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

    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/

    • 1 hr
    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
    First-Person Pronouns: 俺 (おれ)

    First-Person Pronouns: 俺 (おれ)

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

    In this episode, we talk about 俺 (おれ) and why it is so tricky for Japanese learners to master.

    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/

    • 20 min
    First-Person Pronouns: 僕 (ぼく)

    First-Person Pronouns: 僕 (ぼく)

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

    In this episode, Koichi, Michael, and Kanae discuss their own personal experiences with 僕 (ぼく), as well as how to sound more hip when using it.

    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/

    • 25 min

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