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Pimsleur Japanese Quick & Simple Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-8 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs Audio CD – Audiobook, Oct 1 2002
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About the Author
Dr. Paul Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and testing and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed The Pimsleur Method based on two key principles: the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory training that he called “Graduated Interval Recall.” This Method has been applied to the many levels and languages of the Pimsleur Programs.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm not giving this version just 1 star because I don't like it, the first 8 lessons of Pimsleur are great... only thing is that they are the FIRST 8 lessons. Not the only ones. You will get so much more if you buy more lessons so you should save your money and buy Instant Conversation or Level 1.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
About 3 months ago, my wife ordered this basic learn to speak album for $20.
Since that time, I've been receiving copies of Gold editions that shipped to my door with "free Trial".
First, I was wondering why I was getting "free trials".. We did not sign up for any trials, only the original basic order.
So about a month passes, and I get another free trial(this is now number 2). I think to myself, ok, what is going on here. So I call and am told these are 30 day free trials and if I keep them, they charge me ~$60 per lesson $60x4 = 1 lesson... So I'm paying $240 per lesson in total. Apparently each of these two shipments were a lesson, so they're charging me $480. At this time, they explain they cannot refund me because its too late.... Ok, the lessons aren't bad and I want to learn Japanese, so fine.
Today, I just came home from work and I have yet another gold edition!!!!!!! I call again, they reconfirm that I cannot send the others back and that I can only send this last(3rd) one back, after they charge me the remaining balance of lesson 2 I haven't apparently been charged for yet!
This is absolutely ridiculous, I recommend that anyone stay away from this product. The actual product isn't that bad, and honestly I should have checked earlier to confirm these "free trials" they were sending me.. But for other's thinking of purchasing this product BEWARE!!!!!!!!!
I'm sending the 3rd edition back tomorrow at my expense, so they don't charge me another $240 of something I don't need
I was fully aware that this was not the full course. They pretty much tell you on the Pimsleur site when you buy it. I just wanted to learn something. I watch ALOT of Japanese tv and would like to stop being at the mercy of fickle or poor subbers. I'm only on lesson 4 but I've learned so much. Some things I knew from the dramas (like demo, ja mata, sumimasen, ohaiyo, etc.), but most is new to me. I'm enjoying how it gives you sentences and, if you have any vocabulary, you can drop in what you know. For instance in lesson 4 you learn how to ask directions using Ueno and Shinjuku stations and Ueno Park as examples. You also learn how to answer if asked. Theoretically, if you know the names of other places you should be able to ask. I could be wrong of course, but up until now I couldn't even make a guess. When able I definitely will buy more lessons.
**Quick edit warning: Be careful. They sneak a 'we'll send you the other dvds free if you don't like them send them back' deal on you w/o permission. I got a box the full Japanese discs and a notice telling me they'd charge over $200 to the card I used. There was no return label with which to return them, which pissed me off. I decided to call and have one sent (not emailed) to me so I wouldn't have to use my ink. I got stuck in IVR hell so I hung up. I figured 'they'll contact me when they can't charge the card' cuz I closed the account. Nope. Months went by. Right after Thanksgiving I started getting hang up calls on my answering system. Around Christmas I got dunning notices telling me I haven't responded to any of their attempts to contact me. When their dumb asses decide to send a return label for their cds, which have never been taken out of the box, or contact me properly, I'll send them the discs back. Until then, they're in the closet until such time I put them on ebay.
It doesn't say it on the Amazon site but I must have ordered this in some way that went directly to their website according to their customer support.
That sounds like a complete lie and they ended up billing me 2 installments of $64 before I noticed that this happened as I was out of the country when the trials were sent.
The trial software comes in a black box that says "Gold Edition" and if you don't return it (out of your own pocket btw) to them in 30 days they charge you 4 installments of $64.
First of all, why is this not a subscription service that you sign up for instead of being tacked on as a part of purchasing this Quick and Simple title?
Secondly, why are they having the customer return these from their own pocket instead of providing a return mechanism?
They are not allowing me to return the software even though they have agreed to stop charging me (although now I'm stuck with a trial box that I didn't request and also less $128 because of it).
Do NOT buy from this business. No software is worth this kind of predatory business practice.
And as the previous review says its a "try before you buy"
I got this Q&S as an audiobook download and was
quite impressed with it.
The approach that Pimsleur uses is quite unique
and definitely the most effective I've ever come across.
As someone who has spent my hard earned $$ on
various language learning aids and been sadly disappointed
for one reason or another, I was quite elated to discover
the Pimsleur Approach series.
They do exactly what they claim. Its done on a build
and review method of introducing vocabulary through
various conversational scenarios and then reviewing
the vocabulary in such a way that it really helps to
reinfoce what has been learned.
And I also like it because you don't necessarily
need any books to accompany the lessons.
I downloaded the Q&S onto my iPod and listen to
it quite often.
So, in conclusion. If you really want to learn another
language, leave all those other study programs on the
store shelf and give Pimsleur a try. I'm certain you'll
thank yourself later.
In high school the teacher had us repeat a word written on the board over and over again, with it's translation written out next to it. Most language kits teach you to recognize a word by showing it's translation or a image the word describes and then has you try to pronounce it. This then repeats several times. None of these worked for me, and I truly felt like I was a very stupid person because of it, despite the fact that I'm fairly smart, doing advanced maths in my head without error and scoring well SAT- and IQ-wise.
Then I read about the Pimsleur Method on one of the obscure tech sites I frequent where a user posted that he couldn't understand some of his colleagues because they didn't speak English and he had been unable to learn any other language. I could sympathize right away. Then, another user posted that he had the same problem until he used the Pimsleur Method.
I thought to myself, "What harm could it do to try one more time?" So off to the search bar I went. Sure enough, Bing turned up several entries, including this one for just $20. I bought mine used, just to save a little more money, however.
I have to say the Pimsleur Method is without doubt the best way to learn to speak a language. As I mentioned, I've tried many different methods to learn a language and gone through thousands of dollars worth of software and language kits, often borrowed from friends and families to try it out first, including Rosetta Stone, desperately trying to learn another language. None of them even compare to this method. It works by forcing you to try and figure out what you're supposed to say, the same way children learn their first language. No tedious, mindless, brain-melts-and-leaks-out-your-ears repetition. Just a natural sort of flow. I did the first 30 minute lesson, and 5 days later could still recall fairly well that whole lesson. Never before had I been able to retain a language I was trying to learn. I was jumping for joy because it works!
This "Quick and Simple" set is the first 10 lessons of the Level 1 Japanese course. You're supposed to do 1 lesson each day for 10 days, in succession, so as to build upon the natural retention of the human brain. So, don't skip a day, or you might not learn it as quickly. This will give you a very small ability to have a general conversation with someone in Japanese. There's a Basic course which will let you get by in Japanese though you may have trouble sometimes, a Conversational course which is geared to be a bit more thorough, I guess, and the Comprehensive course which teaches the entire language. There are another 2 levels of the Comprehensive course, each course being more advanced. I can't find any information on any other levels of the Basic or Conversational courses, so I'll be buying the Comprehensive set soon.
I just hope I see that teacher again someday, so I can tell her off in the language she said I'd never learn. Hah!
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