Radio Japan QSL Card and Others

Growing up my brother and I used to listen to shortwave radio all the time  It was a lot of fun back then listening to the programs and mailing letters to the radio stations to get a QSL verification card and other goodies.  A lot of the bigger more modern countries/stations had stronger transmitters  they would broadcast from so the programs were fairly easy to hear.  Radio Japan used to come in well here in North America.  Here is a QSL verification card I received which confirmed that I heard their broadcast.  It’s a little different now listening to shortwave radio because many stations have gone off the air due to budget problems, and may have an internet station where you can listen and/or download the broadcasts.




The first shortwave radio station I heard when I was about 12 years old was Radio South Africa (RSA).  They had a distinctive interval signal of a chirping bird they would play maybe 15 minutes before the broadcast would come on. See below for my RSA QSL card.




Here is a YouTube audio clip of the interval signal


Lastly I can’t forget one of my favorite QSL cards from Radio Tahiti. I still remember fondly listening to the crackling shortwave radio and hearing the Tahitian music wishing I was there.  Years later I did get a Tahitian ukulele and learned to play/sing some Tahitian songs.




NHK News Web Easy

news web easy

NHK has a nice website they’ve created that is a big help for those learning Japanese. The Japanese news for a non-native speaker is not easy to understand, and the speed is a problem. On the NHK News Web Easy website, there are news articles that have been written with simpler vocabulary and audio that is spoken more slowly. You also have video of the original news clip and script you can click on. It would nice if these were downloaded so you can listen on your iPod or iPad.

News in Slow Japanese

I came across this neat website called “News in Slow Japanese” that looks very interesting. There are numerous articles on various subjects with the scripts, vocabulary, and audio. This ties in well with the posts on the Listen First – Read Second – Translation Third approach to learning a language. There are videos on YouTube in more slowly spoken Japanese and the option of listening to “slow” or “fast” spoken Japanese on their website along with a listing of vocabulary and the script.

This definitely looks like a useful website so check it out.

jFlash Japanese Study App

I’ve been using this app to study Japanese vocabulary and like it. I found a review on YouTube that goes over some of the features you can check out at the link below. It has numerous built-in study sets to choose from and you can also create your own.

Here are some other links to read about the app