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Learn Japanese Pod Show #110

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So today’s lesson is a little challenging but definitely very useful for everyday Japanese conversation. In this lesson Asuka teaches Alex how to use the word 確かに – tashika ni – which means something like”certainly”, “that’s true” or “for sure”.  This is commonly used in everyday conversation Japanese conversation.

For example:

A: 今日あついよね - kyou atsui yo ne

B: 確かに – tashika ni

A: It’s really hot today isn’t it?

B: It sure is

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Podcast Dialog 01

a) あーしかし、暑い。 b) 確かに。今年もかなり暑いですね。 a) 本当に暑い暑い。一杯ビールでもやるか? b) ははは、そうですね。ちょっと寄りますか? a) aa, shikashi. atsui. b) tashika ni. kotoshi mo kanari atsui desu ne. a) hontou ni astsui, atsui. ippai biiru demo yaru ka b) ha ha ha, sou desu ne. chotto yorimasu ka a) ah. Wow, it’s hot. b) It certainly is. This year is pretty hot isn’t it. a) It really is hot! Do you want to have a beer? b) Ha ha ha, right. Let’s go get one. (Let’s visit a place that has beer)

Podcast Dialog 02

a) そういえば、あの人ちょっと変わった人だったよね? b) 背の高い男の方ですか? a) そうそう。 b) ええ、確かに、 ちょっと気になりましたね。 a) souieba, ano hito chotto kawatta hito data yo ne. b) se no takai otoko no hata desu ka a) sou sou b) ee, tashika ni, chotto ki ni narimashita a) So, you remember that weird guy? b) The tall guy? a) Right, right. b) Yes, he certainly is a little weird. It’s bothering me.

Podcast Dialog 03

a) 先生の授業、今日は厳しかったね。 b) 確かに厳しかったけど、でも難しい題材だから仕方ないよ。 a) Sensei no juugyou, kyou wa kibishikatta ne b) Tashika ni kibishikatta kedo, demo muzukashii kyouzai dakara shikata nai yo a) Teacher, your class was really hard today. b) It certainly was hard, but it couldn’t be helped because the study materials were hard.

So go out and try using that phrase! Check out the podcast for more examples and other useful expressions.

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Learn Japanese Pod Show #109

Download MP3 Alex and Asuka talk about the meaning of なるべく – narubeku which means “preferably”, “if possible” or “as much as you can”. For example: なるべくゆっくり話してもらえますか? – narubeku yukkuri hanashi shite moraemasu ka Could you please speak more slowly (as much as possible)?



Learn Japanese Pod Show #108

Download MP3 In this show we look at すればーするほど – sureba-suruhodo which means the more you do the more something happens. Check out the podcast for some examples. 日本語は勉強すればするほど上手になります – nihongo wo benkyou sureba suru hodo jouzu ni narimasu The more you study Japanese, the better you’ll get (It’s true you know!)

Learn Japanese Pod Show #107

Download MP3 In this podcast we study せっかく- Sekkaku – refers to an unappreciated or wasted effort. In English the closest translation would be “…even though I took the trouble to do something…”.

Learn Japanese Pod Show #106

Download MP3 In this lesson we learn a slightly tricky but very useful grammatical structure しか…ない shika…nai. This basically means “just” or “only. For example: 千円しかないよ -sen en shika nai yo – I only have 1000 yen

Learn Japanese Pod Show #105

Download MP3 In this lesson we look at 情けない – nasakenai which means various things such as pathetic, wretched or something generally in a bad state. Check out the podcast to hear more examples of how this is used naturally in conversation.

