Listening Practice 🎧 What do you listen to for Japanese practice?

Listening to this on a break and having a good time. You could block the subtitles for more listening practice and then check your comprehension by listening again with the subtitles visible. He switches pretty naturally between English and Japanese. I’m really enjoying listening, but I seem to already know a lot of sushi related words.


I’ve been listening to two podcasts, namely 関西人(かんさいじん)の与太話 and 大阪育(おおさかそだ)ちハーフの三兄弟(さんきょうだい) . The former is a solo podcast by a Kansai Man who talks about his weekly experiences and a couple of news in the media in a slight Kansai-ben accent while the latter are full on Hafus raised in the Southern, more rural region of Osaka and their Kansai-ben accent is super strong, even more than most 関西人(かんさいじん)s


I’ve got no recommends of my own yet - but will work my way through some of the suggestions here. I’ve realised that I often fall asleep to video game podcasts and then wake up and need to listen to them again. So I figure popping on a Japanese podcast before drifting off might be a better use of my time. Will let you know.

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I wanted to bring some life back to this thread by posting a link to this super interesting documentary about Hiroshi Kamiya! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: Even if you’re not a personal fan of him, it’s great listening practice! ^>^

NHK documentary about seiyuu Hiroshi Kamiya ^>^

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Love Kiryu Coco. Really too bad about what happened at the end… she didn’t deserve to be harassed like that.


Ooops! This thread hasn’t seen much action as of late. I guess, what few posts I made ended up in the Seiyuu Appreciation thread or the Extensive Listening Challenge thread. :sweat_smile:

I’m thinking of buying some new drama CDs at the moment, as a birthday present for myself. Can’t decide on which series though. They’re a bit costly, so wanna make the most of the purchase. Might even go for something mainstream this time. :slight_smile:


Late to the party and replying to a +2 year old post, but Coten Radio is a great source for listening practice. Conversational japanese spoken at a natural pace, just what i was looking for! Also, they’re on Spotify now as well.

Thanks for the recommendation @IgorTheGreat

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Here’s a fabulous compilation of podcasts you might wanna give a try! :high_touch: :headphones:


I have now created a WIKI of the OP post, where people are encouraged to add Listening Practice Resources. Let’s help each other out when it comes to finding good interesting listening practice options! :high_touch:


I suppose that the autocorrection feature turned anime into animals in the original post. :wink:


I have recently discovered (thanks to the tofugu overview), which has podcasts with Japanese scripts. She is speaking relatively slowly, but it sounds more natural than NHK’s easy news.


Not really. I just figured that we don’t really need an anime category on here, with the General Anime Thread existing. There is already so much discussion on anime shows on WK that it’s probably best to just leave it off in this case. I just feel it can derail the purpose of this resource list.

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okay, but how do animals improve your listening to Japanese? Do Japanese dogs bark differently?

Surely you know there exist a lot of pet videos featuring cute cats and their owners talking? :eyes: or it could be help videos for pet owners in Japanese. Just use your imagination.

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Actually dogs do bark differently in many languages:

  • Japanese: ワンワン
  • English: bow wow
  • German: wau wau
  • French: woof woof
  • Italian: bau bau

see an extensive list here



How could I forget!

So, I like watching street food and cooking videos. Not cooking shows, but just footage of the kitchen as ordinary working people make food in their restaurant, food truck/stand and so on.

Today I found something of a listening challenge! This old man speaks a nearly incomprehensible Japanese dialect.

I can’t tell which dialect this is, though I do recognize one of the speech-patterns from a seiyuu I’ve heard talking in normal conversation (the “ずらあーっと” expression). That was Wataru Hatano, who is from Nagano. But this restaurant is located in Osaka. Not sure if that’s the dialect here (since people do move from one place to another). Also, maybe there are dialects with similarities. :thinking: I’d love if anyone could identify this guy’s dialect. :slight_smile:

I’d also love if someone could help me figure out what he’s saying! :sweat_smile:

Sidenote: I created a "Dialects and slang category" so people can add listening practice resources in the wiki in the OP post. :)

Like, everything? :sweat_smile: C’mon, put in a little effort :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: What did you get and what not?

I only listened to his very first sentences, and I wouldn’t say I understand everything, but I can sort of inuit between the lines :sweat_smile: In the beginning he’s saying something along the lines of that it will be crammed full (満員ぐらい) because today is Saturday. And waves his hand to show where everybody will be sitting.
Does this help already?
also, not really sure if this is really a dialect or whether he just mumbles a lot :thinking:


I certainly didn’t get that part. I’ve tried relistening a bit, but I still just catch random words here and there. :sweat_smile: Much thank for the help! :bowing_man:

I’m also thinking he’s a mumbler, but maybe, I think, he also stutters a bit? Still, he’s also clearly speaking in a specific dialect as well.

I’ll give it a few more relistens. But, yeah, as much as I know he’s going to be talking about his restaurant and stuff, I can’t really parse it. XD


That was kinda my feeling too…

PS: the speech is all in the first 5 minutes, I think, the rest is just video of the cooking…