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WHAT YOU'LL DISCOVER
Here are some of the things you'll discover in the Rocket Japanese package:
- Track 1) Introduction & Greetings [14 min] - In this introductory lesson, Kenny and Sayaka take first things first. You learn how to greet someone and say hello at all different times of the day (it's important to use the right greeting at the right time in Japanese culture!). You'll also find out why, how, and when to use the expression "san" after a name, and you'll get a crash course on counting to boot!
- Track 2) Basic Introductions [28 min] - In this next lesson you find out how to ask how someone else is doing and reply in turn. You'll learn how to ask someone what their name is, where they are from, and some essential pleasantries by way of saying it was a pleasure to meet someone! In this lesson, you also find out about the honorific "O" in the Japanese language, the all-important linking verb (or "copula") desu, and we outline the four basic verb forms in Japanese. Japanese grammar is definitely … well, foreign when it comes to grammar compared to English. But it's easy if you take it in logical steps!
- Track 3) Tea Time [17 min] - The first of our very refreshing lessons, "Tea Time" takes you to the counter to order a piping hot Japanese tea. But not so fast... you'll have to learn a few things about money and asking for what you want or need in Japanese first!
- Track 4) At the Sushi Bar [20 min] - We got hungry by the fourth lesson and decided it was time to indulge in that most popular of Japanese foods: SUSHI! Where would we be without sushi? Anyway, in addition to raw fish, you'll come away from this lesson with the ability to say what you like and don't like, and you'll be able to use the common "Shall we" phrase to suggest an invitation to go do something, like: Shall we go and eat sushi tonight? (Konya o sushi tabe ni iki mashō ka).
- Track 5) Survival Phrases [30 min] - Everybody needs survival phrases when they learn a new language, and we'll come to your rescue in this lesson with a few ways to manage a conversation that is going too fast, or might just be a little too advanced for you in the early days. Not only that, we'll leave you with a handy compliment that you can use to pay the utmost respect to your Japanese host, and get a smile out of them at the same time. This lesson is also your first encounter with the common way to express continuing action in Japanese (kind of like our verbs ending in -ing in English).
- Track 6) Getting Around Kyoto [24 min] - In this lesson, we welcome you to your first experience with public transportation in Japan! But not to fear, you've got an excellent guide in Sayaka Matsuura, and she will show you how to get to Kyoto train station with all your limbs - and all your sanity - fully intact! You'll also find out how to say "excuse me" in Japanese, learn words for "this" and "that," and discover those strange but fundamental little words in Japanese grammar we call "particles."
- Track 7) The Perfect Tourist [23 min] - In this lesson we get to relax in the role of tourist. Kenny gets a brochure from the tourist information desk and finds out that he can take photos wherever he likes. Even better, he figures out how to ask where a bathroom is before it's too late! In the process, you find out how to offer things and how to ask permission and stay on the right side of Japanese cultural etiquette as you go.
- Track 8) In for the Night [21 min] - Getting tired of all this Japanese stuff? How about a rest? In this lesson, you learn how book the room of your choice. And you find out about words and phrases for all sorts of accommodation options in Japan, from the magnificently traditional to the unremarkably Western!
- Track 9) Catching a Ride [26 min] - This lesson marks a chance meeting between the naive Western tourist (played by Kenny) and a stunning Japanese fashion designer from Tokyo (played by Sayaka). You'll get a first-hand exchange that not only succeeds in breaking the ice, but also a shared taxi fare to the city! In this audio lesson, you also get a gentle introduction to the three character sets that make up written Japanese: kanji, hiragana, and katakana.
- Track 10) Visiting History [26 min] - Another great lesson for prospective tourists, in "Visiting History" we plan out a trip to an amazing temple in the historic section of the city of Nara. The temple is "big" and "famous," so we'll need to learn how to say these words along with a host of other adjectives that we'll pick up alongside our dialogue for the day.
- Track 11) Above it All (at Mt. Fuji) [27 min] - This is the first lesson in the third part of the Interactive Audio Course devoted to Japanese Nightlife. It is also one of our favorite lessons, because before we hit the town we take an impromptu trip up one of the most recognizable mountains in the world - Mt. Fuji!
- Track 12) A Taste for Sake [31 min] - This lesson marks the beginning of the end for our night time revelry. We have a quick debate about sake of the hot or cold variety, then proceed to test our preferences with several rounds of the stuff. Even if you've never tried Japanese rice wine, you'll emerge from this lesson with a mouthful of Japanese words to suit any drinking occasion.
- Track 13) At the Night Club [24 min] - After fueling our desire to do some dancing at the sake bar, we head out to the nightclub, where Kenny proceeds to embarrass the life out of Sayaka by doing his rendition of an outdated 80's dance number. You'll gather some indispensable vocabulary from this lesson, including the verb for "to dance," the word for "free," and the word for "really" (hontō) as in, "Are you REALLY going to dance the Macarena??"
- Track 14) Moonlit Gardens [33 min] - Easily the most romantic of the Rocket Japanese audio lessons, "Moonlit Gardens" takes Kenny and Sayaka on a stroll through a traditional Japanese garden, and you get to learn all the essential words for directions in the process. You also learn important verbs including "to know" and "to seem" during their starry-eyed journey.