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Welcome to Learn Japanese Pod, a podcast, website and community for people who want to study Japanese the fun and easy way. The podcast is hosted by Asuka and Alex who teach you useful Japanese phrases and vocabulary to help with everyday conversations and communication. Whether you are an anime or manga fan, a student of Japanese or planning to visit Japan, this podcast and website is right for you. Click here for useful articles for how to study Japanese. 팟캐스트 일본어 공부 (Learn Japanese Pod) 일본어를 재미있고 쉽게 배우기 원하는 분들을 위한 팟캐스트, 웹사이트 그리고 커뮤니티인 Learn Japanese Pod에 오신 것을 환영합니다. 팟캐스트는 일상적인 대화와 커뮤니케이션에 도움이 되는 유용한 일본어 문장 및 어휘를 여러분들에게 가르쳐 주는 아스카와 알렉스가 진행합니다. 여러분이 애니메이션 또는 만화 팬이거나, 일본어를 공부하는 학생이거나, 혹은 일본을 방문할 계획이 있는 경우에도 이 팟캐스트와 웹사이트는 여러분들에게 적합한 선택이 될 것입니다. 일본어 공부 방법에 대한 유용한 기사를 보시려면 여기를 클릭하세요. 学日语播客 (Learn Japanese Pod) 欢迎来到“学日语播客” (Learn Japanese Pod),这是一个集播客、网站和社区的综合体,适合希望愉快且轻松学习日语的人群。 播客由 Asuka 和 Alex 主持,将教您有用的日语短语和词汇,帮助您进行日常会话与交流。 不论您是一位动漫迷、日语学习者,或是计划来日本旅行,此播客与网站是您的最佳选择。

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  1. nyxaelia

    I love your podcast guys!!  You all do an awesome job ~ I just started listening recently around episode 104, and I was wondering if there was a way for me to get the previous episodes so I can start from the beginning and enhance my learning.  I just feel a little left behind at the moment >.<

  2. jwkelley77

    Do most of your podcast follow a similar format,  lots of  Japanese spoken about  a specific vocabulary word?

    • japanesepodcast

      @jwkelley77 Most of our podcasts up until now have centered around a single vocabulary or grammar point. However, we are now working on a new series of free podcasts with a little wider format including dialogs, cultural points and travel tips. We’ll be coming out with that in March.

  3. justin1

    Hi Alex!
    I’m a big fan of your podcasts, and would love to see more of them! Any updates on new shows?
    -Justin (from San Francisco, CA, USA).

    • japanesepodcast

      @justin1 Yes! We’ll be coming out with some new free podcasts in March. We’re busy recording a new Japanese travel course which will be out in the next month or so!

  4. jayuml

    Hi, I’m wondering if there’s any way we can see a list of the topics covered on the podcasts? For example:
    1. ??? 2. ??? 3. ??? . . . . . . 105. 情けない – various things such as pathetic, wretched or something generally in a bad state. 106.  しか…ない –  “just” or “only” 107.  せっかく – even though I took the trouble to do something 108. すればーするほど – the more you do the more something happens 109. なるべく – “preferably”, “if possible” or “as much as you can”. For an example in Korean, something like Talk To Me In Korean’s format:

  5. lmuyaj

    Hi, I’m wondering if there’s any way we can see a list of the topics covered on the podcasts? For example:
    1. ??? 2. ??? 3. ??? . . . . . . 105. 情けない – various things such as pathetic, wretched or something generally in a bad state. 106.  しか…ない –  “just” or “only” 107.  せっかく – even though I took the trouble to do something 108. すればーするほど – the more you do the more something happens 109. なるべく – “preferably”, “if possible” or “as much as you can”. For an example in Korean, something like Talk To Me In Korean’s format:

  6. @fairhsa Hi There Fairhsa, thanks for the comments. So, here is the website for the travel course now. Please sign up to get updates on the course as we make it. Sign up here:

  7. DanielLin1

    Dear Alex:I love this podcast so much, but I found that the latest podcast is 109 to 105.I was wondering how I can find the previous podcast
    and then I found the answer is to become a premium member.sadly, I don’t know where can get more information about the premium memberso please tell me, thanks a lot

  8. glowhen

    Hi Alex
    Please could you email me details on how to become a premium member.

    • @glowhen Hi there! What’s your email? OR send me an email to alexbrooke[-at-] and I tell you exactly how to get the premium membership!

      • HaroldHunny

        @learnjapanesepod @glowhen
        Yes, I’d like the info too. I enjoy listening, but I sure would like some text to go with the podcasts.

