Transcripts application for the Bilingual News podcast. 

Bilingual News offers free casual conversations on current events, conducted in mixture of English and Japanese. Use the full episode transcripts to listen along with the podcast audio and improve your language skills. Listen to over 300 episodes and over 500 hours of audio and exclusive interviews with knowledgable researchers working in various fields around the world.

[Free Content]
Transcripts for episodes 1-3 are available for free. A 2 week free trial is now available, during which users can access all app functionality and content.

Original essay content considering a wide range of topics. The essays feature partial translations and vocabulary lists intended to assist the reader.

[Dictionary Function]
Users can look up definitions within a transcript by selecting a word and tapping "Look up". Add additional dictionaries by tapping on "Manage" within any dictionary page.

[Self-Test Function]
A feed style format for vocabulary learning. A creature evolves onscreen as the user learns and progress. Add words to your lists by selecting a word and tapping "Add".

[Notes Function]
The Notes page can be accessed from transcripts by swiping to the left. Write down useful phrases or try keeping a diary in Japanese.

[Podcast Audio Playback]
In-app podcast audio plays with the transcript. It includes topic links, a sleep timer, a skip rewind function and playback speed adjustment.

[Battle Mode] - beta
Users can participate in a multiplayer adversarial exchange of new vocabulary. Each user will inherit other players' vocab lists during battle.

Print transcripts or essays by tapping the button in the top right corner. Advanced print options are only available on the Mac version of this app.

[Transcript Subscription]
Access to all episode transcripts, essay content, user account creation, word lists and battle mode is available for a ¥240/mo subscription.

The subscription period is one month. The subscription can be purchased and managed on the Settings page, with changes taking effect the following month.

[Subscription Details]
Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal. Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable.

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What’s New

Version 1.16.8

+ 2 Week Free Trial: Access to All Transcripts & Audio

+ Self-Test 2.0
+ Sleep Timer
+ Skip Rewind
+ Audio Playback Speed Control
+ Furigana Function
+ Saved Transcripts List
+ Control Center Audio Control
+ Note Full-Screen Function
+ How to Use Guide
+ UI Improvements
+ Load Time Improvements
+ Dark mode
+ Bug Fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

ariarinooarikui ,


Californiaから毎回楽しみにpodcastを聞いています。app storeの最低料金設定が99セントだからかもしれませんが、one episode 99セント。時々単語の意味を調べたい人にとっては、少し高いと思います(最初の3回分は無料)。appとしては、全エピソードで5ドルくらいならありかな。

CrisRobertoColorado ,

Great podcast- app pretty buggy

Hi guys,

Love your podcast. But the app is pretty buggy. Just download the most recent version on the most updated ios for iPhone Pro... playbar at the bottom, vanishes from screen randomly, difficulty marking terms.

Developer Response ,

Hi Cris,

Sorry for the trouble! We have release a few bug fix updates since your review, have these issues been resolved? Please let us know if you're continuing to have any problems and we will try to resolve them as soon as possible. Thank you. -Michael


Michael Yamaura
21.3 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Japanese

Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
In-App Purchases
  1. 38. Bilingual News 11.04.13 $0.99
  2. 39. Bilingual News 11.07.13 $0.99
  3. 1. Bilingual News 05.15.13


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