I think that I started learning Japanese in the best possible way.
I started in the 2-3 months just prior to moving to Japan. Without any really good reason or any idea what I was getting myself into, I had applied and gotten hired for a job with the now-defunct NOVA chain of English conversation schools. I thought I should get started learning Japanese, but with no real idea where to get started, I went down to the local Barnes & Noble and looked through the slim offerings available there.
What I ended up buying was a tape set entitled “Learn in Your Car Japanese”. The course followed a simple formula: a reader would say something in Japanese, stop, and then another voice would read the translation. It started out with simple words: “ginkou...
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