The Japanese Learner
By Enrico Bianco
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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.
||TJL News – May 17, 2009||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,||5/17/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 6 – Words, Words, Words||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.||3/25/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 5 – Getting Started with Kanji||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,||2/28/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Special Episode 1 – Enrico’s Back||In our first special episode, the cast from episode 4 (with Michael sitting in for Kimberly) welcomes Enrico back from his trip to Japan. Enrico tells tales of his trip and answers some interesting questions. Also,||1/19/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 4 – Free Talk, Sept. 5/08||Greetings from Asakusa! =D - This is the first "Free Talk" episode. The concept? Get the guest speakers together, put a topic related to Japan and/or the Japanese language on the table, and let the conversation flow! - In this episode,||9/19/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 3 – Getting Conversational||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.||9/13/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 2 – Tackling the Kana||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.||8/22/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 1 – So You Want to Learn Japanese?||This is the first official episode of the podcast. - In this episode, we discuss the things you may want to know if you’re considering taking the plunge and starting your own journey to learn Japanese. Plus,||8/8/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 0 – Introduction||In this pilot episode, I discuss the purpose and goals of the podcast, and introduce myself as a learner of Japanese. The podcast officially kicks off from episode 1, "So You Want to Learn Japanese?" - Related links: http://www.japanesepod101.||7/18/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
This podcast is great. It has fantastic information for the questions you wouldn't think to ask. Very informative.
Informative about the learning process
I really enjoy the hosts. I've listened to the first two episodes and clips of the next four. Mostly, they do exactly what the podcast description says: discuss learning techniques. It is not, as I first thought, a podcast for learning Japanese itself, but rather how to go about learning it. It gives some great tips on how and where to start, and overall I enjoy it.
Great podcasts, very helpful and informative. I enjoy listening to them. If you are thinking about learning japanese you should get these podcasts, they are awesome.