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Top 10 Anime to Help You Learn Japanese

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Japanese anime is very popular around the world. So popular that many people decide to learn Japanese because of their love for their favorite anime shows.

Top 10 Anime to Help You Learn Japanese

But one problem with learning Japanese through anime is the kind of Japanese you’ll absorb this way. The characters in anime live in their own universe, where everyone tends to use slang, casual language, informal pronouns and even made-up words. It’s very easy to spot people who learned Japanese exclusively through anime – you’ll see 20-year-old boys talking like 10-year-old kawaii girls, or 20-year-old girls talking like yakuza, for example! Needless to say, native Japanese speakers may not take them seriously!

Despite this, it can actually be useful to incorporate anime into your language learning routine.

Anime has a lot to offer to Japanese students on every level:

1. It helps you practice your listening skills. Listening skill are of course closely related to pronunciation.

2. It gives you more than just a glimpse into Japanese culture and modern day pop-culture.
Cultural references are absolutely vital to learning any new language, and anime is deeply rooted in Japanese culture. People will throw anime references into their casual, polite and even business conversations.

3. Just as importantly, catching up on your favorite shows is a great and fun way to take a break from your ordinary language learning routine.

Anime is a great learning tool because it’s fun and there is a lot of it. In fact, there’s anime for everyone: romance, action, adventure, horror, comedy, sports, historical – basically in any genre you can think of.

As long as you don’t lose sight of your ultimate Japanese language goal – to speak fluently and properly in any situation – anime definitely has a place in your language learning routine.

We’ve listed some fun anime series you can get into and improve your Japanese. We tried to pick easy to understand shows that use everyday language. Hopefully these will give you some good jumping off points. But remember: this is just a partial list, and there really is an anime for everyone. If you don’t like the series we listed below, you can easily find a different one!

What Lessons Would Suit for Me Before Traveling to Another Country?

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

What lessons would suite for me before traveling to another country?

Hello Listener,

Are you already planning to go on a trip to another country? Don’t let the language barrier ruin your vacation. Find languages lessons that would suit for you!

What type of traveler are you?

  • A. I study important phrases in the target language. >> Click here!
  • B. I just take an app or a book containing travel phrases. >> Click here!
  • C. I prepare nothing, just enjoy my experience. >> Click here!
  • D. My answer is not here. >>Click here!

To Traveling The World,
Team InnovativeLanguage.com

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in 31 Languages. Is Yours Here?

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

New Year’s Resolution

Hello Listener,

What’s your New Year’s Resolution for 2016? Learn more languages? Save money? Read more books? Can you tell us in the language you’re learning?

We asked our listeners on Facebook what their resolutions were and here are the Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions based on the responses. 52% of our listeners chose saving money. Is yours on the list?

This phrase list will take you 3 minutes and you’ll be able to say what your New Year’s Resolution is. If yours isn’t on there, leave us a comment!

Learn The Top 10 Resolutions in 31 languages:

Here are some handy ways you can master the phrases with this lesson:

  • Press the sound icon to hear each phrase and read along
  • Review all phrases in a slideshow by pressing “View Slideshow”
  • Listen to all the phrases in one lesson with “Play Audio”
  • Add the phrases to your Word Bank or Flashcards
  • Print the entire list out for your personal review
  • Leave us a comment in Japanese for practice – we read them all!

Speak and master your target language with 100s of audio and video lessons made by real teachers. Click on “Browse Lessons” in the top menu to access our massive library. Just start, we’ll do the teaching and you’ll start speaking minutes into your first lesson.

Happy New Year!

Team InnovativeLanguage.com

New App Update! All 31 Innovative Language Sites Now On Your iPhone/iPad!

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Hi there Listeners,

Want to take all of your favorite language lessons on the go? As in, take the entire learning system and learn anywhere on your iPhone or iPad? With the Innovative Language 101 App, you can. So far, only our JapanesePod101 listeners have had exclusive access to this app.

Until now. We’ve updated the app and….

All 31 Innovative Languages, from ArabicPod101 to VietnamesePod101, are now available on the Innovative Language 101 App!

What does this mean for you? It means you can learn 31 languages with our advanced learning system anywhere you go. Simply download the app for FREE, choose the language and use your current account details to log in.

