- Audio CD
- Publisher: Collins (28 May 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007313667
- ISBN-13: 978-0007313662
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 694,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Japanese (Collins Easy Learning Audio Course) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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Language on a need-to-know basis No textbook necessary Action-based learning rather than theoretical study Each unit can be mastered in less than 20 minutes Flexible learning options throughout - learn just the basics or choose to deepen your knowledge with extra words and practice activities. Those with some prior knowledge of Japanese can skip directly to the 'further' options.
About the Author
A well-known figure in the field of language learning, Rosi McNab has produced bestselling courses and materials for Collins, Heinemann, Pearson Education, Hodder Education, BBC and Goethe Institut. Her hugely successful and ground-breaking books are currently used in primary and secondary schools across the UK and abroad.
Top Customer Reviews
The model is simple... you have a booklet to follow when listening to the CDs. Each track on each CD is easily referenced in the booklet so it's easy to stop and start your learning. Your guide is British who explains what you will be taught in each unit - an explanation of the expression to be learnt is given and you then hear two Japanese people (one male, one female) saying the expression which you then repeat. There's 12 units covering greetings, nationalities, occupations, directions, food, ordering and paying in restauran ts. And finally there's some extra wording in the booklet highlighting some basic history and tourist highlights of Japan.
It's easy to follow, covers the basic and probably is about as much as you could learn in a couple of weeks. However, if you think this will let you make basic conversation in Japanese you're going to disappointed. The vocabulary is very limited and although there's some language sections in each unit to give some words for that topic it's not really that well integrated.
I have a bit of an issue with this CD. If it's aimed the casual traveller then it should include basic reading to help recognise signs written in Kanji and some sort of dictionary at the back. Instead it teaches you "Ego ga wakarimasu ka?" which means "Do you understand English?" (to which the cynic would say if you asked that in English you'd get the same answer"!!).Read more ›
Of course, it's not going to make you proficient in this extremely complex language but it's a good start. The one thing I found particularly helpful was that I could upload the course onto my MP3 player and carry it around and practice in a spare moment.
There is nothing revolutionary here, it is simply listen and repeat. However, it seems as good a system as any I have come across for learning a language. The course comprises three CDs and a booklet, it is straightforward to use, the instructions are clear and it is broken down into 12 sections.
There are male and female voices so that you can hear how different speakers pronounce the phrases, a feature which I found helpful. The sound quality was excellent. Most of the phrases are indeed the useful sort you would find yourself using and you're also taught what the various answers may be.
All in all, I found this an easy-to-use, fun and helpful course, which I would recommend for anybody who wanted to dip their toe into learning Japanese. I am now considering moving on to the Collins Easy Learning Mandarin Chinese.
In this sense this audio course has gone back to the basics as it comes with 3 audio CDs which are very nicely coordinated. In my view a language course with a CD is much better than one with a CD-ROM, because you can keep running it and you don't need a PC/Mac to use it. When you have time, you could sit down, listen to one of the CDs and use the colour booklet, which would help our 'adult brain' to comprehend the course, but after that stage - just keep playing it all the time, even with your iPod, and relax until you've memorised it completely, as you learned how to ride a bicycle and still remember how to cycle now.
Another good thing is that the entire course is guided with a very clear male voice with a British accent (not American!), and the conversation examples held in Japanese is also very clear Japanese female voices - I think the male guide is a complete bilingual.
This is a beginners' course, so if you're already studying at the intermediate level, this course may not be suitable for you, but still the quality is very good and not text-book based, which I like very much, I can recommend it to all the new Japanese learners.
Hope this helps!
The format of this mini-language course is excellent. It provides an easy access to what is a complex language. I believe the ease of use is a key factor in encouraging further study of the language. If 'we Brits' are ever to break the stereotype of Brits and a foreign language, then courses like this are what are needed.
Particular points of note are it is short, the individual exercises are not too long, and it can be transferred onto an MP3 player with ease.
I have a similar title for Mandarin Chinese which I hadn't yet tried, but this is enough to convince me to do so, and also to consider finding a Spanish version to encourage my son in his GCSE revision.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
good preparation for a trip as no one soeaks english in Japan.
If you can speak a few words they will be amazed and grateful but beware you probably will not understand the... Read more
Easy to use whilst listening in the car. It's a 3CD set, with an accompanying booklet, which I didn't use. Read morePublished on 19 April 2015 by Rockee
I wnated to learn some basic Japanese before a trip to Japan and was looking for one where I could hear and learn and use it in the car or train or elsewhere and not to study only... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2013 by ASGarratt
the japanese easy learning audio course is a great item it truly is easy learning and a fantastic starting point for learning japanesePublished on 6 Mar. 2013 by game master
I am having some success wit this product and am picking up the basics of conversation quite nicely. Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2013 by Dr. G. Hopkin
This is one of three audio courses we bought to learn Japanese for our forthcoming holiday. It certainly is the best of the three. Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2013 by Mrs D M Cheshire
I found this easy to follow. It provided a basic vocabulary and some info about grammar. I will probably now buy a more comprehensive learning course, but this was good as an... Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2012 by Heloise Ungless