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For people who want to visit Japan, live in Japan, and learn Japanese. Please excuse the tangents.

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For people who want to visit Japan, live in Japan, and learn Japanese. Please excuse the tangents.

    Senpai: The Japanese Word You Look up To

    Senpai: The Japanese Word You Look up To

    In this episode, the Tofugu crew, Kanae, Cameron, and Rachel discuss the word "senpai," its use in Japanese schools and society, and Kanae's lasting trauma surrounding white socks from her senpai experience.

    After listening to the episode, check more details in our article: https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/senpai/

    • 1h 2 min
    The Meaning of Sensei: More Than Just "Teacher"

    The Meaning of Sensei: More Than Just "Teacher"

    Did you know there are people who are 先生 (sensei) besides teachers or your judo instructor Sensei Jeff?

    In this episode, the Tofugu crew, Kanae, Jenny, and Rachel discuss the word "sensei" from their personal experience and introduce many different kinds of sensei beyond teachers.

    After listening to the episode, check more details in our article: https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/sensei/

    • 1h 4 min
    だ and です: Part II

    だ and です: Part II

    In this episode, Tofugu's research team answers questions about だ and です from our listeners, such as:

    "What would be the best translation of です?"

    "When and how does it make sense to switch between です to だ when meeting somebody new?"

    After listening to this episode, go check out our article on Tofugu.com for more info: "だ and です : Venturing beyond Textbook Rules into Real-Life Use" (www.tofugu.com/japanese/da-vs-desu-in-real-life/)

    • 45 min
    だ and です: Part I

    だ and です: Part I

    In this episode, the Tofugu research team answers questions about だ and です from our listeners, such as:

    "Is it true that だ isn't just a less polite form of です?"

    "What are the real differences between だ and です?"

    After listening to this episode, check out our article on Tofugu.com for more info:
    "だ and です : Venturing beyond Textbook Rules into Real-Life Use" (www.tofugu.com/japanese/da-vs-desu-in-real-life/)

    • 46 min
    First-Person Pronouns: When Female Speakers Use 僕 or 俺

    First-Person Pronouns: When Female Speakers Use 僕 or 俺

    This is the finale of our "First-Person Pronouns" series.

    In this episode, Kanae welcomes new co-hosts Cameron and Javi to discuss the use of traditionally male first-person pronouns such as 僕 or 俺 by female speakers. The discussion spans use in Japanese pop culture, media, celebrities, and the LGBTQ community.

    After you’ve listened to this episode, check out our article on Japanese first-person pronouns:
    https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/japanese-first-person-pronouns/

    • 1h
    First-Person Pronouns: Using Your Own Name

    First-Person Pronouns: Using Your Own Name

    This is the fifth episode in our "First-Person Pronouns" series.

    In this episode, we talk about using your own name as a first-person pronoun (and the anatomy of Anpanman).

    After you’ve listened to this episode, check out our article on Japanese first-person pronouns:
    https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/japanese-first-person-pronouns/

    • 53 min

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