Fuji Family / バイリンガルファミリー

Fuji Family/バイリンガルファミリー (bilingual family) is a YouTube channel which features a family of three traveling around different parts of Japan.

In this family, the mother is from Ireland and the father is Japanese. Both parents know Japanese and English and talk to their bilingual son, Sean, in both languages during the segments.

The videos have a very natural and comforting element to them. The camera, held … [ Read more ]

Japanese with Teppei and Noriko

You may already be familiar with Teppei and Noriko, the hosts of this new podcast. Teppei and Noriko are both experienced Japanese teachers who each have their own podcast. They’ve teamed up recently to help Japanese learners increase their listening skills by providing short, natural conversations in Japanese.

There is no English in the podcast but the two speak very clearly in simple, but natural sentence … [ Read more ]

Japanese Swotter

Japanese Swotter provides material called “Japanese SPEAKING DRILL,” which spans different levels (from beginner to intermediate) and lets you practice speaking. Each drill features a specific grammar point or an expression and you get to listen to short example sentences. After listening, you can either repeat or conjugate what you hear. There’s also a series of advanced listening materials called “Yonaka no Hitorigoto (Night Soliloquy)” … [ Read more ]

けんと レイディオ Channel

Don’t you just love the cute things kids say? We do too. We especially enjoy the bilingual conversations 4-year-old Kento and his father have in “けんと レイディオ Channel.” This translates to “Kento’s Radio Channel.” If you’ve ever wondered how Japanese kids talk outside of scripted shows or movies, you can listen to the authentic dialogue of young Kento and his dad.

In this podcast, the pair … [ Read more ]

Nihongo to Tabi (日本語 to 旅)

Nihongo to Tabi is a relatively new YouTube channel, launched back in January of this year. The host and creator of the channel, who is unnamed, didn’t really start publishing videos at warp speed until May though. As this is being written, he’s currently up to 167 uploads! That’s quite the output for such a short time frame — at some points, he was even … [ Read more ]

Is あなた Polite or Rude?

My Sensei Said I Should Never Use あなた, So Why Did I Learn It in the First Place?

Nあ~ Casual Nihongo

Looking for listening materials for Kansai-ben (i.e. dialect)? Check out Nあ~ Casual Nihongo, a great podcast channel for those who are eager to learn Kansai-ben!

In each episode, the Kansai-ben speaking host, Dai, plays audio of a short conversation in Kansai-ben, and provides commentary on it. These conversations are real, natural conversation, which almost makes you feel like you’re a fly on the wall in an … [ Read more ]

YouGlish

The YouTube word search tool, YouGlish, is now available in Japanese. If you want to listen to a way a word is pronounced in real life — or at least in a YouTube video — you can search a word and pull up hundreds of videos with that term. The videos are cued up to start a few seconds before the word is spoken and … [ Read more ]

にほんごボックス

The YouTube channel にほんごボックス launched around a year ago and has been publishing content regularly ever since, meaning they already have over a hundred videos to choose from. The intention behind the channel is to help non-native speakers of Japanese become familiar with natural, everyday language. That is, not the kind of Japanese used in textbooks to illustrate grammar points, but the kind you’re most … [ Read more ]

Let’s Learn Japanese From Small Talk

If you’re looking for a podcast that offers authentic, everyday Japanese, we recommend you check out Let’s Learn Japanese From Small Talk! The podcast is hosted by two native speakers of Japanese, and they cover a wide range of interesting topics about modern life in Japan.

One of my favorite things about the podcast is how well the hosts provide vocabulary support for listeners. Instead … [ Read more ]

Learn Japanese with Noriko

Can’t get enough Japanese listening materials? Noriko-Sensei’s got your back — she updates her podcast channel, Learn Japanese with Noriko, almost everyday!

What’s special about this podcast channel is how Noriko-Sensei speaks clearly and uses simple words and expressions. She maintains this clarity even while speaking at a natural speed. She doesn’t intentionally slow her speech down like you find in other beginner materials — but … [ Read more ]

Learn Native Japanese (LNJ)

とりま, ぱくる, じわる, エモい… how much Japanese slang do you know? If you want to spice up your vocabulary, follow Learn Native Japanese (LNJ) on Instagram for regular doses of slang!

The account is run by two native speakers of Japanese, Dai and Ryo. Each post is a short video of them introducing a Japanese slang word or phrase, from decades-old ones to newer, currently trending … [ Read more ]

日本語文型バンク (Japanese Grammar Point Bank)

For the grammar nerds out there, this one is for you! 日本語文型バンク (or “Japanese Grammar Point Bank”) is a collection of grammar explanations and example sentences, created by the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL). They create a lot of amazing tools for analyzing and learning about the Japanese language, and this one is quite a gem.

The tool’s content is organized into … [ Read more ]

“Day to Day” and “Story for You” from Tree

It can be difficult for Japanese language learners to find interesting short contemporary Japanese stories to read with English translations online. A novel can be daunting in length and complexity, while children’s stories might not be interesting or relatable.

Enter the literary news site tree, from Kodansha publishers, and their web series, Day to Day. Tree, created with the goal of introducing readers to new Japanese … [ Read more ]

What Should I Call “You”?

How To Address and Refer to “Others” in Japanese

Japanese Structure vs English Structure

This is a cool diagram I found recently that compares the grammatical structure of a fairly complex sentence written in Japanese and English.