🔊 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge - Spring 2023 🌼 🌱

May 26th!

I had a lesson with my tutor today. We talked about the language exchange I went to last week, and she told me some funny stories about playing shiritori with some of her students. She also recommended I watch Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear.
We did some exam style listening questions, and I got 3/4 right, but I needed to listen to 2 of them a second time before answering which obviously I wouldn’t be able to do in a test :grin: I’m definitely improving though!

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May 26th
What did I listen to?: Akane goes to Hokkaido on a business trip and discovers the CUTEST HOTEL EVER
How much time did I spend listening?: ~26 min

I started off just planning to watch the first video. I feel like it can be summed up with one word: 雪 xD
I was like, eh, ok, this is fine, nothing too exciting. But then.
But then suddenly I see
シマエナガ HOTEL ROOM :sob: :sob:
For those who don’t know, or don’t remember from the Read Every Day challenge, this is シマエナガ

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The smallest, softest, roundest birb ever :pleading_face:
They were only there for a second, but a more in-depth video was teased, so I obviously had to go watch that video immediately. And I am dying, I am so upset that this was not going on while I was in Hokkaido, this is the CUTEST :sob: And we get to meet the man who makes the little シマエナガ decorations too, what a neat job :pleading_face: I love this hotel room so much, I want to go live there. I wonder if you got to keep the big squishy シマエナガ plushie. :eyes: I’m guessing probably not but I would hella buy it

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26/05/2023 :fairy:t5: Home Post Link

I watched this video by 日本語の森 and only realized that I’d already seen it after 3 mins of watching lol

So I watched this video about 日本人が会話でよく使う言葉 instead. It was really interesting that I could uderstand most words and recognise some relatively new ones. I did rely a lot on the Japanese subtitles though, so I might want to stop doing that slowly as I watch/listen more. also really nice that they showed a context, conversation, and explanation of the word all in Japanese!

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May 27, Sat of Week 9 of Spring Q2 2023 :cherry_blossom:

歴史 [80-82/90] - World War II

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May 27th!

Another lesson today.
We talked above moving, as my tutor moved into a new apartment last week.
We also talked about other topics like our plans for the weekend and I learned some new Japanese idioms.

I also told him that I’ve been getting mixed up between ~にしては and ~にしても so we went over that together.

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May 27th
What did I listen to?: Akane goes to a cake store
How much time did I spend listening?: ~12 min

This video was good except for the massive random product placement/ad in the middle :upside_down_face: Not really a fan of the “commercial” vibe. Those cakes and donuts look delicious though and I want to eat them all especially the kuma cake :pleading_face:

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I did 30 minutes with a new tutor yesterday as I want to focus on conversation. It was just daily life things so my understanding was about 95% but speaking was like 20%. “They” say if you consistently practice you will get better (which has been the case with reading and listening) so hopefully “they” are on to something with speaking as well.

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27/05/2023 :fairy:t5: Home Post Link

Watched another video from 日本語の. I’m really enjoying this series, it’s pretty funny and also a nice idea to learn.

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May 28, Sun of Week 9 of Spring Q2 2023 :cherry_blossom:

歴史 [83-84/90] - 戦後の日本

Places and names

Japanese food history, why current food

Parade 3 - 16-20 [4/4].

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May 28th
What did I listen to?: Akane goes to the supermarket in Hokkaido
How much time did I spend listening?: ~8 min

I don’t think I’ve ever seen udon, ramen etc. in refrigerated bags before :thinking: And it looks like you can just, like…eat it straight up from the bag?? …It’s probably a good thing that doesn’t exist here, I would eat it so much :eyes:

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May 28th!

Today I listened to two episodes of JapanesePod101’s Lower Intermediate Series.
It was the end of the story arc about a some old friend sending postcards to each other.

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28/05/2023 :fairy:t5: Home Post Link

I just watched a bunch of youtube entertainment/lesson shorts in Japanese for more than 15 mins so I’m counting that as practice.

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:cherry_blossom: Day 59, 5 月 29 日 :herb:

:headphones: Back to my Home Post

:hibiscus: Comprehensible Japanese - スマホを使っていろんな動作をしよう!
Another long video, this time acting out words for interacting with the smartphone. Maybe I should have done something shorter while I’m still sick? Eh, whatever.

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May 29, Mon of Week 10 of Spring Q2 2023 :cherry_blossom:

Kurzgesagt – 楽観的虚無主義 - YouTube. This one is from Gorbit’s list, but I have to try out the difficulty. OK with sub, but I just don’t like the artwork.

歴史 [85/90] - 冷戦の開始

Places and names
  • 国際連合(こくさいれんごう)   (国連(こくれん)) = United Nations - Wikipedia
  • 安全保障理事会(あんぜんほしょうりじかい) = United Nations Security Council - Wikipedia
  • 常任理事国(じょうにんりじこく) = Permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - Wikipedia
  • 西側陣営(にしがわじんえい) = Western Bloc - Wikipedia
    • 北大西洋条約機構(きたたいせいようじょうやくきこう) = NATO - Wikipedia, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • 東側陣営(ひがしがわじんえい) = Eastern Bloc - Wikipedia
    • ワルシャワ条約機構(じょうやくきこう) = Warsaw Treaty Organization (WTO), see Warsaw Pact - Wikipedia
  • 中華人民共和国(ちゅうかじんみんきょうわこく) = China - Wikipedia, officially the People’s Republic of China (PRC)
  • 朝鮮民主主義人民共和国(ちょうせんみんしゅしゅぎじんみんきょうわこく)   (北朝鮮(きたちょうせん)) = North Korea - Wikipedia, officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)
  • 大韓民国(だいかんみんこく)   (韓国(かんこく)) = South Korea - Wikipedia, officially the Republic of Korea
  • 朝鮮戦争(ちょうせんせんそう) = Korean War - Wikipedia

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29/05/2023 :fairy:t5: Home Post Link

I was walking alone today so I listened to 3 episodes from Japanese with Shun. The first two episodes went great in terms of comprehension, but I completely zoned out in the 3rd one and my focus went :chart_with_downwards_trend:

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May 29th
What did I listen to?: Akane in Tokyo
How much time did I spend listening?: ~13 min

More random hotel/restaurant staff conversations - going on the theory/hope that maybe if I watch a billion of them my brain will eventually be able to do them lol. But my hopes have been slightly crushed by the hotel conversation because why so fast ;_; I couldn’t even hear the words, much less understand what they all meant. Ngl I’m a little worried that I simply don’t have the ability to process words fast enough to competently understand Japanese :upside_down_face: Like I think I read somewhere that Japanese is just generally a “faster” language syllabically than English and I’m wondering whether the speed is just…going to exceed my auditory processing capacity, like I don’t know if I can operate at that speed :sweat_smile:

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May 29th!

Today I listened to one episode of JapanesePod101’s Lower Intermediate series.
I also listened to an episode of Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners, which was about intonation.

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May 30, Tue of Week 10 of Spring Q2 2023 :cherry_blossom:

But we're speaking Japanese! 日本語喋ってるんだけど - YouTube from Trunky’s post.

歴史 [86-87/90] - 独立の回復・緊張緩和

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30/05/2023 :fairy:t5: Home Post Link

I listened to one episode from Kona’s Big Adventure (from Satori Reader) today, instead of reading it. Ironically, listening to the episode was much easier because I was seeing the kanji and guessing the context even when I didn’t know the word hdjdj. This was a fun change though!

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May 30th!

Just a tiny listen today - an episode of Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners that was about everyday activities.

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