🔊 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge - Fall 2022 🍁

:fallen_leaf: Day 24, 24th of October :maple_leaf:

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Watched the first episode of あかがみんクラフトClassic today. Definitely above my ability, but I needed something fun to motivate myself again.

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On October the 24th I’ve listened to:

  • Today’s NHK Easy News
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October 24th!

Today I listened to Episode 75 of Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners, and also another 800 Core Words video.

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I just want to mention that I found out today that Silent is airing on Viki - I’d been watching it without subs through other means. But if anyone is interested and not sure their listening comprehension is up to it, it looks like the subtitlers have been hard at work and there are English subs available!

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Oct 24, Mon of Week 5 of Fall 2022 :maple_leaf:

I recently do listening-to-writing flashcards, as well as monologue recording; and I also noticed quite something about pitch accent – I often guessed wrong; but then, I fear as much as about pitch accent phrasing rules, as well compound words being different from simple words. (Context sentences also have audio that feels different from vocabulary audio.)

I looked for Anki Addons with Pitch Accent graphs for phrases, looking like OJAD, but I find none satisfying. I think I saw Github repo or some code for generating something like this a while ago (with AI). Otherwise, brute force copy-paste from OJAD is yet another option. Not like the graphs would be 100% accurate either.

Nonetheless, I have no qualm repeating aloud vocabulary and context sentence audios. That’s probably the most natural and safest way to do (although less applicable to less frequently heard phrases).

Otherwise, I watched 2 episodes of HUNTER x HUNTER with generated sub, the latter one with manual re-timing. (From trying out whisper.cpp, but I think the most important point is not having long untranscribed segements.) I also watched an old episode of Death Note (where I watched with no sub before, but downloaded JP sub later.)

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I’ve been back on the Nihongo con Teppei listening for the 3rd time so I get in about an hour or an hour and a half of this 4 or 5 days a week for the past 2 weeks. Of course, being in Japan I sometimes try to tune in to people around me and understand whats happening or when they inevitably talk to me I try to understand (although most times I don’t understand, on few occasions I catch the gist of it and I think understanding the gist as a newly upper beginner is important).

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This challenge is a strange one for me to update as I live in Japan and its almost impossible for me not to listen. But I got caught up on my current series, gonna watch Spy Family tonight, and Persona 5 is kind of listening practice but I feel I am reading it more than I am listening. Which is fine, but I think from here on out I am gonna just update my calendar and maybe post changes in routines. Since I am too busy to watch JoJo, I am concerned I won’t be able to finish my challenge. I did finish part 2, so I can’t say it was totally a lost cause. Plus who knows. I may just binge part 3 randomly in November. Thanks for coming to my TEDTalk.

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

October 24th:

Rewatched the video clip about kintsugi and listened to Satori Reader today. I wanted to listen to a short podcast episode, but I woke up later than expected and it threw my schedule off kilter. That’s how it goes sometimes. :person_shrugging:

You should totally go for it! Even if it takes a while, I think it’d be a cool experience (and I’d love the sporadic updates).

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October 25 :film_strip::chart_with_upwards_trend:

Second episode of Parasyte and some more pitch trainer. Got my level from 20 to 23 but I was careless and made a few more mistakes than last time. I feel I can mostly hear pitch accent confidently, but I still sometimes lose it to the point of completely inverting the pitch. So strange.

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Another mondai section of a JLPT N5 practice book/audio. Intensive listening, shadowing etc.

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SuperNative is still not available… Is there anything comparable to this?
I tried pitch trainer for the first time and I don’t think that this is the right thing for me.
Oh, and I watched an episode of Watercolor by Shibasaki. Not that I will ever do some watercolor but he is the Japanese Bob Ross for me :smile:

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:fallen_leaf: Day 25, 25th of October :maple_leaf:

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Episode 2 of あかがみんクラフトClassic. I am so so tired from all the food and the swimmimg and the talking, so something where I can turn of my brain was equired again. And also I love Minecraft.

