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The Audio Podcasts and Videocasts are comprehensive, easy to use lessons that make learning fun for anyone. Each audio podcast contains a complete lesson and can be downloaded in seconds to your computer, iPod, or mp3 player so that you can learn quickly and be speaking in no time at all. These Audio Podcasts and Videocasts are your ticket to learning to speak with confidence and accuracy, and you'll be speaking with your very first lesson!
Bonus Audio Tracks are provided, when appropriate, in situations where an informal conversation may take place. These Bonus Audio Tracks will take years off of your learning curve. You'll master in a very short period of time what it takes many people years to learn using conventional methods.
You'll immediately have access to a complete library of audio lessons. What's great about this is that you can refer back to previous lessons in a flash. Or, if you had a lot of fun with a specific kind of lesson, you can search the archives for others like it. These archives are a complete repository of easy-to-learn language lessons that you'll have access to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
These special Dialog Audio Tracks contain only the lesson dialog as opposed to the full lesson, which would also include the teaching portion of the lesson. Dialog Audio Tracks are a great way for you to quickly recap a lesson or spend only a few minutes learning on a day when you can't devote time to a full lesson. You can listen to the Dialog Audio Track in just a few minutes.
Review Audio Tracks are quick reviews specifically dedicated to correct pronunciation and pitch accent. These Review Audio Tracks contain a review of the vocabulary and phrases introduced in each podcast lesson. So, you'll not only be learning at lightning speed, but you'll speak with confidence knowing that you're speaking the language accurately.
Video Vocab are Videocasts that provide a revolutionary way for you to quickly grow your vocabulary. The Premium Video Vocabulary combines visual cues with the voices of native speakers to provide you with the most effective method of learning and retaining thousands of vocabulary words. With these special Videocasts, we're adding another sensory receptor to your learning experience so you'll learn that much faster!
You'll get instant access to all of the comments posted by other students on our website. This is a great way for you to share the language learning experience and help one another avoid pitfalls and stay motivated. You can ask each other questions, answer questions, or just read all of the comments about lessons available on the site. This is a great way to learn from other students.
The Community Forum is a place you'll want to visit every day as you embark on your journey to learn this new language. You'll be able to connect and share your experiences with other students, learn from their mistakes, and impart wisdom regarding what's been working for you (teaching is a great way to learn!). This is about more than just the language; learn about the Japanese-speaking world itself, its lively culture, and interesting people. This is the most entertaining discussion about Japanese and the exclusive language lessons that you'll find anywhere on the web!
Yet another sense will get involved in the learning process to help you master speaking Japanese in no time at all! These printer-friendly PDF Lesson Notes allow you to see and read information from the lesson to reinforce what you hear in the podcasts. They include the dialogue transcripts and translation, the lesson vocabulary, and detailed grammar explanations.
The PDF Kanji Close-Up allows you to get an intimate, hands-on look at one of the most fascinating aspects of the Japanese language: the kanji script. Learn how each kanji character tells its own story, how the characters work together, and how to get started writing the characters using the provided practice sheets. You'll be writing after your very first lesson!
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This password protected RSS feed can be subscribed to via iTunes. All Free and Basic media files including the audio podcast, bonus audio tracks, videos, and all PDF lesson materials will be automatically downloaded for each new lesson as they become available. This is a great time saver and a way to give you consistent, instant access to the latest lesson materials.
This exclusive password protected RSS feed takes convenience and flexibility to another level. Once subscribed to the Premium Podcast Feed via iTunes, FREE, Basic, and Premium media files including the audio podcast, any informal or bonus audio tracks, the dialog track, the lesson review track, videos, and all PDF lesson materials will be automatically downloaded for each new lesson as they become available.
My Feed allows you to take control of your studies and decide exactly what lesson levels and materials you want delivered on your podcast feed for automatic download. This is a great way to customize your language learning experience. It's perfect for making the information you need easier to access than ever!
Lesson Specific Tools
Not only can you compare the kanji, kana, romaji, and English transcripts side-by-side, but with the click of a mouse you can listen to a single line of the lesson dialogue or a single survival phrase. Listen as many times as needed to review and perfect your comprehension and pronunciation. Line-by-Line Audio Transcripts are interactive learning tools that make learning easy and fun!
