goJapanese: Speak the goPimsleur Way by Pimsleur

7 / 10
my previous pros about Pimsleur method apply; gives you a taste of how Pimsleur’s lessons work; introduces basic words & phrases; includes MP3 as well as standard audio CD versions of this course

cons about Pimsleur Japanese still apply; only includes eight easy, basic lessons; if you learn well with audio CDs, opt for the more robust Pimsleur sets

Pimsleur goJapanese repackages the first eight lessons of its full (“Comprehensive”) program, offering curious learners a sample of its audio-only method. This continues Pimsleur’s familiar trend of offering more affordable selections of its 32-lesson Comprehensive Japanese course in the form of a 16-lesson Conversational Japanese and 10-lesson Basic Japanese. You’ll start with the same lessons in all of these, the only difference is how far you can go.

Of course, this taste of basic Japanese isn’t a bad thing. Students new to the much-lauded Pimsleur method can test the waters, and those looking to learn just a little Japanese can find that here. Plus, you’ll get extra MP3 sound file versions of the lessons, allowing you to study on the go. With its emphasis on learning to speak Japanese, you won’t focus on reading or writing, just audio immersion – read my review of Pimsleur Comprehensive Japanese for more details.

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