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norefund176007
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Just starting Japanese Pod 101

Postby norefund176007 » March 4th, 2013 4:04 am

I'm a little confused on the seasons. Are the seasons designed to each work alone but they are updated with more up to date references and word choice? Or should i always start at season 1 and work my way thru? Any help would be great :). Thank you!

mmmason8967
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Re: Just starting Japanese Pod 101

Postby mmmason8967 » March 4th, 2013 5:48 pm

It's quite common for new members to be confused, so a while back I prepared a "standard answer" for questions asked by new members. I've pasted it in below. Please let me know if it doesn't answer your question.

マイケル

Overview
JapanesePod101 is based around audio lessons that generally last around ten to fifteen minutes. Lessons are grouped into seasons (explained below) and are categorised by Level (also explained below).

Each lesson has a variety of supporting materials including Lesson Notes and Lesson Notes Lite. These PDF files contain exactly the same information: use Lesson Notes Lite if your PDF reader won't display Lesson Notes correctly.

Levels
Lessons are categorised using four levels: Absolute Beginner, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

The Absolute Beginner level contains two sub-levels, Absolute Beginner and Newbie. The main difference is that the Absolute Beginner sub-level is aimed at those who want to learn to say things in Japanese but don't feel ready for detailed grammar explanations.

Seasons
There are several seasons (or series) at each level. You are not expected to work through each season in order! When you have completed between two and four seasons at one level, you will probably feel ready to move up to the next level.

For most seasons there is a summary of the curriculum for that season. You can find the curriculum from the season's home page by clicking on the Explore Curriculum button. The Explore Curriculum button is also available alongside the seasons listed for each level on that level's home page.

Curriculum
Many members like to follow a structured curriculum. For these members there is a sequence of series called Nihongo Doujou.

Newbie S2 --> Newbie S3 --> Beginner S4 --> Beginner S5 --> Beginner S6 --> Lower Intermediate S6

Alternatively, there is another earlier sequence:-

Beginner S1 --> Beginner S2 --> Beginner S3 --> Lower Intermediate S1 --> S2 --> S3 --> S4 --> S5

Writing
You can find out about Japanese writing on the Japanese Writing System page.

The first stage of learning to read and write Japanese is to learn the kana (hiragana and katakana). A very good resource is the Kantan Kana video course.

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community.japanese
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Re: Just starting Japanese Pod 101

Postby community.japanese » March 4th, 2013 8:52 pm

norefund176007-san, マイケルsan,
kon'nichiwa! :D

Wow マイケルsan!! :shock: Thank you VERY much for the brilliant help! :D :kokoro:
norefund176007-san, I believe マイケルsan's comment is perfect and doesn't need more to add from JapanesePod101.com team :mrgreen: Hope you'll find lessons useful and helpful for you! :wink:

Natsuko(奈津子),
Team JapanesePod101.com

norefund176007
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Re: Just starting Japanese Pod 101

Postby norefund176007 » March 5th, 2013 7:18 pm

Very helpful post :). Thank you so much for tanking the time to respond it answers all my questions :).

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Re: Just starting Japanese Pod 101

Postby community.japanese » March 5th, 2013 8:10 pm

norefund176007-san,
this is one of the best things on JapanesePod101.com and about JapanesePod101.com listeners, I guess;
everyone is nice and kind :kokoro:
Right? :wink:

Natsuko(奈津子),
Team JapanesePod101.com

norefund176007
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Re: Just starting Japanese Pod 101

Postby norefund176007 » March 6th, 2013 5:19 am

This has definitely been my experience so far :). Loving this site ^^.

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Re: Just starting Japanese Pod 101

Postby community.japanese » March 7th, 2013 12:20 am

norefund176007-san,
glad to know that!! :D

Natsuko(奈津子),
Team JapanesePod101.com


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