3 PODCASTS I used to Learn Japanese!

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  1. I’ve been listening to SBS for a while but the other two I shall look forward to. Walking my dog and driving to and from work will now have more interesting.

  2. Thank you once again Loretta for a great video. As a Japanese learner, I always find your videos very interesting! Your tips on the JLPT test even helped me pass the JLPT N4 last December. It was the first time I ever took the JLPT test and I think I would have been screwed without you! 😀

  3. I'm new but found that I also need to get more natural examples, as a woman, I quite like this podcast because it's hosted by 2 Japanese women and although a bit challenging to understand everything, it's great coz they seem to chit chat about their lives in Podcast name: シノブとナルミの毒舌アメリカンライフ P.S. much love for shouting out an Aussie podcast!

  4. Thanks for the podcast recommendations! I'll definitely be checking those out. In fact, I already listen to Bilingual News. You are right about about how the stories be distracting at times , but I still try to see how much can I understand the Japanese version of the discussion. Another podcast I listen to is Learn Japanese Pod. It 's hosted by Alex and Ami. they go over different Japanese topics to teach people how to speak Japanese more fluently. They have free lesson notes, which are the transcripts of the skits they do and they have small conversations strictly in Japanese with each other that are not transcribed. Which, I like because as I get better at listening and understanding Japanese, I'll be able to understand what they are talking about.

  5. Thank you! I will check these out for sure. I also really love ichiban talk. It’s about Japanese people living overseas in a casual interview style. It’s super interesting to learn about other countries. Also, Ana and Lue (love fm) is funny and nice and short.

  6. I love this so muchhhhh you should start your own podcast we would all listen to it!! Can you do a video in japanese on why you learnt japanese and how its affected your life please? :)) i would love to know and so would we all in japanese!

  7. My level is in between N3 and N2, I have no problem sounding natural but I do find myself having problem getting into a flow whenever I talk in Japanese.
    I'm a pretty avid consumer of 2D stuffs and I love Japanese voice actors, so I mainly watch/listen to shows that pertain to them XD
    The podcasts you suggested seems interesting tho, so will try to listen to them.
    Thank you!

  8. Hiikibiiki is great. I noticed that Haruka has a heavy 'H' sound 'fu' and Daichi has something closer to an 'F'. It was interesting to hear them right next to each other, tofu vs tohu (to an english ear) when they were chatting about salads.

  9. The later episodes of ひいきびいき fade out the music completely for most of the podcast. I assume they had feedback about the music being a bit distracting.

  10. いいねー!いいpodcast教えてくれて、ありがとうございました。もう聞いています!!
    (´∇`)😍😘

  11. Downloaded them all xD There's a Mangaka that often streams daily on youtube and I watch him as he often comments on what he is doing and just random chat. So it's nice hearing a Male speaker.

  12. Omg yes! I’ve been dying to get some Japanese podcasts to listen to, but the ones I’d found for immersion were too difficult to focus cuz it was way too advanced for my level. Thank you for making this video!!

  13. THANK YOU! I listen to a handful of podcasts in English such as Freakonomics, Stuff You Should Know, and Aspen Ideas to Go just because I like learning new things, but I've been struggling to find podcasts that have interesting content like this in Japanese. I'm an N2 level listener but I find it hard to pick up vocab for things that I don't encounter in my daily life in Japan. I've been hoping to find podcasts that would expose me to a wider variety of topics so I can expand my vocabulary through interesting topics. I'll definitely be checking these out. Thanks so much!

  14. anyone got any podcast recommendations that talk about anime or music? (or games or manga)

    i'll definitely check out hiiki biiki!

  15. Thank you so much! I have been trying to find a podcast to listen to for the past few weeks. I was trying to listen to NHK but it's way too hard for me as an N3/N4 learner! Thank you again 🙂

  16. So glad you made this video! I listen to podcasts all the time, and occasionally I'll be listening to This American Life and wondering if there is something similar in Japanese, but…. I guess I can't be bothered to Google. I guess I'm at N2/N3, so I'll download them all 🙂

    I use Discord… for Pokemon Go. Ha!

  17. If you’re a beginner really want to get good at Japanese I highly recommend you listen to podcasts, anime, tv shows music or something you still look forward to in your free time that doesn’t feel like study everyday. For me one of the best parts about learning a language is all this fun stuff you can begin to understand that rewards your study efforts! these kind of podcasts are golden thanks for sharing! I only knew about bilingual news and listen to it sometimes in the bath-but also share the same opinion that it’s not quite my cup of tea as I’m not a big fan of the English speaker lol I’m also not a big fan of the lecture lesson style videos but looking forward to hearing what you share as it might change my mind! – nihongonomori is my go to channel for jlpt learning when i want to study vocab or grammar.

  18. 😀 it's PODCAST TIME! I'm so glad you guys are as excited as I am! Here's the line up:
    ①ひいきびいき [Hiiki Biiki] : http://hkbk.fm/
    ② SBS Japanese Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/y6d6bhdv
    ③ Hapa Eikaiwa Podcast: https://hapaeikaiwa.com
    === Bonus Podcasts!
    ===
    – Bilingual News: https://bilingualnews.jp/
    – NHK Radio News: https://tinyurl.com/yxap66pp

  19. 日本の皆さん、大変お持たせしました!日本語字幕も付けましたので、CCボタンをクリックしてね!

  20. I'm not sure if you have answered this question before but what books are best to start learning beginners Kanji ? I know there are apps and website but I'm trying to find books. I think I learn better with books, so do you have any recommendations?

