Who didn’t love watching this iconic and endearing TV program as a kid? Believe it or not, they’re still making new episodes. They’re also translating segments into Japanese and releasing them weekly! Now’s your chance to watch your old favorite in Japanese. Learning and enjoying your study time is the best combination.
These shortened episodes include some characters you may remember, like Elmo and Cookie Monster. There are new characters as well. For instance, in this clip you can meet Julia, an autistic four-year old. You’ll get to know all of the characters and their mannerisms on a new level, hearing it in Japanese.
Other episodes in this channel may appeal more to the anime-lovers out there. Episode “shorts” like Abby’s Advice (アビーのアドバイス) are in cartoon format. They have the same Sesame Street vibes, without the physical puppets.
The dubbing on Sesame Street works surprisingly well when the muppets talk. Because they have no teeth or movable tongues, the Japanese matches up nicely. When the real-life characters interact with the muppets, you get the usual dubbing side effects though.
For all of the videos on the channel, there is an option to watch them with closed captioning. This can definitely help for learners who want to see exactly what’s being said on the screen. Whether you want to reconnect to this childhood classic or watch the show with your own child, this is a fun way to learn some Japanese. [Tofugu Annotation]