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  • Welcome to HAPA EIkaiwa Podcast with -

  • Sakota Daichi to Kimura Haruko no...

  • [maikkeru wa eigo de, biringaru kaiwa keishiki de-] Michael will respond in English, and bilingually -

  • [hiki ni shiteiru mono wo tanoshiku katarau poddokyasuto desu!] a podcast and fun little chat about what we're into!

  • HIIKI BIIKI!

  • Jun....Senesac.....

  • [minasan konnichi wa! Kemushi-channeru no Loretta desu!] Hey guys, I'm Loretta!

  • One of the biggest questions I get from you guys is

  • "How do I learn to speak Japanese, how to speak naturally, and without thinking about it?"

  • What really took me from a textbook robot, to someone who can actually speak

  • was listening to and mimicking podcast almost everyday.

  • As someone who's really bad at memorizing,

  • shadowing and mimicking let me build muscle memory

  • so that I don't have to memorize everything

  • because it's something I got used to doing over and over again.

  • I had about 2~3 podcasts that I kept on rotation

  • but now, almost 10 years later, they don't really exist anymore

  • so last month I went back to the drawing board

  • and started downloading and going through podcasts

  • trying to figure out which ones would be good for you guys!

  • So today I'm going to show you my all new updated list

  • of MY TOP 3 PODCASTS that I used to learn and improve my Japanese!

  • and a few extras as well!

  • [honto ni, sakki no serifu wo pakutteiru kanji nandakedo] If I can borrow the tagline from HiikiBiiki to say this

  • [konkai wa, watashi ga masa ni hiiki ni shiteiru podcast wo shokai suru topikku desu!] this time I'm going to chat about the podcasts that I'm into!

  • So, I separated my picks into 2 categories:

  • 1: Academic, more formal learning

  • These were focused on structured lessons, grammar etc.

  • ones you'd listen to in addition to or in place of a textbook.

  • and then #2, Radio-style, conversation, spoken style of Japanese.

  • I have top picks for both categories

  • but for today's video specifically I'll be looking at the radio style, conversation-based podcasts.

  • because I think these are the ones that are really going to help you get talking fast.

  • So the first one came straight from you guys!

  • #1 is HiikiBiiki !

  • This was by far the most popular one that you guys said you used.

  • ...and I was pleasantly surprised!

  • The hosts Daichi and Haruka, one guy and a girl

  • basically sit down and chat about what they like recently.

  • What I liked about this podcast is that it was very natural

  • the sound quality was very good,

  • there's a little bit of music in the background to keep your interest, but it's not too distracting

  • so you can really just focus on what they're saying.

  • You really feel like a fly on the wall, just sitting and enjoying their conversation.

  • It's a chance to hear real natural Japanese between 2 native speakers.

  • It's easy to pick up the topics because they tell you what they'll talk about before they start

  • you can also see the topics listed up on their website.

  • That being said, this podcast is all in Japanese

  • and as far as I can tell it doesn't look like there are any official scripts

  • to study that Japanese or check what they're saying.

  • The biggest downside about this podcast is that

  • it is no longer officially airing anymore!

  • But if you go to their website you can find every single episode

  • click and listen to the one that you like

  • The Japanese/topics that they use is pretty general and not too time-specific

  • so you can still enjoy them by downloading the ones you like.

  • This podcast does not seem to be originally for language learning

  • however the audio is clean and well produced

  • so I would recommend this for anyone who's N3 or a comfortable advanced intermediate

  • especially if you're looking for something to play in the background

  • to cushion your Japanese studies with more natural speech

  • you can get started by looking at the topic list on their website

  • picking out words or topics you know they're going to talk about

  • look those up, and then start listening!

  • So this NEXT podcast is one of my all time favorites!

  • I used to have this really mind-numbing job digitizing old library catalogs

  • in the basement of my college library.

  • Hours on end with NOBODY in sight!

  • It was just me, and these books, and my mind going crazy!

  • and the only thing that kept me from losing my mind down in these library catacombs

  • was podcasts!

