I believe that if you want to be skilled at something, you need to practice every day. WaniKani makes it straightforward (but not easy!) to practice Kanji daily. For reading, I try to read at least one news article a day. Routine creates discipline, and discipline creates results, otherwise I wouldn’t have made it this far But I don’t have a listening routine and my listening ability is accordingly not very good.
What do you do to practice your listening comprehension every day?
Listening in general (not what you asked, but still), I listen to Japanese language music while working. I don’t concentrate on it the entire 6-8 hours I am at my desk but make a point to truly LISTEN at some points in the day, even if it is just a song or 2 songs a workday.
Listening comprehension, I try to catch an episode of Anime a day. Sometimes I can’t do this so it may end up being every couple days. If I am studying BunPro, I will listen to each sample sentence to see if I know what it means as well (so far, 50 or so into N5, I have gotten along pretty well).
I just downloaded an Audible book with Japanese narration and picked up the corresponding book in Japanese. I plan to read along, if you will, and see what I understand. In this case, it is something I’ve read in English so I know the general gist which I hope helps with comprehension. Problem being the language is many levels above my current capability so I am not sure it will actually teach me anything… other than it is above my level!
With that out of the way: I personally like to fall asleep listening to Japanese drama CDs. That is definitely a routine for me. But, I also from time to time seek out podcasts (that’s more daytime listening though as I feel “radio talk” requires a bit more concentration and can be pretty up-beat overall).
Then there’s of course Japanese music. But, I don’t think very hard on the lyrics. I just really enjoy the music!
(anime watching , perhaps goes without saying, is also part of the daily diet)
yeah, it can be like some music - too attention grabbing. Some stuff I don’t take to “seriously”. If I miss something and loose track of the conversation, that’s fine. I’ll just jump back in when I manage to.
But, for dramas I prefer more focus. You don’t wanna miss the nuances and twists of the story, just like you don’t wanna miss out watching a tv-episode or read a book. It’s good relaxation tough! ^^
I’m just finishing Genki 1 so I’m still early in the process, but I downloaded a bunch of the JapanesePod101 dialogues (currently Level 1 is available free, about 75 lessons I believe, each with a Japanese dialogue) and put them with some graded reader recordings and the Genki dialogue audio in a playlist. I put that on before bed, then wake up and put on Nihon con Teppei for Beginners Podcast for about an hour as I try to get conscious and ready for the day. It’s more passive listening than active comprehension, but I can understand large portions of it when I concentrate on it. I also found some free Zoom groups through Meetup. Some of it is lesson style and some is casual chatting way above my level, but the listening, trying to catch words and phrases I know, and occasional explanations are great.
I am listening to Nihongo con Teppei podcast (for beginner learners specifically) and the Onomappu YouTube Channel. I love Onomappu, he has the option of no subtitles, jp, or jp and english, and he talks about topics for people about learning Japanese, like explaining cultural uses of Onomatopoeia, etc.
Both are native speakers, speaking casually in simple language geared toward those just learning, which is what I need at my level. Still understanding only the occaisional word
speaking of listening to music … i find it’s helpful to actually learn the lyrics to a song, not just play it in the background. even if i just follow along with romaji or hiragana, once i know what to sing i will start to recognize more words and sometimes grammar in spoken context.
but i do also like to keep japanese language music on in the background while i work. because… subliminal messaging ?
I have a nice little nightly routine going where I, before bed, listen to at least one or two short episodes of one of the many podcasts on Spotify specifically meant for listening practice.
I also use Memrise and Duolingo, so I’m also getting exposure this way. And for fun, I watch Gaki no Tsukai sometimes. (whenever new things get uploaded, anyway…)
I’m sure music also helps in a way. If nothing else, it exposes you to many different voices and tones. Sometimes I’m listening to music and I’m understanding what’s being sung without even realizing!
I’ve been watching Hololive streams every day for longer than I’ve been studying Japanese. The content doesn’t persistently pump out advanced scholarly vocabulary, but it’s a nice way to get dozens or hundreds of hours of experience listening to genuine, natural conversation delivered by or being exchanged between native speakers. It’s great for both active and passive listening. My favorite is るしあ. I’ve been at this Japanese stuff for only 2 weeks and yet it seems I notice a recently learned piece of vocabulary pop up in these streams each and every time I tune in.