What is the best and most cost effective way to learn Japanese?
We’ve been thru so many Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone, those ones they used to sell in the bookstore. JapanesePod101.com is the best we’ve ever seen. Oh yeah, and it’s free.
Well at least the audio lessons…
A quick comparison, Pimsleur (we tried a loooong time ago) is good for starting out, but the audio gets more complex and more boring. Also doesn’t give explanations as to how the language is used more like just memorization. Rosetta stone is good if you can sit in front of the computer,but time is money and we’d rather listen to audio in the car, or catch a few video lessons every now and then when we get a chance.
- Fun – the hosts, especially the founder Peter, like to have fun. They seem to enjoy what they do which makes it enjoyable for the listener.
- Audio is free, need to pay a subscription to get the lesson notes. Audio is only available for a couple of weeks each time a lesson is released. They do have throwbacks to catch up on. If you’re really serious you can pay for premium and get all the little apps and tools to help. The good part is you can pay for a 3 months subscription and download as much as you can for later viewing and listening.
- Not just language – culture podcasts, test prep, songs, extra fun little things,
- Levels Galore – Survival Phrases to Intermediate and Advanced. Lessons tailored for work, business, students. Lessons cover many different situations, introducing yourself to your fiance’s family to etiquette at work.
There is really nothing to lose to trying it. They also have other languages. We tried a few. Some hosts are better than others, but the learning material is at the same level. Also, Japanese was the first language so it’s probably the best, and most up to date.
As always, if you think there’s something better out there, post a comment.