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To be fair to the people at Innovative Language, don't cr@p all over them due to a technical issue on Audible's part. I usually download audio books in Format 4. That version came in corrupt, and I was only able to hear, "This is Audible." The Enhanced version works perfectly.
Also this is a short, free preview of their box set, which is a rehash of the audio content from Japanesepod101. This maybe more convenient to a few of us. As far as content goes, this is great for the beginner. Maybe even better than Pimsluer's Japanese. I still believe you should use more than one program to learn a language because different programs will tackle a language from different angles. But if you're a newbie, this series is a great start. Then I would incorporate Micheal Thomas. Later on Pimsluer's. As you learn, also immerse yourself in Japanese culture and media. (websites, KeyHileTV, manga, etc) Also learn Kana, Katakana, and Hiragana.
Don't take my word for it, download all of the freebees, and try out the lessons for yourself.
How casual it was while being so explicit, I already knew everything they discussed in this lesson, but listening to how this audio book described it was very enjoyable.
This is my first audio book so I can't say really.
There weren't any characters, but those two are pretty favorable characters themselves. ;)
I wouldn't say that I was 'moved', per-say, but I really enjoyed the intentional side conversations Peter and Naomi had.
I really did like 'reading' this book, But to be honest, I had many issues when downloading this book to my iTunes, so after I had given up, it somehow worked, and I was able to listen to more than "ten seconds" of audio. The only real issue I see with the AUDIO is that the directions/instructions in the beginning are just TOO long, it almost made me not even want to listen to the audio, I think it would be better just to keep those written down that to fill up so much of the lesson's time.
In short, on my experience with other Japanese programs compared to this, it was really well done and very thought out. I think that it deserves more appreciation If you're looking for simple sentences explained in depth with real-life examples, with grammar and customs details, then I think this program would be just right for you. What hae you got to lose? It's free. :D
And by the way, the real lesson doesn't start until 11 minutes in. :/
I think this is a great introductory lesson to Japanese and am excited to listen to the rest of the series. It's short enough to be convenient and interesting enough to listen to multiple times. I especially like that it includes grammar and cultural tips instead of just vocabulary. I discovered a few minutes ago that the audible download does include the PDF that they talk about using as a supplement to the audio track, so I'm going to have a look.
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