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The Learn in Your Car language series is the first system ever designed to teach a language in your car...or anywhere...without a textbook. Simple and effective, you can learn to converse in another language while driving, walking, or doing tasks around the house. And now with Learn in Your Car from®, you can turn your PC, your Rio, or any mobile device into your own personal language tutor.

Each course is organized the way you learn best - by learning words and phrases - and building these into sentences and clear conversations. Arrange hotel accommodations, order in restaurants, change money, and feel more at home next time you travel!

The Learn in Your Car language series is:

  • Easy to use without a textbook
  • Prepared by dialect-free professionals
  • Available in levels for students of all abilities
  • Designed to teach grammar basics through recorded examples

    Level 1 offers an introduction to key words, numbers, phrases, sentence structure, and basic grammar.Level 2 teaches more challenging vocabulary, additional grammar, and targeted sentences designed to generate confidence in your ability to comprehend and converse.Level 3 presents expanded vocabulary, advanced grammar, and more detailed sentences to extend your conversational skills.

  • (P) and ©1993 Penton Overseas, Inc.

    Critic Reviews

    "This is a very well organized, step-by-step teaching system. Correct grammar usage comes very easily this way." (Marie-Martine Besso, Language Consultant)"I can honestly say the Learn in Your Car series really works!" (Marshall Tate, San Jose, CA)

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    Not for learning from scratch

    The Learn In Your Car series consists of spoken words and phrases that you hear and repeat twice. If you have already taken lessons it is very good for vocabulary building, but I don't think it is at all useful for learning from scratch. You could play the lessons forever and not get a sense of the structure of the language. If you really want to learn how to speak Japanese from scratch in your car you need the Pimsleur system.

    I'd rate this title 1 star for learning from scratch but 5 stars for learning vocabulary... so I'll compromise and give it a 3.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful

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    • Charles
    • Norcross, GA, USA
    • 04-23-04

    Very Disappointing

    I?ve tried four audio programs and five different books. In my estimation, this program is the worst of the lot. It consists of the repetition of random vocabulary words. Besides being very boring, the exercises were essentially useless. You?re even likely to pick some erroneous information: Sometimes the English word is given once, but in Japanese you?re unknowingly presented with two different variants of the translation, as if it were one answer. Try repeating that back to your Japanese friends?very embarrassing!

    By far the best program I?ve found is the Pimsleur series. It?s challenging, interesting, and for the first time I?m really making progress. Thanks to Pimsleur, I?ve not only gained an understanding of Japanese sentence structure in a short time, but I?ve actually picked up useful words and phrases to use with my Japanese co-workers.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    • M. Chavez
    • Burlingame, CA United States
    • 03-04-04

    Not for the beginner

    I agree w/ Christine, from Anaheim, CA. I have taken Nihon in a classroom setting and I still had a diffucult time understanding some of the vocabulary. Keep in mind that the narrator is a native speaker and is "saying" the words, not "pronouncing" them. I don't recommend it for someone begining with this language. Listen to the preview before you decide to buy it.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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    • Rick
    • Binghamton, NY, USA
    • 11-24-08

    Save your money

    I wish I had read the reviews first and I would not have wasted $$.

    It may be good as a printed book, but it does not translate to a audiobook at all

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    • Barry
    • Alice springs, N/A, Australia
    • 05-22-03

    very good

    I have finished "japanese for busy people 1" by self study with the tapes and this is course is good because I now practise without a book. I do use a dictionary to get the spelling correct and therefore the pronunciation.
    I am not sure how I would rate this for a beginner, maybe it is good to learn to speak before learning to write, just like a child!

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful

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    • Ashley
    • 09-07-14

    One massive audio file and copyright control

    If you could sum up Learn in Your Car in three words, what would they be?

    Good course but this comes in one massive file-stupidity

    Any additional comments?

    While I like the content the file comes in one massive track only so you get a 3 hour course in one track, utter stupidity for learning. It also comes with copyright control which meant i had to spend a few hours playing it into my audio editor manually and then breaking the tracks down in to separate tracks so i could simply play them on other devices like my MP3 player and so I could also learn track by track

    I bought LIYC level 2 from Amazon which has individual tracks and no copyright control but NO pdf file..go figure

    So..onto the content..for me I like it. I am a little bit above beginner so to have these audio files is for me a great way to build up my vocab. In a nutshell, there is an English voice followed by a Japanese voice and that's it. If you are a total beginner then this course may not be for you as there is no lesson plan per se however if you want to increase your vocab then I do like this.