I started listening to this pod cast years ago when I was first curious about learning Japanese, but dropped it for a bit because I was very busy (getting my PhD and having a kid takes up a lot of time). I started it again recently because my wife’s good friend moved to the same town as us, and we have been hanging out with him and his wife—who only speaks Japanese. I knew some Japanese from watching old Yakuza movies, but that mostly consisted of intense staring and the occasional “naruhodo” or “wakatta” so it is really nice to learn some conversational Japanese. I really appreciate the friendliness and genuinely helpful vocab/drills. I really enjoyed the episode on Osaka-ben, it’s a fun dialect and I love that it’s often dubbed as a Texas accent. If Alex or Ame is reading this, it would be great to have an episode on different phrases in each of the regional dialects. I would love to learn a few unique words/phrases from the Tohoku region where my friends are from.