🔊 Listen Every Day Challenge - Spring 2024 🌸 🌈

Welcome to the “Listen Every Day” Challenge, spring 2024 edition! :sun_behind_rain_cloud:

If you’re trying to improve your listening skills, want to listen to Japanese music, found an interesting Japanese youtuber, or have a plethora of unwatched podcasts in your playlist, then this is the place for you. You can listen to Japanese music while doing your spring cleaning, or listen to a podcast while taking a walk in the sun that we haven’t seen in months, anything counts!

History of the challenge: In summer 2022, @KJules started the first listen every day challenge. Then in autumn, @omk3 took over, and has been making them ever since. However @omk3 has recently asked for someone else to take over, so I’m hosting for the time being.

What is it: A place to set goals for yourself and talk about what you’ve been listening to. You can use it like a study log to keep track of what you’ve done, ask for advice and resource recommendations, or geek out/bond over common interests.
Beginners and experts alike are all welcomed.

To quote @omk3 quoting @KJules quoting @windupbird quoting @Redglare (please no one call the plagiarism police):
This is a thread for people who:
:bookmark: want to spend time more time listening
:bookmark: want to improve their comprehension
:bookmark: want to hold themselves accountable and have a place to document their progress
:bookmark: simply want to join in on the challenge!

Time frame: April 1 - May 31

This is the “official” recommended time frame, but late starters are absolutely welcome! You can start and finish your personal challenge at any point during that time, and shorten or lengthen the challenge to the time period that works best for you.

Your listening materials can be whatever you want, anime, podcasts, youtube videos, audiobooks, TV, JLPT listening quizzes - you name it, anything goes as long as it is something in Japanese :jp: “Listening” can be interpreted creatively, if that helps keep you motivated!

Will you be participating?

  • Yes
  • No
  • I’m starting late
  • Don’t know
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Past challenge threads

🔉 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge (Summer Edition) 🏖
🔊 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge - Fall 2022 🍁
🔊 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge - Winter 2023 ❄ 🧤
🔊 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge - Spring 2023 🌼 🌱
🔊 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge - Summer 2023 🏖 ☀
🔊 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge - Fall 2023 🍁 🍂 - Volunteer needed to keep the challenge going!
🔊 Listen Every Day Challenge - Winter 2024 ⛄❄

Threads worth checking out:

Kurzgesagt Watching Club :earth_americas:

What do you listen to for Japanese practice?

Extensive Listening Challenge 2022

There’s also a list of resources here. Please check it out if you’re looking for advice, and add to it if you have something you think others would like!

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Participants

If you’re participating, please add your name to the list! (Please keep it alphabetical)

Username Date Joined Days Completed
AlejandraP April1
araigoshi April 1 ??
grutendon April 1 14
hotdogsuplex April 1 tbd
Jira2406 April 4 10
Jojo_Sunshine April 2 Home Post
macalys April 1 Home Post and thread
pyr_3 April 1 4
Redglare April 1 Home post
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:cherry_blossom: :teapot: macalys Home Post (and Thread) :teapot: :cherry_blossom:

Hearing japanese is totally the number one motive I’m now learning this language so this challenge is kind of made for me :blush: The first time I checked a japanese word in a dictionary was because I heard it in an anime or a game, and part of my vocabulary is still coming this way.

When I don’t hear japanese, I miss it (really !), so I admit keeping on listening every day is kind of normal for me. I didn’t struggle with the last winter challenge, at least (less than with the read every day challenge :yum:)
As for my material, it will be games and anime mainly. However, I now listen to audio books or series. And I’d like to listen more podcasts too, so I’ll be watching the recommendations of everyone.
Also, one hour a week, I have an italki lesson when I talk a little with my teacher too. Listening some dialogs is part of our routine.

