JLPT BC 18 | More Japanese Podcasts to Listen To

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.JLPT listening practice

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.Japanese listening practice

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

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  • David March 9, 2011, 9:31 pm

    I’m digging the Suntory podcast. Not too difficult, not too easy, just right!

    • Mac March 10, 2011, 2:21 am

      My thoughts exactly. I like the atmosphere of the show. Like how they order drinks at the beginning. I feel like I’m sitting in a bar. 🙂

  • Kenneth Wyatt June 6, 2016, 2:11 pm

    Yeah, SSWBA is definitely quality for language learners. Interesting topics, relaxed natural speech, very clear voices even with the bar sounds. I also like that there are a lot of formulaic sections, particularly bookending each episode. They help me switch on with something familiar before the new content starts, and they also help me feel like, however little of the meat of the episode I understood, I always get a few minutes of listening in just at or above my level.

    The podcast is also just a aural pleasure to listen to in a lot of ways.

    • Clayton MacKnight June 6, 2016, 2:21 pm

      Yeah it is well-produced and to the point. That is why I like it a lot. I keep going back to it even after I’ve gone looking for something else to listen to.

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