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The Tofugu Podcast: Japan and Japanese Language

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For people who want to visit Japan, live in Japan, and learn Japanese. Please excuse the tangents.

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For people who want to visit Japan, live in Japan, and learn Japanese. Please excuse the tangents.

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Haiku review

By bigtoe416 - Oct 27 2019
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Koichi haters Never smile or laugh or love His jokes are godly

Needs moar people just living their lives

By John Hackworth - Sep 10 2019
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Four and a half stars, rounded up.

iTunes Ratings

319 Ratings
Average Ratings
262
31
13
4
9

Haiku review

By bigtoe416 - Oct 27 2019
Read more
Koichi haters Never smile or laugh or love His jokes are godly

Needs moar people just living their lives

By John Hackworth - Sep 10 2019
Read more
Four and a half stars, rounded up.
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The Tofugu Podcast: Japan and Japanese Language

Latest release on Jan 24, 2020

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For people who want to visit Japan, live in Japan, and learn Japanese. Please excuse the tangents.

Rank #1: Transitive and Intransitive Verbs in Japanese feat. Kristen

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We talk to Tofugu translator Kristen about the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs. This concept trips up a lot of Japanese learners. Even people who think they know how transitivity pairs work in Japanese, they don't really. Kristen helps you understand transitive/intransitive verbs once and for all.

iTunes:https://tfg.li/tofugu-podcast
Google Play: https://tfg.li/tofugu-gplay

Jan 20 2017

29mins

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Rank #2: Tofugu Answers Your Weird Japan Questions: Volume One

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For the first time ever, members of the Tofugu staff sit around and answer your Japanese language, living, and visiting questions. We answer questions like:

- Are the Yakuza dangerous?
- How old do you have to be to be an ALT through JET?
- Should you go to a nomikai even if you don't drink alcohol?
- Have we ever eaten Crayons?
- Should someone live in Japan for six months or twelve?
- And more? Probably? We didn't check carefully, so there are probably more questions that I didn't add to the description.

iTunes:https://tfg.li/tofugu-podcast
Google Play: https://tfg.li/tofugu-gplay

Jun 23 2017

57mins

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Rank #3: How To Get a Job in Japan feat. Peter Lackner

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We talk to Peter Lackner--who runs jobsinjapan.com--about how to find a job in Japan. Turns out, Peter knows how to make it happen, no matter who you are (and how much education you have).

Get a job in Japan: https://jobsinjapan.com

DISCLAIMER: About a year after this podcast posted, Peter wrote back to us to let us know JESP, J-Wave, and WaveUSA aren't great programs and actually have been up to some shady business he didn't know about at the time of this recording. So he rescinds his endorsement of these programs and recommends you avoid them.

iTunes:https://tfg.li/tofugu-podcast
Google Play: https://tfg.li/tofugu-gplay

Jan 27 2017

39mins

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Rank #4: How to Memorize Japanese Words Faster with Keyword Mnemonics

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Memorizing Japanese vocabulary takes a lot of time and energy, and there's so much to memorize! This alone makes people give up before they even get started.

But what if there was a way to alleviate this burden by making memories of Japanese words stick in your head almost instantly? You might not have to quit learning Japanese. In fact, you might just become fluent.

In this episode, Koichi, Kristen, and Michael teach you how to use the keyword mnemonics method to memorize Japanese faster and keep it in your head longer. After they walk you through the steps, you'll be able to create mnemonics and memorize Japanese vocabulary like a pro.

Best of all, you'll learn Japanese faster than everyone else. Listen to the podcast and thank us later.

Oct 07 2017

1hr 19mins

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Rank #5: How to Count Living Things (and Monsters, and Robots) in Japanese

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We talk about the counters that count living things (頭, 匹, 人, and 羽) and how they overlap with each other.

We also answer the hard Japanese counter questions like: can you count a robot with 人? What about a cyborg? How big can a 匹 animal be? What counter is worthy of the King of the Monsters?

