Kanji Cheat Sheets

Kanji Cheat Sheets
Kanji Cheat Sheet: Understanding Your Japanese TV Remote Control
August 25, 2020

When I first moved to Japan, I read that watching Japanese TV shows would greatly accelerate my listening and reading skills even if I were to watch it for just 30 minutes every day. Determined, I picked up my sharehouse’s remote control in search of one of those variety show programs I always used to see memes of. As I tried to make out the characters on the remote itself, I found myself getting more and more frustrated.  It just wasn’t as intuitive as I thought.

The basics of Japanese remote controls

Compared to the ones I used to use in the Philippines, Japan has at least 10 more buttons.

There are a lot of options that can help improve your reading speed in Japan like adding subtitles (まく) to whatever program you happen to be watching. There is also an option to switch the audio from Japanese to the original language it was recorded in (おんせいきりかえ).

Power (On/Off)電源dengen
Switching the TV input (HDMI/cable)入力切換nyuryoku kirikae
Switch to English (or original language)音声切換onsei kirikae
Screen size adjustmentワイド切換waido kirikae

Advanced buttons

Once you get more familiar with the basics, try tuning into weekly Japanese quiz shows and answering some of the questions by pressing the color that corresponds to the answer of your choice.

For those who can’t get enough of Japanese TV, be sure to check the schedule (ばんぐみひょう) for the latest lineup of programs.

TV schedule番組表bangumihyo
Homepage for the channel連動データrendou deta

Go forth and Japanese TV and chill in confidence with your newfound knowledge.



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