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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 • 401 Ratings

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

    What Should I Call "You"? Part 1: Zero Pronouns

    What Should I Call "You"? Part 1: Zero Pronouns

    This is the first episode of our "What Should I Call 'You'?" series.

    In Japanese, pronouns for "others" (which includes everything besides "I" — "you" "they" / "she" / "he" ) are not generally used in conversation. In this series, the Tofugu crew discusses different ways to refer to others without using pronouns.

    In this episode, Kanae, Jenny and Rachel talk about the "zero pronoun," aka simply leaving out pronouns.

    After listening to this episode, check out our article for a more in-depth explanation of the topic: https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/what-should-i-call-you/

    • 26 min
    よ VS ね — Two Particles with Lots of Attitude

    よ VS ね — Two Particles with Lots of Attitude

    In this episode, Mami, Cameron, and Kanae talk about two sentence-ending particles, よ (yo) and ね (ne). They dive deep into their different nuances and uses, with a lot of examples. Also make sure not to miss a special cameo appearance of a very special holiday guest!

    After listening to this episode, check out our article on Tofugu.com for more info:
    "よ and ね: WHAT DO THESE PARTICLES REALLY MEAN TO JAPANESE SPEAKERS?" (https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/yo-vs-ne/)

    • 43 min
    さすが — Actually, It Isn't *Always* A Compliment

    さすが — Actually, It Isn't *Always* A Compliment

    This is the second episode in our two-part さすが (sasuga) miniseries. The Tofugu crew — Kanae, Jenny and Mami — discuss the "other," overshadowed use of さすが, which is not for compliments. This discussion led to the discovery of Kanae's weird and controversial bathroom habits.

    After listening to the episode, check our article "さすが Is Not Always A Compliment": https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/sasuga/

    • 38 min
    さすが — The Best Compliment You Can Get in Japanese

    さすが — The Best Compliment You Can Get in Japanese

    This is the first episode in our two-part miniseries about the unique Japanese word さすが (sasuga). In this episode, the Tofugu crew — Kanae, Jenny and Mami — discuss the nuances of さすが when it's used as a compliment. Listen carefully and you'll even learn about a quirky eating habit of Mami's from her high school days.

    • 47 min
    思う VS 考える — Two Kinds of "Thinking"

    思う VS 考える — Two Kinds of "Thinking"

    Put on your thinking caps, folks! In this episode, the Tofugu crew — Kanae, Cameron, Mami, and Rachel — discuss the differences between 考える and 思う, two Japanese words for "think."

    After listening to the episode, check our article to do some more thinking about "thinking":
    https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/omou-kangaeru/

    • 51 min
    Making Sense of な-adjectives and の-adjectives

    Making Sense of な-adjectives and の-adjectives

    In this episode, two native Japanese speakers (Kanae/Mami) and two English-speaking Japanese learners (Cameron/Rachel) discuss two types of noun-based adjectives, な-adjectives and の-adjectives.

    Later in the episode, the Tofugu Crew goes through quizzes such as "What's the difference between 本当な〜 and 本当の〜?" to help deepen their understanding.

    After listening to the episode, check out more details in our article:
    MAKING SENSE OF な-ADJECTIVES and の-ADJECTIVES https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/na-adjectives-no-adjectives/

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
401 Ratings

401 Ratings

natto_4491 ,

Entertaining and educational

The warmth amongst the podcasters are immediately apparent which makes one feel as if one is listening and chatting with good friends. Wonderful way of entering into the complicated world of leaning a new language.

Paco El Músico ,

良いです

レビューは日本語で書くのが欲しかったです。よく訳されてわかれるのを希望します。僕はトフグポッドキャスト前にワニカニと始まった。他方法より早く覚えたからライフタイムサブスクリプションを買った。今はレベル28です。ポッドキャストは楽しいです。仕事でいつも営業時間後に聴く。たくさん情報がありますが、面白いです。

mitswalts ,

Wow these guys humor is like

A laxative for my haafu impostor syndrome / inter generational trauma being a yonsei Japanese learner with family history from WW2 camp and grew up in the early 90s and online when everyone wanted to be sexy geishas or cool ninjas. Maybe now I can just study Japanese and stop being sad and hearing voices and fapping sounds when I try to study language. I learned very few words as a child, one of which was baka. This is all a true story. I hope this review encourages you guys. Ganbatte yo 🌈

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