speak some basic Japanese for personal entertainment and this is perfect for me.
I listen to a new lesson at night then repeat it in the morning. I’m generally surprised by how much I actually absorb this way. The lessons frequently repeat and return to what you’ve learned before reenforcing this while teaching you new things which, for me, has proven to be incredibly effective.
My only issue is, and I’ve seen others say this, the guy and the girl pronounce things differently. He tends to end certain words ‘em’ where as she sounds like she is saying ‘en’. From what I’ve seen I think her’s is slightly better but, I’m pretty certain most people will understand you no matter what you say.
great material. looking forward to finish unit one and see if I make feasible progress