JapanesePod101

If you’re looking for Japanese audio to practice with, JapanesePod101 is probably going to be your best bet. Although the site is difficult to use (and signing up is kind of a hassle as well), once you get in and figure things out, you’ll have access to more Japanese audio content and lessons than you ever thought existed.

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Pros

  • A ton of audio along with supplemental material
  • Great program to pair with your regular Japanese learning
  • Lots of updates and new content (not that you’ll ever get through all the content already there, though)
  • Decent to good voice actors — they do specialize in audio, after all.
  • Can sign up for a free limited account too, but I’m sure you’ll get a ton of the emails I hate so much (see below in cons).
  • Free iTunes podcasts.

Cons

  • Probably not best used alone — use it with another resource to get the best results
  • Signs you up for a ton of promotional emails that border on spam.
  • Site is difficult to navigate.
  • Sign up process isn’t very intuitive.
  • You can’t choose your username for the site — it creates a random one for you.

Final Word?

While JapanesePod101 is a good resource, and really great to use with other Japanese study methods, I just can’t stand all the spammy-feeling emails and the whole username issue (I know, not a big deal, but still something that bothers me). I like their service and their content (and so do many other people) but I just hope that in the future the overall experience can be made better as well. That being said, it’s still a very recommended resource, and you shouldn’t let those cons offset you too much!

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