Shadowing: Let's Speak Japanese! (Beginner to Intermediate Level) -w/CD


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Shadowing: Let's Speak Japanese!

(Text below taken from Shadowing: Let's Speak Japanese!)

What is Shadowing?
Shadowing is a form of training that is designed to help improve simultaneous interpretation. However its effectiveness is not limited to this area and with its simple method, beginner students will also gain great value from it. Whilst listening to a flowing conversation, being able to 'shadow' the conversation by repeating immediately afterwards is what we have called the Shadowing learning method.

Why Shadowing?
"I want to be able to speak Japanese easily!", "I want to speak fluently!" We believe that there are many Japanese language students who share these desires. Another opinion that we often hear is, "I understand what people say to me, but I can't speak myself". Shadowing acts as a bridge between understanding what you want to say in your mind and being able to actually say it out loud promptly and fluently. To express this differently, Shadowing is a training method that raises ability from intellectual understanding to practical application. This difference can be compared to knowing the theory of how to swim and actually consciously experiencing how to move your arms and kick your legs in the water.

The results of applying the Shadowing method
1) Shadowing is quite an intensive learning method where you listen and speak at almost exactly the same time. If you practice Shadowing for even a short period of time every day you'll be able to process Japanese at a higher pace and soon you'll be able to practically use and apply the learned dialogues. When learning a new language of course you'll have to learn it's grammar and vocabulary, but generally speaking you'll soon find that

By using the Shadowing learning method, in a very short time you'll become able to process Japanese at a higher speed and also see improvements to your listening and reading skills.

2) Shadowing exercises your ability to pronounce Japanese in the same manner as a native Japanese person. By practicing regularly, your intonation will improve without your being consciously aware of it. It is of course true that if you consciously exercise your intonation then you will notice the effects. However, even without concentrating on your Japanese intonation, significant improvements will be made..

3) By practicing Shadowing every day, your knowledge of vocabulary, expressions and conversations will gradually start to accumulate within your mind. When expressions and words from this accumulated knowledge appear in real life conversations, they will act as a trigger and you will respond promptly and fluently.

These materials are targeted towards beginner and intermediate Japanese language students.

137 pages.

All the kanji in units 1-3 has furigana written above it. In units 4-5 furigana is only written above kanji when it appears for the first time.

65 minute CD included. A transcript of the CD contents is included in the book in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.


Intermediate and advanced-level learners please see: Shadowing: Let's Speak Japanese! (Intermediate to Advanced Level)

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Customer Reviews

Fun and Manageable!

By Brittany

Repetition is key for anything, including a language! Repeat it enough and you remember, just like when you are learning your first language. The CD along with the book help your reading speed, speaking speed, and your retention rate. I recommend this for anyone who knows kana already and is ready to begin the building blocks.

I am not so much in love

By Paul

I am not so much in love with this book and CD. I am at an upper beginner level, and though I started in earnest, working through the first section, things got a lot more difficult quickly. Then again, I have never been very good with scripted lessons. I would rather learn through creating my own sentences out of need. Also, I have been told that my pronunciation is very good, and I have been to Japan a few times (which helps immensely).

Overall, I can't recommend this resource, though other reviews are favorable. Give a thorough look at the examples here and listen to the sample MP3 files above if you are considering purchasing.

Definitely worth it!

By Hansum Pete (S.G)

At first, I was a bit intimidated with this product, because I feared I couldn't follow along at a natural pace. But after practicing with it again and again, my Japanese friends even agreed that my pronunciation was improving! Dedication is key! Definitely worth it!

really very good

By Graeme Hubbard

I honestly can't fault this product.. As with most things you get out what you put in so to get really very good with your Japanese pronunciation AND reading then look no further than this book and CD. Listen all the way through first then in "bite size" graduations build up to the reading and listening THEN start to copy the speaker. One hour a day EVERY day and you will be surprised with how quickly you get used to hearing and reading real Japanese. Shadowing is THE ultimate in learning IMO and I want WRP to have many more products like this. Massive thumbs up from me

excellent !

By Dan McElwee

i've been fluent in Japanese for many years but I still have retained an American accent. A Japanese friend of mine noted that my intonation was incorrect.
This book and CD are excellent as a study aide in learning the proper pronunciation, intonation, and rythm of the Japanese language. The sentences are spoken perfectly naturally, in nichijo kaiwa (everyday conversation) and not in overly formal, textbook style.
I let my Japanese friends listen to the CD, and they all agreed that the speakers talk in clear, precise, and natural Japanese.
This product is great for both beginners and those already fluent as a tool to learn to speak Japanese without a heavy accent.

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