3 Youtube Channels for Learning Japanese

Youtube is an amazing resource for language learning. So amazing, in fact, that it can be a bit difficult to know where to start. Whether you are looking for another resource to help explain a tricky grammar point, or are looking for short clips of people speaking real Japanese, there should be something for you on Youtube. I’ve introduced a few channels below that may be of some help:

Bilingirl Chika/ Japanagos

Japanagos

Chika is a Japanese-American who produces Japanese and English language learning videos. Her main channel is aimed at Japanese speakers learning English, but I have found it to be a really good resource for picking up differences in language usage between English and Japanese. Chika is really engaging and I always find that I can learn something new from her videos.

She also has a separate channel for her Japanese language lessons and vlogs called Japanagos which is also a fun and educational channel. I recommend checking out Japanagos if you are new to Japanese, and moving on to her main Bilingirl channel if you are at intermediate level. She is often travelling so both channels are good if you would like to follow her vlogs.

Easy Languages – Japanese

Easy Lang Japanese

The Easy Languages Youtube channel covers a lot of different languages with a series of videos interviewing speakers of each language about different aspects of that language and the cultures connected to it. The Japanese series has 19 videos which are all about 5-6 minutes long.

I like this series as each video is fairly short, contains natural language and each video has Japanese (both kana and romaji) and English subtitles.

Japanese Ammo with Misa

Japanese Ammo with Misa

Misa has some really great videos on fundamental aspects of Japanese grammar and usage. This is my top recommendation for beginners to the language as she has a very good way of explaining things.

She also has really useful videos on how to learn kana as well as Japanese study tips.

Nihongo no Mori

Nihongo no Mori

The Basic Japanese series is really helpful for clear and informative explanations of key grammar points for beginners.

If you are looking to take the JLPT N3 or above, this channel is full of great videos for you as well. There are videos aimed at the JLPT levels N3, N2 and N1 with each focusing on a different aspect of the JLPT test (reading, listening, grammar and vocabulary). A lot of the lessons cover differences between similar seeming grammar points, which is particularly useful for those pesky multiple choice questions.

 

If the above do not take your fancy, you may find that jumping into Japanese videos by searching the Japanese term for something that interests you is the way to go.

How has Youtube helped your language learning? Are there any channels that you think do a great job of promoting the Japanese language? Let me know in the comments!

10 things about learning languages I wish I’d known 10 years ago

The Memrise Blog

I started learning languages as a serious hobby just over ten years ago. It started out as a slow and frustrating process, and I never truly believed that I would ever really be able to speak and understand any language as well as my native English.

Now I’ve studied more than fifteen languages, was named Britain’s most multilingual student in 2012, and have written a book called “How To Speak Any Language Fluently”. I am able to speak several languages very fluently, and at least get by in the many more.

If I had a time machine, here are ten things I’d tell myself ten years ago:

  1. Make mistakes, they are your friends

Sometimes just the thought of saying the wrong word would give me so much anxiety that I would just walk away, rather than risk looking stupid. Then I realised that running away was not helping the problem…

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Turning Thoughts into Action

(aka my first post!)

Hello world! This is officially my first post on my blog, so I will take the opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself…

My name is Stephanie and officially I have been learning Japanese for over half of my lifetime. I was incredibly lucky to attend a secondary school specialising in languages and started studying Japanese aged 11. I have always enjoyed learning languages but I caught the Japanese learning bug quite quickly, mainly because it was so different from anything I had come across before.

I initially had my heart set on a career using Economics but I was so eager to carry on with Japanese after studying it to A-level that I went on to complete a degree in Business Management & Japanese. I graduated some time ago now but have been trying hard to keep up my language skills ever since, and finally got round to passing JLPT N2 last summer. To goal now is get as close to fluent as I can whilst living in the UK and keeping up to date with current affairs, with the hope that I will be able to use this in my career in the future. The idea for my blog has been in the pipeline for a long time but I have finally decided to put my thoughts into action and get blogging about something I have been passionate about for such a long time.

Although there are so many more amazing resources out there for learning Japanese, my approach to learning the language has changed now that I am no longer studying it formally. This blog will be all about different approaches to the language learning journey as well as a way for me to document all of the resources that have helped me out on the way. I hope you stay tuned and you find something of use!

–Steph