JAPANESE LANGUAGE COURSES FOR KIDS

language advantage brings you the best and most innovative language courses for children to learn Japanese. Get the Japanese language advantage for kids!


01 Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii My Japanese coach

kids-japanese-japanese-coach-nintendo-dsCan’t get your kids off their DS? Well let them learn while they play! This Japanese language game, available on both the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii, teaches you Japanese in small chunks and then introduces tonnes of games to help you practice.
for more information and to buy, browse our Language Advantage Kids shop
 on amazon.co.uk>>
for more information and to buy, browse our Language Advantage Kids store on amazon.com>>

02 carry an electronic Japanese dictionary translator

Fun and colourful, this handheld dictionary will give your kids the Japanese word they are looking for immediately. It will help build their vocabulary, especially when used on location in Japan!
more information and to buy a dictionary translator from Ectaco>>

03 get a Japanese-speaking Language Littles toy doll

kids-japanese-language-littles-dollThese lovely little toy dolls will enchant your child, and will also help them learn the Japanese language while playing – these dolls speak Japanese as well as English! Each Language Little will recite between 25 and 30 phrases with the help of a sound chip in the doll’s tummy – including greetings, numbers, colours and days of the week. Language Littles toy dolls are not currently available on amazon.co.uk.
for more information and to buy, browse our Language Advantage Kids store
 on amazon.com>>

04 Vocabulary Builder Learn Japanese

kids-japanese-vocabulary-builderA CD-ROM for children who are beginning in Japanese.   The speech recognition gives your kids the chance to record their voices and then play them back in a cinema show! Great fun and packed full of games. Over 100 words including colours, numbers, actions and simple sentences.   For ages from 4 to 12 – but popular with adults too!
for more information and to buy, browse our Language Advantage Kids shop
 on amazon.co.uk>>
for more information and to buy, browse our Language Advantage Kids store on amazon.com>>


Other ways to learn Japanese for kids

more Japanese language courses and dictionaries for children on amazon.co.uk>>
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JAPANESE LANGUAGE FILM REVIEWS

Spirited Away (2003)

An independent  language advantage film review by Sarah Carroll

Spirited Away has been heralded as one of the must-see children’s films of all time and is indeed captivating for adults and children alike. It is an animated film (that the Japanese seem to be so good at) with Chihiro, a 10-year old in the centre of the plot. She is moving with her family to a new house and on the way her father takes a detour and they end up going for a walk through a tunnel. What happens on the other side of the tunnel in this new world is the result of an amazing imagination. Chihiro has to give up a lot to survive, even her name. However, it can be a bit intense and edgy though – I watched it with my seven-year old and he covered his eyes at many points. To me, it is a cross between Monsters Inc and Harry Potter, without any comedy. If you look closely at the DVD cover you will get an idea of the types of characters you’ll come across in the film.

On the DVD that we watched, it was a double DVD with the film in the Japanese language but it also had an English language version. If you are watching it with younger kids who don’t speak Japanese, I would go for the English version first as I think the ‘scare’ factor is increased if they can’t understand the words and are instead picking up on every nuance of the music soundtrack as they can’t keep up with subtitles.

Winner of the 2003 Oscar for Best Animated Film and the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. It has been the most successful film release ever in Japan.

The Director of the film is Hayao Miyazaki, who also directed Princess Mononoke. In Japanese with English subtitles. Some DVDs in English.

To buy  Spirited  Away  and other  Japanese language films>>
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Princess Mononoke (2001)

An independent  language advantage film review by Sarah Maddocks

The film is set in ancient Japan; the story begins with a Curse God approaching a small village and destroying everything that gets in its way. Prince Ashitaka (Billy Crudup) rides out to stop the God and he succeeds in killing it. The God puts a curse on him, which will eventually kill him. The village wise woman tells Ashitaka that he must travel west and find the Forest Spirit who is his only hope for survival. The film portrays his trek to find the Forest Spirit and the encounters he finds along the way.

