Sunday, August 24, 2014

Karaoke for 擦肩而过 by 李圣杰

Sing along and improve your Chinese reading, listening, and singing skills while enjoying yourself at the same time. Excellent!
擦肩而过 sung by 李圣杰 

Also, if you want to improve your equivalent skills in Japanese, go to and sing along with a Japanese song.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

From Slim's YoutTube channel: Music! Also their/his Follow Your Own Nose can be heard at Hokudai/Cast. This week is Episode 276: Inconsistent!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Monday, October 28, 2013

Pronunciation for Japanese

People trying to learn a foreign language tend to have accents from their first language. This is as true of Japanese learning English as Americans trying to learn Japanese. We all have accents.

In this video, daiquirikiss explains the difference between Americans saying "WaTAshi wa" versus the Japanese pronunciation of "watashi wa." Same words but American English has stress on different syllables. Japanese doesn't, for the most part.

What's a particle?

A point not mentioned in this video is the stress Americans put on particles. I think this is because Japanese teachers have so many drills on particles that they give the impression the particle is the most important part of the sentence.

The は、が、に、で part of the sentence is the particle. Such as "watashi wa Americajin desu." The 'wa' is the particle and many Americans tend to say "WaTAshi WA AmericaJIN deSU." When, in fact, it should be "watashi wa Americajin desu." In fact, many Japanese mumble the particle so much as to be practically invisible.

Enjoy the video.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Music in Chinese for your listening pleasure. You can also read along. Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

劉力揚 - 眼淚笑了 & Fun High-tech Cheating.

A tune by 劉力揚 - 眼淚笑了 followed by a quick lesson in high tech cheating on a Japanese entrance exam.


The fun high-tech cheating:

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

中森明菜 Nakamori Akina, Singer.

Akina Nakamori was/is a big singing star in Japan, especially in the 80s. Her star is a bit tarnished now but she continues to perform. This particular song, Mushroom Dance, is off of her 1986 album called 不思議 (fushigi ~ strangeness) and it is NOT representative of her hits at all.

Lots of voice manipulation, lots of unique lyrics. Her voice is huskier than the usual pop idols and she has never song particularly 'happy' songs. Not that they are dark and brooding but she's not a squeaky-voiced girlie-girl pop singer.

Next week, one of her more pop idol-時代 (jidai - era) songs.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Chinese Reggae: Long Shen Dao.

This is Long Shen Dao, a Chinese reggae band doing a great job of it, too, don't you think? Just proving that music is the international language of heart-felt emotions.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Lui Li Yang Video 旅途

Enjoy listening to a beautiful voice singing in Chinese ~ Liu Li Yang. You can also hear her song 眼泪笑了 on Hokudai/Cast 264. With subtitles so you can sing along.

Check out Hokudai/Cast 264 for your Trilingual enjoyment.

Monday, June 3, 2013

周杰倫-說好的幸福呢 KTV

Watch, listen, and try to copy his pronunciation.


Hokudai/Cast: Your Trilingual Podcast.

This week on Minute English: The Walrus and Me

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Wanting 曲婉婷 - 我的歌声里 With Subtitles (in Chinese)

 Music to learn Chinese by with Qu Wanting ~ You Exist in My Song ~ 我的歌声里

And Wonderful Traffic in 30 Seconds at Hokudai/Cast blog. Check it out.
And Trilingual Lessons (Chinese, English, & Japanese) at Hokudai/Cast

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Weather in Chinese and Special Announcement!

First, the important announcement.

The Hokudai/Cast website at is closing down.

But the Hokudai/Cast Podcast will Continue! 

Rather than go to the old website, now people can go to: has all the links, the player, and the show notes.

It's just like the old website but the Same! Yeah!

Enjoy the new website.

And now: The weather in Chinese!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Easy English Listening: Snowy and Sunny

Audio Script for Sunny &  Snowy

It's a sunny day which is better than a snowy day unless you're a skier or a snowboarder. If you like to go snowboarding, then maybe a sunny, snowy day would be okay. If you're a skier, perhaps a sunny and snowy day would be okay, too. But if you just like to walk around Kanazawa, then a sunny day is better than a snowy day, don't you think?

Go snowboarding - Go skiing. Snowboarder - Skier.

He likes to go snowboarding. He's a snowboarder.

She likes to go skiing. She's a skier.

Video for What kind of ~ do you like?

Two ways to ask what kind of ~ people like.

Can you ask questions using "What kind of ~?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Sukiyaki Song from Kanazawa

Listen to this slow easy version of Kyu Sakamoto's 上を向いて歩こう (Sukiyaki Song in English)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Yoshida Brothers Rockin' Out

The Yoshida Brothers playing Rising on shamisen. Enjoy.

Hokudai/Cast: Your Trilingual Podcast

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

崔健 of Chinese Rock ~ Interview

Cui Jian is considered the father (and grandfather, he's 52) of rock and punk rock in China. Here he is interviewed about music and politics. In English with English subtitles.

And now: Cui Jian with the Rolling Stones on "Wild Horses" in Shanghai, China.

Hokudai/Cast - Trilingual Bi-monthly

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Chinese New Year's Feb. 9

Learn some Chinese and hear about Chinese New Year's which was February 9th this year. This is the year of the snake. It's most often called the Spring Festival and it is a time when people eat, fire off fireworks, and enjoy being with friends and family. Hokudai/Cast

Monday, January 7, 2013

One OK Rock: Japanese band / English lyrics

A little rock in the morning with a Japanese band using English lyrics (mostly).

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

China's Got Talent's Adele Cover

Listen and enjoy Voice of China (China's Got Talent) as this 19-year-old sings Adele's hit. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Dance Beat Easy Japanese

GenkiJapan teaches five words in English and Japanese:
暑い - atsui - hot
寒い - samui - cold
すごい - sugoi - cool
楽しい - tanoshii - fun
面白い  - omoshiroi - interesting
Please listen, enjoy, and learn.