Naruhodo Japan » Audio Podcasts
By Mariko Walton
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We hope to teach the language and culture of Japan via audio and video podcasts that feature: * Japanese language lessons * Commentary on Japanese culture * Coverage of Nikkei events (Japanese living abroad) We will cover a broad base of beginner topics as well as some material for intermediate/advanced students. However, this podcast is not to be used as your sole source for learning Japanese. Rather, it should be one of the many supplements in your studies. The more resources you have, the greater your understanding will be. As we also cover the Nikkei community, there will be some discussion of issues particular for Nikkei. We hope that as you listen to the podcast, you will learn new things and say Naruhodo!
||Episode 13: Greetings||Good manners and proper etiquette is a cultural value very important to Japanese society. Key components of this are greetings said throughout the day and in various situations, such as “good morning” or “good evening”. Knowi[...]||15 12 2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 12: Family Members||In the episodes prior, I have mentioned the words for family members such as aunt and uncle and comparing them to the words for grandmother and grandfather, which only differ in vowel length. I’ve also mentioned the names for other relatives i[...]||4 12 2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 11: Countries and Places||In Episode 6, I listed 10 basic sentences and questions as a means to start practicing conversations in Japanese. These sentences involved fill in the blanks so you could tailor them for your needs. Some of the questions required the names of countr[...]||12 11 2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 10: Review of Episodes 1-9||This is Episode 10 and it’s time to review what we’ve learned in Episodes 1-9. Episode Topics Reviewed: alphabet, pronunciation (heavy focus on this subject), honorifics, pronouns, 10 basic sentences/questions, particles, counting, coun[...]||4 11 2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 9: Time and Dates||In the previous episode we covered how to count in general as well as how to count specific objects. Building upon those counting skills, we will now go over dates and time. It may be said that dates and time use counters as well but dates and time [...]||17 10 2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 8: Counting and Counters||In this episode we are going to cover how to count in Japanese. There are two things you need to know about counting in Japanese. The first thing is to learn the basic numbers such as 1, 2, 3 and the second thing you need to know is for when you are[...]||2 10 2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 7: Particles||Particles, known as joshi, are probably one of the trickiest aspects of Japanese language for a beginner to master. I see countless questions on Yahoo Answers regarding particles. Sometimes I see similarities between English and Japanese but this is[...]||24 9 2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 6: 10 Basic Sentences||In the episodes thus far, I have been giving example sentences when introducing words or concepts, so that one could get a sense of how it is used in Japanese. Now that you know how to say “you” and “I” in Japanese, let[...]||20 9 2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 5: You and I||In the previous episode we discussed honorifics, for which there was almost no bias towards gender. Today however we discuss the various ways to say “You” and “I”, or what you technical people might refer to as pronouns, for[...]||1 9 2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 4: Honorifics||Honorifics, known as keishou in Japanese, are similar to such titles as Mr., Mrs., and Miss in English. In English these are placed before the person’s name but in Japanese honorifics are placed after the name, which is why they are also known[...]||25 8 2008||Free||View In iTunes|