🔊 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge - Fall 2022 🍁

Welcome to the “Listen Every Single Day” Challenge, Fall/Autumn 2022 edition! :fallen_leaf: :maple_leaf:

This Summer, @KJules had the awesome idea to start a Listen Every Day Challenge, where we challenged ourselves to listen to something in Japanese every day. This was inspired by the also awesome Read Every Day Challenge, which has been going on for more than a year now, with great success.

If you missed the first Listen Every Day Challenge, feel free to jump in on this one - we would love to have more people join in the fun! Whether you’re an expert at listening or just starting out, everyone is welcome to participate.

So what is it? This is a place to set your own goals for listening, and to share what you’re listening to with all of the rest of us! This will be a positive, encouraging space to share and get advice from each other, or just to keep a study log for yourself. Make it into something that works for you!

Whether you are an expert or just starting out, everyone is welcome to participate in this challenge! To quote @KJUles quoting @windupbird quoting @Redglare ( :grin:):

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: October 1 - November 30

This is the “official” recommended time frame, but late starters are absolutely welcome! This thread will be up and running until the end of December, so 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!

Would you like to participate?
  • Yes
  • Yes, but I might start late
  • Not sure
  • No

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Threads worth checking out:

What do you listen to for Japanese practice?

Extensive Listening Challenge 2022

The community is working together to compile a list of the resources they like 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

Feel free to add your username to the list!
Note: please try to keep this alphabetical

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jrmr50 11 Oct 2022 38
Larsjack 28 Oct 2022 13
lexybro 1 Oct 2022 2
liveunderwater 1 Oct 2022 22
omk3 1 Oct 2022 50
pm215 1 Oct 2022 50
pocketcat 1 Oct 2022
polv 1 Oct 2022 3
Rehanmalik 1 Oct 2022 0
softlyraining 1 Oct 2022 2
trunklayer 5 Oct 2022
Twelvewishes 1 Oct 2022 See my home post
windupbird 1 Oct 2022 0
WaniTsunami 1 Oct 2022 0
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Yay other favorite thread! :smiley: Now I have somewhere to put all my weird youtube videos and ramble about TV shows I’m watching again :tv: :movie_camera: :headphones:

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Last challenge, I marked the calendar with :red_square: :orange_square: :yellow_square: :green_square: depending on how well I thought I understood what I listened to. I’m not sure I want to do that this time around. Pretty as those coloured squares look, they put unnecessary pressure on me. My listening is still very much sub-par, so instead of striving for immediate results, I’ll just expose myself to some Japanese audio every day, and just hope for the best. For the days when I don’t feel like investing a lot of time watching, or choosing what to watch (this often takes ages!), I’ll just do a few rounds of SuperNative’s Listen and Recall exercise. It’s short and fun, and not too demanding, while still good listening practice.
Eventually I’d like to go back to audiobooks. I have started かがみの孤城, but I couldn’t follow the plot to my satisfaction, and that led to frustration. Hopefully, listening every day will eventually lead to listening becoming natural.

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Yay, thanks for taking over @omk3!
I’ll need all the listening practice I can get before December so… let’s go :joy:


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List of finished things

audiobooks

TV

  • Bungō Stray Dogs (Season 1)
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:jack_o_lantern: :fallen_leaf: Twelve's Autumn Listening Home Post :maple_leaf: :jack_o_lantern:

:books: My Study Log
:open_book: My home post in the Read every day challenge

Joining this because I keep telling myself to do more listening, but then I don’t because I get distracted by something more fun…

What I usually do for listening:

  • The Podcast Japanese with Noriko, because she provides transcriptions of them on her website!
  • Textbook exercises from Genki.

What I want to listen to:

  • Comprehensible Japanese on Youtube
  • Because I’ve taken an interest in Pitch Accent and how Japanese sounds differ from English or German ones, I want to use some time practicing this. I found the Mimicmethod’s course for this.
  • SuperNative sounds like a neat concept that I can definitely see the benefits of. (thank you omk3 for mentioning it!)
  • Something fun from this thread that sounds interesting! I’m excited to see what everyone else does.

