🔊 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge - Spring 2023 🌼 🌱

:heartpulse::herb:SB’s Spring Listening Hub:herb::heartpulse:

Hi everyone! Thanks for hosting the challenge again @omk3!!

I had really fun participating in the Winter Listening Challenge, as it was the first time that I got into listening to podcasts in Japanese on a regular basis. Other media recommendations on the thread were also super helpful! My goal for the challenge this time would be more specific as I’d like to finally get into watching anime with only Japanese subtitles. The anime I’m going to watch is March Comes in Like a Lion/3月のライオン which I’d already started watching in March😅 I’ll also keep listening to podcasts and watch YouTube videos & doramas for immersion. I hope that, unlike in the last challenge, I’m able to check in regularly and share my listening updates on this thread. Looking forward to participating in this challenge with y’all!

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Just continuing from Winter 2023 challenge :smile:

Currently listening / watching :headphones: :clapper: :tv:

YouTube

  • YUYUの日本語Podcast LINK
  • Miku Real Japanese LINK
  • 日本語の森 LINK
  • Onomappu LINK
  • Learn Japanese with Tanaka san LINK
  • あかね的日本語教室 LINK
  • Meshclass 日本語 LINK
  • Learn Japanese with Noriko LINK
  • Speak Japanese Naturally LINK

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  • ツルネ LINK
  • ヴィンランド・サガ LINK
  • 陰の実力者になりたくて LINK
  • スキップとローファー LINK
  • 山田くんとLv999の恋をする LINK
  • 鬼滅の刃 LINK

TV shows

  • MIU404 LINK
  • カルテット LINK
  • 初恋 LINK
  • サンクチュアリ - 聖域 LINK
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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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I’ve been going back and forth about whether to try this challenge again. I feel like I never follow through with it or make time for it - I guess that’s why it’s a challenge :stuck_out_tongue: I think what I may do is try to add it on for the second month of the challenge season (like I did last time). Starting two challenges at the same time feels like a bit too much at the moment. So here’s my home post, see you all in May xD

Previous challenge summary posts:
Summer 2022 Challenge :beach_umbrella:
Fall 2022 Challenge :maple_leaf:
Winter 2022 Challenge :snowflake::gloves:

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Hi there everybody!
Time to continue the listening challenge.
This time with a home post

Liveunderwater’s Challenge Calendar

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I’m on a movie kick lately. Importing Japan/Hong Kong region Blu-ray and DVD of Hollywood movies from my past. I’m sure I’ll mention those often in the future here.
Still watching YouTube periodically. Japanese Ammo with Misa.
Getting into Netflix now. Quartet, couple episodes left there. Since Way of the House Husband book-club is holding until the next volume releases I’ve been able to start the anime and live action content.
I’m joining up with the Zero Escape: 999 Visual Novel club too. There is voice acting, maybe that will constitute practicing as well.

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:speaker: :studio_microphone: Sylph’s home thread :cherries: :cherry_blossom:

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Last listening challenge was my first and it was kinda fun. Since it ended I haven’t done much listening so I’ll try this again. Clearly even a little listening is better than no listening.

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April 1st :european_castle: :headphones:

Okay, it looks like this listening challenge is going to be almost entirely accompanied by reading. I’ll be listening to the かがみの孤城 audiobook while reading along, which I’ll also be tracking in the Read Every Day challenge. I’ll also be counting the Zero Escape:999 visual novel as listening. I’ll be reading along in that one too, but I won’t be tracking it in the reading challenge.

So I listened to about an hour of audiobook today. It bored me to death, but I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve listened to this part several times before or whether it’s the book itself. Truth is I chose this particular book because I wasn’t terribly interested in it, so theoretically I wouldn’t mind missing details, but it turns out I just can’t do that with books. And of course I had missed a few bits that weren’t entirely negligible. So anyway, I’m hoping that my interest will pick up once I reach parts that I haven’t listened to before, but for now it does feel like a chore.

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:dragon: :fire: FlamySerpent’s Home Post :fire: :dragon:

I haven’t been listening to Japanese in a long while, so I thought why not! I wanted to watch more let’s plays on youtube and 牛沢 has been playing RE4 (and RE2), so I might check that out /o/

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Although I’m travelling, I still managed to listen to a short YouTube video and read a few pages for the first day of the challenges today! I also had a lot of conversations with people, but I never count customer service interactions as listening…

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:cherry_blossom: Pyoro’s Home Post :cherry_blossom:

Practicing listening somehow always ends up on the backburner for me so I’m hoping joining this challenge will help me get some in consistently. I’ll mostly be listening to Vtuber streams, the occasional drama, the Flesh & Blood drama cds with the club, and then there are a couple of anime this season I’m thinking of checking out.

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Nicole216's Home Post

Hello everyone! :wave:
After joining the read every day challenge, I thought it would be nice to join the listen every day challenge as well. Especially since listening is something I neglected somewhat in the past. :sweat_smile: And while skimming through this thread here, I read that FlamySerpent mentioned watching japanese Let’s Plays on Youtube as listening practice (thanks!). And since I love watching let’s plays, I will do exactly that.

Stuff, that I am watching/listening

Youtube

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  • :studio_microphone: Nihongo con Teppei Z

Audiobook

  • :zap: ハリー・ポッターと賢者の石
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Thanks to MissDagger for providing those nice calendar templates! :smiley: (in the read every day spring challenge thread)

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Home post :hatching_chick:

Today I watched this video about marriage by Sambon Juku. I feel like it was a little too advanced for my level but I did my best to understand as much as possible. Seeing the words on screen while he was explaining them helped a lot because I could guess the meaning based on the kanji which made it easier to understand.