  • I used to listen to podcasts for 4~6 hours everyday

  • wayyyy back in the day, the only podcast that was bilingual

  • was this one!

  • SBS Japanese Podcast!

  • It was really kind of like the first of its kind

  • I would listen to this one on REPEAT!

  • I would only pick out the episodes that seemed really interesting to me

  • or easier to listen to for me!

  • The host would come on, he'd introduce the topic

  • and usually bring on a guest speaker, so there was someone different for every topic, every time.

  • I they would always have very clean, clear, easy-to-listen-to Japanese

  • I loved hearing about the annual national Japanese speech contest

  • where Australian citizens who learned to be really good at Japanese

  • would be interviewed in Japanese about their speech or language studies

  • it was really good to hear other learners of Japanese speak good Japanese

  • There was the Master of Wine episode talking about food pairings and all this yummy stuff

  • Rock bands, sports, comedy

  • This is what I did:

  • I listened to 3 or 4 of these episodes on repeat for hours... for almost a year.

  • The SBS podcast is still available today

  • the host has changed since I used to listen to it

  • but it's still just as clean, good content

  • I think this is a really good way to start picking out relevant topics

  • that are talked about in a relatable way.

  • It's not necessarily a formal learning tool

  • but just like Hiiki Biiki I think this would be great for commutes, in the shower

  • it would be so good to just keep listening on repeat

  • and start mimicking your favorite speakers or episodes.

  • You can use your phone or free programs like Audacity

  • and you can record yourself imitating the clips your listening to

  • This is something I used to do, I would listen to the original

  • then made a playlist where my mimicked version would always play after the original

  • and I would play that on loop.

  • You really start to internalize where you messed up, why it sounded weird

  • the gap between the native version and yours

  • that's something that I did for hours that really helped.

  • The third podcast is HaPa EiKaiWa PodCaStTtt...

  • ...let me say that normally.

  • Hapa Eikaiwa Podcast.

  • When I found it I was like " *GASP* This is what I've been looking for!!!"

  • Hapa Eikaiwa Podcast is hosted by Jun Senesac

  • He speaks Japanese and American English, both bilingually.

  • The thing I love about this podcast is, it covers news and relevant topics

  • but the structure of it makes it so easy to learn from

  • especially if you're trying to learn from English to Japanese.

  • It starts off with an introductory, relevant news bit

  • recently he talked about the superbowl (american football), hipsters, Austin, Portland, BBQ

  • all this stuff is so American like... Am I HoME ?!?!

  • He talked about all of that in Japanese, and then restates it in English

  • You get to hear this relevant, authentic versions of what you already talk about everyday

  • but now also it's in Japanese!

  • There are questions, so kind of like a little activity

  • then after the questions there another section with a guest speaker

  • and on top of that.. there are also... TRANSCRIPTS!

  • FINALLY! Transcripts!! Why does no one make transcripts to their podcasts?!

  • The podcast itself is free, but if there's an episode you really like

  • you can purchase the specific transcript for one episode or all of them

  • he first introduces a topic in English

  • so that the Japanese listeners really have to strain and focus hard

  • and then he repeats in Japanese to kind of reinforce the learning

  • as a native English speaker, on the reverse side,

  • it gives you English context of what he's about to say

  • even if you're not necessarily at that level

  • you can kind of bootstrap your way in because the Engilsh comes first.

  • So with this one you can start maybe high beginner, intermediate,

  • you can start picking out words and phrases,

  • and if you really want to dig deep into it you can use transcripts for your favorite episode

  • to really start breaking down the Japanese that he's using

  • to figure out how to incorporate that into your own speech.

  • The downside of this podcast is that

  • when I first listened to this it seemed very cheesy!

  • But after a while I realized that that was his charm

  • that's what kept it interesting

  • It has great content and an easy to use format

  • PLUS transcripts, which makes it perfect for studying

  • but it's also interesting!

  • Even though it's cheesy, that's kind of what makes it good

  • and I found myself coming back to this one more than anything!

