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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? 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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Iniesta's Japanese debut falls flat in 3-0 defeat

KOBE (Japan): Spanish legend Andres Iniesta's Japanese debut ended on a flat note Sunday as Vissel ... Expectant fans, many of them clutching Spain flags, were disappointed to learn that Iniesta had b...

Published:  Sun, 22 Jul 2018 06:35:00 GMT

Iniesta suffers 3-0 defeat in Japanese debut

AFP PHOTO Spanish legend Andres Iniesta's Japanese debut ended on a flat note Sunday as Vissel ... Expectant fans, many of them clutching Spain flags, were disappointed to learn that Iniesta had been ...

Published:  Sun, 22 Jul 2018 08:35:00 GMT

5 best Japanese to English dictionaries and phrasebooks on Android!

Many available apps teach Japanese. These apps include a variety of lessons and practice. Many of them also include phrasebooks and dictionaries. The linked app, Simply Learn Japanese, is one of those ...

Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 13:16:00 GMT

The Japanese Thriller That Explains "˜Fortnite' and American Pop Culture in 2018

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Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 02:57:00 GMT

Churchill: Japanese gardens offer extraordinary escape

"A Japanese garden, by contrast ... One year we arrived one week too early, and because we knew the extraordinary beauty we were missing, it was a lesson we won't soon forget. Theresa Churchill is a r...

Published:  Sat, 21 Jul 2018 07:29:00 GMT

Why the pioneering Japanese anime "˜Akira' is still relevant 30 years later

We learn that the explosion that started the film was the work ... Otomo had been a respected illustrator of manga, Japanese comics. But for "Akira," instead of trying to match his anime peers in Japa...

Published:  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 21:00:00 GMT

Soccer's Ten Second Lesson for Legal Technologists

What can we as legal technologists learn from the closing act of that amazing match In my view, plenty. So, let's roll the tape and break that sequence down a bit. The play started with Thibaut Court...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 03:45:00 GMT

Iniesta and Torres make disappointing starts to life in Japanese football

Andres Iniesta's Japanese debut ended on a flat note on Sunday as Vissel ... Expectant fans, many of them clutching Spain flags, were disappointed to learn that Iniesta had been named among the substi...

Published:  Sun, 22 Jul 2018 06:31:00 GMT

LETTER: We could learn from the Japanese even here in Goshen County

The June AARP Bulletin highlighted some very interesting things happening in Japan designed to accommodate their senior citizens (known in Japan as "koreisha" ... upper age persons). Many of their ban...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:29:00 GMT

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