State-of-the-art recording software that records YOUR voice so that you can compare your pronunciation to our teachers! Continue to refine your speaking skills with this unique tool. This feature is available on every lesson page.
Review the kanji characters and vocabulary words covered in the lessons using these lists that include clickable audio to help practice and reinforce the words. This section allows you to practice your reading and understanding of Kanji. Don't understand a particular one? Add one or all to your personalized Kanji word bank to go back to at any time and continue practicing
Take a deeper look into the grammar that tied the lesson dialogue together using the detailed grammar point write-ups included in every lesson. Learn the basic formation, see it used in sample sentences, and read detailed notes all on one page. These Grammar Points are a great way to get you speaking with correct grammar fast!
Take the best of the learning center with you on the go, in your pocket. Use the iLearning Center to put the transcripts with line-by-line audio and audio content questions straight into your iPod. Turn your iPod into a survival phrases audiobook or an indispensable Japanese language study tool. This is one of the most valuable tools available. Never be left without the support you need when you're in Japan!
Review and drill the lesson vocabulary words and kanji characters using interactive flashcards. Reinforce recognition not only by sight, but also by hearing using the included audio. Using another sense as you study will only increase your ability to retain the information. So, the flashcards are a great way to help you easily remember what you learn.
There's nothing like a little competition (even against yourself) to really heighten your abilities. Test yourself over the lesson material with audio-enabled content quizzes, grammar quizzes, and vocabulary quizzes. Find out where your weak points are so that you can go back and review by listening to the podcast again or using the powerful learning center tools.
Take learning into your own hands and tackle the ever-important written Japanese hiragana and katakana using our printable kana charts.
The Kana Stroke Order Videos show you the proper stroke orders for all basic Hiragana and Katakana characters. The videos, which include the pronunciation of each character, show you exactly how to write each character stroke by stroke. They are on the Hiragana Chart and Katakana Chart pages in the Reference Material section of our Learning Center so you can access them with a click of a button.
Practice writing the Japanese Hiragana and Katakana with our printable kana practice sheets. These practice sheets are the best place for you to perfect your grasp of writing all the characters. And remember, the better you write, the better you will naturally read.
Use the word dictionary with thousands of entries to find any words you may be looking for, or even just to discover some new ones! Search using romaji, kana, kanji, or English, and add the word directly to your personal word bank from the dictionary. This is our exclusive dictionary that's only available to our students, and you won't find a more complete dictionary anywhere on the web!
Find the meaning of that mysterious kanji character as well as all of the possible readings using our exclusive kanji dictionary with over 6,000 entries. Add kanji that you would like to study to your personal kanji bank directly from the dictionary. This kanji dictionary is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in the world!
Perfect your knowledge of the Hiragana and Katakana scripts using this fun and interactive recognition tool. Match the characters with the readings, and hear native speakers pronounce each sound to aid your own speaking skills. This fun technique will have mastering the kana before you know it!
Keep all of the vocabulary and kanji that you need to revisit and study again in your personal word banks. Add to your banks from the lesson-specific kanji and vocabulary lists, from the flashcards, or from either of the dictionaries. You'll have access to your word banks from anywhere in the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can study and perfect your vocabulary and character recognition whenever it suits you.
The ultimate test of your Japanese language skills, the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, is the Holy Grail for students of the Japanese language, whether the goal is a job in Japan, entrance into a Japanese university, or just to test personal progress. Use these practice tests designed specifically with the JLPT test guidelines in mind to prepare yourself for the real thing, and take them as many times as you need in order to get it right.
The Grammar Bank is a one-stop collection of detailed write-ups covering over one hundred Japanese grammar constructions, and it is growing rapidly. Learn the basic formations, read sample sentences, and study notes that cover the small details which really help you master the construction of the language. These write-ups are key to the proper speech structure that all Japanese students MUST master.
With our "level check," a professionally trained teacher will test all aspects of your Japanese (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and accurately develop a self-study curriculum to maximize your rate of progress. This is an unbelievable benefit that's only available here.
After a thorough level check, we'll design a tailor-made curriculum to suit your needs. We can create the ideal course that will take your progress to the next level. The customized self-study curriculum may be just what you need to get over a hurdle and really master this language fast! Your friends, colleagues, or classmates will want to know your secret!
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