The other day, John Sensei of Manga Sensei contacted me and invited me to do an interview for his podcast.
At first I hesitated, feeling a little nervous since this was the first time I would be giving a voice interview, not to mention that part of it would be in Japanese. But in the end I accepted, knowing it would be a great opportunity to talk about studying Japanese.
Before I did the interview I listened to a few of Manga Sensei’s previous podcast episodes to get a feel for who guests were and what they talked about. I also listened to a few podcast interviews by native Japanese speakers.
The interview was just posted, you can listen to it here (it’s about ~37 minutes, roughly 15 of those in Japanese).
Listening to myself speaking (I previewed the final recording before it was posted) was a little embarrassing, especially when I found several mistakes in my Japanese, not to mention a bunch of stuttering. But it was a very rewarding experience, and I hope some people will learn something from it.
This experience motivated me to do more interviews in Japanese someday (partially to improve my Japanese in such situations, but also because it’s fun), either as the interviewer or the interviewee. If you know anybody who is interested, let me know (: