Looking for good Japanese podcasts/listening material
October 8, 2013 7:42 AM Subscribe
I'm planning on taking the JLPT N1 this December, but unfortunately between work and sleep I haven't been able to squeeze much study time in. Since I have a 2-hour commute every day, and sometimes an hour or two of travel during work as well, I reckon I can put it to good use by listening to spoken Japanese on my iPod. Can you recommend some interesting podcasts or radio programmes (downloadable/accessible without internet) that have a good coverage of N1 vocabulary?
posted by monocot to writing & language (7 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I was in Japan until this July, and have decent comprehension (~80% for daily conversation not involving specialist topics) but my vocab is pretty shitty so I stumble once there are a lot of (usually more formal) words I'm not familiar with - for example when trying to understand NHK news without subtitles. I think I need to listen to more news, documentaries, talk shows or similar stuff. (FWIW I'm not looking for language learning podcasts but actual stuff Japanese people might listen to.)
I'm also looking for places online where one can watch J-dramas with Japanese subtitles... and any recommendations you have for good dramas are very much appreciated!