        • @HaroldHunny  @learnjapanesepod  @glowhen Hi there, if you join the premium membership you get over 200 pages of PDFs so you can read all the show notes, grammar and vocabulary at your leisure. Send me an email at alexbrooke-at-gmail-dot-com and I can give you more information

  9. SkinnyLover

    How can I find older podcasts from the same series?  Or should i just begin with 105?

  10. jessicastp

    I’m interested in the premium membership. Can you e-mail me the details at scatteredpolaroids at gmail please?

  11. ChristopheHermans

    Could you send me te details about the premium membership ?

  12. RTFisher

    Can you send me an e-mail on how to subscribe to the premium membership?  e-mail is . Thanks in advance

  13. @RTFisher Sure, just sent you the information!

  14. @ChristopheHermans Hey Chris, how’s it going? Just checking you got the mail OK.

  15. peter001

    Hi,Alex. I’m also interesting in being the premium membership for older podcasts. Could u mail to me about the details?  And one more question, are you still updating the latest podcasts? or have finished this series? 

  16. @peter001 Hi there. Thanks for your interest. I’ll email you the information for the premium right away. Also, it’s good you asked about the podcasts as we are planning a NEW series which should be coming out in a couple of months. So please check back here on this site regularly. I’ll email you when new podcasts are coming out.

  17. _RoIo_

    Do we need to buy the premium membership to start the lessons from part 1? And do we start from the basics in lesson 1? Thank you. 
    Can you email me the information? I can’t find the information on how to do this on this website.

  18. @_RoIo_ Hi Rolo san,In answer to your question, yes, to get access to episodes 1-100 plus the show notes and other premium podcasts you can become a premium member. As for the level, the first few podcasts teach you the basics. However, after that, then tend to jump around a little in level. Most of them are around the intermediate level. The 10 free podcasts on the site here should give you an idea of what level most of the other ones are. I’ll email you more details on how to join up. Thanks for your interest.

  19. wendir

    Hi ! I just discovered this website as well and,want a membership. My email is please help me,to sign up!!

  20. @wendir Hi Wendi, I just emailed you. Just for your information here’s what you get with the Premium account: 1) Access to over 100 plus podcasts and the ability to download them and keep them for ever!
    2) Premium only member podcasts
    3) Over 200 pages of PDF shownotes with all the dialogs written out
    4) Email access to me to ask me questions any time about Japanese so I can coach you with your Japanese5) A 30 minute walking tour and beer/sake with me in Tokyo if you can come out here. I love to meet the premium members in person and I also want to encourage them to come out here to Tokyo and try out their Japanese!Thanks for writing Wendi!

  21. @wendir Oh and I emailed you the details on how to sign up. Thanks again!

  22. Genkai

    Hey, the podcasts are absolutely amazing. The stuff on other websites that I’ve found so far are either too easy or too hard but these podcasts are just right! Can I have an email about becoming a member please? :)

  23. rich3818

    Hi, Can I get an email about the premium membership, onegai snimasu? My email is

  24. Louise Mathema

    Hi I’m interested in becoming a premium member could you email me details please?

  25. groovysong91

    Hi there. I would love to know more about how to become premium member so can you send me some info please. My email is Thanks a lot

  26. @groovysong91 Hi, just sent you an email!

  27. @Genkai Hey there, sorry for not getting back to you earlier. What’s your email?

  28. @rich3818 Hi Just emailed you! Thanks for leaving the comment!

  29. jenniferalexandragarza

    Could you send me some information on how to sign up for premium? I am also considering the Travel Course. My email is

  30. omatase

    @learnjapanesepod  @_RoIo_ 
    I would also like deets on how to get the first 100 episodes. I lived in Japan for 2 years and was fully immersed in the language and culture, but it has been 13 years. I like the level of the most recent podcasts. They are a bit on the easy side, but are still good. If the others are easier that might not be awesome.

  31. @omatase  @learnjapanesepod  @_RoIo_  Hey there Omatase, please send me an email to info[-at-] and I can send you the information.

