For people who want to visit Japan, live in Japan, and learn Japanese. Please excuse the tangents.
けど: Why Are Japanese Speakers Always Ending Their Sentences with "But"?
In this episode, the Tofugu crew, Kanae and Nick, discuss how "but" in Japanese, けど (kedo), is often used at the end of sentences in real-life conversations.
For more details, check out Kanae's article: https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/kedo/
How To Language Exchange Successfully
Language exchange is a fun and free way to improve your Japanese. But to do it successfully, you should consider a few things.
In this episode, the Tofugu crew, Kanae and Ian discuss tips and practical expressions you can use for language exchange sessions.
For more details, check out: https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/language-exchange/
How and Where to Buy Japanese E-Books
In this episode, the Tofugu crew, Kanae and David discuss why e-books can be great materials for Japanese learners, all their tips for buying Japanese e-books, and their favorite Japanese e-book stores.
After listening to the episode, check out: https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/how-to-buy-japanese-ebooks/
Why Is Everyone Raving about "Yotsuba&!"?
よつばと！ (Yotsuba&!) is a Japanese slice-of-life comedy manga series that's become very popular in the Japanese learning community.
In this episode, the Tofugu crew, Kanae and Ian talk about how much they love Yotsuba&! and why it's such a great manga series to pick up for Japanese learners, especially beginners.
After listening to this episode, check out Ian's review article about "Yotsuba&!": https://www.tofugu.com/reviews/yotsubato/
"Yuri" — Japanese Queer Women Love Stories
In this episode, Emily and Kanae discuss “yuri,” the Japanese genre of women-loving women (wlw) romantic relationships.
Check out this episode to learn a brief history of yuri, famous examples of yuri, and Emily’s yuri/LGBTQ+ recommendations, such as:
少女革命ウテナ (Revolutionary Girl Utena)
やがて君になる (Bloom Into You)
しまなみ誰そ彼 (Our Dreams at Dusk)
… and more!
Things I Wish I Knew When I Was A Beginner Japanese Learner, Feat. Ian Battaglia
In this episode, Ian Battaglia, a Japanese resource review writer at Tofugu and an enthusiastic Japanese learner who’s still actively working his way to the advanced level, discusses all kinds of things he wishes he knew when he was a beginner Japanese learner.
Ian covers topics like:
- Learning Japanese is not a race! Go at your own “sustainable” pace
- A recommended learning order for self-learners to have the foundation for immersion
- Reading practice is surprisingly beneficial in general
- Focus more on practice, not process
- Be okay with not understanding everything in Japanese
Make sure to give it a listen for Ian’s Japanese learning wisdom!
Great new Episode!
Happy to hear you guys again. Great topic.
More Podcasts Please😢
These guys are amazing. Always super funny and really useful, interesting topics. I look forward to when you guys start doing podcasts regularly again!