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:fallen_leaf: Day X :maple_leaf:

:headphones: Back to my Home Post

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Count me in!
I’m going to be taking it easy with this challenge, it’ll probably mostly be Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners, learning-focused podcasts/youtube videos and some anime (mostly with english subs)

Thanks for hosting @omk3

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Progress Report
October
  • October 1st
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 55-56
  • October 2nd
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 57
  • October 3rd
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 58-59
    • JapanesePod101 - 800 Core Words - Lesson 30
  • October 4th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 60
  • October 5th
    • JapanesePod101 - Upper Beginner Season 1 - Lesson 5
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 61
  • October 6th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 62
  • October 7th
    • Lesson
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 63
  • October 8th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 64
    • JapanesePod101 - 800 Core Words - Lesson 31
  • October 9th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 65
    • JapanesePod101 - 800 Core Words - Lesson 32
  • October 10th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 66
  • October 11th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 67
    • JapanesePod101 - 800 Core Words - Lesson 33
  • October 12th
    • Madoka Magica - Japanese Subs - Episode 3
      JapanesePod101 - 800 Core Words - Lesson 34
  • October 13th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 68
  • October 14th
    • Lesson
    • 2.5h of music
  • October 15th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 69
  • October 16th
    • 2.5h of music
    • JapanesePod101 - 800 Core Words - Lesson 35
  • October 17th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 70
    • JapanesePod101 - 800 Core Words - Lesson 36-37
  • October 18th
    • Madoka Magica - Japanese Subs - Episode 4
    • JapanesePod101 - 800 Core Words - Lesson 38
  • October 19th
    • JapanesePod101 - Absolute Beginner Japanese for Every Day - Lesson 24
  • October 20th
    • Some Youtube videos about Japanese Sign Language
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 71
  • October 21st
    • 3.5h of music
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 72
  • October 22nd
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 73
  • October 23rd
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 74
  • October 24th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 75
    • JapanesePod101 - 800 Core Words - Lesson 39
  • October 25th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 76
  • October 26th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 77
  • October 27th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 78
  • October 28th
    • Lesson
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 79
  • October 29th
    • Madoka Magica - Japanese Subs - Episode 5
    • JapanesePod101 - 800 Core Words - Lesson 40 Series Complete :tada:
  • October 30th
    • Lesson
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 80
  • October 31st
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 80-81
November
  • November 1st
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 82
    • Japanese Ammo with Misa - Reading Practice, Cultural Concept 和
    • KemushiChan - I had a baby in Japan
  • November 2nd
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 83
    • JapanesePod101 - Top 400 Activities - Lesson 1
    • Madoka Magica - Japanese Subs - Episode 6
  • November 3rd
    • JapanesePod101 - Top 400 Activities - Lesson 2-3
    • Madoka Magica - Japanese Subs - Episode 7
  • November 4th
    • Lesson
    • Madoka Magica - Japanese Subs - Episode 8
    • JapanesePod101 - Top 400 Activities - Lesson 4-5
  • November 5th
    • Madoka Magica - Japanese Subs - Episode 9-10
  • November 6th
    • JapanesePod101 - Top 400 Activities - Lesson 5-6
  • November 7th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 84
    • Madoka Magica - Japanese Subs - Episode 11
  • November 8th
    • Madoka Magica - Japanese Subs - Episode 12 Series Complete :tada:
  • November 9th
    • JapanesePod101 - Top 400 Activities - Lesson 7
  • November 10th
  • November 11th
    • Lesson
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 85
  • November 12th
    • JapanesePod101 - Top 400 Activities - Lesson 8-9
  • November 13th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 86
  • November 14th
    • Mitsuboshi Colors - English Subs - Episode 6
  • November 15th
    • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure - Japanese Subs - Episode 1
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 87
    • JapanesePod101 - Upper Beginner Season 1 - Lesson 6
  • November 16th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 88
  • November 17th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 89-92
  • November 18th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 93
    • JapanesePod101 - Culture Class: Essential Japanese Vocabulary - lesson 7-8
  • November 19th
    • Real life conversations with native speakers!
  • November 20th
    • JapanesePod101 - Culture Class: Essential Japanese Vocabulary - lesson 9-10
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 94
  • November 21st
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 95
  • November 22nd
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 95 (again!)
    • JapanesePod101 - Culture Class: Essential Japanese Vocabulary - lesson 11
  • November 23rd
    • JapanesePod101 - Culture Class: Essential Japanese Vocabulary - lesson 12-14
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 96
  • November 24th
    • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners - Episode 97
  • November 25th
    • JapanesePod101 - Upper Beginner Season 1 - Lesson 7
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I am also intrigued by this :grin:

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:fallen_leaf: meagstudies’ autumn summary post :fallen_leaf:

So I did the summer challenge for a few days and then completely forgot about it. Whoops. I'm going to try again though! Listening comprehension is going to be my new primary focus in 2023 (as reading has been in 2022), so I want to get started with a good routine now

october

november

Update Posts

october

  • 01: Comprehensible Japanese
What I'm Listening To

Unlike in the reading challenge / the summer listening challenge, I’m not going to keep track of progress. This is just a list of what I’m listening to.

Listening To Type Subs/Transcript?
Nihongo con Teppei (Beginner) Podcast no
Comprehensible Japanese (Beginner) Youtube no
メルの Thinking Out Loud in Japanese Podcast no
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:maple_leaf: polv’s Listening challenge of Fall 2022 (Q4) Home Post

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Previous Challenge: 2022 Q3 Summer :beach_umbrella:

I feel like I am not a qualified listener in any case, but still a beginner learner. However, I cannot forget the goal of being able to listen to anything, even when travelling or passing by. Though, if I am able to untiringly listen to knowledgeable stuff, that would be meaningful.

It might be in grand scheme of vocal communication, but not really – vocal chatting is even farther than chatting at all itself.

Real progress and thoughts, as a sum of listening, reading, and other skills, would be in my personal Q4 home post :fallen_leaf:.

Nonetheless, daily calendar will be made here link to my listening progress (max 1 per day). Progress about mainly listening will be put in this thread.

Unlike the planned reading one, I count on-days for listening and don’t count off-days. Not going to punish myself or anything, only about awareness. Also, listening is going to be the focus for this season.

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第1週目 01 :headphones: 02 :headphones:
第2週目 03 :headphones: 04 :fountain_pen: 05 :headphones: 06 :headphones: 07 :fountain_pen: 08 :fountain_pen: 09 :headphones:
第3週目 10 :headphones: 11 :fountain_pen: 12 :headphones: 13 :headphones: 14 :fountain_pen: 15 :headphones: 16 :fountain_pen:
第4週目 17 :fountain_pen: 18 :fountain_pen: 19 :fountain_pen: 20 :headphones: 21 :fountain_pen: 22 :fountain_pen: 23 :fountain_pen:
第5週目 24 :fountain_pen: 25 :headphones: 26 :fountain_pen: 27 :fountain_pen: 28 :headphones: 29 :fountain_pen: 30 :headphones:
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第7週目 07 :headphones: 08 :fountain_pen: 09 :fountain_pen: 10 :fountain_pen: 11 :fountain_pen: 12 :fountain_pen: 13 :fountain_pen:
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Future months
十二月
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I put in 3 months, because that has always been my intention.

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:loud_sound: :notes: windupbird’s summary post :loud_sound: :notes:

:sparkles: Challenge Progress and Links to Daily Posts :sparkles:

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= listened today
:books: = read today
:star2: = read and listened today
:heavy_multiplication_x: = missed day

When you see the thread for the Fall Listen Every Day Challenge and realize you disappeared from the Summer one halfway through August with zero explanation

Uh…whoops. Reset? :joy:
Honestly I think the reason I disappeared was a) because I started feeling like reading more again and b) I have this…block against watching things that are longer, on Youtube specifically? I literally- it’s a very weird and specific block lmao. I watch plenty of 45 min TV shows but internet videos over 10 min feel like too much, even if I want the content (this is not a problem exclusive to Japanese-language videos either). Anyway, what happened was that the videos I wanted to watch next were like 20+ min long and I never felt like I had ““enough time”” to watch them. So I watched nothing. :upside_down_face: I don’t know what I can do to combat this problem. Open to suggestions :joy: I do realize that I could pause them and watch in smaller chunks but that idea doesn’t really seem to help me get started. Also feel like I’d forget where I left off :upside_down_face:

I have no plans for what I’ll be listening to at the moment. I still haven’t listened to a lot of the things I listed in my previous challenge post, so there’s a place to start :joy: Similar to last challenge, I will not be listening every day, but rather looking to achieve a mixture of reading and listening days.