On his travels the Prince becomes friends with a monk (Billy Bob Thornton) and he comes to the edge of a forest where Lady Eboshi (Minnie Driver) has built a village with a large ironworks. With the creation of her village she has caused a lot of animals to die, leading to near extinction. The animal gods of the forest begin attacking humans who come too near to them and who pose a threat. This is where we meet Princess Mononoke (Claire Danes) who is fighting alongside the animals and will stop at nothing to kill Eboshi.

Princess Mononoke is a Disney film, but when watching it you would not think so. Yes, there is a prince and a princess and of course the moral of man vesus nature but that is as far as the traditional story tale from Disney goes. The film has violent images and a lot of bloodshed, but this helps to tell the story. The visual images of the film are fantastic and Miyazaki really is a genius when it comes to directing. If you enjoyed Spirited Away you will definitely enjoy Princess Mononoke.

Language is Japanese with English subtitles.

To buy  Princess Mononoke  and other  Japanese language films>>

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Akira (1987)

An independent  language advantage film review by Sarah Maddocks

Akira is a Japanese animation. Directed and written by Katsuhiro Otomo, Akira begins on July 16 1988. What seems to be an atomic bomb is dropped on Tokyo, completely destroying the city and WW3 begins. We are taken 31 years later to Neo-Tokyo (a city risen from the ruins of old Tokyo). The city is experiencing problems caused by biker gangs. Tetsuo, a member of a bike gang has a near accident with a young boy. The military capture both the young boy and Tetsuo. They discover that Tetsuo has a psychic ability.

Tetsuo is then used as a test subject to find Akira (the cause of the explosion that destroyed Tokyo in 1988). The military’s plan to find Akira using Tetsuo backfires and Tetsuo becomes a medium for Akira. Tetsuo has incredible powers and begins to go on a rampage that leads to violent and bloody death, nearly destroys Neo Tokyo, and reveals Akira’s secrets which have been buried for over 30 years.

Akira is a fantastic visual film. It verges on a little too much violence at times but this only adds to the impact of the film. Even though it is an animation Akira shows a scary future which is very real. The characters are so well thought out that you cannot help but feel for them even though they are animated. This film is a must although I would not recommend it for children as it is anything but a Disney film. It is very graphic and violent and there are brief scenes of nudity during the film.

A Japanese animation with English subtitles.

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The Oscars 2009

The 81st Annual Academy Awards ® were held on Sunday 22nd February 2009 in Hollywood.   The Oscars ® reached film fans in over 100 countries. The lower-budget, but highly-acclaimed film Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle, won many Oscars ®, including for the Best Picture.   It is in the English, Urdu and Hindi languages. [Read more…]

TEACH YOURSELF JAPANESE CONVERSATION REVIEW

teach-yourself-japanese-conversationAn independent language course review by Sarah Maddocks

Teach yourself Japanese Conversation is a 3-hour, 3 CD, all-audio language course which is aimed at complete beginners or people who want to refresh their Japanese. Don’t even think about trying to do the course all in one go – it would be near impossible not to mention brain frazzling!

The CDs follow a couple called Chris and Sarah (I know, original names!) whilst visiting an ex-colleague in Japan. The idea of the CD is to learn the language through 20 conversations that Chris & Sarah have with native speakers. The course is accompanied by a booklet containing transcripts of the conversations; the key vocabulary is in bold.

The content of the CDs differ. CD1 & CD2 have 10 real-life conversations about things that you’d be doing on a weekend break or a short holiday or business visit to the country. For each conversation, there are two dialogues in three sections: the first section is listen and repeat, the second section is using the language in context and the final section is practising the conversation again. The CD3 is a recap session and gives you lots more real-life conversations.

When I first started listening to CD1, the first thought that sprang into my mind was ‘why on earth had I decided to even attempt to learn Japanese’. I stupidly (stupidly as in for future reference don’t do this) made the mistake of opening the booklet before I pressed play and thought I was way out of my depth. Still, I carried on and am glad I did. From the start I knew I had made the right decision with this course. The narrator is not irritatingly bland like on some courses – in fact quite the opposite as she is reassuring and easy to listen to.

