Japanese Youtube Collection

I've been collecting Youtube videos that are either in Japanese or about Japan in some way. As it turns out, I've reached the limit for favorite videos; a total of 660 videos. Thus I've decided to clean them up, remove the dead videos, and sort them into playlists.

Watch all the Japanese videos on my Youtube Channel.

It's a great way to practice your listening comprehension skills. It's helpful because you get to hear native speakers talking at full speed. Although, I can't say I understand much of it yet.

Some videos have subtitles, some don't, but I have found that if you give a video without subtitles a chance, there's a lot you can learn, even though you might not understand every word. The next time you run across a video in Japanese without subtitles, take a minute to watch the speakers expressions, mannerisms, and body language. You'll be amazed at how much you really know.


Peter Rabbit in Japanese

The website Wired for Books has a wonderful selection of Beatrix Potter books translated into Japanese. The most familiar of her writings is of course Peter Rabbit.

Although these books do include some kanji, children's books typically are a great way to practice reading Japanese. It's hard to jump into reading manga in Japanese because the writing level is too high for beginners; you spend more time flipping through the dictionary, rather than the story.

Try starting the classic Peter Rabbit.