Crazy Japanese Lessons Fuji Television
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Learn ‘crazy’ Japanese phrases with these free videos from Fuji Television

Comedian Nobuyuki Tsuchiya and writer Mitsuru Kuramoto teach you fun Japanese phrases every Sunday

Kasey Furutani

Like most people in quarantine, we’ve been learning some new skills while stuck at home. From cooking Japanese food to KonMari-ing our messy rooms, the past few months have been anything but boring. Many people have jumped the gun and started learning Japanese, an intimidating feat that involves three different alphabets and a mix of formal and casual grammar rules. 

To help make learning Japanese fun, Fuji Television has released ‘Mind Blowing Tips! Crazy Japanese Lessons’, a new, free series on YouTube. Hosted by comedian Nobuyuki Tsuchiya and puppet Peruri, voiced by the show's writer and 'Japanese language stalker' Mitsuru Kuramoto, each lesson features a new ‘crazy’ phrase that can be used in everyday casual conversation.

Crazy Japanese Lessons Fuji Television
Photo: Fuji Television

Each episode is short and sweet, less than two minutes, and you’re guaranteed to laugh and learn. The videos feature English and Japanese subtitles along with illustrations to help you learn and remember the phrase. The first lesson teaches the phrase: ‘nodo kara te ga deru’, which means ‘desperately want’ and also ‘my hand is coming out of my throat’. Very wild!

New episodes will be uploaded onto YouTube every Sunday at 5am JST. Check them out on Crazy Japanese Lessons’ YouTube channel.

Don't miss the second lesson (above), where you'll learn how to call someone an idiot in Japanese. Really.

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