While many language courses bill themselves as being “effortless”, I’ve personally observed that this is rarely the case. Pimsleur is one of the rare exceptions that makes language learning very easy.
I’ve personally used the Pimsleur method for Italian, Japanese and Chinese. In each case, the method gave me some great results and I came out with a useful (if limited) command of the language. Overall, Pimsleur is a handy weapon to have in your language learning arsenal. In the review that follows, I break down the major advantages of the Pimsleur approach, as well as the downsides, so that you can grasp what it’s all about.
When I started out on my path to Japanese fluency in 2005, resources such as textbooks and audio courses on CD were the only realistic way to make progress with this challenging language. Happily, there are now a a lot more choices when it comes to studying Japanese online.
The problem that students of Japanese now face is one of quality rather than quantity. So which solutions give you the best bang for your buck? In my humble opinion, JapanesePod101 is one of the best online courses out there for people who are serious about making significant progress in the language. As promised, I’ve finally got around to writing a complete review so here goes!