Having a hard time expressing my gratitude here because I think this podcast is an absolute public service. Alex and Ami go through wonderfully natural Japanese dialogues, which are also provided as audio files standalone for drills: this is a GEM of a resource as drilling these (on a spaced repetition schedule for extra efficiency!) have brought my Japanese listening and speaking from *zero* to... well, another, much higher number. I can’t emphasize enough how motivating watching my own progress has been on this account, particularly because I struggle terribly with listening and speaking in Spanish and thought it was an impossible problem to solve. Turns out the key is finding audio you actually want to listen to! For those who say they go too fast or that they don’t learn from listening to the podcasts: you need to put in the time to drill the audio and everything you need for that purpose is provided. Refer to the vocabulary in the show notes when you can’t make out a word, and practice bits of the dialogue at a time.
This has become rambling but I just love this podcast. Aside from being great teachers, I so enjoy the company! ほんとに ありがとうございます！