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Starting Out in Japanese: Part 1

Meeting People and Basic Expressions
Narrated by: Living Language
Series: Starting Out In Japanese, Book 1
Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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Starting Out in Japanese, Part 1: Meeting People and Basic Expressions contains essential vocabulary, structure, and pronunciation in short lessons that are easy to master. In these introductory lessons, you'll learn how to count, how to talk about people and family members, how to talk about your home, and other essential expressions. You'll also get the chance to practice what you've learned by listening to an everyday conversation. You'll be speaking Japanese right from the beginning, and you'll be surprised at how easy it is to learn. 

To take your learning even further, be sure to check out Starting Out in Japanese, Part 2: Getting Around Town and Starting Out in Japanese, Part 3: Working, Socializing, and Making Friends. You can also visit www.livinglanguage.com for a complete audioscript of this program.

 PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

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Starts out with bad advice

I listened to a few different introductory audiobooks on learning Japanese before getting to this one. I knew going into this one that people in Japan almost never use "watashi" as the pronoun for "I". Most basic expressions leave out the reference to yourself because it is implied by the context of what is being said. So in the first few minutes of this audiobook, they start suggesting you say watashi-this and watashi-that, I bailed out because I feel like the book will make me look like a fool. Also, with no text material to accompany the book (like most others have), you are going to miss out on how to *actually* pronounce most of the phrases because the speakers in this audiobook speak WAY too fast. At least with other books, which usually speak slower so you can hear, you can also read the printed words (in romaji i.e. romanized format). Many of the consonants are difficult for a Westerner to pick up only by listening to a fast talking Japanese. I cannot recommend this book.