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Learn Japanese with Rosetta Stone and become a legit Otaku

Watch anime and read manga the way it was intended.


Jaime Carrillo


Posted on May 23, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 3:06 pm CDT

Presented by Rosetta Stone

If you love stories with globe-trotting treasure hunters, adorable pocket monsters, and precocious teen superheroines, Rosetta Stone’s Japanese language program is for you.

We know you’re picky when it comes to Japanese media. You take a hard pass on those juvenile dubs. “Give me solid subtitles, or give me death!” you cry into the void. After all, localization often equals death when it comes to translated anime and manga. They cut out all that gratuitous (and awesome) sex and violence in a cynical grab for cash. Why would anyone sully a perfect art form like that?

Relying on dubs is for total newbies. Take your fandom to the next level by actually learning the language. Choose one of Rosetta Stone’s three, six, 12, or 24-month subscription offerings and you’ll be a polished speaker and reader in less time than it takes to gather seven magical balls to summon a dragon.

Rosetta Stone has been trusted by millions worldwide for more than 25 years, including prestigious schools, corporate America, and even the US State Department. Surely, if language skills can help the state department navigate the tricky waters of geopolitics, they can teach you to read the latest chapter of One Piece.

As you learn, you’ll build confidence by using Rosetta Stone’s TruAccent speech recognition engine which samples your voice with 16,000 data points each second. The system shows those updates in nearly real-time — up to 100 times per second — to help perfect pronunciation. Like any great curriculum, it’s fully immersive. Using it will introduce new skills and features that stimulate your brain’s natural language learning abilities.

Best of all, you can learn at your convenience across all devices under the sun. You can even download lessons to continue your language learning when offline. Polish your hiragana and katakana skills on your laptop. Learn how to pronounce everything from “bushido” to “Shokugeki” correctly on your iPad. Polish everyday vocabulary on your phone. Any place can become your makeshift language dojo. Whether you’re at home or shopping for new anime figures in Akihabara, your skills will be razor sharp in no time.

The program even encourages you to learn Japanese by devouring your favorite media. The “Stories” section of the Rosetta Stone program allows you to dive into the language’s literature to pick up as much vocabulary as possible by reading stories the way there were meant to be read. And with Phrasebook, you’ll never be at a loss for words. It offers easy-to-access greetings, phrases, and useful expressions. You can access it at any point in your language learning journey. Plus, it’s perfect for traveling abroad.

Once you subscribe, you’ll have full access to all levels of Rosetta Stone’s language learning program. From now until June 5, you can gain instant access for less than $7 a month for a 24-month subscription. There’s no long-term commitment and you can cancel anytime with the 30-day money back guarantee.

Japanese is just one of the over 30 languages you can learn through Rosetta Stone. After you reach your otaku final form, take up Greek, Arabic, or even Swahili. Every language is as accessible as the last. Get started using Rosetta Stone’s free demo now.


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*First Published: May 23, 2018, 1:21 pm CDT