Previous challenge summary posts:
Summer 2022 Challenge :beach_umbrella:

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:books: Study Log Thread
:open_book: Read Every Day Challenge Home

Listening during the Challenge

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Parts 1-3

Goals for this Challenge

  • Increase listening comprehension from the general 50% I am working with to 75%.
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I can’t offer any advice unfortunately, but I am exactly the same way. I can easily watch 2, even 3-hour movies no problem, and several hours of any series I’m into, but a 2-minute youtube video feels like a waste of my time, even when I am very interested in the content. So weird. I think I’ve been conditioned to think of any free web content, videos especially, as not professionally made and therefore not worth my full concentration? Even when there’s evidence to the contrary.
Last challenge, I also found “I didn’t have time” for listening. At the same time I mysteriously found endless hours to dedicate to reading. :person_shrugging:

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:fallen_leaf: :headphones: softlyraining’s leaf pile listens :maple_leaf::studio_microphone:

I tried to use the same title from the summer one, but…“leaf pile listens” aren’t as much of a thing as “beach listens” (and I’m not sure if that’s much of a thing, either). But that doesn’t mean it can’t become one, right? Right…? :sweat_smile:

Anyway, I’m going into this with no set plan for what I want to listen to. I found that to be part of the fun with the last challenge, and that seems like reason enough to keep things that way. That being said, I’ve been listening to/reading a series on Satori Reader pretty consistently, so that will likely be my main source during this challenge.

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Updates

Oct 1st - Spy Fam + Ranking of Kings
Oct 2nd - tiny channel by rina
Oct 3rd - tiny channel by rina (relisten)
Oct 4th - Sambon Juku
Oct 5th - Daily Japanese with Naoko
Oct 6th - Satori Reader

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Glad to know I’m not alone in my weird problem :joy: I do feel like it’s somehow an artifact of my age and how internet videos were when I was growing up, like Youtube videos have evolved so much and gotten so much closer to like…professionally made long-form content (I mean, some people do Youtube as their profession now, so…I guess some things on Youtube are technically “professionally made content” lol). I feel like when I was first introduced to the concept of internet videos, it was very much just like…people screwing around for a few minutes :joy: It’s hard to shake that expectation or perception.

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I have whatever the opposite of this is in English, if its less than 2 hours I don’t bother.

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:fallen_leaf: Day 1, 1st of October :maple_leaf:

:headphones: Back to my Home Post

I used this challenge as an opportunity to listen to new things. So this is my first time listening to Comprehensible Japanese. I started with the complete beginner playlist, and the first video was about parts of the face.

What I think helped much more than other listening material I use is that you also get to see what is talked about. Additionally, transcripts were provided in video, so when a familiar Kanji appeared it was a great a-ha moment! Unfortunately there where also a lot of new Kanji…

I also really like SuperNative. Having to really concentrate while listening is quite exhausting, but fun. Unfortunately, at my level even the slightest noise can distract from or overlap with the speech fragment that they want you to listen to. Especially when it’s a clip from a show with background music or a lot of people are talking at once.

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I love this, I recently passed the N4 exam and at the time I thought I did so well on the listening portion but then my score was… less than desirable haha. I really need the accountability to keep myself motivated (especially to get myself ready for the summer N3 exam).

I’m struggling to choose 1 or two simple things to work with, but probably some JLPT practicing and then some easy youtubers to listen to like Onomappu

Time: 30 min - 1 hour

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October 1st!

I can’t believe its October already, this year has gone by so quickly!
But hey, at least that means its time for a new challenge! I really slipped in the month since the Summer challenge and hardly did any listening practise at all :grimacing:
I’m glad to be back to having some accountability to motivate me to get back to it!

Today I listened to 2 episodes of Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners. One was about whether you go to bed early or wake up early - the other was about friends.
I found both fairly easy to understand, other than when my mind wandered off and I stopped listening properly.
I really need to just practise focusing I think! I have the attention span of a goldfish :sweat_smile:

(Home Post)

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I really ought to listen to more Japanese, so here we are.

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What I ideally need is to find some podcasts I like, because I go for a walk and listen to a podcast most days, so I just need to shift that habit from English-language podcasts to Japanese ones…

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