  21. Great video! 私はYouTubeでTED Talksやアメリカ大統領のスピーチを聴いたり、shadowingをしたりして英語を勉強しています。

  22. omg, thank you for this list!! i love listening to たまむすび (https://www.tbsradio.jp/tama954/), but have been thirsty for more japanese podcasts. can't wait for part 2!

  23. LOVE YOUR CHANNEL !! I've only watched 3 so far because I just discovered you, but watching them made me happy and excited, you speak so passionately about your topics and you just radiate that passion on your videos !! I'm excited to see more !! Good luck ! 🙂

  24. I never noticed the popularity of podcasts. The way I ask what people are reading, I recently noticed people ask what podcasts they are listening to. The first time I noticed this was back on a date in September ‘18, and the womxn I was with asked me what podcasts I was listening to. After that, I’ve noticed people asking what podcasts they listen to.

  25. How strong are your cheek muscles? 😅 It looks like there constantly in flex. Which is probably a must in speaking Japanese.

  26. 沖縄に住んでいるモロッコ人です。3〜4年前から、ロレッタさんのチャネルを知っていました。今日ロレッタさんはラジオ始めたってことをみたら、嬉しかったです。私もラジオが好きなんですが、そんなにスムーズに話せないです。応援しています

  27. Yes! Thanks so much. I'm still a beginner, studying a few times a week with a teacher, and I will visit Japan in about 2 or 3 months. It's nice to hear these tips for not sounding like a robot. I'm still finding listening to be difficult, so I want to find as many sources as possible to help with that. I think I will try your technique of contrasting your speech with the shows that you were mimicking. Also, when are you starting a discord? I use it a lot for my stream and I am in a bunch of gaming community discords!

  28. Thank you for this. I've been looking for podcasts and have found I agree with you in regards to the Bilingual News – at first I thought it would be extremely helpful but I found the male host's somewhat arrogant delivery of opinions distracting and frustrating…

  29. Thanks for these!
    One of my recent favs
    http://www.nhk.or.jp/kokokoza/tv/kokuhyou/archive/chapter002.html
    It's not a podcast but a program for Japanese high schoolers, they talk about relevant topics as essays, literature, compositors etc. There is also a teacher who in proper, calm manner explain things. The most important is that there is a transcript, and that the topics are interesting rather than some loud, gossip shows. With audacity you can get it on mp3 and loop it for few hours 😉

  30. I would love a podcast from you! Thanks for the recommendations. I am passing all my tests in my Japanese classes, but I feel so inept when it comes to conversation. I get so much anxiety from it and I feel like its because I know I haven't put in as much effort when I should, so I freeze up and can't respond

  31. My favourite thing is actually being able to kind of pick up on what is happening in conversations, I really feel like I'm learning the language 😌

  32. ひいきびいき's website is down, so for those who want to access the podcast you can go here, ( https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/7ddhy-4ce8b/%E3%81%B2%E3%81%84%E3%81%8D%E3%81%B3%E3%81%84%E3%81%8D-Podcast )

  33. 「世界のねじを巻くラジオ」のポッドキャストを配信してますので、興味あれば聞いてみてください。
    iPhone/iTunesで聴く→ https://itunes.apple.com/jp/podcast/世界のねじを巻くラジオ-ゲイのねじまきラジオ/id1409236261?l=en
    Spotify→ https://open.spotify.com/show/6ComJ7U0Y0yJ9DM1eEt9jj?si=FlR5lp6VTQuDe86DH125VA
    ちょっと早口かもしれませんが・・笑

  34. Is there any way to purchase the HAPA 英会話 transcripts outside of Japan? For some reason the billing information seems to only be for Japanese addresses.

  35. LIES!!! Hapa Eikawa isn’t on iTunes!!! 😭 I guess it doesn’t matter anyway. I’m probably N -1. I learned Spanish before this and I’m a native English speaker and I kid you not. When I try to practice the lowest form of basic Japanese sentences I can slowly piece together now my mind replaces words I don’t know with Spanish words. Like how tf!? I’m an African American English speaker and didn’t even pass my AP Spanish test! Maybe I don’t need podcasts yet.

  36. I’m actually learning how to speak japanese and this video was exactly what i was looking for !!! thank you!!

  37. I was about to say, my problem is conversational, 2-way dialogue. I'm surprised you didn't mention anime with English sub-titles.

  38. This is gonna be a little strange, but my impression was that I could always see her teeth when she speaks, whether in Japanese or English. As a frequent mumbler, this reminded me that I need to actually open my mouth and enunciate when trying to speak Japanese. Oh, and I got some podcast ideas too. lol

  39. Excited for your next update on podcasts! I would also like to see some recommendations for the more education/academic based podcasts geared towards N4/N5 level. I either find podcasts for more intermediate speakers, or podcasts for BEGINNER speakers where they spend an hour discussing how to say "hello" and "thank you." It's hard to find those in-between podcasts. Any help would be appreciated!

  40. Hiiii, i think you shoul totally do the podcast beacuse the tone of your voice is really nice to listent to and that's kind of all i ask from podcasts. As long as the tone isn't too high energy or low energy, just the right spring, i can listen to anything and your voice has such nice timbre too!!!

  41. Personally I think Bilingual News is great. The fact that one half of it is in English really helps follow what is being talked about, as opposed to all Japanese podcasts where I just have no idea why they're talking about.

    Also Go Go project Strange News, is the same thing, but with a much less serious vibe. It's two guys chatting and joking about stuff, one speaking English, the other speaking Japanese.

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