Click here to download Innovative Language 101 for FREE!

Get Complete Access with Innovative Language Learning 101

Since most of you are already swiping and tapping on smartphones all day long, it makes sense to extend your access across different devices.

With the Innovative Language Learning 101 App, you can study on your iPhone on the go with Lessons, Lesson Notes, Progress Tracking and Premium Tools, then switch to your computer and continue. All your progress is saved through magic we won’t bore you with.

The App itself is free to download on the iTunes App Store. If you’re already a Free, Basic, Premium or Premium PLUS member, get the app and hop into your account. You’ve got instant access starting NOW.

What’s Inside The Innovative Language Learning 101 App:

  • New Users - Try It Free: Start your 7-Day Free Trial today! 7-Day Free Premium Trial for new users with easy registration sign up and easy in-app upgrading
  • Existing Users - Sign In Now: Convenient Basic and Premium login and profile access for existing Innovative Language listeners
  • Download Manager for Offline Study: Hands down, the easiest way to listen on the go! Download any lesson you have access to with your account and listen offline from your Library
  • Upgrade In-App with your iTunes Accounts: This is upgrading made easy. In-App purchasing of Basic, Premium and Mobile-only subscriptions available
  • Full Language Library: New and archived audio and video lesson access covering the Absolute Beginner to Advanced levels
  • Innovative Lesson Tools: You get PDF notes, Line-By-Line Transcripts and Vocabulary Lists with audio (Requires active 7-Day Free Trial, Basic or Premium Account) Mobile-only users also have access to these features.
  • Multiple Playback Options: Stream lessons over or download an entire series to study offline, on your own time
  • Fully Integrated Learning System: Your lesson progress is synced between our websites and the app so you never lose momentum
  • Personalized Learning: Curate your own learning plan in My Library. You pick and choose the lessons you want to study
  • iCloud Sync: Never lose your progress. If you close a lesson, you can return and continue where you left off in the lesson with iCloud Syncing
  • Exclusive Discounted In-App Subscription upgrades for mobile users
  • Quick Customer Care: Easily report feedback and errors and contact our friendly customer support team from within the app

Android User? Stay tuned! There’s an Android version in the works that will be based on the iOS App.

In the meantime, let us know what you think! Download the app and start learning with our fully integrated system. Feel free to send us your feedback, suggestions, and of course, report the bugs!

Click here to download the Innovative Language Learning 101 App for FREE!

To your fluency,
Team Innovative Language

P.S. Learn 31 Languages with the Innovative Language 101 App! Choose from any of our 31 Innovative Language sites and take your language learning on the go!

You Wanted To Learn A New Language in 2014? Try Czech & Danish

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Hi listeners!

Looking for a new language to study? We’ve just added 2 new languages sites to the Innovative Language family which bring us to a total of 31 languages that you can learn the fast, fun and easy way! 

What are they? Based on user requests, we’ve launched Czech and Danish.

Czech, believe it or not, used to be called “Bohemian” until sometime in the 19th century. It’s the official language of the Czech Republic, one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. And like all Slavic languages, Czech has a reputation for having lots of consonants clustered together. But don’t let that scare you away. Czech uses the Latin script, which makes it easier to learn than a character-based language like Russian. And it’s not too far from Russian either, so learning either language will give you a huge advantage with the other!

Click here to sign up & take your first lesson at CzechClass101!
Click here to sign up & take your first lesson at CzechClass101!

Danish is a Scandinavian language and will be easy for any English speaker. Worrying about the alphabet? No need. The Danish Alphabet also uses the Latin script plus three additional letters, Æ, Ø, and Å. Danish is spoken by over 5.5 million people and Denmark is consistently rated as one of the happiest countries on Earth. So, if you’re looking to visit Denmark, make sure to drop by DanishClass101.com and take your first lesson!

Click here to sign up & take your first lesson at DanishClass101!
Click here to sign up & take your first lesson at DanishClass101!

P.S. Join the Founding Fathers Club and learn Czech or Danish at 50% OFF for life! The Founding Fathers Club is a lifetime 50% discount exclusively for early adopters - more specifically, the first 101 subscribers per site. Learn for as low as $2/month for Basic or $5/month for Premium. The price will always be the same, even when the deal is gone. And the deal is gone once the first 101 spots are taken.

