Last week, I podcasted about Japanese podcasts and mentioned She Saw Mail. I’ve started to get use to listening to the Japanese and trying to understand as much as I can. Surprisingly, I’m starting to understand more and more from the podcasts.
It’s important to remember that even if you can’t understand anything at all from these podcasts, at the very least you are getting used to the language. I think if you are studying alone, it’s really easy to listen to a few 2 or 3 minute conversations and that’s your listening practice. However, it is really essential that you get use to hearing the language and not ‘tuning it out’. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time focusing for the 40 minute listening section on the test. Listening to some podcasts will definitely bring up that tolerance.
The first podcast I go over is one called ‘Fanta Jikan’. This is a podcast featuring some classic Japanese stories. I find it to be a little difficult, but interesting. They use a lot of old vocabulary, so you might want to check the website for the transcript.
The second podcast is called Suntory Sunday Waiting Bar Avanti. It is suppose to be a casual conversation about a cultural topic at a bar complete with bar sound effects and atmosphere. In this podcast, the hosts usually discuss interesting culture tidbits. It is pretty easy to pick up and they usually speak a little slower and less rehearsed. They speaking is casual, but not slangy, which is really useful for the test.
Action Steps –
1) Have you tried any of these podcasts?
2) What did you think of them?
P.S. I’m now in iTunes. If you like the podcast, please be sure to visit iTunes and leave me a review. If you have comments or suggestions for the podcast, by all means let me know in the comments below or contact me and let me know what I can do to improve the show. Thanks!
Music by Kevin MacLeod