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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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Published:  Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:48:00 GMT

3 S'poreans Deliver 200 Japanese Rice Bowls A Day To NTU, NUS - Broke Even In Under 2 Months

Kenny even went to work in a Japanese restaurant to learn the ropes! Co-founder Darren has a diploma in cuisine from famed culinary school Le Cordon Bleu. Image Credit: Don Play Play As guessed, "Don Play Play' is a pun on Singlish phrase "don't ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:49:00 GMT

Library to teach Japanese culture

The schedule includes: n Monday, Dec. 11 - Intro to Japanese culture, includes an Origami activity and an easy Japanese language lesson. 5th grade and up. n Wednesday, Jan. 17 - Learn about modern pop culture in Japan. The class will touch on the history ...

Published:  Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:01:00 GMT

Industrial Turnarounds: Lessons from the "Comeback Kids'

Three "Comeback Kids" in particular - Finnish paper manufacturer UPM-Kymmene, Spanish infrastructure firm Acciona and Japanese food chemicals firm Ajinomoto - may hold lessons for leaders in the industrial sectors who are looking at major change in ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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The unique piece was commissioned by the French educator Gaston Louis Eugne Dutilleul, a major patron of Royre's in the 1950s, for his Paris abode, but has been consigned from a private Japanese collection. The piece was evidently enjoyed by its ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:53:00 GMT

Learn to dress yourself in modern-style kimono with Airbnb Experiences

This time, Airbnb invited us to learn how to modernise that most traditional of Japanese garments: the kimono. We were welcomed at Hikifune Station by Yui, our guide for the day. Yui moved into the shitamachi area a few years ago, and has found little ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:10:00 GMT

How a Japanese Magician Is Turning School Into Project-Based Summer Camps

Yet one Japanese entrepreneur has been busy remaking how students learn across the world. His tip Make school feel like summer camp. Startup founder Kenta Koga raised $6.5 million earlier this year in part by asking people to take a pause from asking how ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

How a Utah choir director is taking 140 young singers to create One Voice - and teach lessons of music and life

Alyssa spends as much time on choir business as her job teaching Japanese at Granger High permits ... "Of course there are lessons about singing and blending, but also about being happy for others and encouraging them." "At the end of the day ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:15:00 GMT

Japanese Breakfast had a good 2017 and if there's justice in the world she'll have a good 2018 too

The whole Japanese Breakfast band was kind of an accident ... On these video projects, from one to another, I learn so much, so fast. It's really fun to see how I grow. I feel like people keep discovering the "Everybody Wants To Love You" video, even ...

Published:  Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:08:00 GMT

Learn How To Level Up Your Languages With Wibbu's Ruby Rei At FETC 2018

Wibbu had designed Ruby Rei to teach English, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin American), Portuguese, Mandarin, French and Japanese. Ruby Rei travels through 18 distinct environments where she will learn more vocabulary and get faced with some social ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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