After you're done listening to this, learn way, way more about counters in our list of 350+ Japanese counters worth knowing: https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/japanese-counters-list/

Jan 08 2019

52mins

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Rank #6: What to Do with One Day in Tokyo

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Oh no! The Tofugu Team has been kidnapped by Elon Musk and flown in his spaceship to Japan. He doesn't know how to have fun as a human, so he's forcing Koichi, Kanae, and Michael to show him what they would do with one day in Tokyo.

If you're in Tokyo for a short visit, you can get some sweet travel tips from the team as they move from place to place, Elon Musk trailing slowly behind. Exciting destinations like:

- A restaurant that serves shaved ice made with water from a World Heritage site
- An indigo clothing store
- A ramen restaurant that makes its own noodles right in front of your very own peepers
- A multi-level toy store
- A bath house with fancy wall murals
- A bar where you can taste your favorite movies
- And many more (like a lot more)

And if you want to read about Kanae's ideal day in particular, check out the article she wrote: https://tfg.li/2fbRsb4

iTunes:https://tfg.li/tofugu-podcast
Google Play: https://tfg.li/tofugu-gplay

Sep 15 2017

1hr 15mins

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Rank #7: Robot Restaurant, the Second Greatest Show on Earth

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Beep boop. We are transmitting from the future, where all restaurants have become Robot Restaurant. Sure, Japan's Robot Restaurant is a fantastic show filled with music, lights, dancing, and robots, but the food is terrible. And since it's become every restaurant on earth, we are living a food nightmare (albeit an incredibly entertaining food nightmare).

Come with us on a journey, as young Koichi and Michael recount their first experiences with the famous Robot Restaurant.

iTunes:https://tfg.li/tofugu-podcast
Google Play: https://tfg.li/tofugu-gplay

Dec 22 2016

17mins

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Rank #8: ちょっと, a Little Word That Means a Lot

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Read more about ちょっと in our article:

http://www.tofugu.com/japanese/chotto/

We talk about ちょっと. At first it seems like a simple, little word. But, it actually has many meanings and ways to use it. We cover most of them, I think.

Jun 13 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #9: The 5 "Hidden Gem" Prefectures You Should Visit in Japan feat. Kay from JNTO

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Koichi and Michael talk with Kay from the Japan National Tourism Organization (that's the Japanese government's official travel promotion arm, btw) about 5 prefectures worth visiting. Of course, this doesn't include Tokyo, Kyoto, or Osaka. No, these are hidden gems, prefectures that you may not have known about.

If you're looking for a unique and memorable Japan travel experience, you're gonna wanna listen to this one all the way through. The prefectures Kay talks about have a lot to offer, and you could spend weeks in any one of them.

So before you plan your Tokyo vacation, listen to this podcast and see if you don't change your plans.

Get in touch with JNTO:
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/visitjapan
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Visit_Japan
Website: us.jnto.go.jp

Mar 17 2017

1hr 8mins

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Rank #10: How to Protect Yourself from Japan's "Black Companies"

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To learn more about Japanese black companies, check out our article on Tofugu: https://tfg.li/2v0V0jv

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Do you want to work in Japan? Sure, we all do. But before you take that sweet new job with the Tokyo semiconductor conglomerate, maybe you should do some research to find out if it's a...

BLACK COMPANY! (dun dun dun)

"Black company" is the name Japanese people give to companies that are not so great to work for. Sexual harassment, unpaid overtime, required alcohol consumption, bullying; you name and a black company does it (to you).

Kanae, our current Tofugu intern, used to work at a black company in Tokyo, and she shares her experience so YOU can avoid these problems. Learn all the warning signs of Japanese black companies, which may be hard for foreigners to see (because they're entering into unfamiliar territory anyway).

After listening to this podcast, you'll be able to steer clear of unhealthy work environments and straight into that sweet, sweet dream job in Japan.

iTunes:https://tfg.li/tofugu-podcast
Google Play: https://tfg.li/tofugu-gplay

Jul 14 2017

1hr 19mins

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Rank #11: What's the Difference Between On'yomi and Kun'yomi Kanji?