The fab thing about the CDs is they are repetitive (in a good way) and the narrator often advises you to pause the CD which is easy to do. Throughout the sections some basic grammar rules are explained, as well as when to use and when not to use certain constructions.

CD2 continues on from CD1 and the level remains the same throughout, which is great as it doesn’t progress too fast or too slow (in other words just right).

CD3 is what would be called the revision CD. All the conversations in the booklet are replayed at normal speed and then a different version is played, with a kind of question time at the start. I found this a great way of recapping and actually testing what I had learnt (seeing as in the past I think I have mastered a self-study tape but in actual fact I really have no idea about the language!).

The booklet offers explanations of what to do in certain cultural situations. This is particularly handy if you go to Japan. The last thing you’d want to do is blow your nose, offend the whole room and have no idea why!

This 3-hour course is absolutely fabulous (excuse the quote from the television programme!). To me it seemed like a great 3-hour exam preparation course. Instead of boring me slightly (GCSE German memories flooding back!), it was very entertaining and made me feel that I would be able to handle myself in any one of the situations played out in the conversations and more importantly understand what was being said back to me.

I especially recommend this to people who have done language courses before and found them dull and uninteresting, as this is completely different. You actually come out of this course with a real sense of achievement.

I would recommend this to everyone who wants to learn a more adventurous language and who isn’t scared of challenges along the way. I especially recommend this to people who have done language courses before and found them dull and uninteresting, as this is completely different. You actually come out of this course with a real sense of achievement and a feeling that you could now go to Japan and find the train station, and more importantly order a beer and a sake!!!

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Michel Thomas Language Courses Are Still The Best

After all these years, the extended range of Michel Thomas audio-only language courses still makes Michel Thomas one of our bestselling language courses all  around the world.   Millions of people have learnt a new language with Michel Thomas where other language courses have failed them.   [Read more…]

JAPANESE LANGUAGE MOVIES

Take a look at our selection of Japanese language films, read our film reviews and let the movies motivate you to get the Japanese language advantage.

We’ve picked a selection of our top Japanese foreign language movies.  It’ll help you to get more familiar with the Japanese language and  is a great way to appreciate the culture from various Japanese-speaking countries.


Japanese Language Films and Movies

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film title year buy from amazon.com buy from amazon.co.uk
Departures (2008) DVD               blu-ray DVD               blu-ray
Genghis Khan-To the ends of the earth and sea (2007) DVD               blu-ray DVD
Paprika (2006) DVD               blu-ray DVD               blu-ray
Appleseed (2004) DVD               blu-ray DVD               blu-ray
The Twilight Samurai (2004) DVD DVD
Only Yesterday   DVD DVD
Tekkonkinkreet   DVD               blu-ray DVD               blu-ray
Little Norse Prince   not available DVD
Spirited Away
Sen To Chihiro Kamikakushi
(2003) DVD               blu-ray DVD                 
The Cat Returns (2002) DVD DVD  
Battle Royale (2001) DVD               blu-ray DVD               blu-ray  
Read or Die (2001) DVD DVD  
Audition (1999) DVD               blu-ray DVD  
Princess Mononoke (1997) DVD               blu-ray DVD
The Pillow Book (1997) DVD DVD  
Porco Rosso (1992) DVD DVD  
Akira (1987) DVD               blu-ray DVD              blu-ray
Ran (1985) DVD               blu-ray DVD              blu-ray  
Nausicaa Valley of the wind (1985) DVD DVD              blu-ray  
Kagemusha (1980) DVD               blu-ray DVD  
Yojimbo (1961) DVD               blu-ray DVD  
Seven Samurai (1954) DVD               blu-ray DVD              blu-ray  
Rashomon (1950) DVD               blu-ray DVD  
  More Japanese language films on DVD from amazon.com
More Japanese language films on DVD from amazon.co.uk
 

Read our Japanese language film and movie reviews>>


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World Cinema

Watching a foreign language movie is a great way to learn a new language, improve existing language skills and to find out about a foreign country and its culture. Buy a DVD in a foreign language and you can choose both the language you watch in and the language of the subtitles. You’ll be amazed at how much you can already understand. Film is a great language learning resource and makes a great gift too. Motivate yourself with a movie!


