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Podcasts + Text = Podcastle
Part of immersion is listening to audio, such as podcasts. However, most Japanese podcasts do not come with written transcripts. This represents an issue when studying because it can be difficult to correctly understand what you hear. This is where Podcastle comes in. Podcastle is a project funded by the Japanese government for foreign Japanese language learners. It provides a speech recognition system to automagically convert the audio into text. While you play the audio, it tries to keep up but can sometimes become “desynchronized”. It helps if you know enough Japanese to be able to tell when it’s messed up, as it can sometimes be off by a few words. Knowing kana at a minimum may be enough to be able to tell this. While its speech recognition is not all that accurate (let’s face it, though – none […]
まりもえお！(Marimoeo): Podcasts for Your Immersion Environment
So I heard about a podcast that’s done semi-regularly that supposedly has solid content. It’s called Marimoe, and as of the time of writing they’ve published 62 podcasts. The podcasts are done by 3 high school girls from Hokkaido. But before you immediately assume it’s all ditzy rambling, know that it’s just the opposite. In fact, they pick a topic and have well-organized discussions regarding it in a gender-neutral way. It’s good to listen to since it’s just talking, with no distractions such as music to keep your attention away from your current task. Even if you can’t understand it yet, it’s still great to listen to since the speech is so clearly spoken and recorded. Head over to まりもえお and check out their podcasts!