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I’ve been trying to self-learn Japanese on and off for the past month or so. I notice a huge gap between the success I have self-learning a language compared to when I have a teacher and other students. I’ve made minimal headway and forgotten most of the things I’ve tried to acquire through YouTube and duolingo and memrise.
This audiobook tries to imitate the experience of a classroom not just in content (more bottom-up, with plenty of cultural notes on how to use the language they teach you), but with multiple people who act as fellow students and native speakers. Sometimes the student makes mistakes and it keeps you engaged to catch and mentally correct what they say.
While interactivity is a strong point in making this book actually effective at teaching, it’s a bit difficult to constantly be tapping on the screen to pause and repeat the words if I want to listen while taking a walk. Also the fellow student can sometimes be predictable in the kinds of mistakes they make, making listening to them a bit of a pain and a bore.
Minor complaints only. Still seems to be one of the legit ways to really internalize a new language!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I can't even imagine any improvements. WOW. I'm learning to speak Japanese, with little effort - so enjoyable.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
With an extended family now living in Tokyo it made a lot of sense to search for a Japanese spoken course. This was the first course we have come across that made the learning both easy and entertaining. Having finished the first lesson we can't wait to download the second. My wife and I are already asking each other questions and answering all in Japanese. It is great fun and I hope will please and honour our daughter-in-law's family when we visit again next year.
Would you consider the audio edition of Michel Thomas Beginner Japanese, Lesson 1 to be better than the print version?
I've not seen the printed version, but being someone who prefers to listen to books, I found this helped a lot as it was like revision from some classes I previously had.