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Listen to Yumi talk about... whatever she wants to talk about. Practice your listening comprehension with natural (howbeit slightly slowed down) Japanese on various topics such as Japanese culture, fun idioms, and, of course, cats. The episodes can be enjoyed in any order.

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June 14, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 40: その前に掃除 Before that, clean! | Japanese Immersion Podcast

June 6, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 39: あきらめないで Don’t give up! | Japanese Immersion Podcast

May 30, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 38: 追憶 Reminiscence | Japanese Immersion Podcast

May 16, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 37: 嫌いなものを好きになる Learning to Like what You Don’t Like | Japanese Immersion Podcast

May 9, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 36: 手が痛い My hand hurts | Japanese Immersion Podcast

May 2, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 35: ピアノ Piano | Japanese Immersion Podcast

April 25, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 34: 親知らず Wisdom Teeth | Japanese Immersion Podcast

April 18, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 33: 井戸水 Well Water | Japanese Immersion Podcast

April 11, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 32: 園芸シーズン Gardening Season | Japanese Immersion Podcast

April 4, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 31: 洋服 Clothes | Japanese Immersion Podcast

March 28, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 30: ロボット芝刈り機 Robot Lawn Mower | Japanese Immersion Podcast

March 21, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 29: ボランティア Volunteering | Japanese Immersion Podcast

March 14, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 28: マロのイタズラ Maro’s Mischief | Japanese Immersion Podcast

March 7, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 27: 日本の果物 Japanese Fruits | Japanese Immersion Podcast

February 28, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 26: 猫がにげた!その2 The Cat Ran Away! Part 2 | Japanese Immersion Podcast

February 21, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 25: 猫がにげた! The Cat Ran Away! | Japanese Immersion Podcast

February 14, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 24: ボランティア Volunteering | Japanese Immersion Podcast

February 7, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 23: 自宅で (Work) at Home | Japanese Immersion Podcast

January 31, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 22: サルが入る温泉 Monkeys entering an onsen | Japanese Immersion Podcast

January 24, 2021

Nihongo to Tane 21: まろ Maro | Japanese Immersion Podcast

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  • I’m a long-time listener of Amazon music, and I was very excited to find that they’ve started offering podcasts – particularly ones in Japanese! I hope you will continue to post more content to Amazon (since there are only 2 podcasts so far). I also am very much enjoying the short sentences (with the Furigana!) on your site, and I’m really hoping that short sentences like that, with a quick explanation and then some repetition will also be included in the podcasts posted to Amazon music. I would LOVE to be able to listen to sentences like that in my car, as I’m driving. I realize that you need to make money to continue providing such wonderful content, though. Thanks for all you’re doing. Maybe someday you guys will have a Makoto+ app for members to stream additional content add-free and also more easily navigate your site’s content.

    • Thank you! Did you see both podcasts? https://music.amazon.com/search/thejapanesepage
      We have a Beginning Japanese Phrases that does exactly what you suggested. We take the beginner sentences and make a podcast out of it. I may start an intermediate version if enough people think it would be worth it.
      Also, I believe I posted a ad-free feed to the Makoto+ members area for the phrases podcast. I don’t think you can add custom feeds to the Amazon music app, but you can for most any other podcast player app.
      We are working on more audio-only content. Today, we recorded the audio for turning our Momotaro book into an audiobook. I’ll place a download link for it in Makoto+ for free for members as soon as we are done (sometime this week).

  • I feel like I’m going crazy. This morning I found a podcast/audio clip talking about going for a stroll and the neighbourhood dog barking but I can’t find it anywhere. There’s no back button so I keep having to close the app and then forgetting which options I’ve explored. Could you help me please?

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