About Us


Ami is the multitalented Sensei on Learn Japanese Pod. She helps people improve their Japanese fluency with her insightful advice.

She grew up in various parts of Asia but is a complete native of Osaka (Japan) at heart. Her education was in English but grew up talking Japanese at home, listening to J-Pop, watching classic anime and crazy Japanese TV shows.

She is a singer-songwriter and also teaches private music lessons, so you know she loves to teach. She enjoys making podcasts with the Learn Japanese Pod team. You can hear Ami’s music here! You can follow her on social media @vocalistami.

Ami’s social media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


alex photo copyAlex was interested in music, language and travel from an early age. He studied music and Japanese at London University and spent a year at International Christian University in Tokyo studying Japanese intensively…roughly a million years ago before Youtube, Twitter and useful iPhone apps. After going through countless textbooks and struggling with the language, Alex decided to show the world how terrible his Japanese really was and started the Learn Japanese Pod podcast back in 2007 in Osaka.

Almost 10 years on Learn Japanese Pod is going strong. What started as a hobby has turned into a full time passion.

Alex loves helping people study Japanese more effectively and avoid the mistakes he made. Alex humbly bows in the direction of his listeners and the friends he has made through the podcast.

Alex’s Social Media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


AsukaAsuka is a native of Japan but grew up traveling the world. Apart from native level Japanese and English, she can also speak French and Spanish so she is a top level linguist and has a black belt in being a great communicator. In fact, she usually shows Alex up even in English!

On the podcast Asuka gives fascinating explanations into the intricacies of natural native Japanese. She is also a professional radio announcer and salsa teacher, so multi-talented is her middle name.

She spends her time traveling between the States and Japan on business but we all know she’s enjoying it too! Asuka is usually pestered on a regular basis to hang out with Alex and record new podcasts. You can find Asuka on twitter here. Check out her personal blog in Japanese here.



Beb is not only a full time mother and podcaster but also a prolific composer and rock star known as a diva of the suburbs of Osaka.

She is also a really good cook, so if you are ever in the Osaka area you should try and sample some of her delicious dishes.

Her sense of humor, energy and local knowledge of Osaka dialect helps to make the show fun and educational. Beb was the first Japanese host of Learn Japanese Pod and taught eager listeners Osaka dialect. Thanks to Beb, Learn Japanese Pod has some awesome lessons on sounding like a real Osaka samurai. You can check out her music and personal blog here