I listen a lot of j-music too, pop punk and anime music essentially, but it’s more passive listening so I won’t count it in my listening practice, except if I study the lyrics and sing along :slightly_smiling_face:

:headphones: Listening Type Notes
:woman_teacher: Weekly Italki lesson Online lesson I use Irodori textbook
:jar: The Jam Maker Satori Reader series Here it is
:man_swimming: Free Anime The characters are lovable and their friendship is so enjoyable to watch :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:
:mag: Collar x Malice Visual Novel Love and mystery around a terrorism investigation :scream:
:sound: Nihongo con Teppei for beginners Podcast I like his voice
:crayon: Comprehensible Japanese for beginners youtube channel I feel smart when I listen to it :smile:
A calendar
:tulip: :sun_behind_rain_cloud: C Apr E :sun_behind_rain_cloud: :tulip:
01 :headphones: 02 :headphones: 03 :headphones: 04 :headphones: 05 :headphones: 06 :headphones: 07 :headphones:
08 :headphones: 09 :headphones: 10 :headphones: 11 :headphones: 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
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29 30
:leaves: :sunny: May :sunny: :leaves:
01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31
:rose: :sunglasses: June :sunglasses: :rose:
01 02
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Listened when listened
:headphones: Listened Type Notes
:dagger: Solo Leveling Anime Very bloody :scream: but classy ^^
:hibiscus: The Apothecary Diaries Anime The heroine is smart and badass, the anime is a blast :dizzy:
:fire: Fire Force (炎炎ノ消防隊) Anime Season 2 - Sick and tired of the lewd jokes with Tamaki and the violence towards children. I won’t see season 3 when they launch it.

My study log
:cherry_blossom: :teapot: macalys corner, an enthusiastic study log :dizzy:

Previous challenge
:cherry_blossom: :teapot: macalys Home Post and thread, winter edition :snowman:

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- :books: Natively profile  
- :ledger: General Study Log
- :closed_book: Reading Challenge
  - :snowflake: Winter Challenge    

Tracker

April

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May

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June

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What I’m listening to

Name Type Started Progress Time (:hibiscus:)
:woman_elf: 葬送のフリーレン :tv: Anime 2024-04-19 :arrow_forward: 1 Episode
:vhs: 1
:hourglass_flowing_sand: 0h25m
:gun: Persona 3 Reload :video_game: RPG 2024-02-03 :calendar: 5/5 :hourglass_flowing_sand: 0h00m
:speech_balloon: Japanese from Small Talk :headphones: Podcast 2024-01-15 :arrow_forward: 35 episodes
:clipboard: 1-40,84
:hourglass_flowing_sand: 0h00m
Completed

Note: Time and progress only count time and progress in Spring, not any time spent in Winter on carried over items.