101 Spots! Click here to get 50% OFF for life at CzechClass101.com!

101 Spots! Click here to get 50% OFF for life at DanishClass101.com!

Perfect Your Pronunciation with the Improved Voice Recording Tool!

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Hi there listeners,

You’re regularly exposed to native speakers and conversations in our lessons. But do you actively practice pronunciation and the proper accent?

If not, now’s the time to start. How would you do it?

Simply listening and repeating speakers isn’t enough. You need to hear how you actually sound as opposed to how you think you sound .

So, naturally, recording and comparing yourself is one of the best ways of knowing how close your language is to that of a native speaker.

In fact, you can start doing this with your lessons on any of our 101 language sites.

We’ve upgraded & re-added the Voice Recording Tool into your lesson pages. If you’re a Premium member, you’ll find the Voice Recorder in the Line-by-Line Audio under “Lesson Materials.”

For each and every lesson, you can use the Voice Recording Tool in conjunction with the Line-by-Line Audio to…

  • Listen to the conversation, line by line, and hear the native speakers’ version
  • Record yourself after hearing the native speaker
  • Playback your version to hear your pronunciation and compare
  • BONUS: Playback both (the native version and yours) simultaneously to hear how close you are

  • (sample screenshot taken from JapanesePod101.com)

    To Access The Voice Recorder, visit any lesson and click on (2) Lesson Materials. In the Line-by-Line Audio Tab, you’ll see a microphone by each individual line of the conversation.


    (sample screenshot taken from JapanesePod101.com))

    Click on the microphone icon to load the Voice Recorder for that specific line to hear the native speaker. Then, press the record button to record yourself. Once you’re done, you can either listen to the native version, then your version to compare, OR play both simultaneously to see just how close you are to the native speaker.

    So, listeners, test this feature out and let us know what you think! For all bugs, errors and suggestions, please shoot us an email at info@innovativelanguage.com

    For iOS Users: Please note that the Voice Recording Tool requires Flash to work. However, we are working on a non-flash (HTML5) version of the Voice Recording Tool. Stay tuned for future updates.

    To your fluency,
    Team Innovative Language

    What Are The New Languages Coming This July?

    Friday, June 28th, 2013

    Hi listeners!

    Looking for new language to study?

    Currently, there are 27 InnovativeLanguage.com languages that you can learn the fast, fun and easy way! And now that we’re done updating our lesson layouts, we’ll be adding even more languages!

    There are 2 new language sites and a whole lot of new content on EnglishClass101 coming July 1st and we’re revealing them here first!

    What are they? Based on user requests, we’re introducing British English, Persian, and Swahili. These new additions will bring the Innovative Language family to a total of 29 sites!

    British English? That’s right. We have EnglishClass101.com just for our English learners.

    British English itself has over 58 million speakers in the UK and opens you to over 780 million English speakers worldwide. It’s the world’s lingua franca! This July, you’ll find British English lessons on EnglishClass101.com as an alternative to the current American English lessons. However, if you’re a native speaker and want to brush up on your British accent, feel free to stop by as well!

    British English Lessons start July 1st. Click here to visit EnglishClass101!

    Persian is also known as Farsi. The good news? It has no articles, no cases, and nouns have no gender. In short, grammar will be easy and breezy. It also opens you up to over 110 million speakers in Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. And since it’s part of the Indo-European language family, it’ll help you get a head start on Arabic (ArabicPod101.com) and Hindi (HindiPod101.com) as well! The bad news? You need to wait ‘til the site is launched!

    PersianPod101.com Coming Soon! Click here to sign up for the wait-list!

    Swahili is the easiest African language to learn for English and Arabic speakers. There are no lexical tones and it’s spoken just as it’s written. With over 140 million speakers, Swahili is the official language of Tanzania, Kenya and is the lingua franca of East Africa. We’re happy to have it as our first African language at InnovativeLanguage.com. And if you know what Hakuna Matata means (it means no worries), you’ve already started learning!

    SwahiliPod101.com Coming Soon! Click here to sign up for the wait-list!

    P.S. July 1st is the day! Stay tuned for PersianPod101, SwahiliPod101 and new British English lessons!

    InnovativeLanguage.com Takes to the Friendly Skies with British Airways!

