🔊 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge - Spring 2023 🌼 🌱

May 19, Fri of Week 8 of Spring Q2 2023 :cherry_blossom:

Parade 2 - 1 first half [1/4].

May 20, Sat of Week 8 of Spring Q2 2023 :cherry_blossom:

Parade 2 - 1 latter half [2/4].

歴史 [69-71/90] - around World War 1 which overlaps with 大正時代

Places and names

YUYU on the time of weakness.

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May 20th
What did I listen to?: もしもしゆうすけ at the conbini
How much time did I spend listening?: ~32 min

How many times did he need to go to the conbini to make this video :joy: I’m glad it was a lot though, I thought it was helpful to see it over and over again (with a few natural variations). Also, I wanna eat one of those perfect swirly ice cream cones that comes in a plastic container?? I don’t think that exists here :weary:

Forever thankful that the registers in Japan just show you the amount because I don’t think I caught a single complete number in all these conversations :joy: I get like parts of numbers but then miss the rest.

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May 20th!

Today I went to a Japanese Language Exchange meetup in a nearby town.
We talked about lots of different topics including VR games, keeping a diary, being left handed and a local sushi restaurant.
I also learned a nice new word: 日向ぼこ which means “basking in the sun”.

For the last few minutes of the meetup, all of the groups sat together and we played Shiritori. I’ve never played before so I was please to have people to play with - Its harder than I expected though!

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20/05/2023 :fairy: Home Post Link

as usual, one episode from Japanese with Shun. I’m always so surprised and jelly with how this dude did hitchhiking, couchsurfing, solo travelling and so much more at a very young age. when is it my turn :weary:

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:hot_pepper: May 20

極主夫道 once again. Reviewed the episode I ended on last night.

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:cherry_blossom: Day 51, 5 月 21 日 :herb:

:headphones: Back to my Home Post

:hibiscus: Comprehensible Japanese いくつ?①人や動物の数え方
The dreaded counter video. First half was entirely 人, then came 匹(ひき) (small animals), 頭(とう) (big animals), 羽(わ) (flying animals), with a bonus round for 枚(まい) (flat objects, here: photos). I’ll need to look a bit more in how those rendaku, 匹 especially.

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May 21, Sun of Week 8 of Spring Q2 2023 :cherry_blossom:

Parade 2 - 2 first half [3/4]. And then rewind to 2 - 1, but it’s quite long.

歴史 [72-74/90] - Asia and Japan

Places and names

Japanese with Teppei and Noriko #30-32. Conversation practice, but cutting off at weird places, urging to continue.

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21/05/2023 :fairy:t5: Home Post Link

watched this vlog - これが日本の「一人焼肉」です. It was really fun, I think I might subscribe or check out other vidoes by this person too. I’d say the difficulty was around N5-N4, so it worked in my favor! the conversation exchanges were way too fast for me, so I had to reduce the playback speed for those, but otherwise, i could understand things pretty well.

also, i have absolutely no idea how people eat alone in restaurants. I would do the dead-stare thing at everyone and die of awkwardness. I’d rather buy the food and eat somewhere less crowded lol

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May 21th
What did I listen to?: もしもしゆうすけ eating out
How much time did I spend listening?: ~32 min

Making me cringe as I recall how insanely awkward and probably inadvertently/unknowingly rude I was when I tried to eat at restaurants in Japan :see_no_evil: :see_no_evil: :see_no_evil: No lie, I would sometimes just buy a bunch of stuff from the conbini and/or take an ekiben back to my hotel room so I didn’t have to do this :joy: Some people enjoy going out to eat on vacation but I am absolutely not one of those people, even when language barrier is not an issue - like I enjoy food but the process of trying to figure out where/how to get it is probably the most stressful part of vacation for me tbh. It doesn’t seem like it should be that hard but I never know what I’m doing, every restaurant is different and when I don’t know what to expect, I forget how to be a person and then die of embarrassment when I’m confused and/or say something dumb :see_no_evil: Like yes I am always “successful” in the sense that I obtain the food but god, at what cost :upside_down_face: Ugh, now cringing at the last time I tried to eat at a restaurant/bar while traveling - why am I so DUMB, like how do people just know how stuff works. Thank god I don’t ever have to go there again. Anyway…it would be nice if I could one day be more confident in my language skills so that they are at least not adding to the baseline awkwardness of me eating in an unfamiliar restaurant xD I feel like I would have to watch this video about a hundred more times though :upside_down_face:

He didn’t go to one of these in the video, but I like the places where you can just go around and pick out some pastries and stick 'em on a tray. Simple and tasty xD I definitely rely on the ease of obtaining pastries way too much while in Japan lmao, but like…they’re tasty, they’re everywhere, they come in fun/interesting flavors and varieties, savory or sweet, they don’t require any preparation or talking…perfect food for awkward bread-lovers like myself

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May 21st!

