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Learn Japanese Pod Alex Brooke

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This is a podcast and website for studying Japanese

    Fun Friday 20: Ben and A-Chan Interview

    Fun Friday 20: Ben and A-Chan Interview

    In this Fun Friday edition of the podcast, I sat down with Ben and A-Chan to talk about random things including green tea, ramen, life in Kyoto and more.

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    • 39 min
    Podcast 40: Daily Japanese Onomatopoeia

    Podcast 40: Daily Japanese Onomatopoeia

    In this lesson you will learn all about Japanese onomatopoeia which are words that resemble sounds. Some examples in English are splash, bang, zap and beep and you will learn how similar words are used in daily Japanese conversation.



    Listen to the podcast for dialogue examples as well as vocabulary and grammar explanations.



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    • 47 min
    Podcast 40: Just the dialogues

    Podcast 40: Just the dialogues

    In this lesson you will learn all about Japanese onomatopoeia which are words that resemble sounds. Some examples in English are splash, bang, zap and beep and you will learn how similar words are used in daily Japanese conversation. Check out the dialogue and grammar notes below.

    Main Dialog 1 – Daily Japanese Onomatopoeia (Japanese)

    A: ね、外見て、雨がザーザー降っているよ。

    B: 雷もゴロゴロ鳴ってる。ハラハラする。

    A: え?どうしたの?大丈夫?

    B: 天気が悪くなると頭がクラクラするんだ。

    A: ちょっと休んだら?

    B: うん、そうする。

    Main Dialog 1 – Daily Japanese Onomatopoeia (Pronunciation)

    A: Ne, soto mite, ame ga zaa zaa futteru yo.

    B: Kaminari mo gorogoro natteru. Hara hara suru.

    A: E? Dōshita no. Daijōbu?

    B: Tenki ga waruku naru to atama ga kurakura surun da. A: Chotto yasundara?

    B: Un, sō suru.

    Main Dialog 1 – Daily Japanese Onomatopoeia (English)

    A: Hey, look outside, it’s raining really hard.

    B: The thunder is rumbling too. I feel kinda nervous. A: Eh? What’s the matter? Are you OK?

    B: When the weather turns bad my head gets dizzy. A: Why don’t you have a rest?

    B: Yup, I’ll do that.









    About Japanese Onomatopoeia

    In this lesson we are studying Japanese onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia are words that resemble sounds such as splash, bang and beep. Japanese also has onomatopoeia and they are called 擬音語 Giongo.

    There is a huge number of Japanese giongo and they are frequently used in casual daily conversation. Therefore they are worth learning as they will improve your comprehension and make you sound more natural when speaking.

    However, because there are so many giongo, it would be impossible to teach them all in a single lesson. Also, students of Japanese sometimes feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of them. However, if you get regular listening and speaking practice in Japanese, you can eventually start to pick them up naturally.

    You’ll notice a common pattern with most giongo which is a pair of repeating sounds las below (although there are exceptions):

    コロコロ Korokoro The sound of something rolling

    ドキドキ Dokidoki Excitement (from the sound of a beating heart)

    Another thing you might notice is that some giongo are written in Katakana and others Hiragana. There aren’t any strict rules on this but generally speaking, Hiragana is used for softer sounds and Katakana for harder sounds.

    Also, although it’s not strictly necessary to learn the following grammar rules, giongo are divided up into five different types.

















    Here are the five types and examples:







    * 擬音語 Giongo



    These are words that resemble sounds made by inanimate objects and nature as mentioned before.

    ゴロゴロ – Gorogoro – Rumbling (thunder)

    コロコロ – Korokoro – Sound of rolling

    ガタガタ – Gatagata – Rattling

    ガチャ – Gacha – Sound of a door closing or similar sound



    * 擬態語 Gitaigo



    These describe conditions and states of things.

    クラクラ – Kurakura    – Feeling dizzy

    すべすべ – Subesube – Smooth to the touch

    フワフワ – Fuwafuwa – Fluffy

    もちもち – Mochimochi – Chewy, sticky, squidgy



    * 擬声語 Giseigo



    These are animal and human sounds.

    ワンワン – Wanwan – Woof

    ニャン – Nyan – Meow

    コケコッコー – Kokekokkoo – Cock-a-doodle-doo

    ゲロゲロ – Gerogero – Croak (frog)

    ガオー – Gaoo – Roar (lion, tiger etc.)



    * 擬容語 Giyōgo



    These describe movements and motions.

    ノロノロ – Noronoro – Move very slowly

    ぐっすり – Gussuri – Sleep soundly

    ブルブル – Buruburu – To shiver



    * 擬情語 Gijōgo



    These describe feelings and emotions.

    • 1 min
    Podcast 40: Notes

    Podcast 40: Notes

    These are the PDF show notes for the Learn Japanese Pod podcast episode 40 “Daily Japanese Onomatopoeia”.

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    Fun Friday 19: Japanese Buzzwords of 2021

    Fun Friday 19: Japanese Buzzwords of 2021

    In this Fun Friday edition of the podcast, Andy and Alex sit down to talk about the Japanese buzzwords influenced by the major trends in Japan during 2021.

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    • 49 min
    Fun Friday 18: Our favorite Anime

    Fun Friday 18: Our favorite Anime

    In this Fun Friday edition of the podcast, Ami and I talk about some of our favorite Anime, the latest and most popular releases and some old classics that are famous in Japan but not so well known abroad.

    We are certainly not Anime experts and we couldn’t properly cover all the major Anime even if we wanted to! We simply talk about the Anime we happen to know and love. Enjoy!

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    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
697 Ratings

697 Ratings

AmberRose_O ,

A must listen for all levels!

As an intermediate level Japanese learner, I’ve gained SO much from this podcast. Alex and Ami really do a great job of teaching practical natural sounding Japanese. They explain everything thoroughly, so even beginners can easily understand. They also teach very nuanced language in the “Random Phrase of the Week” segment which is useful even for advanced learners. A must listen if you want to stop sounding like a textbook robot!

Pcptorp ,

Very Helpful For Learning to Communicate Quickly

I started listening to this pod cast years ago when I was first curious about learning Japanese, but dropped it for a bit because I was very busy (getting my PhD and having a kid takes up a lot of time). I started it again recently because my wife’s good friend moved to the same town as us, and we have been hanging out with him and his wife—who only speaks Japanese. I knew some Japanese from watching old Yakuza movies, but that mostly consisted of intense staring and the occasional “naruhodo” or “wakatta” so it is really nice to learn some conversational Japanese. I really appreciate the friendliness and genuinely helpful vocab/drills. I really enjoyed the episode on Osaka-ben, it’s a fun dialect and I love that it’s often dubbed as a Texas accent. If Alex or Ame is reading this, it would be great to have an episode on different phrases in each of the regional dialects. I would love to learn a few unique words/phrases from the Tohoku region where my friends are from.

Liam_Y_ ,

Great learning material

My community college Japanese class doesn't really delve much into conversational speak but this podcast helps immensely with that. Breakdowns of sentences are easy to understand and overall it's very useful.

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