View topic - After Pimsleur (Intermediate audio lessons)
I am a law student beginning my third year of Japanese study at university.
During my commute to school, I have always listened to the excellent Pimsleur lessons to reinforce my written study. I'm about to finish Pimsleur Japanese III and I noticed there is no Pimsleur Japanese IV, so I need to find more advanced audio lessons.
As I've progressed, Pimsleur has gotten really easy, but Japanese audiobooks and radio are still a little fast for me, and I would still prefer educational materials to "general audience" stuff. Does anybody know any intermediate/advanced audio lessons? (Preferably MP3...)
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However, I've tried a few things. The NHK carries 2 radio series called "Basic Japanese for You" and "Brush Up Your Japanese". They're about 10-15 minutes each, and you can get them at http://mp3japan.freenethost.net/ in mp3 format. They're not Pimsleur, but they're better than nothing. I don't know how intermediate/advanced they become; I've only listened to the first few of each series and haven't yet heard anything which hasn't been covered by Pimsleur.
I've listened to the FSI Japanese course a little, but it really seems to depend on the book. Same with other courses: you seem to get about 5-8 minutes of audio which is keyed to a book lesson.
Some recommend using software to rip the audio from Japanese TV shows and listen to the audio. I haven't tried that, but probably will soon.
What I wouldn't give for a Pimsleur Japanese 4. I've toyed with the idea of generating something similar, but you can tell that there's a lot of work behind those little 1/2 hour lessons. They do it so well that it LOOKS easy...
Anyway, if anyone else has uncovered some intermediate/advanced audio lesson gems, I too would be happy to hear about them.
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