Pimsleur vs Rosetta Stone – Japanese Comparison
Pimsleur vs. Rosetta Stone Japanese Comparison
One of the most difficult languages of the Asian culture to learn and internalize, learning Japanese when it comes to Pimsleur vs Rosetta Stone is a quite the challenge. Where do you start? What do you do? Well first, you buy the damn software or audio, then you start to learn! What’s better though, Pimsleur Method vs. Rosetta Stone? Before I took a sweet trip to Japan (Shibuya has the best shopping! Seriously!), I studied up on both, and I have to say, there is a clear verdict on which program you should get!
Pimsleur Method hasn’t really arisen to meet the popularity of Rosetta Stone, so naturally, I went with the more popular choice. When I booted up Rosetta Stone’s Japanese level I, it was really rough. The first lessons kicked my ass really hard, and it just plainly sucked. After some time getting my ass whooped like no other, it got easier, much easier. In about 2 hours, I was counting in Japanese, and could read a little bit of the script.
Rosetta Stone’s methods of giving you a picture, sound, and written word are excellent in this piece. They’re absolutely fantastic and work SO WELL! I was able to understand some (not all) of the script after several hours of continuous practice and pushing hard. The language is not phonetic like English is, so it takes a lot of time and patience when it comes to learning Japanese. Be warned, the Rosetta Stone program for Japanese is time consuming, and you most likely will not pass the first couple of exercises on the first try. Stay diligent and keep on going with it. You will thank yourself in the end!
The only downside I have with Rosetta Stone is the cost. Rosetta Stone is a lot of money, but thankfully it’s cheaper than community college language classes. It’s a lot of money nonetheless, but if you were to stay extremely diligent and strong with Rosetta Stone when it comes to learning Japanese, then you’ll be alright. Just be prepared to put in a lot of work and practice! Stay diligent and work every day. Don’t skip a day. While the work may seem like a lot, you are actually much better off using Rosetta Stone every day for 30 minutes to an hour rather than do a three hour sprint of Rosetta Stone.
Pimsleur Method is merely speech only, which is its greatest asset, and greatest flaw. With speech only, you get to concentrate on learning how to speak the language and communicate with those around you. The first lesson actually has you ask someone “Excuse me, do you speak English?” so you can get around and not die when you’re sitting in a Tokyo train station. What’s nice about Pimsleur Method is that I can totally learn how to speak in ten days. Each day, I take a thirty minute lesson from my MP3 player. While being awesome and everything, there’s a major flaw…
Pimsleur Method does not teach you how to read! If it weren’t for Rosetta Stone’s 3 methods of content delivery (sound, picture, and word), then I would have been totally lost in reading the signs in Japan, and I probably wouldn’t make it back to my hotel room… Yikes… Thank you Rosetta Stone.
The best part though? Conversation with the locals, eating out, and having just a normal regular conversation was a lot of fun, and incredibly easy! I actually learned MORE by talking to native Japanese speakers than learning from Pimsleur Method (kind of designed into the program I guess! Go figure!). While I enjoyed by time in Japan learning more about the culture, it was more important to have these conversation skills. Too bad it takes me 10 minutes to read a restaurant menu and figure out what I want…
THE VERDICT? Pimsleur vs Rosetta Stone
When it comes to Pimsleur vs Rosetta Stone – hands down, Rosetta Stone wins. While Pimsleur does an absolutely FANTASTIC job with the speech portion, you HAVE to learn how to read the signs. American English is vastly different from Japanese, as the writing is not phonetic (in the least!). therefore, there’s so many more characters and learning them all will take at least a year in Japan, uprooting your life, and living in the city. That’s just too much work and too much trouble just to learn a language!
Rosetta Stone wins because it teaches you some reading and writing while you’re learning how to speak. While the fast pace of Pimsleur and conversations you have are awesome, use Rosetta Stone. I would happily sacrifice some speaking ability in the language to learn how to read the signs back to my hotel room. Even if I have to ask for directions here and there, Rosetta Stone still gives me some knowledge of reading, despite the speaking portion not being so well.