Transcripts app 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 400 episodes and over 500 hours of audio and exclusive interviews with knowledgable bilingual 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 transcript functionality and content. Additionally, a one month trial is available for 宿題, our weekly homework sheets based on each episode.

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

Study using interactive exercises created from specific podcast episodes.

[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 1.18.12

【Version 1.18.12 - 新しい | New】
バグ修正 | Bug fixes

【Version 1.18 - 新機能 | New Features】
+1ヶ月無料トライアル付きの宿題プラン | 1 Month Free Trial for Shukudai plan
+日英フレーズ付きねこ星人iMessageステッカー | Nekoseijin iMessage Stickers w/ Eng-Jpn Phrases
+宿題の選択問題機能 | Shukudai multiple choice function
+UI改善、安定性、スピード改善 | UI, stability and speed improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

ssand90 ,

More functions


Love listening to your podcast! Best for commute!
Is it possible to add the bookmark function into the application? I have difficulty finding the paragraph to continue if I don’t have time to finish the whole episode once. Whenever I closed it out, it automatically went back to the main page. ちょっと困りました。😩

Developer Response ,

Thank you very much for the feedback! The bookmark function is added in the latest version (1.17.3) which is currently in the process of a staged rollout. We hope this will resolve the issue - thank you! -Mami

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。

emicue ,

Thank you!!

Thanks so much for having the transcripts available! I am studying for N2 right now and love listening to this podcast as a study tool. Having the transcripts is super helpful, and I appreciate the reasonable pricing. Looking forward to putting the app to use.


BN Shukudai
Weekly worksheets for Japanese study
Free Trial


Michael Yamaura
26.9 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Japanese

Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
In-App Purchases
  1. Transcript Subscription $1.99
  2. Transcript Subscription +Trial $1.99
  3. 1. Bilingual News 05.15.13


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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