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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.

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5 stars
Rocket Languages

ROCKET LANGUAGESTopConsumerReviews.com Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

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. Read More... Visit
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4.5 stars
Transparent Language

TRANSPARENT LANGUAGE

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. Read More... Visit
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4 stars
Rosetta Stone

ROSETTA STONE

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. Read More... Visit
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4 stars
Living Language

LIVING LANGUAGE

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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2.5 stars
Pimsleur

PIMSLEUR

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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2 stars
Ling Q

LING Q

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. Read More... Visit
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1 star
Strokes International

STROKES INTERNATIONAL

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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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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I still follow my gut instead of the rule book, and (sometimes) learn from my mistakes. So audacious am I that in 1990 I launched ... A classic example of my seat-of-the-pants method involves a ...

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My favourite aspects of the job include speaking to guests and telling them about our special menus and educating them about Japanese cuisine. I also really enjoy seeing how the kitchen staff improve ...

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Yet the most important characteristic of the Japanese yen happens to be its long history of zero rates ... but zero interest rates are spreading around the world and there are some important lessons ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Nov 2019 09:46:00 GMT



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Nakamura What does all this mean for a foreign venture seeking Japanese funding or partners? The key lesson is that businesses need to be acutely aware of who they are dealing with and the extent to ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Nov 2019 02:00:00 GMT



How the Japanese bombed Michigan during World War II

"Japanese engineers knew that at night, at 35,000 feet ... disappeared," Bailey said. "And then you couldn't learn a thing about it for 30 years." On a Sunday afternoon in late March 1945, Mr. and Mrs ...

Published:  Sat, 16 Nov 2019 08:55:00 GMT



On World Tsunami Day, Japanese students at U.N. share lessons learned from disasters

NEW YORK - Two Japanese high school students Tuesday stressed the importance of sharing lessons learned from past disasters at a panel discussion to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day, held at the U.N.

Published:  Tue, 05 Nov 2019 21:41:00 GMT



This Japanese painter found the faith through sacred art

He told CNA that at the time he mostly painted landscapes or portraits, except when he copied the great masterpieces to learn from them. But he did not know what he was looking at. "I was with my ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Nov 2019 02:27:00 GMT



In Mexico City, a blossoming of all things Japanese

On a summer afternoon in Mexico City's leafy Roma Norte neighborhood, a steady stream of customers filled the tiny coffee shop Raku, which means "joy" in Japanese. Although they were drawn by the ...

Published:  Sun, 10 Nov 2019 08:26:00 GMT



Can American Retailers Learn From Japan's? Fred Segal and Beams Think So

We are curious to see how Los Angeles reacts to our curation of modern Japan." The audience reaction may be the final test, but for Jeff Lotman, Fred Segal's owner and chairman, there is a great deal ...

Published:  Tue, 05 Nov 2019 12:15:00 GMT



BWW Review: A BOX WITHOUT A BOTTOM at The Marsh Berkeley Conjures Magic out of Japanese American Histories

Along the way, we learn a lot about the history of American magic and its roots in Asian cultures ... David Hirata demonstrates the "Jap Box" Perhaps the most fascinating/appalling detail is something ...

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