This is a nice little free site for learning Japanese:

Erin’s Challenge–Erin no Chousen Erin is a girl from England who is now attending school in Japan. The videos show her progress at high school.

It looks like it is supposed to be a basic level, but I think I think it is definitely above beginner level. I personally like the way the videos seem so realistic–I really feel like I am a Japanese high school. It is a totally different feel than Japanesepod101, where I have been doing “Miki’s Blog.”

And by the way, isn’t it interesting that “Challenge” (chousen) sounds the same as North Korea (Kita Chousen)? I always think NORTH CHALLENGE whenever I hear about that country.