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Rocket Language's comprehensive approach to learning Japanese includes nearly 400 hours of lesson time across three levels of instruction, taking students from beginner to advanced levels. Because of its excellent track record of happy students and unparalleled customer satisfaction guarantee, Rocket Language's Japanese lessons earn our top ranking.

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Transparent Language offers three basic methods for learning Japanese: an audio course and an online subscription for adults, and a KidSpeak desktop app for Windows computers. If you're an independent learner who wants flexibility in moving from one lesson topic to another, without needing to be motivated by mastery requirements, Transparent Language's Japanese programs may be a good fit.

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Rosetta Stone has the market cornered when it comes to name recognition - their foreign language programs are some of the best-known in the world, especially for business people hoping to add to their repertoire. Recent changes in pricing make all of their products more affordable for a wider range of students.

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Living Language uses all of today's modern tools - tablets, MP3 players, and so on - to put Japanese language lessons at arm's reach. They also have print and audio instruction for students who prefer a more traditional approach, and their Japanese Platinum package includes the best of both worlds.

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If you like to learn by listening, Pimsleur was made for students like you. Their Japanese lessons focus almost exclusively on audio files that teach you how to speak Japanese by listening to and repeating conversations. Unfortunately, the extremely high pricing of Pimsleur's program puts it out of reach for most customers, without delivering results that are significantly better than other, more economical programs in our review.

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Pronounced "link", LingQ offers language instruction using real Japanese texts and native speaker "helpers", who create lessons and help students sound more natural. LingQ's point system for making those connections is confusing and makes it difficult to know how much it costs to learn Japanese using their program. The lessons available feel scattered and random, and might be challenging for new students to navigate.

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Strokes International's Japanese lessons target levels A1, A2, and B2 of the European Framework for Languages. However, errors on the website combined with virtually no positive reviews for Easy Learning programs in other languages land Strokes International in the lowest position among all of the Japanese language programs in our review.

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Japanese Lessons

As one of the 10 most spoken languages in the world, Japanese is a popular language for students of all ages. With more than 125 million people worldwide who use it on a daily basis, the opportunities for using Japanese are numerous, from business owners who are looking for a new partner in trade to middle schoolers who want to understand their favorite anime TV show without English subtitles.

Whether the only Japanese you know is "domo arigato" from Styx's classic 80's song, or you've got a basic grasp of conversational Japanese and want to take your skills to the next level, there are a number of programs that will allow you to learn the language from the comfort of your own home, car, or other location - without having to fit traditional classroom-based lessons into an already busy schedule.

When choosing a Japanese language program, you should explore what each system and method has to offer and whether or not it will help you reach your goals. Some Japanese lessons focus solely on conversational ability, using audio lessons to teach, while others use a variety of ways to teach reading and writing in addition to speaking the language.

Of particular interest with respect to Japanese is the written language. You'll want to determine if reading and writing is a priority, as not all programs include this aspect of language learning in their lessons. There are three basic scripts used in written Japanese:

  • Kanji, which are symbolic and derived from Chinese (several thousand characters)
  • Hiragana, a phonetic alphabet primarily used for grammatical elements such as particles and noun suffixes (46 characters)
  • Katakana, another phonetic alphabet with more angular letter shapes, used for emphasis and for foreign words (46 characters)

As you can see, written Japanese is considerably more complex than English and other languages based on the more familiar Roman alphabet (such as Spanish, French, and German), so it's important to know how each program addresses the written component of Japanese if you'll need to be able to read and write it yourself.

In general, there are several things to consider when choosing a program for your Japanese lessons. These include:

  • Instructional Methods. Do you learn best by hearing, seeing, or a combination of both Does the program use a style that is a good match If offered, did the free trial leave you feeling fantastic or frustrated
  • Skill Level. Can you reach advanced levels of Japanese with this program, or is it limited just to beginning instruction Will you need to purchase more levels in the future, or is it all-inclusive
  • Value. Does the program work Is it worth the investment of your time and money

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Japanese Lessons available today. We hope these reviews help you to move quickly beyond "konnichiwa" and "sayonara" and towards a comfortable fluency level in the Japanese language!

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Japanese Students Learn Traditional Yiddish Dances

This article originally appeared in the Yiddish Forverts. Dr. Walter Zev Feldman, a leading researcher of Turkish and Jewish music and an exquisite dancer, visited Japan this year with his wife Dr. Judit Frigyesi - a writer, artist and professor of ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:51:00 GMT

Struggling to learn kanji Do it the Japanese kids' way: use poop

Yes, you read that correctly: the hot way to learn those pesky kanji characters now involves poop. Luckily, we're not talking about actual smelly droppings, but rather an exercise book called 'Unko Kanji Drills'. Released in March this year, the series ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:07:00 GMT

5 things Americans can learn from the Japanese about health

It's no secret that every time a centenarian appears in the news, a lot of viewers instinctively assume he's from Japan. In a country where many men and women look 10-20 years younger than they actually are, and the average lifespan is 84 years ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:22:00 GMT

Everything You Need to Learn the Ancient Art of Calligraphy

Ink: Go for a rich black ink such as Japanese sumi ink; it's opaque with a nice fluidity ... Using Calligraphy for Addressing Envelopes, CreativeLive: Learn how to put your calligraphy skills to work with this class, taught by Bianca Mascorro.

Published:  Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:16:00 GMT

A Japanese lesson for Wall Street

During a trip to Tokyo last week, I made a little pilgrimage to the city's Tama cemetery to pay my respects to an old acquaintance who died recently. Outside Japanese financial circles, the name Katsunobu Onogi is barely known. Among the Tokyo elite ...

Published:  Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:09:00 GMT

Drinking Alcohol Helps You Learn A Foreign Language, Study Says

But if you want to pickup that Latina/French/Japanese hottie, you might want to do your approaching at the bar. A new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology featured 50 German native speakers who were working on their Dutch. The participants ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:56:00 GMT

Show Me What You Mean! 16+ Japanese Gestures

You can learn more about body language to avoid and why from this awesome video from Japanese/American vloggers Rachel and Jun. Bowing is absolutely integral to Japanese language and culture. You bow to say hello, excuse me, thank you, I'm sorry ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:53:00 GMT

Enjoy traditional Japanese food at the 28th annual "Ramen Fest"

The toppings can include bean sprouts, egg, green onion, spinach, mushrooms, among other traditional Japanese options. Haworth says "Ramen Fest" is an opportunity to eat some great food, but also a chance for the public to learn more about Japanese ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:26:00 GMT

Woman's freak fall led to 8-day hospital stay in Japan, "˜lessons learned' about travel insurance

And Robinson wants to share her story as a "lessons learned" - a reminder to look at the ... surgeon as "above average," it would only cover the needed procedure at the Japanese site and would not pay for the cost of a medical flight home, the Robinsons ...

Published:  Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:23:00 GMT

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