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Fun Friday 13: Coronavirus in Japan

In this podcast, Andy and Alex talk about life in Japan during the Coronavirus outbreak. Check out the podcast here. 

Podcast 31: Convenience Store Japanese

In this podcast Ami and Alex teach you some useful Japanese phrases to use in convenience stores in Japan. Check out the podcast here. 

Podcast 30: Talking about your plans for the new year

In this podcast Ami and Alex teach you how to talk about your plans for the coming year in Japanese. Check out the podcast here.

Podcast 29: Talking about your job in Japanese

In this podcast Ami and Alex teach you some useful phrases to talk about your job in fluent Japanese. Check out the podcast here.

Fun Friday: Interview with Miku Sensei

In this podcast I interview the talented, multi-lingual Miku Sensei about teaching languages and how to become more fluent in Japanese.  Click here for the full podcast

Podcast 28: How to talk about the weather in Japanese

In this podcast Ami Sensei and Alex teach you how to talk about the weather in natural Japanese  Click here for the full podcast
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Podcast 27: Talking about your preferences in Japanese

In this podcast Ami Sensei and Alex teach you how to talk about your preferences in Japanese  Click here for the full podcast
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Podcast 26: Japanese verbs for daily life

In this podcast Ami Sensei and Alex teach you about useful verbs that you can use to describe your daily routine.  Click here for the full podcast

Podcast 25: Japanese adverbs of frequency

Japanese adverbs of frequency are incredibly useful in daily conversation when you want to describe how often you do things. In this podcast, Ami and Alex will break down the grammar for you with fun casual Japanese conversation and explanations in English. Click here for the full podcast

Podcast 24: How to book a table at a Japanese restaurant

Being able to book a table t a Japanese restaurant is an essential skill for traveling and living in Japan. In this podcast Ami and Alex break down some useful phrases to help you reserve a seat at your favorite restaurant. Click here for the full podcast
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Podcast 23: How to speak Osaka Ben

In this episode, Ami and Alex teach you how to speak Osaka dialect, also known as Osaka Ben. Click here for the full podcast

Podcast 22: What does “Yappari” mean?

“Yappari” is a word that is often misunderstood and leaves students of Japanese scratching their head. Well, wonder no more, Ami sensei and Alex teach you three ways this word can be used in natural Japanese conversation.   Click here for the full podcast

Fun Friday 11: Ask us anything!

In this special Fun Friday Ask us anything podcast we answer your Japanese study questions with the help of the wonderful Ami sensei.   Click here for the full podcast.

Podcast 21: Japanese Conversation Starters

Ever wondered how to start a conversation naturally in Japanese? Well wonder know more as Ami and Alex teach you some useful phrases to strike up conversations with your friends.   Click here for the full podcast.
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Podcast 20: Talking about your hobbies in Japanese

Ami and Alex teach you how to hold a conversation in natural Japanese on the topic of your free time and hobbies. This is a great topic you can use to get to know people in Japan.  Click here for the full podcast.

Fun Friday 10: Japan Travel Tips 

In this podcast, my good friend Matthew and I talk about our experiences traveling around Japan. We also give you our top tips and tricks for making your trip to Japan go more smoothly.  Click here for the full podcast.

Podcast 19: How to eat Takoyaki

In this podcast, Ami and I talk about absolutely everything you need to know about Takoyaki. We talk about how to make and eat Takoyaki, it’s history and some of the best places in Osaka to try it for yourself.  Click here for the full podcast.
 

Podcast 18: How to say “must” in Japanese

There are a confusing number of ways to say you “must do something” in Japanese. But fear not, in this podcast Ami and Alex will teach you the most natural and commonly used phrase to express you have to so something.  Click here for the full podcast.
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Fun Friday 09: Why do Japanese people wear masks

In this podcast, Tomo and Alex discuss the eternal philosophical question “Why do Japanese people wear masks?”. To find out the definitive answer to that and other Japanese cultural related questions listen to the podcast . Click here for the full podcast.

Fun Friday 08: Japanese TV Shows

From the sublime to the cor-blimey, Japanese TV shows can be intense viewing. In this episode, Ami and I talk about our favourite Japanese TV shows. Click here for the full podcast.
 

Podcast 17: How to express your opinion in Japanese

In this podcast, Ami sensei and I talk about how to express your opinion using the verb 思う omou – which means to think. Get the full podcast here.

Fun Friday 07: Interview with Niko of Nihongo Shark II

Niko from Nihongo Shark is back and in this episode we talked about getting overwhelmed with your Japanese studies and the horrors or the English education system in Japan. Click here for the full podcast.
 

Podcast 16: What to do when you lose your wallet in Japan

In this podcast, Ami and I talk about what to do when you lose your wallet in Japan. Listen to the dialogs to find out what phrases you can use to try and locate your lost items.  Click here for more details.