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This is maybe the most frustrating aspect of studying kanji. You start learning 山 as やま. Cool, one kanji memorized. Wait... it can also be read as さん.

Wait. All your other kanji have 2 or 4 extra readings too! Some are on'yomi. Some are kun'yomi.

Why does this have to be so complicated?!

It may seem confusing at first, but if you learn the difference between on'yomi/kun'yomi readings, where they came from, and how they work, we promise it will make learning kanji a lot easier.

Listen to this kanji-tastic episode where Kristen explains all this and more. When you're breezing through kanji like a pro, you'll be glad you did.

iTunes:https://tfg.li/tofugu-podcast
Google Play: https://tfg.li/tofugu-gplay

Sep 22 2017

1hr 36mins

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Rank #12: The Legend of Japanese Jesus

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There's a secret history of Jesus that even Dan Brown doesn't know about. It's the legend of Japanese Jesus. You see, he didn't die on the cross. Oh no, sir. He went on an amazing journey and wound up in Japan.

Find out all about Jesus' amazing adventure and secret Japanese life on the Tofugu podcast. And when you're done, read the article here: https://tfg.li/japanesejesus

iTunes:https://tfg.li/tofugu-podcast
Google Play: https://tfg.li/tofugu-gplay

Dec 22 2016

9mins

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Rank #13: Ways to Improve Your Japanese Pronunciation

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In this episode we get into Japanese pronunciation.

Whether you are a beginner, advanced, or fluent, you'll find something in this episode that will help you to improve your pronunciation.

To read more, check out our (really in-depth) guide:

https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/japanese-pronunciation/

May 23 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #14: The Absolute BEST Japanese Learning Resources from 2017

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After a year of collecting the best Japanese learning resources every month and delivering them straight to your eyeballs, Tofugu sits down to discuss which study tools are the best of the best.

We divided all the resources into six categories. Then each host (Koichi, Michael, and Kristen) picked their favs before battling it out on the podcast field! Actually, they discussed it pretty civilly, but the result is the same: you now have a definitive list of THE BEST Japanese learning resources from 2017. If you’re having trouble sticking to your New Year’s resolution to study more Japanese, let this list be your shot in the arm.

Jan 29 2018

1hr 47mins

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Rank #15: Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Freelance Japanese Translator? feat. Nora Stevens Heath

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If you want to translate video games and anime, you’ll probably have to work freelance. That means no 9–5, no benefits. You’ll be working weekends and rushing work to your clients.

That’s been the experience of our guest this week, Nora Stevens Heath, and she's loving every minute of it.

Nora has translated A+ titles like Kingdom Hearts 2, Your Name, Assassination Classroom, and Mario Kart DS.

Listen to our conversation with Nora and find out if you have what it takes to translate games and manga professionally. You’ll learn what it’s like working with a big clients like FUNimation, how to get started as a freelance translator, and the step-by-step process freelancers use when translating games.

P.S. We also settle an age old debate: Final Fantasy vs. Dragon Quest

iTunes:https://tfg.li/tofugu-podcast
Google Play: https://tfg.li/tofugu-gplay

Aug 11 2017

58mins

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Rank #16: A Food Itinerary for Your Japanese Vacation

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Visiting Japan and don't know what to eat? Sushi and ramen are great, but you don't want to spend your vacation eating the same things every day. That's why Michael and Kanae discuss their favorite Japanese foods (and where to find them), so you can step off the plane ready to eat.

Whether you're a picky eater to the steel-stomached vacuum, this podcast has something for everyone.

Oh, and if you think you've tried everything Japan has to offer, Kanae has a special list of "adventurous" foods you've definitely (probably) not tried.

You'll learn:
- Where to eat Japan's batter-fried goodness
- What Japanese fishermen eat on the regular
- Places to eat chicken buttholes
- The main types of Japanese restaurants

iTunes:https://tfg.li/tofugu-podcast
Google Play: https://tfg.li/tofugu-gplay

Jun 02 2017

56mins

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Rank #17: Is Japanese Class the Best Way to Learn Japanese?