  • It may take a little getting used to but give it a couple listens

  • but it's still running now, the sound quality's great, it comes with transcripts

  • honestly I think anyone N4 and up, maybe even N5

  • If you're N4, N3, N2, right there in the middle

  • looking for something to listen to AND study from

  • I would really recommend this one!

  • So! Those are my top 3, but I do have a few bonus podcasts!

  • Honorable Mentions goes to Bilingual News!

  • Which is hosted by Michael and Mami!

  • After Hiiki Biiki, Bilingual News is the podcast most of you guys mentioned I should try.

  • In a nutshell, this podcast is exactly what the title sounds like

  • it's news...done bilingually!

  • Every week they introduce a relevant news topic

  • business news, social news,

  • one of their most recent episodes was about the new batch of emojis that just came out

  • they introduce it both in Japanese and in English!

  • After the topic is introduced they start talking about it.

  • Both hosts, Michael and Mami are bilingual

  • but Mami tends to respond in Japanese

  • and Michael tends to respond in English

  • although they both mix in a little bit here and there.

  • One of the good things about this Podcast is that they also have transcripts available! THANK YOU!

  • They have a special, official moji-okoshi app

  • a transcription app that they produce themselves

  • it gives the scripts from each episode in text format

  • you can highlight and copy and paste into your favorite dictionary

  • The podcast is free, but the transcripts you need to pay for a subscription

  • honestly, I think the transcript is the most valueable part of this

  • but it's up to you if you just want to use it for listening

  • or if you actually want to go deeper and use it to study.

  • So this podcast, I wouldn't recommend it for everyone

  • specifically because the content is more editorial style

  • sometimes it's more opinionated that content-based

  • this one is a little more TENSHON-HIKUI

  • the excitement level is brought down,

  • so you may like that if you enjoy more calm, laid-back style of talk

  • For me it was hard to keep coming back to

  • because if you are specifically trying to use podcasts for learning

  • you may find that the content can be distracting at times

  • sometimes the topics themselves or the way they talk about it can be a bit crass

  • I think it's good they have both hosts,

  • because it keeps the energy and the conversation balanced

  • that's one of the good things, they kind of even each other out

  • So if you're looking for more raw conversation,

  • more opinionated conversation,

  • the other thing to be aware of is that because it's bilingual

  • the streams of sound / content that they use are usually interrupted.

  • So Mami may start speaking in Japanese, but Michael will respond in English

  • I read an article citing Michael explaining that

  • he thought it was really important for the podcast to have English context

  • because if it's all Japanese it's overwhelming.

  • I definitely get where he's coming from but I also wish

  • that there was a section that was all Japanese or all English in addition to their conversation.

  • I recommend this for more advanced speakers of Japanese

  • N2, N1...

  • specifically because it's bilingual

  • and because the streams of sound are cut between English and Japanese

  • I would use this to pick up phrases, to learn how to turn a phrase

  • to learn how to respond to someone.

  • If you're a guy, this is one of the few podcasts that features an adult male

  • talking about adult, male topics that may interest you!

  • If you're trying to practice formally speaking Japanese

  • I would say obviously you need the transcripts

  • if you're trying to learn to speak casually at your office

  • or talk to anyone who's even slightly above you for more than two sentences

  • I don't think this is the type of content you would like

  • I think what you'll get out of this mostly is phrases, vocabulary

  • and ways to talk about really relevant, current topics, in short spurts.

  • SO! That's where we're going to leave it for now!

  • These podcasts are definitely more for intermediate/advanced level speakers

  • specifically for people who are looking to improve their speaking ability

  • not necessarily textbook learning.

  • They're not going to replace formal study or help you pass N2/N1

  • because you still have to do all of the rest of the work

  • but they will really help you supplement your studies

  • because they'll be interesting and relevant.

  • They'll make you speak Japanese better because you'll be excited to speak it!

  • Relevant topics, real phrases, real words

  • that you can talk about in English, and now also in Japanese!

  • Talking about your comfort zone in relationships

  • where can you get the best bbq in Texas??

  • Your favorite team... ARE THEY GONNA WIN?!?!