    Monday, May 20th, 2013

    Starting in June 2013, InnovativeLanguage.com takes flight with British Airways, one of the world’s leading airlines.

    Travel and language learning have always gone hand in hand. Knowing just a few key language phrases can be a powerful tool in opening up new opportunities abroad, staying safe and making the most out of your trip. That’s why we’re proud to announce that InnovativeLanguage.com is now flying the friendly skies thanks to a new agreement with British Airways, one of the world’s leading airlines.

    Starting in June 2013 on British Airways long haul flights, you’ll find our fast, easy and fun language lessons on board BA’s inflight entertainment system. No matter where you’re flying, we’ve got you covered! Choose from over 20 languages and start learning from our popular beginner level lessons.

    Languages Available on British Airways

    Arabic French Hindi Korean Spanish
    Bulgarian German Indonesian Polish Swedish
    Cantonese Greek Italian Portuguese Thai
    Filipino Hebrew Japanese Russian Vietnamese

    No matter what language you’re learning, our effective lessons will get you speaking from the very first lesson. You’ll learn very simple grammar and vocabulary from Native Speaking teachers, with clear explanations and breakdown from our English speaking co-host. You’ll also learn important cultural tips and insights that will give you a head start on your trip.

    Be sure to tune into these audio lessons on your next trip abroad with British Airways! And remember that a little bit of language goes a long, long way.

    For a sneak peek at what you’ll find on British Airways, sign up for a Free Lifetime Account at InnovativeLanguage.com!

    Word of the Day Widget Update! iPhone and iPad Users Rejoice!

    Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

    Hello Listener,

    Learning a word a day is effortless, free, and takes less than a minute!

    So it’s no wonder the Word of The Day at InnovativeLanguage.com is one of our users’ most loved free features. And when our users started mailing in with feedback, we just couldn’t leave it alone.

    The biggest issue? iOS incompatibility. The original Word of the Day Flash Widget didn’t work with the iPhone or the iPad.

    After much tinkering, the new Word of the Day Widget is here.

    The New Word of the Day Widget

    Word of the Day

    (Sample screenshot taken from JapanesePod101.com


    Here’s what’s new!

    • Completely redesigned and customizable
    • Built with HTML5. Works on the iPhone, iPad, etc
    • Copy and paste words directly from the Widget
    • Can be embedded into mobile apps and sites
    • Will work on any browser
    • Turn transliteration and romanization on and off


    Access the Word of the Day widget on any browser, from any smartphone, or computer. Want to save a word or sample sentences for your own use? Just copy and paste it directly from the widget!

    Add the widget to your blog or website!

    Choose from 38 languages and customize the widget as you see fit! The Word of the Day widget comes in two sizes, small (160 x 190px) and large (540 x 450px) and 8 different designs. Once you’ve chosen the language, size, and design, grab the embed code and add it to your site!

    If you have questions or feedback for us, send us an email here.

    Click Here to Visit the New Word of the Day Widget!

    Wall Street Journal covers Advanced French for iPad

    Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

    Innovative Language is back in the news! This time, it’s our French that is put to the test.

    A Wall Street Journal article, Brushing Up on Your Japanese on a Small Screen, reviews a number of mobile apps for language learning and includes our own FrenchPod101’s “Advanced French for iPad” App.

    Here’s an excerpt:

     

    “An app that included basic French grammar was Advanced French for iPad, described as an “audio e-book.” The course consists of 25 audio blogs, each less than two minutes long. They included blogs from a French narrator, who goes by just by [sic] the name Christophe, on his country’s health-care system, rappers, telethons and foods.

    The content is breezy and fun, though the brief, au courant English introductions from a young American woman in Paris can be silly. We liked the function that let us hear just one line at a time, allowing for pauses for speaking practice and to go over vocabulary lists and sample sentences.”

    There are over 690 Innovative Language Learning apps like “Advanced French for iPad,” and they span over 40 languages and cover every level from Beginner to Advanced. Each app is designed to bring practical, fun, and real-world style language lessons as well as their relevant vocabulary and grammar, to smartphones and tablets.

    We’re happy to have been included in this review and will continue improving our mobile apps to teach language in the fastest, easiest, and most fun way.

    Click Here To Read The Article!

    Click Here to Get the App!