As I mentioned before in a previous post about Duolingo, I am using different methods to try and learn Japanese. Although it is a slow process, I am trying to take it step-by-step and gradually improve.
While I think that Duolingo is a very effective tool to learn a language, I have also been using a podcast called Easy Japanese by NHK World to help me learn Japanese. NHK is Japan’s national broadcaster, so it is definitely a reliable company to make a podcast teaching Japanese.
In total, there are 48 lessons on a variety of topics that you may encounter while living in Japan. Each lesson is exactly 10 minutes, so it is perfect if you are trying to listen to something in the shower/in the car. I have listened to all of the episodes multiple times, and I think that it has helped. Each episode is sequential, and it is best to listen to it from lesson 1-48 the first time. After you listen to all of them though, you can start to repeat listen to them in any order.
In addition to teaching you about Japanese language, the podcast also gives insights about Japanese culture and historical sites. It is a really well produced podcast, and I think it is a great way to start for anyone looking to learn Japanese. While listening to it is not going to make you fluent, it can help to hear proper pronunciations and native speakers.
Even if you are not trying to learn Japanese (if you are trying to learn some other language), I think listening to local podcasts can be a great resource to help learn any language!
NHK Japan Recommendation Rating: 4
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.
NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.
I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!