For people who want to visit Japan, live in Japan, and learn Japanese. Please excuse the tangents.
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/
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/
"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!
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
Make sure to give it a listen for Ian’s Japanese learning wisdom!
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
Make sure to give it a listen for some Japanese learning wisdom from Emily and her friends!
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
Make sure to give it a listen for David’s Japanese learning wisdom!
I can tell why some people might think it’s annoying with all the tangents, but it keeps me interested and is hilarious. I loved the episodes with Michael and koichi, they are so funny and sharp witted. I learn so much just from a few episodes, not just about Japanese, but cool stuff in general
Love this podcast. It fills such a gap in Japanese language learning resources, and I have relied time and time again on the Tofugu folks’ info to clarify something for me. It’s so helpful, entertaining, and educational. The hosts are great. Keep up the good work!
The best Japanese language and culture podcast!
If you want a podcast that goes deep on a wide cross section of Japanese topics, look no further! It is always entertaining and informative. My only criticism is that I wish they came out with new episodes more often!