Intermediate Japanese Listening Course

This is an intermediate level listening site using multimedia listening materials for exchange students to practice listening to Japanese that they hear every day at university. It is based on "現代日本語コース中級Ⅰ&Ⅱ" (A Course in Modern Japanese Vol. 3 and 4) published by the Nagoya University Press.

  • You can practice listening to Japanese that is used in everyday life.
  • There are seven sections in the basic course with 10 sections each, where you can thoroughly study from vocabulary to applied exercises.
  • The Japanese spoken on this site has been recorded at the same speed as that spoken in real life situations.
  • You don't need an ID or a Password. You can get in as a Guest.
  • Japanese is the only language used on this site.
  • You will need Macromedia Flash Player 7 or higher to use this.

How to...

The Intermediate Japanese Listening Course consists of two courses, the Guide Course and the Contents Page. If you are a beginner, start with the basic Guide Course. 

If you select "Guest", you do not need an ID or a password.
If you would like to record your evaluation, set your "User Name" and Password by selecting New User.

If you are not sure of how to use the site or how to proceed, take a look at the How to Use Materials (◆教材について) section. Directions are only in Japanese, but the kanji has furigana to make it easy to read.

The Guide Course has seven sections, each divided into 10 sessions. The letters used in each section indicate classifications, as shown in the following image.
A: Conversations targeted to an unspecified number of listeners (e.g. station and bus announcements, university lectures, radio programs).
B: Conversations where an exchange student is asking a Japanese person questions and listening to explanations.
C: Conversations between Japanese people.
You can start anywhere from the above with exercises you want to challenge.

Listening comprehension exercises begin in Section 4.

If you are not confident with the vocabulary and expressions, or if you want to preview the vocabulary, look at the sections 2. Vocabulary (2. 単語) or 3. Key Points (3. 要点).

Section 2. Vocabulary (2. 単語) Vocabulary words used in the conversations are listed for you to check difficult words.

Section 3. Key Points (3. 要点) Contractions, intonations, and honorific usage in the conversations are explained, to help with listening. There are several types of exercises in each listening section, including comprehension, questions, review, and application.

Once you get used to the Guide Course, try out the Contents Page.
Choose Contents Page from the Top page.

From the icon next to each title in the Index, you can find out which situation in daily life the conversation takes place in (e.g. on campus, in town, at home, with the host family) and the level of difficulty.


Also, by scrolling through the Index, you can find a "Situation Map" for you to choose scene-specific conversations.

Situation Map

The contents assume various situations that are common in everyday life in Japan.
Like the Guide Course, this also has 10 sections.
Other noises can be heard in the recordings, allowing you to learn from environments that are very close to daily conversations.

There aren't very many sites that offer plenty of listening practice at an intermediate level, so we really recommend this site.

Last update 2016.02.29