In the afternoon I had an italki lesson where we mostly talked about marriage as well. I could understand most of what my teacher said but answering her questions was a bit of a struggle because I didn’t know the vocabulary that I needed and couldn’t figure out how to describe the missing words using the words that I did know. But this is not a speaking challenge, is it? :sweat_smile: So just focusing on listening comprehension, I’m very happy with the lesson. I will try to prepare a bit more next time to improve my speaking as well.

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1/04/2023 :man_fairy:t5: Home Post

Today went great. I watched these two videos:

Podcast: 1 ep from Nihongo Con Teppei

I was really surprised while watching the first video because I didn’t have any subs on, and I understood most of what they were saying! Definitely super rewarding, and I’m all pumped up to continue.

I hope to do more listening in the following days, but for now, I think this is a great start! My brain can only take so much after binge studying sesh today lol

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:cherry_blossom: :seedling: 4月1日 :seedling: :cherry_blossom: (Home Post Link)

Unfortunately pretty busy today so I will have to wait to try out some new stuff tomorrow. I was hoping to start trying something that has a transcript so I can listen, and then check my understanding against the transcript and then listen again, but being rushed meant I just clicked on basically the first thing I saw :laughing:

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  • はたらくUFO (大神ミオ stream) - watched about 15 minutes of this until my friends came to pick me up; game looks unbelievably cute

Word of the Day:
バイト代(ばいとだい)ー earnings from a part time job

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Apr 1, Sat of Week 1 of Spring Q2 2023 :cherry_blossom:

残月記 : 月景石 Ch.2 [2-3/13]. Actually listened once before, then read. Now listen. Perhaps next time listening with synced reading would be nice. Perhaps I understand most now, but that also depends on attention, and energy.

I will probably start 残月記 : 残月記 once I finished reading the previous story (Ch.9). I can’t be sure of listening alone.

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4月1日、土曜日 (Home Post Link)

始めましょう!

I had a pretty good start today. I listened to Radio Kishiwada for about 15 minutes, then listened to the short story 浦島太郎 (Urashima Taro) while reading the Japanese, after having read the English translation and studied the vocabulary list.

I think I’ll update my goals. I’ll try for 20-30 minutes a day: 50% listening to native Japanese without assistance just to see what I can catch, and 50% lesson material with supports (simultaneous Japanese reading, vocabulary lists, etc.). Both seem fruitful for me right now.

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April 1st!

Today I went to a Japanese conversation exchange meetup that happens on the first Saturday of the month in a city near where I live. We talked about April Fools Day, and whether any of us had ever broken a bone.

I also watched the first episode of Rilakkuma and Kaoru, with Japanese subtitles. I was able to understand a good chunk of it just by listening, but the longer sentences sometimes required a bit of subtitle reading!

(Home Post)

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:cherry_blossom: Day 1, 4 月 1 日 :herb:

:headphones: Back to my Home Post

I listened to the audio provided for the first chapter reading exercise of Tobira. Even though it’s not even 5 minutes long it’s really exhausting because it’s so far above my level. I usually listen to it while reading (or at least trying to read) along.

I think this was my third time going through it? This time I had read a translation beforehand so a lot more words were recognizable, but it was still too much for me to attempt to translate on my own. But being able to follow along when your brain hooks onto words or sentences you recognize and going “oh hey, this is talking about castle so-and-so, I know where I am in the text” is also a useful skill to have.

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Gonna try podcasts and speaking to native speakers

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:tulip: APRIL 01 2023 :tulip:
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I got to the bus stop way too early today (I forgot it was Saturday so it’s a different schedule) so I took the time to listen to a recent Sakura Tips episode on Hokkaidou and how snowy it is there.

Listened to it 4 times: twice without a transcript, once with the transcript, and again without. Overview of my listening attempts:

  1. Understood more than I expected I would! But I mostly just understood the first third. Getting confused about one sentence led to me getting confused about the whole rest of the episode, I guess I got tripped up and then got out of the zone b/c of it.
  2. Caught quite a bit more, probably around half? Except it was mostly that I caught lexical items and not the grammar.
  3. Reading the transcript helped a lot! I tried not to read ahead so I was reading at the same time I was listening (like subtitles).
  4. I caught more grammar, but tbh I was getting bored of listening to the same thing over and over so I ended up spacing out towards the end :sweat_smile:

There was one part where she talked about how she’s not used to snow so she likes it, but for people who live there it’s just troublesome, and man do I relate to that… I live somewhere that gets a lot of snow and even though it’s pretty it’s so annoying. In fact it was lightly snowing while I listened to the podcast, though it didn’t stick (edit 2 hrs later: IT’S SNOWING HARD NOW I’M GOING TO SCREAM. please it’s april, let it be spring, let me be free)

Ooh I’ve watched this series, it’s the only audiovisual thing I’ve actually finished in Japanese :smiley: It’s pretty good for listening practice imo! Some of the episodes have more of these long sentences than others (mainly the ones where Kaoru’s at work)

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:hot_pepper: April 1

Much less time spent listening than I hoped for today. Still, spent an hour on Zero Escape: 999. Then watched episode 7 of Quartet on Netflix. I should probably start the series from the beginning again. I was only passively tuning into the first few episodes and then realized I could follow the story well enough.

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