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I have a friend who speaks Japanese and I would like to learn the language with no prior experience. What commercial teaching approach would you consider the best? Pimsleur, Phonics, or something else?

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closed as off topic by Dono, cypher, sawa, gibbon, Chris Harris Jul 18 '12 at 13:18

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Good on you for wanting to learn Japanese, and thanks for joining Japanese Language and Usage. Unfortunately, this question is off-topic, for reasons explained here. There's a post on the meta site on resources for learning Japanese, and you can discuss learning techniques, and anything else within reason, in the chat room, even though it's off-topic here. Feel free to ask other questions on the Japanese Language and Usage web site in the future. Ganbatte! (Don't give up!) –  Andrew Grimm Jul 18 '12 at 12:15
    
I upvoted this question to help get you the required 20 reputation to use chat. (But it's off-topic). –  Andrew Grimm Jul 18 '12 at 12:24
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-1 to counteract the misused upvote. Not that the question is particularly bad. –  user458 Jul 18 '12 at 12:26
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"et al.," is unnecessary as it is a salutation. It would have been edited and removed. –  Chris Harris Jul 18 '12 at 14:59
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careful, phonics is something very easy to get hooked on. –  taylor Jul 19 '12 at 0:45

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