Fun Friday 06: Tomo Akiyama Interview

This week, I talk to Tomo Akiyama, Japanese teacher, expert linguist, well know Twitter user and Japan advocate. In this interview we talk about how to learn Japanese and common errors students make. Click here for more details.

Podcast 15: Talking about movies in Japanese

Want to learn how to talk about movies you saw in simple, natural Japanese? Then let Ami sensei and I teach you in this podcast. Click here for show notes and downloads.

Podcast 14: Talking on the phone in Japanese

In this podcast, Ami Sensei and Alex teach you how to hold a natural conversation in Japanese on the  phone. Check out the podcast to hear the dialogs and learn some useful phone phrases. Click here for podcast downloads and PDF show notes.
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Fun Friday 05: The Best and Worst of Life in Tokyo

In this podcast, Alex and Andy talk about their top 5 best and worst points of living in Tokyo. This should be of interest to you if you are planning to visit or live in Tokyo, or just curious about life here. Click here for podcast downloads.
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Podcast 13: Everything you need to know to speak Japanese fluently

Ami Sensei and I present you an epic podcast which teaches you absolutely everything you need to know about learning to speak fluent Japanese. Well, nearly everything, at least enough to get your started. Click here for more details.
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Fun Friday 04: Our Favourite Japanese Bands

In this podcast, Ami and I talk about our top 10 favourite Japanese bands. To find out more information on Japanese bands, albums and songs, and to download this podcast click here.
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Podcast 12: Describing personality in Japanese

In this podcast Ami sensei and I teach you some natural phrases for describing people’s personalities. We perform some dialogs to show you how native Japanese people do it. Click here for lesson notes and extra audio…
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Podcast 11: Japanese verbs 食べる Taberu – To Eat

In this podcast Ami sensei and I teach you how to use the plain form of the verb Taberu which means to eat. The plain form of the verb is used in casual conversation between friends. We’ll show you various ways to use the verb to sound natural when in speaking in Japanese. Click here for lesson notes and extra audio…

Podcast 10: The top 10 most common questions you will be asked when visiting Japan

In this episode, Ami sensei and I talk about the most common questions you will likely be asked when you visit Japan. We also discuss the cultural reasons behind those questions and how you can reply in flawless Japanese. Click here for downloads, lesson notes and more…

Fun Friday 03: Interview with Niko of Nihongoshark

In this episode I talked to my good friend Niko, the creator of Nihongoshark, a website that teaches you how to teach yourself Japanese. Click here for downloads and more information…

Podcast 09: How to order sushi at a Japanese restaurant

In this podcast, Yoshiko and Alex discuss the finer points of sushi dining in Japan. We go over useful phrases and vocabulary for ordering sushi as well as useful cultural points and tips to make the most out of your culinary experience. Go to the podcast here…

Fun Friday 02: Drinking etiquette in Japan

In this podcast, Yoshiko and Alex teach you some insider’s cultural knowledge for drinking and dining etiquette in Japan for Izakayas, Hanami and other party events. PDF Show notes and extra audio…

Podcast 08: Talking about your likes & dislikes in Japanese

In this podcast, Yoshiko and Alex teach you how to talk about your likes and dislikes in Japanese. PDF Show notes and extra audio…
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Fun Friday 01: 2016 Review in Japan

In this podcast, Yoshiko and Alex review 2016 and talk about major events in Japan over the last year. PDF Show notes and extra audio…
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Podcast 7: How to ask for help in Japanese

 

In this podcast, Alex and Asuka will teach you how to ask for help. We will teach you a really natural and colloquial phrase you can use with your friends and family. PDF show notes and extra audio…
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Podcast 6: Useful Classroom Japanese Phrases 

If you are planning to study Japanese in a classroom setting then this podcast is for you. Asuka and I will teach you some useful classroom Japanese so you can communicate with your Sensei better and learn Japanese more effectively. PDF Show notes and extra audio…
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Podcast 5: Top 10 tips for studying Japanese

If you are just starting your studies in Japanese or have been studying for a while and got stuck then this podcast is for you. Asuka and I will give you our top 10 tips for studying Japanese to help you progress more quickly. LISTEN
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Podcast 4: Talking about your hometown in Japanese

In this lesson Asuka and Alex will teach you how to ask and answer questions about people’s hometowns which is a great way to get to know people for the first time in Japan. PDF Show notes and extra audio…
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Podcast 3: How to apologize in Japanese

Perhaps one of the most important cultural skills you will learn in Japanese is the art of apologizing. Asuka and Alex will show you how! PDF Show notes and extra audio…
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Podcast 2: How to do a self introduction in Japanese 

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 an essential skill. Alex and Asuka will teach you how. PDF Show notes and extra audio…
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Podcast 1: How to ask friends to hang out in Japanese

In this lesson Asuka and Alex will teach you how to ask your friends to hang out, go out for drinks, dinner and more. This is an easy lesson that even beginners can do. PDF Show notes and extra audio…

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