Name Type Started Progress Time
:earth_asia: Log Horizon :tv: Anime 2024-03-30 :white_check_mark: 21 episodes
:vhs: 5-25
:hourglass_flowing_sand: 8h25m
Paused/Stopped
Name Type Started Progress Time
:boar: デジモンサヴァイブ :video_game: VN 2023-12-20 :arrow_forward: Prologue
:clapper: 5 Scenes
:hourglass_flowing_sand: 0h00m
Daily Log
Date Name Type Amount Time
Week 16
2024-04-19 :woman_elf: 葬送のフリーレン :tv: Anime :arrow_forward: 1 Episode
:vhs: 1
:hourglass_flowing_sand: 0h25m
:chart_with_downwards_trend: コツ :spiral_notepad: Study :clipboard: 200 Items :hourglass: 0h20m
2024-04-18 :chart_with_downwards_trend: コツ :spiral_notepad: Study :clipboard: 200 Items :hourglass: 0h15m
2024-04-17 :chart_with_downwards_trend: コツ :spiral_notepad: Study :clipboard: 200 Items :hourglass: 0h15m
2024-04-16 :chart_with_downwards_trend: コツ :spiral_notepad: Study :clipboard: 200 Items :hourglass: 0h20m
2024-04-15 :chart_with_downwards_trend: コツ :spiral_notepad: Study :clipboard: 100 Items :hourglass: 0h15m
Week 15
2024-04-14 :chart_with_downwards_trend: コツ :spiral_notepad: Study :clipboard: 100 Items :hourglass: 0h15m
2024-04-13 :chart_with_downwards_trend: コツ :spiral_notepad: Study :clipboard: 100 Items :hourglass: 0h10m
2024-04-12 :chart_with_downwards_trend: コツ :spiral_notepad: Study :clipboard: 100 Items :hourglass: 0h30m
2024-04-11 :earth_asia: Log Horizon :tv: Anime :white_check_mark: 2 episodes
:vhs: 24-25
:hourglass: 0h50m
2024-04-10 :earth_asia: Log Horizon :tv: Anime :arrow_forward: 2 episodes
:vhs: 22-23
:hourglass: 0h50m
2024-04-09 :earth_asia: Log Horizon :tv: Anime :arrow_forward: 2 episodes
:vhs: 20-21
:hourglass: 0h50m
2024-04-08 :earth_asia: Log Horizon :tv: Anime :arrow_forward: 2 episodes
:vhs: 18-19
:hourglass: 0h50m
Week 14
2024-04-07 :earth_asia: Log Horizon :tv: Anime :arrow_forward: 2 episodes
:vhs: 16-17
:hourglass_flowing_sand: 0h50m
2024-04-06 :earth_asia: Log Horizon :tv: Anime :arrow_forward: 1 episode
:vhs: 15
:hourglass_flowing_sand: 0h25m
2024-04-05 :earth_asia: Log Horizon :tv: Anime :arrow_forward: 2 episodes
:vhs: 13-14
:hourglass_flowing_sand: 0h50m
2024-04-04 :earth_asia: Log Horizon :tv: Anime :arrow_forward: 2 episodes
:vhs: 11-12
:hourglass_flowing_sand: 0h50m
2024-04-03 :earth_asia: Log Horizon :tv: Anime :arrow_forward: 2 episodes
:vhs: 9-10
:hourglass_flowing_sand: 0h50m
2024-04-02 :earth_asia: Log Horizon :tv: Anime :arrow_forward: 3 episodes
:vhs: 6-8
:hourglass_flowing_sand: 1h15m
2024-04-01 :earth_asia: Log Horizon :tv: Anime :arrow_forward: 1 episode
:vhs: 5
:hourglass_flowing_sand: 25m

I’ll be joining again, probably trying to add more natural Japanese to the mix.

My plans are a lot less concrete than for the reading challenge, but what I’m thinking:

  • Some real life-ish Japanese TV (I’ve heard good things about Terrace House and 日本人の知らない日本語?)
  • Diversify podcasts beyond just Japanese from Small Talk
  • Restart the pitch accent/phonetics practice
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pyr_3’s Home Post

:hatching_chick: April :hatching_chick:
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:cherry_blossom: May :cherry_blossom:
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:sunflower: June :sunflower:
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Daily Log
Date Listened to
4月1日 Daily Japanese with Naoko: Movies, あかね的日本語教室: Hakone Vlog
4月2日 Nihongo con Teppei: episodes 202-205
4月4日 Comprehensible Japanese: Setsubun Demon
4月5日 Daily Japanese with Naoko: Catching a cold, Comprehensible Japanese: Best-Before Date and Expiration Date
Previous Challenge

:loud_sound: :studio_microphone: Listen Every Day Challenge - Spring 2023 :blossom: :seedling:
I haven’t studied a lot since then because last year was pretty eventful for me. Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying to get my Japanese back to where it was before my hiatus. I hope this challenge will be a much needed motivation to keep going.

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I would definitely need some motivation with listening, but I’m not sure if I can stay consistent with it :upside_down_face:

Do songs in Japanese count as listening material?

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So the challenge is pretty free-form to define listening as what you want (hence my plan to include pitch accent practice in the next challenge too :p). So what counts is what you think counts.

I know before any challenges that songs in Japanese were some of my first listening material where I understood some of it. I will warn for music that if you intend it to be Japanese practice, you should make sure you’re actually trying to understand the lyrics, and not just enjoying the performance.

