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1. How do I get an account?Top
You can sign up for a free account at www.swahilipod101.com! You will have a free, lifetime account and a 7 Day Free Trial of Premium access. We'll send a confirmation email containing your username and password to the address you signed up with.
3. Why will my password not fit?Top
Your password will still be accepted when typing beyond the password box. If you are unable to sign in and your email address is your password, please try copying and pasting the information in. This should work, and once signed in you will be able to change your password via the Account screen. If you are still having trouble please send an email to email@example.com. Please remember to include your username in your request.
4. How do I change my password?Top
Once signed in please go to the Account page. From there you will be able to update your password via the link on the left.
5. How do I change my username?Top
Click on My Account in the top right corner. Inside the Account Info tab, please enter your new username in the Username field and click the "Save" button at the bottom of the page.
6. How do I access the lessons?Top
There are two ways to start: Through your personalized Dashboard or by browsing our lessons on your own.
Dashboard: Once signed in, set your learning level under "My Level" on the left side of the Dashboard and start with a lesson recommended by the Dashboard.
Browse Lessons: You can also access lessons through the Browse Lessons tab. Choose from Audio Lessons, Video Lessons or the Newest Lessons. Then, select the desired level from the left side bar navigation list. Once you have chosen a difficulty level, the menu will expand to show all the seasons, and from there you'll be able to choose individual lessons. You can mark lessons as complete to track your progress as you learn.
7. How long are the lessons?Top
While there is no set time length for our lessons, they are generally ten to fifteen minutes long.
8. What tools are available to me?Top
Depending on your account type, you will have access to some or all of our learning tools.
Free Lifetime Account members: For the first 7 days of your account, you will receive 7 days of free Premium access. After this trial, you'll be able to access the audio lessons from the past 3 weeks. As a Free Member, you will also have access to the Japanese Resources in the top menu, Word of the Day, Core 100 Word List, the first 3 lessons of every series and season, lesson commenting, and our Free App. Click Here for Details
Basic Members: Basic members have access to every single audio and video lesson and accompanying PDF Lesson Notes, Basic Lesson Feed, Progress Tracking Dashboard, Basic Mobile Access, and the free tools listed above. Click Here for Details
Premium Members: Premium members have access to the entire learning system. This includes every audio and video lesson in our archive, PDF Lesson Notes, Premium Lesson Tools, My Word Bank, the entire Core 2000 Word Lists and Autoplay, My Flashcards, Premium Mobile Access, Progress Tracking Dashboard, and the Premium Lesson Feed. Click Here for Details
Premium PLUS Members: Premium PLUS members have access to the entire learning system as well as their own Japanese teacher. This includes everything available with Premium as well as 1-on-1 instruction from one of our teachers via My Teacher, Professional Assessment, and a Personalized Learning Program based on your need. Click Here for Details
9. How do I use the lessons? What steps do you recommend?Top
In general, we recommend listening to the audio lesson first, reviewing the content with the Basic and Premium tools (PDFs, extra audio tracks, vocab lists with audio), and practicing with the vocab quizzes. For a detailed step-by-step lesson plan, check out our Basic and Premium Lesson Checklists on each lesson page
10. I didn't understand everything the first time, is that okay?Top
Yes! Don't sweat it if you can't catch everything the first time. In fact, we recommend that you give our lessons multiple listens to really let everything sink in.
11. I want to take notes on a certain lesson. Can I do that?Top
Yes! To take notes on any lesson for later reference, go to the lesson page and click on My Notes under the lesson title. A box will come up where you can type out and save notes. To view all notes you have made in one place, go to the Study Tools menu, and click on My Notes.
12. I'm done with a lesson. How do I measure my learning progress?Top
After you're done with a lesson, on the lesson page, check the box that says "Mark Lesson Complete." Once you've done that, you'll be able to see how many lessons you've completed and how much more you have left within the lesson series. A progress bar tells you just how far you've come.
13. Can I save certain lessons to study for later?Top
Yes. If you see a lesson that looks interesting that you would like to save for later, check the box that says Add to My Lessons. This box can be found on either the lesson page, or the list of lessons in a season. My Lessons can be accessed at anytime from the Study Tools menu.
14. How do I use the lesson notes?Top
We recommend that you listen to the lesson once all the way through without reference to the lesson notes. Then, listen to it a second time while reading the lesson notes for maximum comprehension.
15. How do the quizzes work? How are they related to lessons?Top
Quizzes test all the key grammar and vocabulary points for each lesson. They are the last step in the process of studying lessons, and are meant as a fun way to reinforce and assess knowledge.
16. How can I use the Core Word lists? Should I study them along with particular series?Top
The Core Word Lists can be studied alone in a number of ways:
Autoplay lets you study in a hands-off fashion. All words in a series will be displayed in a sequence. This is great if you want to study in a passive way while doing something else, whether surfing the Internet or driving to work.
For a more active and structured way to study, we recommend adding words from the Core Word Lists to My Flashcards. Flashcards are perhaps the most tried-and-true methods of studying available, and we've paired it with spaced-repetition technology so that you will see words in a sequence optimized for memory and recall. Each level has a recommended set of lists to study along with it.
17. How does Word of the Day relate to lessons?/ How should I study with Word of the Day?Top
Word of the Day is a separate service that is not connected to lessons. We recommend checking it every day for a painless way to acquire new vocabulary
18. How do I add words into My Word Bank?Top
From individual lesson or Core Word List pages, simply select the check box and click on the Add to My Word Bank button conveniently placed above. You can also search for words in the Dictionary and add them in a similar way.
19. How do I study vocabulary my teacher assigned?Top
We recommend looking up these words in the Dictionary box and adding them to My Word Bank. Then use the sample audio to help reinforce memory and perfect pronunciation, and even add them to My Flashcards for even more structured study.
20. How can I study the content when I don't have access to the Internet?Top
Lesson notes and My Word Bank items can be easily downloaded in PDF form and printed. Audio lessons can be downloaded to virtually anything that plays MP3 files or burned onto an audio CD.