Today’s podcast recommendation is the Manga Sensei podcast, a podcast that offers great Japanese lessons in just 5 minutes each episode!
The podcast is hosted by John, the titular Manga Sensei.
About the Manga Sensei Podcast
Most of the Manga Sensei episodes are language-focused. Each of these episodes
In addition, the Manga Sensei podcast also has interviews with people who regularly use Japanese. Normally, the interviewees are people who live in Japan and/or write about Japan and the Japanese language. Previous guests include Youtuber Kemushichan and Tofugu.
Every now and then, John hosts episodes that focus on helpful language learning tips for Japanese (or any language). One of the episodes I particularly enjoyed is “Bridging the Gap between Intermediate and Advanced” (an episode from May 14, 2018).
Why I like the Manga Sensei podcast
- One of the best things about the podcast is how much John sensei manages to cover in 5 minutes. I am impressed how each episode has detailed information on how grammar points are used, without it feeling too overwhelming.
- With over 250 episodes, there is plenty of content to listen to. New episodes are also uploaded on a near daily basis!
- The type of Japanese covered in the grammar episodes includes more informal speech. It is more natural than what you might get from a textbook.
- In every episode, John comes across as an enthusiastic teacher who really wants everyone to do the very best with Japanese study. The Manga Sensei ethos is all about knowing you’ll make mistakes and doing it anyway, which I think is the best way to approach languages.
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indthe interview episodes are really fun and perfect for when I need some study motivation!
One thing to note: the episodes have not been produced in order of grammar difficulty. You may find yourself searching around for a little while if there is a particular grammar point you are stuck on. Fortunately, if you are a beginner to intermediate Japanese learner, he has most likely covered the grammar point in an episode already.
Who I recommend the podcast for
I think that this podcast is good for anyone studying Japanese, as the grammar points covered range from the basics up to more sophisticated aspects of the language.
It is a great resource to complement Japanese classes or self-study. Hearing about the same grammar points explained in different ways helps to really deepen your understanding.
Where to find the podcast
You can find the episodes on the Manga Sensei website, or via any podcasting app, Spotify, iTunes or
The Manga Sensei website itself is a helpful resource
I definitely suggest checking out The Manga Sensei site. Short manga in Japanese is posted on the website each week.
I’d probably recommend these short manga to upper beginners (JLPT N4) as there is no furigana on the manga itself.
Aside from that, the website’s blog has a number of posts on the Japanese language and culture. These posts expand upon a lot of the topics covered in the grammar episodes.
Have you tried this podcast? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!