Here’s another short post about some apps I found for Android that are really helpful for getting ahold of Japanese content – and, of course, learning and practicing Japanese.
NHK news is notoriously difficult to listen to. I’m not going to argue there. But I still enjoy listening to it, and even more to TBS’s various podcasts, so I was delighted to find a very simple RSS app for my phone that lets me download and play individual NHK news broadcasts (7 am, noon, 7 pm, 10 pm, and sometimes midnight). Once in a while (about once or twice a week) you’ll get the “news journal” at midnight, which is an hour long and has breaking news such as there being garbage at Mt. Fuji. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
I don’t listen to TBS podcasts as much – and there are more comedy and entertainment shows there, although you can find news as well – so I haven’t evaluated that app, but it’s by the same developer and is the same idea. By the way, you can subscribe to these same TBS podcasts on iTunes, and I’ve enjoyed doing that so far. This is just one step more toward convenience!
If you are learning Japanese or want to stay in practice – or just like listening to NHK news – please give this a try. I haven’t had it crash on me yet and it’s done its simple function very well!
Here are links to NHK Radio News and TBS Podcast Radio on Android Market. Enjoy!
New podcast for me, and best podcast ever in my opinion. Especially for learning! And you have to love the title. It is…
学問のススメ – “Special Edition” (ラジオ版) (Gakumon no susume - radio)
(Why is the title great? Because Fukuzawa Yukichi, who was all about enlightenment, published a book in the 1870s called “Gakumon no susume.” In other words (and in my words), “The furthering of knowledge/study.” This podcast takes the same name, somewhat sincerely and somewhat tongue-in-cheek.)
The mission: Learn things that you either didn’t learn in school, or that you forgot. The format: Interviews with a variety of interesting people, from authors to reporters to photographers to athletes. Why? It’s interesting, you’re exposed to many different fields, and for Japanese learners, it’s fast-paced but obviously a great source of vocabulary on different topics and practice listening to “real Japanese” at native speed, intended for the average layperson. And best of all, it’s free!
You can download individual episodes, or subscribe via the Japanese iTunes store. (You don’t need an account or Japanese credit card to download episodes that are free – just change your location to “Japan” at the bottom of your iTunes Store home screen and search for the title. If you’d like to find more podcasts, just browse away by topic!)
Click here for 学問のススメ!
The School of Advanced Study at the University of London has just started a video (and audio) podcast series of the full talks from each session of the London Seminar in Digital Text in Scholarship.
Find the podcasts online here, or subscribe via iTunes (there is a link on the page to do so).
The first talk is Jan Rybicki with ‘The Translator’s Other Invisibility: Stylometry in Translation.’ Just another day I wish I lived in London, with all of the great digital humanities related seminars and talks going on. I read this scholar’s paper on the same subject in Literary & Linguistic Computing not too long ago and it was, in a word, awesome.