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20 / F / United States
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Posted 2/21/12
I have Rosetta Stone and it doesn't really help. I'm not too far in it but..... I'm seeing no progression whatsoever.
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Posted 3/1/12

MelodieLenora wrote:

Also, super cheap and really comprehensive and amazing, easy to understand, fun, quick - "Human Japanese". I think you can get it for as little as $10 depending on the platform you choose (PC, iPad, etc)


They also have a free version available in the Android App Store called "Human Japanese Lite"!! I downloaded it and as soon as I finish it I plan to get the full version; the app is wonderful! I took Japanese I in college, and I have tried to learn by myself a few times with relatively little success. I already knew the hiragana before starting with HJL, but the books I have never really explained word structure as well as Human Japanese Lite does.
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Posted 3/1/12
I use a lot of different sources for learning japanese. I've used pimsleur and human japanese. I find each one has something great to offer in different aspects to the language. Pimsleur really helps with speech and your ability to listen and speak. While Human Japanese seriously helped me with the hiragana, katakana, vocabulary, and most importantly the grammar. I think Human Japanese is an absolutely fantastic product for the price! 10 bucks for that much?!? No brainer to pick it up.

That being said I did get ahold of a copy of rosetta stone japanese, and to be blunt, I love it. My word retention is freaking amazing me. I remember ever word and how to form the sentences and my japanese has improved quite a bit! I'm still using many different sources and it's all adding up quite nicely! Planning to take a japanese course at my college too. Quite excited to see how far I come later on down the line.
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34 / F / U
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Posted 3/2/12
I did not know when I took Japanese that I should have learned the syllabaries first. I was always behind because I just plainly didn't know that half the students already had the hiragana and/or katakana down already! If I took a Japanese college class now I would definitely be better at it than a large portion of the class to start with.

I would definitely try and use Rosetta Stone if I had it, but it is a lot more money than I'm really capable to spend on something right now. I know I could use... other methods... to obtain it, but I really just don't like doing that. That's why I'm here on Crunchyroll. (Stupid morals, getting in the way all the time!!)

Good luck and I hope you do well in your studies!
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38 / M / Tucson
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Posted 3/2/12
I would have to say Pimsleur is my choice. I have both and tend to use Pimsleur over the stone. i end up retaining so much more plus when I'm in my car i can learn as well. I'm going to japan next year and have just started learning the language.
I know i will have to supplement Pimsleur's with something else to expand my vocab. I am looking for any Japanese speakers that want to skype.

Good luck finding the way you want to learn Japanese.
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34 / F / U
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Posted 3/12/12
Finished Human Japanese Lite the other day, and I am absolutely certain the $10 full version is worth it!!!

It would appear that Pimsleur is also fairly expensive; I just don't have that kind of disposable income (unfortunately!) right now.

I'm okay with the slow approach, it's not like I have an imminent trip to Japan or anything, I've never even been on a plane... :)

Good luck to anyone wanting to learn a new language, it really takes time, effort, and dedication!!

I think for the price and convenience of it being a phone app, Human Japanese for the win!!!
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Posted 3/22/12
A waste of money, Ive learned hiragana and katakana in less than a week, i learned just a few phrases in less than a week with Rosetta Stone. I learn a lot more from anime in a few minutes than a full week with Rosetta.
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25 / F / NJ, US
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Posted 3/24/12
I think Rosetta Stone works pretty well, but I seem to have a natural knack for learning language.
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36 / M / Staten Island, NY...
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Posted 3/25/12
I am trying the Pimsleur Japanese Audiobook I downloaded from iTunes. I figure my weekend trips and sitting in traffic on my morning commute should be perfect time to learn.
Posted 3/26/12 , edited 3/26/12
I've have Human Japanese and definitely worth the price. I also have the Japan Times Genki 1 and 2.
Just need to find another person to practice pronunciation, preferably a native speaker, so I am more easily understood when speaking.

For Hiragana and Katakana drills you might try the iKana app.
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36 / M / Staten Island, NY...
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Posted 3/26/12
Pimsleur Japanese Audiobook is frustrating as hell. I keep yelling matte matte matte at it because they don't give you any time to try to say it. I like to think for a second, and that's all they give you when they tell you to try.

Other than that, I did pick up some things that stuck with me all day today.
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