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Japanese Phase 1, Unit 26-30

Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs
Written by: Pimsleur
Narrated by: Pimsleur
Series: Pimsleur Japanese, Book 6
Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
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The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Japanese Phase 1, Units 26-30 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Japanese. One hour of recorded Culture Notes are included at the end of Unit 30. These Notes are designed to provide you with some insight into Japanese culture. A Culture Notes booklet is also included in PDF format.

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  • peakrunner
  • 2015-04-11

Reference Guide not really included

Would you try another book from Pimsleur and/or the narrator?

Good audio courses, however the reference guide download is a pdf file that only includes the first page. Audible or Pimsleur need to update this and include the reference guide as advertised and paid for. An accompanying reference guide that lists the vocabulary and phases introduced in each lesson is necessary to truly learn Japanese unless you are a 100% auditory learner.

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  • toromei
  • 2018-05-17

Great series, with only a few caveats.

I started with Pimsleur Japanese a few years ago before I even thought I would ever go to Japan. It's just a fascinating language. But after going there several times now, re-listening to the series to practice pronunciation and useful phrases leaves a few things that stand out:

- 飲むもの (nomumono "something to drink") and 飲み物 (nomimono "beverage"): I have never heard the first used. The second is much more common and incredibly useful at restaurants and in many other social situations; I wish they'd used it in the lessons.

- が話します (ga hanashimasu "[subject] talk") and を話します (wo hanashimasu "[object] talk"): I wish they had explained and illustrated the different usage. Particles are hard. I kind of get it now, but they did a much better job of this with other particle/verb combinations.

Still a great series. I don't know how I would have survived getting lost my first night in Tokyo without it. :)

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  • Riley
  • 2020-07-02

neat lessonbook

cool audiobook set, weird how the social ques were only in the last lesson set.

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  • Doris
  • 2018-06-01

Excellent method to learn Japanese

I have been practicing the lessons that help me to support my weekly classes, it’s amazing how much I can improve by listening 30min every day on my way to work!!! Highly recommend. :)

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  • Z
  • 2018-11-04

Uneven pace, but a good way to learn

This set of lessons were a bit uneven. Harder concepts like “since” didn’t have repetition and went too fast, while others did. Also, I was surprised to hear all the cultural notes for each lesson at the very end after the 30 chapters. Why aren’t they after each lesson?

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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.