Oct 142012
 

This weekend, Hitomi became an official Zuumba instructor, so we weren’t able to record a new episode.  However, I thought I’d take a moment to give everyone a heads-up on what we’re working on and where we’re headed.

In order to try to grow Japancast from a hobby to something bigger, we’ve been working on many new things.  As you may have noticed, here at the main site we’ve added several new authors who are sharing their experiences from Japan.

At Japancast University, we’ve been working hard to add lots of unique lessons and other things to help you learn Japanese.  For example, our sentence pattern lessons, where you listen to the conversation and then it’s broken down and you learn to replace words and re-use the sentence patterns:

We also have come out with a “basics” lesson that is useful if you’re traveling to Japan soon and need to quickly pick up phrases:

And if you’re looking for more traditional Japanese, we’ve started recording Japanese children’s stories. (make sure to scroll down – there’s more than one!)

Very soon we’ll be adding additional children’s stories as well as several more conversation lessons, such as:  martial arts conversations, web design conversations and car club conversations.

And then finally, if you are a fan of J-Pop and anime, Hitomi created multi-part lessons for Naruto and Evangelion.  These lessons arrive each day over the course of 7 days.

Our goal is to put out lessons you can’t find at your local book store.  So if there’s something you’ve always wished for, please send us an email and we just might turn it into a lesson!

 

Jul 282011
 

 

Increase your vocabulary while listening to a catchy Japanese song!
The song is called: 残酷な天使のテーゼ (ざんこくなてんしのテーゼ)
There are 3 good vocabulary already in this title :)

1.残酷な(ざんこくな)zankokuna

2.天使(てんし)tenshi

3.テーゼ!teeze

This course starts soon! (Monday, August 1)
This one week course is a lot of fun and you can study at your own pace.

Register HERE today!

Hitomi :)

 Posted by at 9:49 am
Jul 222011
 

Hi everyone!

I created another J-Pop & J-Rock lessons :)

I know there are so many anime out there, but “Neon Genesis Evangelion” somehow stands out.

It is one of the most famous / popular anime and it seems like people just love anything and everything about Evangelion including its theme song.

The theme song is called 残酷な天使のテーゼ(ざんこくなてんしのテーゼ)Zankoku na Tenshi no Teeze.

It is a super catchy song and has very good vocabulary in it.

I have to admit – I actually learned 2 new words from this song! :D :D :D
(Yes, I had to look them up in my dictionary!)

 

You will learn nouns and adjectives (occasionally verbs) while listening to this popular song. Great way to increase your vocabulary as well as improve your listening skills.

No grammar knowledge required in these lessons. The goal is not to translate the song, but enrich your vocabulary.

ANYBODY who has a passion for learning Japanese is WELCOME!!! :D

I divided the song into 3 parts. We will finish learning the song in 1 week.

You will receive:

Entire lyrics
3 Vocabulary lists
3 Lesson notes
Vocabulary Pronunciation (Audio)

BONUS – You will receive fill-in-the-blanks quizzes!

These lessons are all done via emails, no live lessons which means you don’t have to worry about time differences!

If you are interested in increasing your vocabulary in a super FUN way, then do not miss this opportunity!

You can sign up in HERE :

I am looking forward to studying with you :)

 

ひとみ (Hitomi)

 

 Posted by at 8:11 am
Jul 142011
 

Catchy voice and beautiful lyrics, new Bleach ending theme has become a huge hit in Japan! The song is called, アオイトリ (Aoi Tori) by Fumika.

There are so many great vocabulary in this song and I am sure you will have a lot of fun learning while listening to this awesome song!

The course starts on Monday, July 18. If you are interested, please go here:

http://japancast.storenvy.com/products/119362-increase-your-vocabulary-with-j-pop-j-rock

If you have any questions, let me know :)

 

 

Looking forward to studying with you!

 

ひとみ (Hitomi)

 Posted by at 6:25 am
Jun 192011
 

こんにちは、みなさん!

明日から、新しいプログラム、Increase Your Vocabulary with J-Pop & J-Rockが始まります!

(あしたから、新しいプログラム、Increase Your Vocabulary with J-Pop & J-Rock が はじまります)

The brand new program called “Increase Your Vocabulary with J-Pop & J-Rock starts tomorrow!

参加してくれた方、どうもありがとう!

(さんかしてくれた かた、どうもありがとう)

Thank you so much to those who have signed up!

一緒に、よく使う単語を勉強しましょう!

