Welcome to News in Slow Japanese!

Become a good listener of Japanese by listening to our interesting and fun news topics. Each week we discuss important news in simple, clear Japanese. We read it slowly to give you a chance to hear every word and we provide easy popup translations for not just the difficult words but whole phrases along with the readings of the Kanji.


Below is my study plan for using this kind of material. If you want to read a little more on this topic, go to my post on how I developed this method here. (en español)

I hope it helps. Good luck with your studies!

My Shadowing Schedule

sample lesson banner

tiny house-banner





Rubby Roman-Banner


Otaku room-banner

samurai taxi driver

7minutes -banner

BJL banner 3


All Posts

Try it out!  ためしてみてね! 


  1. ron0540 says:

    From what I see this is the learning app I have been looking for. I lived in Japan, between Osaka & Kobe, in Ashia, for almost 6 yrs That was 30 plus years ago, About 6 months ago my love for Japan, the culture, the pride in craft and of course my desire to again study the language was reignited. I study at the JLPT3 level for conversation and the JLPT4 level for reading & writing. There are hundreds of apps today to study language, which is amazing to me, and 90% are free, which is unbelievable.
    Your blog and website looks to me like the place to be to excel and go from basic vocabulary to reading and writing skills that will take anyone willing to put in the effort, to a comfort level in most situations.
    So, let the work begin. Thank You for doing the work, the hard work that gives us NewsInSlowJapanese.com.

    • Sakura says:

      Thanks for the nice comment. May I recommend using the Shadowing Method which I talked about in a previous article. I have been using it for my own studies and have found it to be quite effective. I just do it for about 20 minutes a day and I can tell it is having a strong effect on my comprehension and even speaking ability. In my case it’s Spanish.

  2. Henry says:

    Delighted to discover this fantastic resource for Japanese learners! A great way to start moving beyond the basics and getting a real feel for spoken Japanese. Thank you for all your hard work.

  3. bohfive says:

    THANK YOU!! Great site. Great help.

  4. Aloy says:

    I’ve been learning the language for quite some time. I can tell by experience that learning Japanese can be painful and laborious, especially if we don’t have chance to use it on regular basis. Fortunately you are here to help us BIG time. I mean it’s a very thoughtful of you for creating this Japanese learning platform for us. I don’t know how to thank you. I really appreciate your time and effort for making our learning experience fun and enjoyable.

    • Sakura says:

      Thank you very much for your message.
      It really makes me happy when I get such a message.
      I hope you could enjoy studying Japanese!


  5. David Bennatan says:

    This has got to be the work of a group of people or a company, right? It is so professional from every point of view. And part of the idea is to make us think it’s just Sakura doing this all by herself. Very clever gimmick.

    To whoever is behind this, thank you very much. The site is very useful and all the work that goes into it is amazing.

    (Just to make sure you know, I wrote this with my silly American sarcasm. From the other comments it really does seem that Sakura is the one to thank for everything.)


    • Sakura says:

      No, I am not a corporation. I am just one woman running a little blog.

      I am very thankful for your comment though. And very pleased you enjoyed your visit here.

      Good luck with your Japanese studies.


  6. David says:

    Awesome site, keep up the good work and you’ll have a reader until I get the N1 (i.e. forever :)!

    • Sakura says:

      Thank you very much for your comment.
      I am glad you liked the site.
      Please keep visiting the site!

      Kind regards,

  7. Lifekeeper says:

    Well hi there.
    Even if I am from France I’d like to thank you for your website.
    I’d like to learn japanese so this website gona be a major part of my incoming training way !
    French, English, Japanese !

    Thanks a lot !
    Just have to work hard in aim to be able to read and write japanese =3

    • Sakura says:

      Thank you very much for the message from France!
      I hope the site could help you to study Japanese.

      Best regards,

  8. dd.stevenson says:

    Whoah. This site is great. Glad I found it!

