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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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  • 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).

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