Oh also some songs will enunciate things that usually aren’t (e.g. the u sound in です) or omit/stretch things in ways that speech wouldn’t, to make the lyrics fit into the instruments. So it’s just worth being aware of that.

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Depends on you.
For example, some don’t count watching anime as listening, some do (I do).
If you want songs to count, they count (for you) ^^

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polv’s Listening Challenge of Q2 2024 Home Post

I plan to listen everyday for 2 months’ duration, on top of listening exercise everyday. At least, I plan to finish that 耳から覚える 語彙 N1.

About listening everyday part, I don’t really limit a minimal duration, though I wouldn’t like it to be too short.

Also, looking forward to what others are listening to.

4 月
(1) 01 02 03 04 05 06 07
(2) 08 09 10 11 12 13 14
(3) 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
(4) 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
(5) 29 30
5 月
(5) 01 02 03 04 05
(6) 06 07 08 09 10 11 12
(7) 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
(8) 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
(9) 27 28 29 30 31
6月
(9) 01 02
(10) 03 04 05 06 07 08 09
(11) 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
(12) 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
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No worries, I always try to indentify as much as possible, while also enjoying the performance :wink:

I’ve noticed the first point already, but I didn’t know about the omitting thing, thanks for telling me!

In general, I don’t plan songs to be my only listening resource, but I think I can be way more consistent with my listening if I include it as one, as I listen to Japanese songs almost every day.

Anyway, I think I’ll join the challenge then! I’ll post my hope post later on, though.

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:cloud: Jira’s Home Post :cloud:
First time trying a challenge here, but I think I should do fairly well. I’ll be starting on April 4th.

April
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30
May
01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
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27 28 29 30 31
June
01 02
03 04 05 06 07 08 09
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
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Updates!
  • Update 4/7/24 - Kicking off the challenge by not updating my tracker! Ain’t that the best :skull:. Anywho I’ve been listening to Speak Japanese Naturally literally every day as of recent. (I will go to war for Fumi-san I love her) So that’s what I did for the 5th and 6th!

  • Update 4/9/24 - I know I’m listening to a lot more Japanese content because 80% of my ads on Youtube are now in Japanese lol.

  • Update 4/11/24 - Gave my calendar a face lift (literally 2 emojis) because it looked so plain. Anywho I watched Japanese ASMR for the first time, which was interesting but also very sleep inducing. I also feel like I’m going a bit crazy, but I keep telling myself “crazy is coooooool” especially if you’re learning while loosing it right?

  • Update 4/18/24 - I :heart: Lamp. That’s it. That’s the update.

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:star2: Hotdog’s home post :star2:

This time I'll be participating for April and May. Quartet 2 study group starts in a month so my listening time will go down to about one hour per day.

Resources: Comprehensible Japanese, Nihongo-learning, Daily Japanese with Naoko, Terrace House, SDV let’s play, Inuyasha, Japanese music

:frog: :rabbit2: :seedling: April :seedling: :rabbit2: :frog:
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30
:sun_behind_small_cloud: :bouquet: :tulip: May :tulip: :bouquet: :sun_behind_small_cloud:
01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31
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:mag: :eyes: :headphones: Redglare’s home post :cherry_blossom: :rainbow:

I’ll be joining again this round~ :high_touch: Last time I focused on watching anime without subs to practice listening. Some days I tuned into streams of vtubers and watched their vods. I made a rule for myself to keep a balance between binging and never watching an anime, so I try to keep it to one episode a day and to not skip two days in a row. I feel like that worked pretty well last round, so I’ll do that again this time.
(ちょっと大変になっちゃうかも, exam season and all that. まぁ, something is better than nothing.)

