YouTube is one of favourite places to learn languages. Especially when it comes to finding engaging content, new music to discover and something interest that I would have NEVER ever learnt in a language learning textbook. This a blog response to Lindsay Does Languages’ post: 10 Essential Spanish YouTubers To Help You Learn Spanish. If you’re learning Spanish, check it out!
While her videos on her Bilingirl channel are catered to Japanese speakers learning English, I feel gives great listening practice to those who are at an intermediate or advanced level in Japanese. She does switch back and forth from English to Japanese but it’s mostly in Japanese. Her second channel Japanagos is for English speakers learning Japanese and is not only beginner friendly but she also does cultural vlogs about Japan as well. Her blog is also very useful for practising your reading comprehension as well.
His videos are incredibly entertaining and you could learn some very useful Japanese or very useful Japanese if you catch my drift. Most of his videos are entirely in Japanese (although keep in mind that he does tend to get quite vulgar at times, especially when he speaks English) with a few English videos here and there. He also has another channel called JustDuncanNoHiro where he only speaks English. Although the context there is slightly different. Beginners of Japanese could find his Japanese lessons on his English channel quite engaging. He does have English subtitles on his Japanese videos as well so if you’re Japanese is still in the beginner’s stages. They might help you more or less. Great listening practice for those who are already at an intermediate/advanced level.
She provides incredible tips on how to go about learning Japanese. As a fellow Japanese learner herself, she knows exactly what it takes to learn a new language. She’s one of the most genuine Japanese learners I have ever seen and she continues to inspire me with every video she makes. She has fantastic recommendations for various different Japanese resources and often speaks in Japanese and provides Japanese subtitles on her videos as well.
La vida de Izumi/Izumi’s Life/泉のスペイン語レッスン/泉の人生
I’ve only recently discovered her channels. She provides great insight about Japanese culture, her travel experiences, and even how to learn the Fukuoka dialect of Japanese. She has quite a few videos which she does in Japanese first (or vice-versa) and then there’s an English equivalent to that video as well. This could be useful if you want to improve your listening skills in Japanese and get clarity on what you didn’t understand with her English videos. She also speaks Spanish and Korean and her “泉のスペイン語レッスン” channel is where she teaches Spanish to Japanese speakers. So if you are at an intermediate to advanced level in Japanese and want to learn Spanish, why not try to learn it through Japanese?
This channel is all about cooking all sorts of different dishes. So if you want to learn how to cook while improving your Japanese vocabulary, this would be a great channel to learn from. However it’s not going to be beginner-friendly but if you want to be able to talk about cooking, this channel could be very useful for just that.
If you enjoy watching “Let’s Play” videos of YouTubers playing video games then the keyword to learn is “実況プレイ”（じっきょうぷれい). Which is what Japanese YouTubers use when making “Let’s Play” videos. You might be able to find your favourite game played by one of these YouTubers.
Example search: Heavy Rain実況プレイ
Some of these channels do have subtitles but it may not be what they’re saying exactly but more to emphasise something or commentary on something happening in the game itself.
If you’re interested in make-up tutorials and beauty accessories, Sasaki Asahi is definitely a channel you need to check out. She also does monthly favourites: showing off what’s she’s using for that month. She does have videos with English subtitles but it only looks like they are on certain videos. So keep that in mind.
Looking for a song you’re already familiar with in your native language? Why not check to see if there’s one for your favourite song in Japanese. Just type in the song you want and add “日本語カバー” or ”日本語版” to your search results. You’ll never know what you might find!
He mostly reviews technology. So if you’re wondering if I certain gadget is would buying or not, his channel might be able to be of use to you. He has some other food-related videos as well but mostly it seems like his niche is reviewing electronics. He’s definitely worth checking out!
I’ve been following this channel and website for quite some time now and I find them to be an invaluable resource for those who want to take their Japanese language learning seriously. There are so many tips and tricks they provide for not only learning Japanese but Japanese culture as well. While most of the videos are not in Japanese themselves, they are a fantastic jumping off point when learning Japanese.
What do you think? Have you heard of these YouTubers before? If so, do you like or dislike them? Do you have any other popular YouTubers who would be great to learn Japanese off of? I’d love to hear from you!