They were talking about a ship they found, and I had just learned that word yesterday from one of DrDru’s stories! No matter how small, progress is there. (:

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October 25th!

Just a tiny bit of listening today - one episode of Nihongo con Teppei for beginners.

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On October the 25th I’ve listened to:

  • Today’s NHK Easy News
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Burning through my ever growing list of ‘watch later’ on youtube:
History of Japanese Surnames - I probably only caught 80% of this
An explanation of NSAIDs - I usually do ok with this channel but apparently drug mechanism explanations are beyond my active vocab reach right now :melting_face:
This raunchy interview (R rated but exclusively dialogue)
and some marriage seeking advice.

I only finished the last names and the raunchy interview, everything else I got bored midway through. One of those days. At least my headache meds worked and a migraine was stopped in its tracks :pray:

Also @omk3 I also feel like I can only hear the pitch correctly maybe 60-70% of the time and that’s after I once tried for something like 2 months to practice daily. It doesn’t seem to impact my ability to understand things, but it’s probably a useful skill for people who plan to communicate more via talking.

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

October 25th:

Did Satori Reader and listened to an episode of Thinking in Japanese about preventing the damage of staying up late. He mentioned a few studies, like it’s best not to eat anything late at night, but if you do, things like yogurt or fruit are good since they don’t take so long to digest. Water is best, though. Still, everyone has their own internal clock, so doesn’t it matter more how long before you go to sleep that you’re doing this, rather than just “at night” in general? Then I started thinking about an article I saw once involving people who shop really late at night…man, I wish I could remember the article, like what the headline was.

I found the article! They live their lives at night to avoid people, kind of like how I wish I love waking up early because no one’s around to bother me. Anyway, I kind of went on a journey today with this one.

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October 26 :film_strip::chart_with_upwards_trend:

Third episode of Parasyte (still fun and fairly understandable), and some more Migaku. Reached level 25, whatever that may mean.

I definitely don’t intend to do any output any time soon, so I guess it’s more of a mental exercise for me. It’s interesting though, once I started understanding what pitch accent is all about, when I look up a new word I’m not satisfied with only looking up the meaning. Unless I know what its pitch accent is supposed to be, I feel like I’m still missing important information. :sweat_smile: And for several words that I had only seen written down, I’ve been surprised when I heard them during my daily listening, because they sounded so different to how they did in my head, I barely recognized them (that’s where the subtitles come in handy).

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Did the last two mondai of all the N5 listening material I’ve got easily to hand.
Bit disappointed with how I got on.
But there’s only one way to improve :muscle:

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Oct 26, Wed of Week 5 of Fall 2022 :maple_leaf:

I continue to watch 1-2 episodes of HUNTER x HUNTER per day, with generated sub.

Yesterday, I also watched an old episode of Death Note (EP.8), when I don’t want to learn too many things yet.

Today, I also watch Dr. Stone on Netflix on tablet, with JP sub. Well, half is about convenience, and I didn’t look up much, although I probably should. I somehow think if I continued Yuru Camp S2, that would be too heavy on substance (like real places and real activities).

Dr. Stone seems to have some weirdness regarding character designs and plots, but if I don’t think too much on how it begins, the story might not be so bad.

I also watched a suggestion from YouTube, which is in my subscriptions – 信じられないターミネーター2の撮影方法や小ネタ集【メイキング映像】 - YouTube. (I watched after an Ischi’s song from a link in this forum.) Although I can usually understand the clip (with full JP sub) on time, I really need high focus. Focus drops and meaningfulness flies.

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:fallen_leaf: Day 26, 26th of October :maple_leaf:

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Episode 3 of あかがみんクラフトClassic. They were talking about a sweet I had before! These ones if you were wondering.

Alright, now that I managed to sneak some listening into the last minutes of my day, I’m going to bed.

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