(いっしょに、よくつかう たんごを べんきょうしましょう)

Let’s learn frequently used Japanese vocabulary together!

 

 

Aoi tori by Fumika Official Music Video here:

http://www.sonymusic.co.jp/?plst_video&in_AR020-02

 

 

ひとみ :D

 Posted by at 10:22 am

Announcement!

 General, JPop  Comments Off
Jun 122011
 

~ Increase Your Vocabulary with J-Pop & J-Rock Program ~

In my previous post, I wrote a requirement for joining this program.
Guess what! I am dropping that requirement and opening up the door for EVERYONE!

ANYBODY who has a passion for learning Japanese is WELCOME :D

I received quite a few emails from people saying that they have not learned all the Hiragana and Katakana yet, but they really want to participate in this program.

So, I will add Roma-ji to each vocabulary as a guide.
If you want to join, email me at: hitomi(at)japancast(dot)net

Looking forward to studying with you!  :) :) :)

Thanks!

ひとみ

 Posted by at 8:07 am
Jun 092011
 

Vocabulary, vocabulary, vocabulary!  There are many ways to increase vocabulary.

Why don’t you do it while listening to your favorite J-pop & J-rock songs!
You will not only increase your vocabulary, but you will also improve your listening skills!
Kill two birds with one stone :D

★Requirement:

You must be able to read Hiragana and Katakana since no Roma-ji is used in this program.

ANYBODY who has a passion for learning Japanese is WELCOME!!!  :D :D :D

Here is the description of the program:

“Increase your vocabulary with J-pop & J-rock!”

Bleach Ending Theme

アオイトリ by Fumika

http://youtu.be/gBl2ny8RkNI

You will learn nouns and adjectives (occasionally verbs) while listening to this popular song. Great way to increase your vocabulary as well as improve your listening skills.
No grammar knowledge required in these lessons. The goal is not to translate the song, but enrich your vocabulary :)

Starts: Monday, June 20
Ends: Friday, June 24

Registration deadline: Friday, June 17, 2011

Cost: $4.99  (PayPal only, please!)  Due by Sunday, June 19, 2011

This is 1 week program.
In the program, you will learn 61 useful vocabulary from the newest Bleach ending theme song,
アオイトリ by Fumika.

I divided the song into 3 parts. We will finish learning the song in 1 week.

★You will receive:

Entire lyrics
3 Vocabulary lists
3 Lesson notes
Vocabulary Pronunciation (Audio)

BONUS – You will receive fill-in-the-blanks quizzes!

You will receive vocabulary lists, lesson notes, Audio file and quiz on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

These lessons are all done via emails, no live lessons which means you don’t have to worry about time differences!

If you would like to participate in this program or have any questions, send an email to hitomi(at)japancast(dot)net

※Registration is done by email. If you want to participate, send me an email and you will receive a confirmation email.

I am looking forward to studying with you!

ひとみ :)

 Posted by at 3:50 pm
Mar 282010
 

Quite a while ago we posted about some software you could buy that let you synthesize your own JPOP music.  Well, here’s a sample of it taken to the extreme.  Much like the Gorillaz concert, it features an animated character performing live in front of a packed stadium.

Note: if you don’t care for the music, skip ahead to about 5 minutes in to see the actual CG character performing.

If you want me to spoil it, I can explain how this is all done.  But basically it’s the same technology used in Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World.  It’s been around for ages – they’ve just added a CG twist to it.

Mar 132008
 

From: AWN Headline News

Toon Radio and Limelight Media announce the return of ANIME IN THE LIMELIGHT after a three-year hiatus.

The Japanese anime and videogame music radio show has been on local terrestrial radio and has been recording new episodes since January 2008.

It will resume broadcasting on the Toon Radio internet radio station (www.toonradio.net) on March 15, 2008.

On the air since 1997, Anime in the Limelight is a 30 to 60 minute Japanese animation music and Japanese pop culture show.

The show features uncut anime music tracks by the original artists in Japanese language, with English introductions, background histories, news, and Japanese pop culture information and is America’s top rated streaming media anime themed Internet radio show.

The show has aired on KUMU AM 1500 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and on the Fresno, California webcaster Japan-a-Radio (www.japanaradio.com).

ANIME IN THE LIMELIGHT is scheduled to broadcast on Toon Radio every Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.

More information on ANIME IN THE LIMELIGHT can be found at www.limepub.com/radio.html.

More information on Toon Radio can be found at www.toonradio.net.

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