Nihongo Switch has proven very precious to me so far, so I’ld like to let the community hear a bit about it. Here goes
First, useful links:
- The podcast’s website
- The youtube channel and the webpage for audio-only readers
- My favorite episode on ghost stories
Nihongo Switch is a podcast in Japanese, targetting intermediate learners, and released on a weekly basis. Each episode has a duration of ~15 minutes. It is free
I find this podcast outstanding for two reasons. First, it is very entertaining. Listening to a podcast is all the more precious when you are paying attention to what is going on. Usually, I cannot focus more than 30sec on a podcast, though . Nihongo Switch catches and keeps my attention throughout each episode, which is a feat. The person talking, Yamamoto Iku (山本郁), is a great narrator, and the episode are very well scripted, so I actually enjoy myself a lot while listening!
Second, it really is tailored for intermediate learners. By the textbook standard, my Japanese is intermediate, and I actually get 80% of what is going on there. The vocabulary and grammar really are intermediate-level, and it feels awesome hearing what you are currently learning.
As a side note, their website provides additional resources:
- A list of important words is accessible a few days before an episode is released
- Full transcripts are also accessible
I don’t use these, but some may be happy to I think you have to subscribe to the newsletter in order to access those additional resources.
Hope you’ll like it!