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Japanese Phase 1, Unit 01

Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs
Written by: Pimsleur
Narrated by: Pimsleur
Length: 45 mins
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The Pimsleur® Method has worked for millions all over the world. Totally portable; simple to use; Pimsleur works so you don’t have to. Japanese Phase 1, Unit 1 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. The lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Japanese.

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

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  • brenty
  • 2015-06-20

Ganbatte! ^o^/

I studied Japanese briefly in college but have always had trouble with speaking and hearing it. Pimsleur has helped me understand and practice better, so I'm glad to be able to get it on Audible and take my lessons with me everywhere!

It can seem a little dry at times and is very repetitious, but don't let it deter you. After all, that's how we learn!

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  • Carolyn
  • 2012-11-18

Good Language Learning

I really like the Pimsleur language learning products. As a French teacher myself, I know the work it took to master another language and what techniques work to help students build skills. They are absolutely right when they say that it is about functional sentences useful in real situations. It is also about oral skills, not written grammar tests. I like that they also don't just have you repeat - they explain what each part of a phrase means as well, which allows you to adjust the sentence accordingly with other vocabulary. For example, they teach you "Are you American?" "Yes, I am American." I am Canadian. I looked up the word for "Canadian" and could practice the sentence that I would use on my own ("Are you American?" "No, I am Canadian.") knowing that the structure was correct. It also helped to hear two different speakers, one male and one female, to make it easier for me to pronounce things correctly. A 30-minute lesson is enough to absorb at one time - you need to really think to keep track and you might need to do it twice, but it isn't too intense.

Note that the free download is just for the first lesson, about 30 minutes. On Audible they have Phase 1 units 1-30 split by 1-5, 6-10, etc. for one credit each or as 1-30 for 5 credits. Same deal with the more advanced Phases 2 and 3. Don't expect a full 30 lessons for free! But this is a great way to see if you like the way the lessons work and if you want to learn more of this particular language.

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  • Jan
  • 2011-12-05

Much Easier Learning

While the first volume does have a bit on & on about the Pimleur's technique of learning, I must say it did seem more effective, easier to learn than other language books I've tried to read. While its the first volume, I must say I did come away with some understanding. Not bad for a first go of it!

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  • Giles
  • 2015-03-22

A great way to learn a new language.

I think from now on I will use Pimsleur to learn new languages especially for Nihon ga and Español.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-02-19

I learned the basics

I learned how to say do you speak English and yes and no. If I'm going to Japan it's all I need to know.

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  • Lillie Walker
  • 2018-06-29

Wow! get this now! Learn a language QUICK

easiest way to learn a language. You won't forget it keeps reminding you of what you learned throughout the whole thing

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  • Jessey
  • 2017-07-15

learned alot in a day

nihongoga scochi wacatimas. i want to learn more. i know what's probably not how you spell the words lol

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  • teo
  • 2017-03-29

Pricey + very step by step.

Pricey + step by step format. Not much material in 1 unit. Explained well though, and easy to follow.

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  • atiya
  • 2016-11-14

Fast results and very easy to understand

I was able to answer the questions while painting. I was surprised the answers came so fluently! It's a must have for students of language and anyone looking to learn a new language in general.

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  • Leah F.
  • 2012-12-28

Good way to learn a few words

Would you listen to Japanese Phase 1, Unit 01 again? Why?

Yes, because it was helpful to learn a few words and phrases.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Japanese Phase 1, Unit 01?

The way the words are put together backwards.

What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Pronunciation.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It's particularly good for train rides.

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  • Pierre Gauthier
  • 2015-07-01

It Works!

Contrary to what one might expect, Japanese in many ways is not difficult: there are basically no verb conjugations, no plurals and no gender markers.

Of course, the vocabulary is completely different. Even words borrowed from English are transformed, for instance « depato » for department store or « kombini » for convenience store.

The Pimsleur method is strictly oral and is based on interaction and repetition.

It works wonderfully well to acquire the fundamentals of the Japanese language and is warmly recommended.

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