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The Japanese Learner

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A podcast about learning Japanese, created by Japanese learners, for Japanese learners. We discuss study tips and tricks, books and other materials, Japanese courses, long-term memorization strategies, and other topics related to the study of Japanese and all things Japan.

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A podcast about learning Japanese, created by Japanese learners, for Japanese learners. We discuss study tips and tricks, books and other materials, Japanese courses, long-term memorization strategies, and other topics related to the study of Japanese and all things Japan.

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20 Ratings
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Eh

By Tazly_Amarice - Apr 29 2010
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Some info could be put on a website so there is more room for language. Not my first choice for jp podcast..

Good concept, needs work

By The man who never was - Mar 21 2010
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Sounds like a good idea: discussions about the methodology of learning Japanese. What we get, though, is a bit disjointed: Which do you think the student should start with? I started with Hiragana. Well I started with Katakana and I think that's the way to go. No, I think you should start with Hiragana. How about mnemonics? I've heard a lot of people use them but I didn't. Then there are the discussions about a trip to Japan that one of them took: Did you do/try/go to (insert unknown Japanese word here)? Yes I did. What did you think about it? OR No I didn't. Oh, I can't believe you went to Japan and didn't do (unknown Japanese word). WHAT THE HECK ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT? Then there are the repetitive mentions of Anne of Green Gables. I don't know what that is either, but Canadians have it and Americans don't. So, there you have it. There is some useful information, but you have to wade through things like (unknown Japanese store X) is a lot like (unknown Canadian store Y). Good luck.

iTunes Ratings

20 Ratings
Average Ratings
12
2
2
2
2

Eh

By Tazly_Amarice - Apr 29 2010
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Some info could be put on a website so there is more room for language. Not my first choice for jp podcast..

Good concept, needs work

By The man who never was - Mar 21 2010
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Sounds like a good idea: discussions about the methodology of learning Japanese. What we get, though, is a bit disjointed: Which do you think the student should start with? I started with Hiragana. Well I started with Katakana and I think that's the way to go. No, I think you should start with Hiragana. How about mnemonics? I've heard a lot of people use them but I didn't. Then there are the discussions about a trip to Japan that one of them took: Did you do/try/go to (insert unknown Japanese word here)? Yes I did. What did you think about it? OR No I didn't. Oh, I can't believe you went to Japan and didn't do (unknown Japanese word). WHAT THE HECK ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT? Then there are the repetitive mentions of Anne of Green Gables. I don't know what that is either, but Canadians have it and Americans don't. So, there you have it. There is some useful information, but you have to wade through things like (unknown Japanese store X) is a lot like (unknown Canadian store Y). Good luck.
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The Japanese Learner

Updated 6 days ago

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A podcast about learning Japanese, created by Japanese learners, for Japanese learners. We discuss study tips and tricks, books and other materials, Japanese courses, long-term memorization strategies, and other topics related to the study of Japanese and all things Japan.

Warning: This podcast has few episodes.

This means there isn't enough episodes to provide the most popular episodes. Here's the rankings of the current episodes anyway, we recommend you to revisit when there's more episodes!

Rank #1: Episode 2 – Tackling the Kana

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In this episode, we talk about how to start learning and mastering the two syllabic alphabets of Japanese, hiragana and katakana. Cast: Enrico Bianco, Kimberly Fraser, Mary Kita, Mike Oetlinger Related links: http://www.realkana.com/ (online site for practicing kana) http://www.mlcjapanese.co.jp/Download.htm (many learning materials to download for beginners) http://lrnj.com/ (the Japanese-learning RPG I mention in the episode) […]

Aug 22 2008

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Rank #2: Episode 3 – Getting Conversational

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In this episode, we talk about how to start speaking Japanese, how to practice, and how to keep on improving. Cast: Enrico Bianco, Kimberly Fraser, Anton Khan, Mike Oetlinger Related links: http://buna.arts.yorku.ca/japanese/ (Japanese Studies at York University, including free course materials) http://www.language-exchanges.org/ (The Mixxer: language exchange via Skype) http://lang-8.com/ (Language exchange – get your writing […]

Sep 13 2008

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Rank #3: TJL News – May 17, 2009

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In this podcast news segment, I reiterate some of the announcements that I’ve made on the blog regarding Kimberly Fraser’s upcoming posts and the podcasting panel at Anime North 2009. I apologize for the lack of new episodes. At this time, I am putting all of my energy and effort into finding new employment, which […]

May 18 2009

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Rank #4: Episode 6 – Words, Words, Words

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In this episode, we talk about how to start learning and retaining Japanese vocabulary. Vocabulary is a crucial part of any language learning process.  It gives you the “what” to say where grammar is the “how.”  Acquiring a full vocabulary in another language is a long journey, but one which can be very rewarding. Cast: Enrico […]

Mar 25 2009

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Rank #5: Episode 5 – Getting Started with Kanji

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In this episode, we discuss how to start learning and mastering the most complicated part of the Japanese writing system, the kanji.  The kanji are the characters that were integrated into the Japanese language from Chinese.  Over time, these characters have diverged slightly from their Chinese counterparts and are now a separate entity unto themselves […]

Feb 28 2009

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