(Just a heads up, I am NOT suggesting reading exclusively in hiragana/katakana. Learning to read kanji is additionally an important skillset to learn!)
Back when I started reading Genki I, I noticed that the start is initially in hiragana only. At first, this felt like a pain, because I knew all of the kanji phrases that were being used, but I had a hard time understanding what I was reading because the kanji weren’t there to clarify. After a little while, I realized a connection between reading hiragana only and listening, as listening also lacks the clarity that kanji provide.
Do you guys think that if I tried to read some material without kanji that it would help me with listening comprehension? I think I’m at a stage that I have a hard time recalling words without seeing their kanji (I’m starting to work on that with torii, but it’s a slow process), so I’ve had a lot of instances where I hear a word that sounds familiar and can’t think of it. I can’t help but think maybe reading hiragana/katakana only would help me with that sort of thinking. If reading kanji-less is the way to go, do any of you have suggestions for sites that may provide such an option?