"Top Down" Language Learning with Hapa Eikaiwa Podcast

I’ve recently been introduced to the concept of “top-down” language learning, . Basically you learn language in “chunks”, learning expressions, phrases, and words that are commonly used together. Then since you know what to say based on context, this is a very practical way to make your speech sound more natural.

One source that’s been very useful for this is Hapa Eikaiwa podcast. It is actually meant for Japanese natives who want to learn English - but definitely works both ways! The host, Jun, is fluent in English and Japanese and provides full Japanese translations for everything he says. You can buy the full scripts for each episode (for around $4 each) which is truly the most helpful part.

Here is a sample from episode 119 where he introduces the topic of American food:

Then he typically gets two English speakers to have a conversation so Japanese speakers can learn natural English speech. I find the translations super helpful:

Jun also explains common English phrases in Japanese.

These are just a few pieces of the script. The full PDF has a lot more material which I’ve been putting into Anki so I can memorize full sentences/expressions that are frequently used in Japanese.

Also listening to the podcast is very useful (and entertaining!) and I sometimes shadow Jun (the host) to practice my pronunciation.

Anyways this podcast is a great source for top-down learning so I thought I’d share! Please check out the podcast if you are interested!

Podbean link: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/gkwyd-3bc36/Hapa英会話-Podcast
You can buy the episodes here: https://www.hapaeikaiwa-shop.net/products/list.php?category_id=13

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