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The whole gang gets together this week to discuss learning Japanese in a classroom. Everyone on the show has had different experiences learning Japanese, so it's an especially interesting look into the process. If you're currently in or considering taking a Japanese class, this is an essential listen.

You'll hear a range of perspectives from:
- Kristen's traditional route
- Koichi's mixed educational experiences
- Michael's self-taught journey
- Kanae's native Japanese classes

May 19 2017

59mins

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Rank #18: Why You Should Go To Japan Instead of Taking a Japanese Class

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This week Koichi and Michael discuss the advantages of going to Japan to learn Japanese rather than spend time and money in a classroom. They offer practical advice for making your trip to Japan an impactful learning experience and a fun, long-lasting memory.

Topics include:
- One (basically) free trick to get a ton of random Japanese people to talk to you, in Japanese, so you can have non-stop conversation practice while in Japan.
- When to get the really cheap airplane tickets to Japan.
- Getting over your fear of talking to strangers (that speak Japanese).
- How being in Japan is like a "natural SRS," and how it guides you to what you need to learn next (something very difficult for teachers to do).
- How to make convenience stores, police officers, and people trying to get you into their restaurant into language practice partners.
- How flying to Japan, renting a hotel room, and eating three meals a day can be cheaper than taking a class.
- What to do to prepare yourself for your learning vacation, so you can get the most out of your time there.

Show Notes:

Learning kanji and vocabulary resource (preparing for your trip to get the most out of it): https://www.wanikani.com

Apr 07 2017

53mins

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Rank #19: Tofugu Answers 50 of YOUR Questions: The Tofugu Podcast 50th Episode Special

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We’ve been doing this Tofugu Podcast thing for 50 episodes now (hooray!) so we decided to celebrate by answering listener questions.

We asked you for your most burning questions and you sent us a ton! We picked the 50 best and sat down to answer them all in one fantastic podcast episode.

I’m sure after this, all your questions about Japan, Japanese language, and Tofugu will be answered forever. Sure, this means the end of the Tofugu Podcast, but that’s a small price to pay for unlimited knowledge, right?

Just kidding. We’re never gonna stop this podcast train.

Nov 13 2017

1hr 17mins

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Rank #20: The Efficiency Myth (and How Japanese Resources Fake Efficiency)

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There's a good chance that you're using a Japanese resource that's merely tricking you into thinking you're being efficient. These companies make more money, and you get a false sense of "feeling good" and "feeling like you're making progress." In actuality, you aren't learning nearly as effectively as you could be, not to mention efficiently!

In this episode, Michael and Koichi argue that actual efficiency has more to do with "creating the right kind of suffering" in your Japanese studies. They also talk about which popular Japanese learning tools actually help you to be efficient, versus the ones that trick you into thinking you're being efficient. And, of course, because this episode is about efficiency, they also show why (and how) you should spend less time so you can learn more Japanese. Sounds like it doesn't make sense, but if you listen, you'll understand why this is important.

By the way, we also write about learning Japanese:

http://tofugu.com/japanese/

iTunes:https://tfg.li/tofugu-podcast
Google Play: https://tfg.li/tofugu-gplay

Jun 09 2017

49mins

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だ and です: Part II

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In this episode, Tofugu's research team answers questions about だ and です from our listeners, such as:

"What would be the best translation of です?"

"When and how does it make sense to switch between です to だ when meeting somebody new?"

After listening to this episode, go check out our article on Tofugu.com for more info: "だ and です : Venturing beyond Textbook Rules into Real-Life Use" (www.tofugu.com/japanese/da-vs-desu-in-real-life/)

Jan 24 2020

45mins

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だ and です: Part I

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In this episode, the Tofugu research team answers questions about だ and です from our listeners, such as:

"Is it true that だ isn't just a less polite form of です?"

"What are the real differences between だ and です?"

After listening to this episode, check out our article on Tofugu.com for more info:
"だ and です : Venturing beyond Textbook Rules into Real-Life Use" (www.tofugu.com/japanese/da-vs-desu-in-real-life/)

Jan 17 2020

46mins

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First-Person Pronouns: When Female Speakers Use 僕 or 俺

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This is the finale of our "First-Person Pronouns" series.

