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Audio Podcasts – Naruhodo Japan

Welcome to Naruhodo Japan, the podcast for learning about the language and culture of Japan from a Nikkei perspective.
Audio Podcasts – Naruhodo Japan


the podcast for learning about the language and culture of Japan from a Nikkei perspective




Episode 13: Greetings

Dec 16, 2008 0:29:25


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”. Knowing these greetings and when to say them will be quite useful when speaking with Japanese or visiting Japan. Not […]

Episode 12: Family Members

Dec 5, 2008 0:12:09


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 in example sentences to build up your vocabulary but now it’s time to complete […]

Episode 11: Countries and Places

Nov 13, 2008 0:29:20


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 countries and places, therefore today’s episode is all about countries, places, and related […]

Episode 10: Review of Episodes 1-9

Nov 5, 2008 0:52:42


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, counters, dates, time, Naruhodo Japan episodes 1-9 lexicon chart Transcript: Episode transcript PDF (Japanese portion includes furigana) Download Podcast: Episode 10 – Review […]

Episode 9: Time and Dates

Oct 18, 2008 0:52:18


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 do not use nearly as many counters […]

Episode 8: Counting and Counters

Oct 3, 2008 0:23:12


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 counting people or […]

Episode 7: Particles

Sep 25, 2008 0:19:10


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 one of the cases where this is a Japanese issue that cannot be explained simply. Some […]

Episode 6: 10 Basic Sentences

Sep 21, 2008 0:11:59


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’s explore 10 basic sentences that you can use to talk about yourself. […]

Episode 5: You and I

Sep 2, 2008 0:17:56


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 which the majority of these words are gender-biased. While some people do cross the gender line, […]

Episode 4: Honorifics

Aug 26, 2008 0:12:06


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 as suffixes for addressing people. Just as you would never call yourself […]