- Track 15) It Ends with Karaoke [26 min] - Despite Sayaka's total exhaustion from the day's events, Kenny and his liquid courage convince Sayaka to join him for a round of ... what else? Karaoke!!! Don't miss this lesson, which is chock full of pronunciation practice and fun!
- Track 16) To the Pharmacy [29 min] - This lesson is the first in Part 4 of the course dedicated to arts and culture in Japan. Before we get cultural, however, Kenny and Sayaka discuss the prospect of taking a trip to the pharmacy for a sore stomach and head. Go figure! You'll learn the words for "this," "that," "these," and "those," and find out how to say that your head, stomach, or any part of your body is not quite right.
- Track 17) What are You Reading? [30 min] - Manga comics are one of the great staples of Japanese popular literature, and that's why we included a whole lesson on the topic. You'll enjoy this lesson - not only do you find out how to hold another conversation in Japanese, you'll find out how to crack a few jokes as well!
- Track 18) Sporting Conversation (1st Half) [20 min] - Talking about sports is a great way to make friends in a different country, and soccer is always a hot topic in Japan. This lesson is in two "halves": in the first half you find out about Sayaka's very own soccer playing experience.
- Track 19) Sporting Conversation (2nd Half) [21 min] - In the second half of our sporting conversation, you find out who Sayaka's favorite player is (and the real reason she's so fond of him! Both halves of this dialogue are action-packed with common words and phrases that you can use during your day out at the game!
- Track 20) Kabuki Time [30 min] - This final lesson in the arts and culture section is an exploration of traditional Japanese theater - kabuki. You'll find out how to say all sorts of expressions for things that you wear - that is, after we can get Kenny off the couch and out of the house.
- Track 21) At the Dinner Table [25 min] - Does the prospect of having dinner at the house of a Japanese host make you a little nervous? Fear not. In this first lesson of Part 5 on "family and friends," you'll learn everything you need to know about exactly what to say before, during, and after a meal when you're the guest at a Japanese house.
- Track 22) Relationship Advice [29 min] - In this lesson, Sayaka shows Kenny that he can lean on her, when he needs a hand - with some relationship advice in particular. Meanwhile, you learn how to ask someone for a favor in Japanese, and also some key vocabulary words when it comes to men and women.
- Track 23) Homesick [26 min] - In this lesson poor Kenny is struck with an acute bout of homesickness but you emerge with the addition of "giving and receiving" verbs to your Japanese-speaking ability, along with some simple words that you can use to lighten the mood at just the right time!
- Track 24) At the Post Office [27 min] - After this lesson, you'll be able to go to any post office in Japan with absolute confidence and the power to actually post something! You also get a quick culture class on bonsai trees. What's the connection between the post office and bonsai trees? Listen to this lesson and you'll find out.
- Track 25) Ultra-Formal Introductions [22 min] - Part 6 of the Rocket Japanese Interactive Audio Course is designed to be a self-contained series of lessons on how to communicate in a Japanese business environment. But even if you're not traveling to Japan on business, you'll still find these lessons incredibly useful as an introduction to the most formal level of Japanese address, or keigo. The purpose of these few lessons is to teach you ultra-formal Japanese conversations. But that doesn't mean that the lessons themselves are ultra-serious! In fact, we have staged a series of business exchanges between a chief executive of Ford Motor Company (played by Kenny) and a chief executive of Toyota (played by Sayaka)! So… please accept our formal invitation to learn formal Japanese (Dōzo, yoroshiku onegai itashi masu).
- Track 26) Gift Giving [30 min] - In this lesson you'll see first hand how to properly give and receive gifts in Japanese culture and exactly what to say during the exchange - even when that involves giving an American truck to the CEO of a Japanese car company!
- Track 27) Company Call [33 min] - In this lesson, we simulate a full phone conversation in which Mr. Kenny Squire of Ford is trying to set up a very important meeting with Ms. Sayaka Matsuura of Toyota - I wonder what it could possibly be about...
- Track 28) Confirming the Meeting [28 min] - In this lesson, the meeting is confirmed, and super formal compliments fly from all angles. After this lesson, you'll definitely be ready to get down to business!
- Track 29) Farewell (Kanpai)! [27 min] - Despite this being the sad goodbye lesson from Rocket Japanese, this track is without a doubt the most special in the course. Not only do you learn the perfect way to bid farewell in Japanese, you also get a wonderful surprise that we can tell you involves a classic Japanese song, someone named Sayaka, and a six-string guitar…
- Track 30) All Conversations Track [18 min] - We've assembled all of the conversations in the Rocket Japanese Interactive Audio Course into one lesson, so you can sit back, relax, and immerse yourself in spoken Japanese. Talk about making things easy...
- Track 31) Rocket Review Track [25 min] - As we're fond of saying here at Rocket Languages, you often have to go back to go forward. So whenever you're ready to go back to review the words and phrases you learned in each of the audio lessons, we've compiled all of the Rocket Review into one tidy track! Enjoy it!!
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