In this episode, Kanae welcomes new co-hosts Cameron and Javi to discuss the use of traditionally male first-person pronouns such as 僕 or 俺 by female speakers. The discussion spans use in Japanese pop culture, media, celebrities, and the LGBTQ community.

After you’ve listened to this episode, check out our article on Japanese first-person pronouns:
https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/japanese-first-person-pronouns/

Jan 06 2020

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First-Person Pronouns: Using Your Own Name

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This is the fifth episode in our "First-Person Pronouns" series.

In this episode, we talk about using your own name as a first-person pronoun (and the anatomy of Anpanman).

After you’ve listened to this episode, check out our article on Japanese first-person pronouns:
https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/japanese-first-person-pronouns/

Dec 17 2019

53mins

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First-Person Pronouns: 俺 (おれ)

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This is the fourth episode in our "First-Person Pronouns" series.

In this episode, we talk about 俺 (おれ) and why it is so tricky for Japanese learners to master.

After you’ve listened to this episode, check out our article on Japanese first-person pronouns:
https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/japanese-first-person-pronouns/

Sep 09 2019

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First-Person Pronouns: 僕 (ぼく)

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This is the third episode in our "First-Person Pronouns" series.

In this episode, Koichi, Michael, and Kanae discuss their own personal experiences with 僕 (ぼく), as well as how to sound more hip when using it.

After you’ve listened to this episode, check out our article on Japanese first-person pronouns:
https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/japanese-first-person-pronouns/

Sep 02 2019

25mins

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First-Person Pronouns: うち

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This is the second episode in our "First-Person Pronouns" series.

In this episode, we talk about うち. Though rarely taught in textbooks, うち is used fairly commonly in real life, especially in Kansai and between young females.

After you’ve listened to this episode, check out our article on Japanese first-person pronouns:
https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/japanese-first-person-pronouns/

Aug 26 2019

14mins

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First-Person Pronouns: 私 (わたし/わたくし/あたし)

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In this, the first episode in our "First-Person Pronouns" series, we talk about わたし, わたくし and あたし. Despite all coming from the kanji 私, each of these three pronouns carries a different level of formality and gives a different impression.

We’ve included some exercises to practice things like which specific situations call for わたし and which call for わたくし.

After you’ve listened to this episode, check out our article on Japanese first-person pronouns:
https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/japanese-first-person-pronouns/

Aug 19 2019

34mins

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How to Count Living Things (and Monsters, and Robots) in Japanese

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We talk about the counters that count living things (頭, 匹, 人, and 羽) and how they overlap with each other.

We also answer the hard Japanese counter questions like: can you count a robot with 人? What about a cyborg? How big can a 匹 animal be? What counter is worthy of the King of the Monsters?

After you're done listening to this, learn way, way more about counters in our list of 350+ Japanese counters worth knowing: https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/japanese-counters-list/

Jan 08 2019

52mins

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How to Counter Anything

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We talk about the counters 〜個 and 〜つ, the two counters that can count just about... anything! But, there are always going to be better counters out there for more specific things so we talk about those too. Consider this an overview on how to counter.

Dec 20 2018

1hr 13mins

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Becoming Famous in Japan - An Interview with Big in Japan

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Find and watch the Big in Japan documentary here:
http://www.biginjapandoc.com

We interviewed David Elliot-Jones, the writer/producer of the Big in Japan documentary. He tells us why he went to Japan with two of his friends (Lachlan Mcleod: Director, Louis Dai: Editor) to "do anything he could to become famous." Everybody thinks they can become famous in Japan. Find out the truth of it all in this interview.

Oct 02 2018

1hr 7mins

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Ganbaru: Do Your Best to Listen to This Podcast

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"Do your best!" "Hang in there!" "FIGHT!"

The Japanese verb 頑張る has a wide variety of English translations, and that's because it's such a nuanced word. Depending on how you say it and who you say it to, it could be an encouragement or a real downer.

