I’m currently taking a beginner Japanese course, however, I realized my listening is far below the level it should be at. I miss almost everything my professor says in Japanese. I went up to her and asked what to use, she recommended OTO Navi, My Kikitori and the Genki videos. However, I had been using them since before I asked and I see minimal improvement.
Does anyone have suggestions for listening material practice (I am around chapter 8 in Genki)
Thanks in advance!
I like the Comprehensible Japanese youtube channel for some listening - there are added visuals which definitely helps (drawings etc), in case you’re not quite catching everything.
Nihongo con Teppei is also a popular (and helpful) choice for listening practice at the beginner to intermediate level
What helped me was loads of repetition. While doing things around the house, I’d listen to the same things over and over again.
I’d watch a JP show on Netflix with subs one time, and then put that on repeat on my headphones. I listened to Aggretsuko a buuuuunch of times. Short episodes, and all quite straightforward.
I had my Netflix account set to Japanese (not a VPN, just setting language to JP), and that gave me some Japanese dubs of shows I was already familiar with.
In the end, what helped the most was sinking relentless hours into it. Even while at the stage where I could only make out a few words and sentences per episode.
Best of luck! It’s frustrating, but it gets better!
You could also re-do the listening exercises in the Genki workbook and even try the listening exercises of chapters that you have not covered yet.
Thanks so much! I checked out comprehensive Japanese, it’s really helping!
I haven’t thought of changing my Netflix language…
I guess I’ll try that out.
Do you also practice reading aloud? That helped me quite a bit, for instance.
Watching beginner level anime like Polar Bear Cafe might also be a good idea. There is a club here starting soon: しろくまカフェ ~ Shirokuma Café Anime Club ~ Starting October 11th
So glad that’s working for you!