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Japanese Culture Class #64 - Izakaya Part 2: Working at an izakaya

Sun, 05 Sep 2010 09:30:00 +0000

Learning Japanese with JapanesePod101.com is the most fun and effective way to learn Japanese! In the last Japanese Culture Class lesson, we told you all about about izakaya, the Japanese version of what we might call a bar or a pub. Have you ever thought about what it must be like to work [...]



Japanese Culture Class #63 - Izakaya Part 1: What is an izakaya?

Sun, 29 Aug 2010 09:30:00 +0000

Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Your friend tells you in Japanese, “Okay, we’re here. Take off your shoes and let’s go in.” You respond in Japanese, “You want me to take off my shoes to go into this Japanese bar? Back home, all the bars are so dirty. Are you sure this is a good idea?” [...]



Japanese Culture Class #62 - Martial Arts Video

Sun, 30 May 2010 09:30:00 +0000

Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! You hear your friend creeping up on you, and suddenly he lets out a shriek. You turn around, and he is aiming for your leg with his foot. You ask him in Japanese, “What the heck is it that you think you’re doing?” He replies in Japanese, “Oh, I’m just practicing [...]



Japanese Culture Class #61 - New Word and Buzzword-of-the-Year Grand Prix 2009

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 09:30:00 +0000

Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! You call up your good friend on Friday night and ask him in Japanese, “Hey buddy, what are your plans for tonight?” He responds in Japanese, “Um, nothing…I just want to stay in and catch up on house chores and watch some television.” You reply in Japanese, “You’ve got to be [...]



Japanese Culture Class #60 - You can be in a Japanese Grand Prix!

Fri, 09 Jan 2009 09:30:00 +0000

Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Are you trying to stay abreast of Japanese current events? If you are, here’s one you’ll love. It’s called the New Word and Buzzword-of-the-Year Grand Prix. What in the world could this be, you wonder… This Japanese culture class is the place to learn about the New Word and Buzzword-of-the-Year grand prix. [...]



Happy New Year from JapanesePod101.com!

Thu, 01 Jan 2009 09:30:00 +0000

Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Well, 2008 is wrapping up, and everyone’s getting ready for the New Year. Peter, Naomi and Sakura are excited, too, and they’re here to talk about some fun, exciting New Year’s topics. There’s so much to be excited about for 2009, and this Japanese culture class will help you get in [...]



Japanese Culture Class #58 - Spend New Year’s in Japan!

Wed, 31 Dec 2008 09:30:00 +0000

Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! One of the most important celebrations in many cultures happens on New Year’s. Just think about all the fun things we do in America, from the countdown to the New Year’s kiss. Japan has all sorts of fun and interesting traditions that make celebrating the new year a blast. This exciting Japanese [...]



Japanese Culture Class #57 - Roommate Rivalry Part 3: That Reminds me…

Wed, 24 Dec 2008 09:30:00 +0000

Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! In case you missed them, Yasu and Momo are back! And, they’re here to teach you phrases like “speaking of which,” “that reminds me” and “that’s not good” using the Okayama dialect. Think of how many times you say, “Speaking of which…” when a conversation shifts, and you’ll see why this [...]



Japanese Culture Class #56 - Roommate Rivalry Part 2: What the Heck Were You Thinking?

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 09:30:00 +0000

Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Yasu and Momo are at it again. This time, their hilarious bickering teaches you the Okayama dialect for incredibly common sentences. If you’ve ever said, “This situation is hopeless!” this is the lesson for you. And, if you’ve ever asked someone, “What the heck are you thinking?” you’ve got to check [...]



Japanese Culture Class #55 - Roommate Rivalry Part 1: Give Me a Break!

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 09:30:00 +0000

Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Yasu and Momo, everybody’s favorite bickering roommates, are going strong. But, it’s not all idle chat. They’ll teach you how to say some incredibly versatile conversational phrases using the Okayama dialect. Here are a few examples of the phrases you’ll learn: “Give me a break,” “Don’t be silly” and “What are [...]



Japanese Culture Class #54 - Niigata Dialect 3

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 09:30:13 +0000

Learn Japanese Dialects at JapanesePod101.com! Today Rie, Yuuki and Marky return for the final installment of our look at the Niigata Dialect. We have an interesting conversation between Rie’s sister and a monk about a dog… well, you’ll just have to listen to see what we mean. After listening, stop by [...]



Japanese Culture Class #53 - Niigata Dialect 2

Wed, 27 Feb 2008 09:30:08 +0000

Learn Japanese Dialects at JapanesePod101.com! It’s time for another lesson in the Niigata Dialect! Yuuki and Rie return with a brand new conversation which features a bit of a misunderstanding. See if you can figure it out before the explanation! We’ll take a look at more particles and some unique vocabulary. [...]



Japanese Culture Class #52 - Niigata Dialect 1

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 09:30:28 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! Today we have a treat for you! Yuuki and Rie from Niigata are here to talk about their hometown dialect, Niigata-ben. This dialect is not as difficult as Tsugaru-ben (the last dialect we covered), so it might be easier to take a stab at! This is the [...]



Japanese Culture Class #51 - What’s Up with the Intros? 2

Wed, 26 Dec 2007 09:30:27 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! The holidays are a time for reflection. So this week, Naomi and Yuki and Marky slowed things down a bit and took a look at some of the intros that were aired this summer. This is one of our most requested topics, so it seemed like a good [...]



Japanese Culture Class #50 - What’s Up With the Intros? 1

Fri, 05 Oct 2007 09:30:07 +0000

Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101.com! You asked for it, so here it is! Our first stab at looking at unravelling the mystery of the short intro gags at the beginning of each podcast. We’ve recorded more than 100 different intros to date and people have been asking us about them ever since. Naomi [...]