Our top 10 foreign language films

01 Downfall German
02 House of the Flying Dagger Chinese
03 Motorcycle Diaries Spanish
04 Amelie French
05 Il Postino Italian
06 Life is Beautiful Italian
07 Y Tu Mama Tambien Spanish
08 Delicatessen French
09 Spirited Away Japanese
10 Manon des Sources French


Foreign language movies by language

We have selected the most popular foreign language movies for you:

Chinese language movies
English language movies
French language movies
German language movies
Hindi language movies
Italian language movies
Japanese language movies
Spanish language movies
Other foreign language movies


Foreign language film reviews

This is where we tell you what we really think about foreign language films on language advantage! We’ve picked out a selection of our favourite foreign language movies and written a short review of each. They are all very different, but excellent viewing – and of course will motivate you to get the language advantage.

Chinese language film reviews
French language film reviews
German language film reviews
Hindi language film reviews
Italian language film reviews
Japanese language film reviews
Spanish language film reviews
Film reviews in other languages


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Teach Yourself Conversation

Are you lost for words when speaking a language?
Picture the scene: You’ve arrived at the airport in Spain, excitedly clutching your suitcase and sun hat, when you ask an airport official in your best phrasebook Spanish where the taxi rank is. It seems to work as he replies straightaway …… but that’s where the conversation ends!

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COURSE REVIEWS

This is where we tell you what we really think about the language and culture courses on language advantage!

We have reviewed the best and most innovative language courses on language advantage. And we invite you to do the same. So now you’ll know what you’re really buying – from independent people that have actually done the language courses … and love learning languages! If you would like to send in a review, or find out more about any of the courses we feature on language advantage, contact us now!


think french july 2012 issueThink French online audio language magazine>>

An independent language advantage course review by Ali Gibbs – Brighton, UK

The Think French online audio language magazine is more than a simple French language course – it is designed to help you to learn French while teaching you about life and culture in French-speaking countries.  It is a much more current and engaging approach to learning French for intermediate and advanced learners, and even beginners. …>>

Read Ali’s review of the Think French online audio language magazine now>>


Michel Thomas Start Greek and Michel Thomas Start Spanish>>

michel thomas method start spanishAn independent language advantage course review by Sue Gooch and Andy Dunhill – UK

Andy Dunhill from Huddersfield, UK and Sue Gooch from London, UK both took on our request to review a Michel Thomas Start language course. Andy tried the Michel Thomas Start Spanish course and Sue tried her hand at the Michel Thomas Start Greek course. Both are interested in learning languages for different reasons. We introduced them to the Michel Thomas Start language course and both had very different things to say about their particular course.

Read Sue’s review of the Michel Thomas Start Greek language course now>>

Read Andy’s review of the Michel Thomas Start Spanish language course now>>


Think Spanish online audio language magazine>>

think spanish november 2011An independent language advantage course review by Rosemarie Goonewardene – Indiana, USA

I became interested in learning Spanish when I wanted to visit friends in Mexico.  My first attempt was a Spanish beginner’s class covering a few topics related to travel. Some time later, I took a couple of traditional Spanish classes, but the main emphasis was on grammar and there wasn’t much conversation practice. I looked at various Spanish language text books and found many of them confusing, although I did find listening to the accompanying tapes helpful.

