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

The Tofugu Podcast: Japan and Japanese Languag‪e‬ Tofugu

    • Education
    • 4.6 • 66 Ratings

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

    What Should I Call "You"? Part 4: Other Tricks

    What Should I Call "You"? Part 4: Other Tricks

    This is the fourth episode of our What Should I Call "You"? series.

    In Japanese, pronouns for "others" (which includes everything besides "I" — "you" "they" / "she" / "he" ) are not generally used in conversation. In this series, the Tofugu crew discusses different ways to refer to others without using pronouns.

    In this episode, Kanae, Cameron and Mami talk about back up options you can use when the other methods we've covered don't work, such as using すみません (sumimasen), そちら (sochira), お宅 (otaku), and more!

    After listening to this episode, check out our article for a more in-depth explanation of the topic: https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/what-should-i-call-you/

    • 42 min
    What Should I Call "You"? Part 3: Using Family Roles/Social Roles

    What Should I Call "You"? Part 3: Using Family Roles/Social Roles

    This is the third episode of our What Should I Call "You"? series.

    In Japanese, pronouns for "others" (which includes everything besides "I" — "you" "they" / "she" / "he" ) are not generally used in conversation. In this series, the Tofugu crew discusses different ways to refer to others without using pronouns.

    In this episode, Kanae, Cameron and Mami talk about using family roles (such as "dad," "auntie") and social roles (such as "sensei," "president") in place of pronouns.

    After listening to this episode, check out our article for a more in-depth explanation of the topic: https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/what-should-i-call-you/

    • 51 min
    What Should I Call "You"? Part 2: Using Names

    What Should I Call "You"? Part 2: Using Names

    This is the second episode of our "What Should I Call 'You'?" series.

    In Japanese, pronouns for "others" (which includes everything besides "I" — "you" "they" / "she" / "he" ) are not generally used in conversation. In this series, the Tofugu crew discusses different ways to refer to others without using pronouns.

    In this episode, Kanae, Jenny and Rachel talk about using names in place of pronouns as well as the Japanese name system, nick names and name enders.

    After listening to this episode, check out our article for a more in-depth explanation of the topic: https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/what-should-i-call-you/

    • 28 min
    What Should I Call "You"? Part 1: Zero Pronouns

    What Should I Call "You"? Part 1: Zero Pronouns

    This is the first episode of our "What Should I Call 'You'?" series.

    In Japanese, pronouns for "others" (which includes everything besides "I" — "you" "they" / "she" / "he" ) are not generally used in conversation. In this series, the Tofugu crew discusses different ways to refer to others without using pronouns.

    In this episode, Kanae, Jenny and Rachel talk about the "zero pronoun," aka simply leaving out pronouns.

    After listening to this episode, check out our article for a more in-depth explanation of the topic: https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/what-should-i-call-you/

    • 26 min
    よ VS ね — Two Particles with Lots of Attitude

    よ VS ね — Two Particles with Lots of Attitude

    In this episode, Mami, Cameron, and Kanae talk about two sentence-ending particles, よ (yo) and ね (ne). They dive deep into their different nuances and uses, with a lot of examples. Also make sure not to miss a special cameo appearance of a very special holiday guest!

    After listening to this episode, check out our article on Tofugu.com for more info:
    "よ and ね: WHAT DO THESE PARTICLES REALLY MEAN TO JAPANESE SPEAKERS?" (https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/yo-vs-ne/)

    • 43 min
    さすが — Actually, It Isn't *Always* A Compliment

    さすが — Actually, It Isn't *Always* A Compliment

    This is the second episode in our two-part さすが (sasuga) miniseries. The Tofugu crew — Kanae, Jenny and Mami — discuss the "other," overshadowed use of さすが, which is not for compliments. This discussion led to the discovery of Kanae's weird and controversial bathroom habits.

    After listening to the episode, check our article "さすが Is Not Always A Compliment": https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/sasuga/

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

QWE303 ,

Educational and hilarious

I didn’t expect to laugh out loud so often when listening to an educational podcast but Koichi, Kanae, Jamal, Michael and the whole Tofugu team are great. So glad I have years of content to binge on🥳
I’ve also been using WaniKani (their app) for a while and I can’t recommend it enough. I planned to delete after the free trial but I’m still going a year later and my kanji skills are beyond my expectations. I never thought I’d get to this level and I finally understand why people say kanji makes Japanese easier and not harder. In short, thanks Tofugu and all hail the Crabigator 🦀🐊

rory11111111111 ,

Kristen didn’t have a review to read so here’s one

Hi guys I’ve been thinking I should leave a review for a while cause you always tell me to and seeing as the episode I have on now there aren’t any reviews to read I thought why not. The podcast and articles helped a lot with making me confident to chose Japanese and history at university and Koichi, Michael and Kristen’s tangents have kept me entertained for the past 6 months so I hope we can hear from them soon (the more serious recent ones are also good so thanks to you guys too).

ミ真蓮 ,

🌙 missing you 🧸🌟

my favourite podcast ✨🤍🦔
I recently got into a Japanese language school and am trying to learn as much Japanese as possible before I go, this podcast keeps me motivated and reminds me of all the reasons of why I do this. I love all of you, but I really do miss Koichi, Michael and Kristen’s discussions from 2017, even (if not especially) their rants and tangents. Can u please come back soon? I’d love to hear a discussion on updated learning sources or just what you have all been up to lately.

Thank you for so many joyful moments and for all the help with my studies 🤍🤍🤍
xx

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