So, Asuka and I decided to put together this podcast to teach you how to talk about your hometown.
You’ll learn to say where you are from, describe what it’s like and recommend places to visit. And it we’ll teach you most common and simple Japanese phrases and vocabulary to help you keep the conversation going.
Japanese people are quite inquisitive about visitors to their country so this podcast should help you to get a fun conversation going and make new friends.
Would you like to learn an incredibly useful skill in Japan? Yes?
It’s learning how to apologize. As they say in Japan, if it’s your fault, apologize. If it isn’t your fault, apologize.
In this podcast you’ll learn various ways to apologize in different situations and contexts, different levels of politeness and the culture behind it all.
Check out the podcast here and if you learn how to say you’re sorry, you won’t be sorry!
If you are going to study Japanese for the first time at university, college or take private lessons, learning to introduce yourself to your classmates and teacher in Japanese is very useful.
Check out this podcast which will teach you some common set phrases to say your name, where you are from and talk about your hobbies and interests in Japanese. Listen to the podcast here.
Hoorah! Asuka and Alex are back with a new series of podcasts starting today! In this podcast, you’ll learn how to ask your friends out to restaurants, bars and more. You’ll also learn a few useful set phrases which you can use in various situations with your Japanese friends.
The level of the podcast is basic so it’s great for beginners or for those who want to review the basics.
You can download the podcast, PDFs and just the dialog audio if you want. Listen to the podcast here.
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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.
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
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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