Read Rosemarie’s review of Think Spanish online audio language magazine now>>


Other independent language course reviews:

BBC Buongiorno Italia>>
BBC Get Into Spanish>>
BBC Hindi Urdu Bol Chaal>>
BBC Quickstart Spanish>>
BBC Steps Online>>
BBC Suenos World Spanish 1>>
BBC Suenos World Spanish 2>>
BBC Talk Portuguese Online>>


Don Quijote Spanish Course in Córdoba, Argentina >>


Don Quijote Spanish Course in Salamanca, Spain >>


Earworms iPod & MP3 Rapid French Volume 1>>
Earworms iPod & MP3 Rapid French Volume 2>>


Michel Thomas French 2-hour Course>>
Michel Thomas German 8-hour Course>>
Michel Thomas Italian Language Builder>>
Michel Thomas Spanish Language Builder>>

Michel Thomas Start Greek>>

Michel Thomas Start Spanish>>
Michel Thomas Advanced Spanish>>


Pimsleur Quick & Simple Mandarin Chinese>>


Teach Yourself Instant German>>
Teach Yourself Instant Greek>>
Teach Yourself Instant Italian>>
Teach Yourself Italian Grammar and Italian Verbs>>
Teach Yourself Japanese Conversation>>
Teach Yourself One-day Greek>>


Think French online audio language magazine by Andrea Lainé>>

Think French online audio language magazine by Ali Gibbs>>


Think Italian online audio language magazine  by Andrea Lainé>>


Think Spanish online audio language magazine  by Andrea Lainé>>

Think Spanish online audio language magazine by Rosemarie Goonewardene>>


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LEARN BUSINESS JAPANESE

language advantage brings you with the best and most innovative language courses in Business Japanese. Get the Japanese language advantage for your business and claim your competitive advantage!


01 Teach Yourself Business Japanese

teach-yourself-business-japaneseThe most up-to-date business Japanese language course in the world. Learn with realistic business situations and business articles on an audio CD, and follow along in the accompanying booklet which contains the transcripts and a glossary. You can even download it to your iPod or your MP3 player. Also learn about the Japanese business culture around the world in the Teach Yourself Business Japanese Culture Book. It is written by Sarah Carroll, founder of www.languageadvantage.com.
for more information and to buy Teach Yourself Business Japanese, browse our Language Advantage Business shop on amazon.co.uk>>
for more information and to buy Teach Yourself Business Japanese, browse our Language Advantage Business store on amazon.com>>

02 Eurotalk Business Japanese CD-ROM

eurotalk-talk-business-japaneseThis language course for Business Japanese is on CD-ROM software for both Windows and Mac. Topics covered include business meetings, trading, IT,  advertising, negotations and  banking. Perfect to take on your business trip with you and to improve your language skills as you travel.
for more information and to buy Eurotalk Business Japanese, browse our Language Advantage Business shop on amazon.co.uk>>
for more information and to buy Eurotalk Business Japanese, browse our Language Advantage Business store on amazon.com>>

03 Japanese Business Dictionary

When preparing a sales pitch or product presentation, you need to be sure that you have the technical language correct. Invest in a business dictionary to make sure your language skills are in the best possible condition!
for more information and to buy a Japanese Business Dictionary, browse our Language Advantage Business shop on amazon.co.uk>>
for more information and to buy a Japanese Business Dictionary, browse our Language Advantage Business store on amazon.com>>

04 Electronic Japanese Dictionary and Japanese Translator

It is impossible to carry a heavy Japanese dictionary with you when you are travelling on business, so why not take a handheld electronic Japanese dictionary or translator with you. For those of you that love gadgets, get a speaking Japanese dictionary and translator, which is very cool as well as very useful. It will be a great talking point in your meetings!
for more information and to buy Electronic Japanese Dictionaries & Translators, browse Ectaco [UK]>>
for more information and to buy Electronic Japanese Dictionaries & Translators, browse Ectaco [USA]>>

05 Business Japanese Course Abroad

The best way to learn a language is to study in the country where the language is spoken. Travel to tokyo to learn Business Japanese – and even get some work experience in a Japanese-speaking company.
for more information about Business Japanese Language Courses Abroad>>


browse more Business Japanese language courses on amazon.co.uk>>
browse more Business Japanese language courses on amazon.com>>


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