The Tofugu team sat down to discuss the definitions, translations, and our personal feeling about this complex word. And we really got into the weeds (societally speaking) when Michael, Mami, and Kanae navigate the sometimes-oppressive feeling ganbaru can carry.

Sep 19 2018

49mins

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How to Use ~san, ~kun, ~sama, and All the Other Japanese Honorific Name Enders

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You may already know that, in Japanese, you add a polite little something at the end of someone’s name: ~san, ~sama, ~chan, ~kun… actually, there are lot more honorific name enders than that. And there are a lot of rules for using them correctly, too.

The Tofugu team discusses seven common names enders and how to use them, not to mention nine historical/obscure name enders that are good to know.

For more honorific goodness, check out the article we wrote, Listenerさん: https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/name-enders/

Aug 21 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rendaku: Why it's HITOBITO and not HITOHITO

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Have you ever wondered why 人々 is ひとびと and not ひとひと, or even ひとぴと? Or why it’s てがみ instead of てかみ, or くさばな and not くさはな?

It’s all because of a little thing called rendaku, or “sequential voicing,” which we talk about in this episode. While most Japanese teachers will just say, “it’s a mystery,” we’ll teach you the rules that make things rendaku or not, and the exceptions in between.

Of course, we couldn’t explain EVERYTHING. For that, you’ll have to jump over to our very in-depth rendaku article on Tofugu: https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/rendaku

Aug 14 2018

1hr 18mins

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Counting in Japanese with Your Karate Teacher Sensei Jeff

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Hi, it's me, Sensei Jeff. I'm here to teach all you white belts how to count in Japanese. Punch! Punch! Punch!

(Actually, we teach you how to count from zero to uh... a mysterious number. And, we teach you how to count in the Japanese style, rather than the Chinese style that's more common. It's a pretty neat episode, despite sounding so basic. Read more about it in our article!)

https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/counting-in-japanese

Featuring: Koichi, Michael, and Mami (for the first time!)

Jul 30 2018

1hr 3mins

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Japanese Whisky (ft. Brian Ashcraft)

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Get Brian's Book, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit → https://amzn.to/2NAEqPR

Michael and Koichi interview Brian Ashcraft–author of several Japan-related books–about his latest book, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit. He tells us what makes Japanese whisky "Japanese" as well as what a whisky rookie should try first (and where to get it).

Jul 24 2018

50mins

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O Genki Desu Ka?

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Read more about Genki:
http://www.tofugu.com/japanese/genki-meaning/

Everyone learns "o genki desu ka" when they begin their Japanese language education. But the truth is real people don't say it that much. So, how do you ACTUALLY use genki? We cover genki's use cases, its history, etymology, and more.

Jul 10 2018

1hr 8mins

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ちょっと, a Little Word That Means a Lot

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Read more about ちょっと in our article:

http://www.tofugu.com/japanese/chotto/

We talk about ちょっと. At first it seems like a simple, little word. But, it actually has many meanings and ways to use it. We cover most of them, I think.

Jun 13 2018

1hr 1min

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Ways to Improve Your Japanese Pronunciation

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In this episode we get into Japanese pronunciation.

Whether you are a beginner, advanced, or fluent, you'll find something in this episode that will help you to improve your pronunciation.

To read more, check out our (really in-depth) guide:

https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/japanese-pronunciation/

May 23 2018

1hr 10mins

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Getting Into 込む Compound Verbs

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Prefer reading instead? We wrote a whole article about this (even more example sentences included!)

https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/komu-compound-verbs

Have you ever seen the Japanese verb 込む? On its own, it means "to be packed" or "to be crowded." But, this verb is also used in compound verbs... 255+ of them, in fact! You may have seen examples of this in your studies: 入り込む, 切り込む, 駆け込む, the list goes on and on. The problem is, the way that 込む affects the first verb (we'll call that V1) differs from word to word. In this podcast, we explore those inconsistencies, coming up with four "rules" you can follow to figure out the meaning of a 込む compound verb. It's both easier, and more difficult, than you think. Listen to the podcast to learn more, or check out our article for additional explanation and way more example sentences.

May 15 2018

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