Akari Translations

The bridge between languages, cultures, and people

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Podcast "Akari's Heart Read Aloud"

Akari has been keeping a personal journal for years that captures her thoughts and feelings about her daily life on Maui, Hawaii.

The journal will be read in both Japanese and English, so if you want to improve your listening skills in either language, this podcast will provide a rich source of learning material. At the end of each episode, we will explain a couple of vocabulary words and idioms from the episode. It will be like listening to someone’s diary.

Both English and Japanese transcripts are available below. We hope that they help you to improve your reading skills.

The first half is for those of you studying Japanese, and the second half is for those of you studying English.
Each podcast episode follows this format:
  • Intro for JLL
  • Japanese Only
  • Japanese followed by English (a paragraph at a time)
  • Japanese Vocabulary & Idiom Lesson
  • Wrap-up for JLL
  • ————————
  • Intro for ELL
  • English Only
  • English followed by Japanese (a paragraph at a time)
  • English Vocabulary & Idiom Lesson
  • Wrap-up for ELL
Also, each episode has chapters for your convenience. You can easily get to the section you want to listen to by using the chapter feature.

We will share two episodes per month.

About Akari:
Akari moved to Maui in 2001 and graduated from the University of Hawaii’s College of Education. She taught at elementary schools as a full-time teacher. Then, she started her own business where she tutors children in math and language arts. She also teaches Japanese, English, and classical Indian dance. In her spare time, she finds much pleasure lounging in a hammock and reading books.



  • イントロ
  • 日本語のみ
  • 日本語と英語が段落(だんらく)毎(ごと)に交互(こうご)に
  • 日本語のレッスン
  • まとめ
  • -----------
  • イントロ
  • 英語のみ
  • 英語と日本語が段落毎に交互に
  • 英語のレッスン
  • まとめ


About Transcripts and ふりがな:

This podcast's targeted Japanese level is JLPT3 and JLPT 2. I have decided to put ふりがな above almost every kanji (except the repeated ones) to encourage some beginner students. Although beginners may not understand what the content is about by simply listening, I have encouraged my students to listen over and over as it would develop their ears for Japanese. Also, if they choose to look at the transcripts, I want them to have an easier time following along while reading the transcripts, so there is ふりがな even above some JLPT5 or 4 kanji.

Other Platforms to Listen to Our Podcast

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Pandora (coming soon)

The beautiful intro and outro music was created by Joseph McDade.


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