  32. ds0560

    my e-mail is “”. I really need to subscribe to good audio lessons soon. Could I please be e-mailed for the details on a premium subscription. Thanks.

  33. evenstarru

    Heyya! I’m self-studying Japanese; did classes for four years but took a break for two, now I need some new material to break myself out of the mid-level re-starter blues. Doing the whole immersion thing, slowly building up my Japanese iPod and starting to use Anki too, but I think this podcast could really help. Please email me at for details of the premium membership! :) Thank you.

  34. @evenstarru Hi there, Alex here. Just emailed you now about that. Thanks for your interest.

  35. @ds0560 Hi Just emailed you about this!

  36. @Louise Mathema Hey Louise, still interested in the Premium membership?

  37. Shrajke

    Hi, trying to gain some immersion in Japanese.  Been using several different podcasts, but I like the use of colloquial phrases in this one.  Email me at for details on premium membership.  Thanks.

  38. @Shrajke Hi there, just sent you an email about this. Thanks for your interest.

  39. SeanLugosi

    Hey could I get details about premium membership. Great podcast. Need more :)

  40. nikkibritt

    Hi i am interested in your premium membership. could you please email details my email is Thanks

  41. SeanLugosiHey Sean, did you get my email?

  42. Austin Smith

    Hey Alex. I think that the podcasts that you have uploaded onto itunes are fantastic! I would love to be able to hear your past episodes. My email is Please email me with any information regarding past episodes or premium memberships. Thanks!

  43. Shalmali Kandy

    I am new here. I was just wondering if there is an RSS feed android users can subscribe to for your podcasts?
    Thank you

  44. Linh Tran

    I’m so much interested in your podcasts cause it could help me to speak in a natural way. Could you send me the detail of your premium membership to this address : Thanks in advance

  45. Thaned Pruttivarasin

    I’m interested in a Premium Member ship. Please email me the details at thanedp[at] Thanks you so much!

  46. Lizzy Hemsley

    Hi can you email me at eh8423 [at] about becoming a premium member please?

  47. duncan cosgrove


    Your premium membership page appears to be bust.

    i’m interested in getting hold of all the previous podcasts so i can start at step 1. Is there a way of signing up to these any more?

    Cheers :)

  48. Lucy Boyum

    why hello! I see in the comments a lot of questions about this magical premium membership and I want in, does the premium membership include the first few podcasts? If so I’d like to learn more. :) please email me here

  49. Nattawat Theeralerttham

    Love it! Awesome podcast!

  50. Brian Kendig

    I hear a lot of good things about this podcast, and I’d like to start with episode 1! How expensive is a membership? What’s the new course you started? O-genki desu ka?

  51. Luke Chalmers

    Hey Guys,

    Where has the forum gone? Granted it has been a very long time since I have ‘logged in’, so not completely sure that my account is up to date.


  52. Hardik Mandavia


    I’ve had a listen at a couple of the podcasts available for free and found them to be really quite brilliant!

    I was wondering if you’d be able to send me details on how to join as a premium member so I can gain access to all the previous ones!


  53. Andy Hill

    Hi I really enjoyed the free samples and I’m interested in hearing the earlier episodes with a premium membership. Please let me know how I can upgrade

  54. Nick Deadman

    Hi, how can I get hold of your older podcasts?

  55. David sdfsdf

    I really love your podcast and I’m interested in hearing the earlier ones. Please let me know how I can upgrade my account.

  56. Mike Cain

    Hi I’m interested in premium! Just listened to my first episode today and I like how laid back it is. My email is

  57. @Kimbachippy Hi Kimbachippy! Thanks so much for listening to the podcasts! So I have some good news for you. On Friday, we’re coming out with a brand spanking new podcast which is completely free! Not only that, but we’re going to do a new Learn Japanese course that I think you will find more affordable!

  58. @Kimbachippy Hi Kimbachippy! Thanks so much for listening to the podcasts! So I have some good news for you. On Friday, we’re coming out with a brand spanking new podcast which is completely free! Not only that, but we’re going to do a new Learn Japanese course that I think you will find more affordable

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