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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 • 450 Ratings

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

    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
    Things I Wish I Knew When I Was A Beginner Japanese Learner, Feat. Emily Suvannasankha

    Things I Wish I Knew When I Was A Beginner Japanese Learner, Feat. Emily Suvannasankha

    In this episode, Emily Suvannasankha, a Japan category writer at Tofugu and an enthusiastic Japanese learner of over a decade, discusses all kinds of things she wishes she knew when she was a beginner Japanese learner. Even more, she also shares tips and advice that she got from interviewing her friends who study Japanese.

    Emily covers topics like:

    - A little a day adds up to a LOT — make Japanese learning a daily habit
    - Don’t let shame keep you from getting back into a groove after a hiatus
    - Hiragana, katakana, and some simple kanji are surprisingly easy
    - Learn a good chunk of vocabulary before starting to study grammar
    - Kanji writing ability is not as important as you think

    and more.

    Make sure to give it a listen for some Japanese learning wisdom from Emily and her friends!

    • 58 min
    Things I Wish I Knew When I Was A Beginner Japanese Learner, Feat. David Honeycutt

    Things I Wish I Knew When I Was A Beginner Japanese Learner, Feat. David Honeycutt

    In this episode, David Honeycutt, a Japanese resource review writer at Tofugu and an enthusiastic Japanese learner of over a decade, discusses all kinds of things he wishes he knew when he was a beginner Japanese learner.

    David covers topics like:

    - How to follow some sort of curriculum even if you’re a self-learner
    - The power of SRS (Spaced Repetition System)
    - Using a built-in dictionary on computers or phones
    - Setting tangible goals with deadlines

    and more.

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

    • 41 min
    MEXT Research Scholarship: Get a Master’s Degree in Japan for Free

    MEXT Research Scholarship: Get a Master’s Degree in Japan for Free

    The MEXT Research Scholarship is Japan's government-funded program that will let you do a free master's *and* cover living expenses to boot.

    ...Sounds too good to be true? Well, Emily is living proof that it's not.

    In this episode, Kanae and Rachel welcome Tofugu’s new writer Emily as a co-host and talk about her experience with the scholarship program she just finished in Nagoya a few months ago. Anyone who’s curious about MEXT will find some insight into the application process in this chat, as well as a few words of support if you decide to go for it.

    For more detailed information about the MEXT Research Scholarship, check out Emily's article on the Tofugu blog: https://www.tofugu.com/japan/mext-monbukagakusho-scholarship/

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
450 Ratings

450 Ratings

knobgobbler64 ,

perfect for me!

I’m a super super beginner learning Japanese and I absolutely love hearing everyone at Tofugu’s different perspectives on some of the basics and not-basics of grammar, specific words and particles, and modern Japanese culture! I’m super grateful for this free content full of such nuanced deep dives into specific topics.

I love all the hosts’ and writers’ personalities, especially Kanae and Emily, and you can tell that everyone puts a lot of effort into their articles and podcast episodes. Plus, no ads except for the obligatory WaniKani plug, which is very enjoyable and different every episode with new perspectives from co-hosts. Everyone needs to know about this podcast :P

HiryuuHyaku ,

Super helpful

I really enjoy the podcast and it provides useful information about Japanese culture and learning Japanese.

nattycat46 ,

Love everyone at Tofugu <3

I’m going to be studying abroad in Japan through my college this Fall so I really wanted to listen to learn more about Japanese culture and language before I go. I absolutely love all of the episodes, especially the ones on particles and the difference between 思う and 考える! It’s so fun to be able to hear all of the discussions and listening to Kanae makes me happy :) thank you for all your hard work Tofugu staff <3 I’ve learned so much already in just a month

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