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:cherry_blossom: Apr
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Week 18
May/June
:dango: May
Week 18
Week 19
Week 20
Week 21
Week 22
:rainbow: June
Week 22
Week 23
Week 24
Week 25
Week 26

Previous home posts
:headphones: Anime Episodes Notes
Frieren 23 → 28
Spy x Fam S2 6/12
:durtle_cat:
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:cherry_blossom: NeoArcturus’ Home Post :cherry_blossom:

I was still a bit unsure about whether I should join or not since my listening practice isn’t really consistent, but I decided to join in the end, I don’t think that you will bite me if I miss a couple of days, right? RIGHT?? :sweat_smile:

Anyway, since my listening skills are still worse that 下手, I’ll try to not go too hard on myself. My main resource will be Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners, but I also listen to Japanese songs a lot. I might also occasionally try to watch the videos for the articles on NHK Easy Web News before reading the article.

I hope my listening comprehension will have improved at least a bit by the end of the challenge!

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Apr
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May
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06 07 08 09 10 11 12
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27 28 29 30 31
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Jun
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Alygator’s Spring 2024 Listening Challenge Home Post

:cherry_blossom: :lady_beetle: April :lady_beetle: :cherry_blossom:
01 :rabbit2: 02 :rabbit2: 03 :bear::rainbow: 04 :rabbit2::rainbow: 05 :rabbit2::moneybag: 06 :bear::moneybag: 07 :rainbow:
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:hibiscus: :honeybee: May :honeybee: :hibiscus:
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Another bilingual listening challenge for me. Aiming to listen to:

  • Japanese 3-4 times a week
  • Spanish 3-4 times a week

Resources:

  • :rabbit2: Comprehensible Japanese
  • :black_cat: Daily Life with Naoko
  • :bear: Nihongo con Teppei
  • :bread: Jammaker on Satorireader
  • :headphones: Pimsleur in Spanish/Japanese
  • :owl: Duolingo Spanish Podcast
  • :rainbow: Chill Spanish Listening Practice
  • :two_men_holding_hands:t2: Spanish for False Beginners
  • :moneybag: Money Heist
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:headphones: :loudspeaker: Sylph’s home thread :cherry_blossom: :shamrock:

Apr
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30
May
01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31

I’ve only done this challenge once before, and I’m not a regular, but I figured maybe it was time to try again since my listening is still pretty terrible.
Since it’s so bad, I’ll be counting pretty much anything. I’m not sure I’ll have time to update daily but I’ll try to check the boxes and give a summary from time to time.
This should be fun. We’ll see.

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(Yes I’m a little late with the start, just bear with me) To the new challengers: welcome! To returning challengers: welcome back! Let’s all do our best and try super hard over the next 2-3 months, I know we’re all gonna make lots of progress, and at the end we’ll all be super proud of ourselves :blush:

Now who wants to hear a funny story? …You don’t? Yes you do here goes: the first listen everyday challenge started back in June 2022, which just so happens to be the same month I came back to Wanikani. While scrolling the forums, I saw the challenge a few times, looked at it once, and then completely ignored it. “Wanikani is for reading, not listening, no one’s gonna do that challenge, it won’t last long, listening isn’t even that important anyway.” …Well look who’s hosting the challenge now past-hotdog!
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:headphones: Home post // April 1 :cherry_blossom: :rainbow:

First day of the spring challenge! Watched ep 23 of Frieren, continuing where I left off from the winter challenge :durtle_the_explorer:

Wohoo! :joy: :raised_hands:

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:cherry_blossom: :teapot: Home Post and thread

Let’s gooooo !

4月1日月曜日

:dagger: Solo Leveling, 2 last episodes of season 1.
Finishing the winter anime seasons on crunchyroll. I understood well the first episode, this is the first time I’ve felt so at ease with this anime (I found it difficult to understand in general).

I love the irony :laughing:

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2024-04-01

:previous_track_button: Previous (Winter) | :house: Home post | Next :next_track_button:

Date Name Type Amount Time
2024-04-01 :earth_asia: Log Horizon :tv: Anime :arrow_forward: 1 episode
:vhs: 5
:hourglass: 25m

First update of Spring! Pretty uneventful, watched one more episode of Log Horizon.

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