  9. Serena says:

    I chanced upon your website in Twitter. It’s an awesome website I have been waiting for in my quest in learning Japanese. It’s a dream come true. I have been learning Japanese since last Nov since I am an avid traveller to Japan. My husband and I love its food, culture, scenery, fashion、people and onsen. Thanks a lot Sakura. 本当に ありがとう ございます。

    • Sakura says:

      Thank you for your comment!
      Your message encourges me and make the site better.
      I am very glad you like the site.

  10. Melody says:

    さくらさん どうもありがとうございます。

    I am currently studying Japanese and am coming to Japan next year on a language immersion trip. I would like to thank you for this web site which provides me with assistance that is at the right level – beyond beginner Japanese, but with support with kanji and vocabulary!!!!!

    My dearest wish is that you keep adding to this site!! I am promoting you on Twitter. :)

    • Sakura says:

      メッセージありがとう!I hope the site could help your japanese listening and more!
      I wish you would have a great time here in Japan next year :)


  11. Mimis says:

    It’s almost a week since I’ve found your site by accident and I have to say it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!
    I’m a begginer in japanese, almost 2 months from my N5 exams and I was looking for something that would help me in listening.
    I couldn’t have wished for anything better than your site!
    Thank you very much for all your time and effort in giving us such great listening lessons!

    A friend from Athens, Greece.

    • Sakura says:

      これからも、にほんご の べんきょう がんばって くださいね!
      I am very happy to recieve your message!

      Your Friend,

  12. William says:

    I just discovered this site. It looks just right for me. I’m at an intermediate level with Japanese, but have been living in Kyushu for 2 to 3 years. I need to be able to understand my 4-year-old daughter :-)

  13. Jason says:

    I have just discovered your great website via your YouTube channel. Like Anuradhi commented; I also learned Japanese for many years but have been gradually forgetting it and I am really out of practice now.

    I find your system works really well for me as my biggest stumbling block when listening to Japanese is that it is too fast for me to process in time to keep up!

    Many thanks for all the hard work you do in creating this site and You Tube channel.


    • Sakura says:

      Hello Jason, Thank you very much for your comment!
      I am glad you enjoy the site.
      I hope you could keep practicing your japanese with the site and YouTube channel!


  14. smits says:


    i am beginner in learning japanese. lovely language. i am not sure which link to follow to learn grammar can you explain.

  15. ミン says:


    • Sakura says:


  16. Manny says:


    Sorry for my bad Japanese. This site is great! I am looking forward for all of the new posts!

    • Sakura says:

      Thank you for your message! I am very glad you found the site.
      I hope the site would help your japanese listening and more from now on!


  17. John Smith says:

    I noticed that on one of your YouTube videos, it says Sakura is a “virtual” announcer.

    Does this mean that the voice we are hearing is a speech synthesizer and not a real human voice?

  18. Jordan says:

    Finding this website made my day. I will be using the extensively studying Japanese. Thank you very much!

    • Sakura says:

      I am really pleased to hear that. I will do my best to make the site worth coming back to.



  19. Rick says:

    Awesome website! I love the new videos. Keep up the good work.

  20. Krispy says:

    Arigato :-) Im an intermediate learner and
    hope to make this terrific site a weekly habit.

  21. Karthik says:

    Too good! とても面白いね。さくらさん - あなたはとてもやさしいひとです。 I want to say that you are extremely kind to people like who want to learn Japanese (for putting up such thoughtful podacacts). I never knew this existed. Please let me know if you ever need any help from me, you have my email address.


    • Sakura says:

      Hearing your comment makes me very happy. It really helps motivate me to keep working on the site and make it better. Thanks a lot!

  22. Anuradhi says:

    Actually this is a very nice website to the foreign students like us those who r willing to learn Japanese. I learned Japanese for several years.but now it is forgetting little by little. but if I use this site I can improve my Japanese listening skill which is very important to my job.Thank you.Doumou Arigatou GOzaimasu

    • Sakura says:

      I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying my website and that you find it useful. It really makes my day to get such a nice message. I will do my best to keep this site useful and interesting for readers like you. Please take care!



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *