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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 • 471 Ratings

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"?

    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/

    • 1 hr 5 min
    How To Language Exchange Successfully

    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/

    • 1 hr 8 min
    How and Where to Buy Japanese E-Books

    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/

    • 47 min
    Why Is Everyone Raving about "Yotsuba&!"?

    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/

    • 44 min
    "Yuri" — Japanese Queer Women Love Stories

    "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!

    • 56 min
    Things I Wish I Knew When I Was A Beginner Japanese Learner, Feat. Ian Battaglia

    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

    and more.

    Make sure to give it a listen for Ian’s Japanese learning wisdom!

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
471 Ratings

471 Ratings

Stormscoutt ,

This podcast is seriously entertaining and educational!

I love this podcast because I get to start my morning with a language learning boost! I would highly encourage other eager Japanese language learners to definitely use this podcast as a way to learn about Japanese culture. Love it!

cpaik72 ,

More prep needed

Wish this podcast prepared better with more research and was more intentional. Lots of moments where they don’t know simple info about the topic. Guests are not as knowledgeable as expected. Feels rambly, unprofessional, and awkward at times.

DestinyFirefox ,

A favorite resource!!

I always enjoy the episodes, even when they get off-topic! And the episodes that don’t sound interesting to me based on their name always end up teaching me something I’m glad I know now. This has been an amazing resource (wanikani has been, too) in preparing for my dream-come-true trip to Japan next year. Thanks to all the hosts!!

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