I had a lesson with one of my tutors today. We talked about work, and about the language exchange that I went to yesterday and then he taught me some Japanese idioms, so that was fun :slight_smile:

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I have had so many awkward and terrible interactions at restaurants in Japan. I just… try not to think about it :sob:

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I decided to try listening to an audiobook that I dabbled in before, 教団X, which has a movie trailer like ad for the book here. Last time I tried it I struggled a lot to stay focused and completely lost it during a chapter where a man was…basically rambling incoherently. I think I got most of it this time, although I did still lose focus a couple times so ‘blurry’ parts are higher than for other books. I think I might continue it because the difficulty isn’t too high, but I’m less sure I’ll finish it if my attention keeps drifting.

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:cherry_blossom: :seedling: 5月17日 -21日 :seedling: :cherry_blossom: (Home Post Link)

I honestly kinda lost track of what I was listening to again. I did make sure to do at least a bit every day, but was really trying to focus on making sure I got all my reading and other studying done. I watched a few short videos, some cooking stuff, and then some mio stream bits and pieces, listened to some japanese language music, as well as watched a few anime episodes with subs, but not going to try to untangle them day by day.

Now that I’m settled back into work, it actually ends up being a super good thing for my listening practice! I started back as a delivery driver, so I have a lot of time in the car to listen to stuff.

(Today) Listened:

  • YUYUの日本語Podcast ep 1-5 – these are not short episodes lmao, about 20 minutes each. I was hoping to spend all of my driving time today listening, but eventually kinda reached my limit and put on music. Still japanese language music, but much less demanding

If anyone has good intermediate japanese podcast recommendations (on spotify, preferably), I absolutely would love to hear them! I grabbed a few from a tofugu post: 4989, learn japanese with small talk, and this yuyu podcast (I already knew him from youtube, so I picked those for today), but I could definitely use more. I am driving though, so obviously I cannot stop to look up unknown words or even jot down ones to look up later, so trying to stick to stuff that’s at least comprehensible enough to follow the general shape of conversation

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May 22, Mon of Week 9 of Spring Q2 2023 :cherry_blossom:

日本語の森 Go Up to Tokyo Tower

Parade 2 - 2 latter half [4/4]

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:cherry_blossom: Day 52, 5 月 22 日 :herb:

:headphones: Back to my Home Post

:hibiscus: Comprehensible Japanese

Not much to say today. Concentration isn’t the best but these videos are so cute I am charmed into watching them attentively reagrdless.

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May 22nd!

Another lesson today! Today was with a new teacher so that was fun. We did self introductions and then chatted about several topics including work, hobbies and favourite foods.

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May 22nd
What did I listen to?: 日本語の森 goes to Tokyo Tower (thanks for linking @polv :bowing_woman:)
How much time did I spend listening?: ~8 min

This was so…understandable???
I could actually hear all the words, didn’t even need the subtitles that much :sob: Amazing
Also the sakura projection was magical, that’s so pretty :pleading_face: :sparkles:

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I started watching a random movie from my backlog, ファーストラブ (despite the title, it’s a thriller, not a romance), and it’s very good but also rather difficult for me. I struggle with more formal speech and sentences like this:

私のほうも彼女から聞いた話で裁判に有利になりそうなことがあれば本人の承諾を得た上であなたに話すから

which I do fine with in books I cannot keep up in speech. My brain was like “something my side, something trial, something consent, I’ll tell you” :dizzy_face:
(it means like, “On my end, if she tells me anything that would be advantageous in the trial, I’ll let you know after obtaining her consent”)

But the atmosphere. The complicated relationships. The mysterious motive for murder. It’s apparently based on a book that won the Naoki prize which I kind of guessed just from the way it’s unfolding. I feel like movies based on books just have a certain vibe to them.

Anyways, here’s the trailer:

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22/05/2023 :fairy:t5: Home Post Link

thanks to @windupbird, I ended up watching a video they tagged a few days back. this was the longest time I’ve spent on listening ever since I started this challenge lol

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May 23, Tue of Week 9 of Spring Q2 2023 :cherry_blossom:

歴史 [75/90] - 新しい文化と生活

Places and names

I will probably relisten to Parade 3 - 1-5 [1/4]. Having short chapters is a plus, so that I can (read and) summarize each chapter easier.

I’ve found a nice Japanese people’s travelling. Insta-subscribe.

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