The Japanese-Online.com website review was originally published in Dulaboo.com. I used to write for the said website before my contract expired. Republishing here for archiving purposes. Edited to suit Yoast’s requirements.
Does it freak you out at some point knowing that some Japanese language tutorials available online are not from Japan itself but elsewhere with a Japanese population stronghold? Not really on my part.
I just got a little amused when I saw that the address of Japanese-Online.com was actually in Bellevue, WA.
Most Japanese language learners online would learn by taking advantage of the free membership perks that sites like Japanese-Online.com offers. Try clicking some links that would try to access some grammar lessons.
The website would show you a message asking you to register for membership first before gaining access to even more Japanese lessons.
The manner with which the lessons are taught is in story-telling style. Learning Japanese is narrated in the point of view of a family who recently migrated to Japan from Washington.
In the course of meeting new friends and business associates, the family is exposed to learning Japanese through immersion in the area itself where it is spoken as a native language.
But instead of you relocating to Japan yourself, the family who relocated to Japan themselves will be relaying whatever Japanese lessons they have learned to you or anyone online who views the lessons.
Now I am not so sure when was the last time Japanese-Online.com has updated their website. Apart from the minimal samples available for viewing here, the rest of the links are more like solicitations for ad placement in this site.
I understand that every language tutorial website needs to earn from what they do to but seeing more of these links soliciting ad placements than the lesson samples get me thinking if they could manage to even update their lesson plan, if at all.
I just checked their most recent update and it was way back in 2008. Now personally I would be a little doubtful if there are still some admins managing this site if their “What’s New?” column can’t be technically labeled as “new” anymore.
There may have been some minor changes on the lesson plan or a few updates that needed to be posted there. Some of them may not be as important as we expect them to be.
But most of the time, the fact alone that you spend enough time online to update some things in the website for the sake of interacting with the rest of the online learners real-time is an aspect that some new visitors like me won’t ignore.
It’s like this: you visit a critically-acclaimed tourist destination but found no one manning the station because it’s been years since the administrators have paid attention to it.
That’s how it felt like coming over to Japanese-Online.com. I was expecting something more only to find something less with not enough updates even for me to fuss over.
How can I recommend member registrations to Japanese-Online.com when not much can be found?
I hope the site’s admins can fix it soon enough. It might encourage learning Japanese again through their website. Their site has potential to rake in enough students to keep it running without having to rely too much on the ad solicitations anymore.
Good news. Japanese-Online.com has revamped their website. Their curriculum now includes lessons taught on video.
You’d be given a summary of the benefits of learning even Business Japanese for as low as $14/month. Click here to see other promos related to their subscription service.
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