This forty minute video by YouTuber Misa from Japanese Ammo might be one of the only resources titled “ultimate” and “the only lesson you need” that I actually believe. Misa breaks down the particles は and が and explains the differences in depth with multiple examples and on-screen text and translations.
は and が can be a major struggle for English … [ Read more ]
The Japanese YouTube scene is more sparsely populated than its American counterpart. However, there is definitely a rising J-vlogging scene. But as with all things up and coming, sometimes it’s hard to tell where to start and find out what’s worth your time. Fortunately, I’ve found several awesome Japanese YouTubers for you.
Japanese drama is a pretty excellent way to study Japanese. Watching it is one thing… but actually actively studying it is another. I will tell you exactly how to do that and get a ton of benefit compared to the time spent.
Editor’s Note: some good links and suggestions in the comments section as well.
This website was created for people who want to study Japanese by watching movies and/or TV. The text is only written in Hiragana and Katakana.
This pre-WWII video from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, shows home, work and school activities of a middle-class Japanese family.
How to learn, and not learn, to speak Japanese
MyKikitori is a fun and easy way to practice kikitori (listening comprehension) for beginning learners of Japanese. It is based on the textbook, Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Volume 1. It is FREE and there is no need to sign up for an account. Lessons come equipped with audio lessons and quizzes.
Let’s Learn Japanese is a video-based Japanese language study course for English speakers produced by The Japan Foundation. It consists of 52 video lessons, divided into two parts (Basic I and Basic II). Each part consists of 26 episodes, and the episodes explain grammatical structures, new words and cultural information about Japan.
According to Wikipedia, the first part (Basic I) was made in the mid 1980’s, … [ Read more ]
This video series (originally TV and DVD) now has a web version. Each episode features two skits (basic and advanced) focusing on a grammar topic, discussion of the grammar and various cultural videos.
The skits and cultural videos are subtitled in normal japanese, kana only, romaji, or japanese + English making them open to many level sets. The navigation is currently in Japanese only but an … [ Read more ]
Irasshai gets up close and intimate with video learners through the easy, engaging manner of Dr. Tim Cook, the course instructor. Tim takes students on a personal journey to where Japanese is spoken, sometimes to predictable places-inside a Japanese home or an office building in Tokyo. Sometimes the places are less predictable, such as a sushi bar in Atlanta or a fishing hole in the … [ Read more ]
Joeisjapanese is an animated series about haafu Joe McCunney’s adventures in Japan – witty, dry and based on reality if you believe the advertising. At the moment there is only a single long teaser clip on the site, but well worth a look, and the English subtitles will help beginners follow along. High production values and good writing. [courtesy of Nihongojouzu.com]
Will at Nihongojouzu.com offers up his strategies for finding good Japanese video content on YouTube.
This is a good example of a blog-like podcast in which a Japanese girl talks about her daily life in an “audio diary.” It is a high-quality recording with no background music, making it good for language study. [Charles Kelly Annotation]
These voice blog entries are short, so they are good for repeated listening. Background music is absent, so there’s only one person to blame for your incomprehension. Not aimed at students of Japanese, but enjoyable nonetheless. [Charles Kelly Annotation]
As its name suggests, Undecided Title’s topics are varied, but many are about Apple, iPods and technology. Helpfully, the transcripts for each show are on the website, meaning you can read along and learn some kanji, as well as looking up words that you don’t know. [Charles Kelly Annotation]
Tomoaki Watanabe not only reads the stories, he usually gives a little background on them. All of his podcasts are narration only, with no background music or sound effects, which makes them easy to listen to. [Charles Kelly Annotation]
Just as the title implies, Kasumi Kobayashi reads classical Japanese literature in a clear soft voice appropriate for bedtime. If old-fashioned Japanese isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry: some of the offerings are translated into modern Japanese. You can even hear what’s arguably the most famous piece of classical Japanese literature: The Tale of Genji.
Note: Kobayashi-san offers a warning – that though she … [ Read more ]
An orientation for new residents of Tokyo.
In 11 minutes, you will discover how to: summon a waiter; apologise for running into … all » someone; say a simple thank you; choose and use a phrasebook; decipher Italian, French, other western menus; take advantage of plastic food displays; prepare quick meals with instant food and deli items; read 6 key kanji on food packages; save money … [ Read more ]
A few videos for learning Japanese that are freely available on Google video.
ChannelJ is a broadband Internet television station focused on Japanese politics, economy, culture. It’s available in both Japanese and English.