Start Learning Japanese in the next 30 Seconds with
a Free Lifetime Account

Or sign up using Facebook

need suggestions for anime/drama/music for beginners?

Many learners find their initial interest in Japanese through anime or manga. The best, the worst - talk about them all here! (Well, almost all!)

Moderators: Admin Team, Moderator Team

Myst32
New in Town
Posts: 14
Joined: August 13th, 2009 1:45 am

need suggestions for anime/drama/music for beginners?

Postby Myst32 » November 28th, 2013 11:29 pm

I was wondering is there any good anime/drama/music that would be good for a beginner to watch and listen to?

Is there anything that's made for beginners with english and hiragana subtitles, or music that's easy to understand?

it would be nice to find something like this so I can get an understanding of entertaining and casual speech as well,
The only problem or maybe excerise well be that there might be more slang and such.

community.japanese
Expert on Something
Posts: 2704
Joined: November 16th, 2012 5:54 pm

Re: need suggestions for anime/drama/music for beginners?

Postby community.japanese » December 10th, 2013 9:09 pm

Myst-san,
I always think any materials for kids are actually really good.
If you don't have hesitation to use such materials, they really are effective and useful.

When I was in high school, I actually used Sesame Street to study English by myself.
Easy words, people enunciate, no slang or corrupt language, good manner and some famous or
"everyone knows" kind of music. That was a perfect material for me.
After that, I also used some movies. We can usually find transcription with translation in bookshops,
so I watched the same movie several times using transcription book.
But I'm not too sure if you can find the same kind of books for Japanese films...

I don't recall any good TV shows, but luckily, we have thousands of "mukashi banashi" (old stories) in Japan
and despite the dialect and "typical old people talking in written world", there could be many things you
can learn from. If not this kind, any children's book could be also good.

We have many books, mangas, songs and so on introduced to other countries and there're always people
who upload TV drama with subtitles (although many of them are Chinese or Korean). You might want to
dig them a bit :wink:

Natsuko (奈津子),
Team JapanesePod101.com

Get 6 Months Free Today!
Myst32
New in Town
Posts: 14
Joined: August 13th, 2009 1:45 am

Re: need suggestions for anime/drama/music for beginners?

Postby Myst32 » December 16th, 2013 5:16 pm

arigato gozaimasu.

I'll have to look out for that, I haven't even considered childrens books and such.

community.japanese
Expert on Something
Posts: 2704
Joined: November 16th, 2012 5:54 pm

Re: need suggestions for anime/drama/music for beginners?

Postby community.japanese » December 19th, 2013 10:41 pm

Myst32-san,
hope it'd help and hope you'd enjoy (this is the most important part!) :wink:

Natsuko (奈津子),
Team JapanesePod101.com

kytikor_503396
New in Town
Posts: 5
Joined: December 25th, 2014 12:59 am

Re: need suggestions for anime/drama/music for beginners?

Postby kytikor_503396 » December 25th, 2014 2:05 am

I know this is an old thread but people always read through old posts so...

Chi's Sweet Home is an anime with episodes about 3 minutes in length, aimed at children and the language is simple. My only complaint is that sometimes Chi isn't very clear when he (maybe she? It's a cat) speaks. There's things like "I want to go home" and "I'm going to the pet store to buy cat litter" and so on. That may help!

I also enjoy watching Disney movies in Japanese - Especially ones that I know very well in English, because I already know the story and what is being said, so it's good to see how it has been translated.

To get an idea of culture and language, I'd recommend anime like Azumanga Daioh or Lucky Star. Sometimes the language can be a little tough, but you might find you can pick things up easily.

To improve your reading skills, try picking up a copy of Momotarou or something! It helped me lots. It is a well known children's story, and I think it was even mentioned in the newbie series when somebody is crying over how they thought it was sad.

More than anything for getting a feel for the language, if you like anime or things like that, really listen! It's easy if there are subtitles to tune out the audio and just read it, but really listening to how it flows, seeing if you can pick out words or grammar here and there, like the copula, spotting verb forms, and so on, is great fun!

community.japanese
Expert on Something
Posts: 2704
Joined: November 16th, 2012 5:54 pm

Re: need suggestions for anime/drama/music for beginners?

Postby community.japanese » December 31st, 2014 2:41 pm

Kytikor san,
Konnichiwa.
Thank you for the post.
I agree with you.
If you know contexts in your first language, it’s easier to understand Japanese through movies.

Yuki 由紀
Team JapanesePod101.com


Return to “Japanese Anime & Manga”