Month: December 2011
Audio Source: TBS Radio Podcasts
I found another great resource for audio immersion. TBS Radio 954 has a site chock full of downloadable podcasts. They are mostly talk shows, which is perfect. They feature very clear speech as well, so they could be used for sentence mining. The podcasts are in mp3 format, which means you can load them onto a digital device and carry them with you. There’s dozens of hours of content up there that I’ve grabbed so far, and I haven’t even gotten through half the site yet! It also seems to be somewhat regularly updated, so you can find a few per week on average.
Immersion Tools: TuneIn
Immersion tools can be difficult to find, especially when it comes to anything besides text. When you’re talking audio or video, it can also become very costly as well. However, my goal here is to provide as much material as I can find that’s free, to open it up for more people to learn. With that being said, I’d like to introduce tunein, a free website featuring free radio streams from all over the world.They have countless stations from all over the place. Most importantly, they have many, many Japanese radio stations. One thing I should mention, however, is the fact that not all of them work 100% of the time. Some are links to sites where you must register, and some are down. If you trip over one of these, just move on to another one. I’ve found most […]
Sentences Series 2: Input vs. Output
Almost daily, I run into people asking me “How do you say [insert random phrase] in Japanese?”. Anyone that knows I’m studying Japanese seems to think I can immediately speak it, and seem disappointed when I cannot (yet). This is because of the way I’m learning sentences. You see, right now, I am focused on input vs. output. Before I get into my reasons why, let me first define each. Input is taking anything Japanese in. It’s listening, reading, seeing. Output is speaking and writing. Why Input Should Come First The reasons behind this are simple. Let’s get an example situation to work from. Say you’re lost, and need directions. You find a local, and ask something along the lines of “渋谷はどこですか。” (Where is Shibuya?). Great! He understood your question, and is now giving a response. Problem is, you […]