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・Hiiki Biiki podcast episode 149 (continued). Topic: Star Wars. Length: 1 hour.
They started talking about one of the movies I haven’t seen yet, mentioned Kylo Ren and Finn and the new red robot whose name I didn’t catch. I tried turning the speed up to 1.5x, my audio player app doesn’t have anything between that and 1x. A bit too fast to catch everything, sometimes sounds were just unintelligible mumbling, but went surprisingly okay. Saved me some time when I should really be going to sleep.
ゆる言語学ラジオ, episode 7 → 33 min.
Today’s episode was way too difficult. These guys can throw so many sentences until coming to a stop, it’s insane. Paired with ridiculous speech speed. I wonder if I should leave this one until I improve a bit more… . I don’t know, I’m at that point where I think Nihongo con Teppei doesn’t push my limits and I need something a bit harder, but this one in particular is still a bit too much, probably. What they talk about is super interesting but it sucks missing half of it ;-; . I might try さくら通信 next.
E: On another note, I’m interested in ひいきびいき too
but I was not very comfortable downloading the torrent without a VPN… I won’t lie, I don’t know exactly how torrent works, and didn’t want my IP leaking out there. That’s the reason I haven’t really listened to it yet. It used to be one very recommended everywhere a few years ago. In fact if someone could enlighten my ignorance about torrent safety I would appreciate it. FURTHER EDIT: I should clarify, legal torrenting, which I think this is, right? The authors gave permissions for the podcast to be downloaded and stored, if I remember correctly?
last edit: nevermind all that, it’s apparently fully uploaded on archive.org.
This is true! And it’s where I’ve been listening.
If you use a VPN, having one of those (properly configured to work through torrenting software) is a good way to keep your IP obscured when torrenting, too.
IIRC there are also services that torrent things for you and then give you simple download files, but you’d have to pay for that and I imagine you don’t have enough reason to seek that out.
Today I watched 4 episodes of the final season of Fruits Basket. Only 3 episodes left now… I’m going to be sad when I don’t have any more to watch I think. Need to start thinking about what to watch next.
I also listened to JapanesePod101’s Upper Beginner Season 1, Lesson 4. This series focuses on teaching Keigo via listening to announcements and recorded messages. Todays was an example of calling a Customer Server phoneline outside of business hours. There were plenty of words I didn’t catch since my Keigo is pretty terrible but I got the gist of the whole example so I was really pleased.
I continue to watch terrible romcoms. The dumber the plot the better. Preference given to anything not involving high school students. I’m getting a bit bored of it though so might return to my regularly scheduled programming of audiobooks, crime shows, and random things on youtube.
What did I listen to?: はじめてのおつかい
How much time did I spend listening?: 1 episode (15 min)
I ended being at work late and I knew I wasn’t going to want to do anything when I got home, so I smartly decided to watch an episode of this on my phone while I was riding the train home xD Not a lot of listening, but better than nothing.
Jul 15, Fri of Week 3 of Summer 2022
Today’s story is かや泥棒の長八郎 (). Seems to be a famous 裁き from 大岡・越前
One way to look at it, is how to judge so as to retain real relationships, not making grudges and hardships for everyone? Yet, appropriately warn and make a lesson.
Yesterday I watched やがて君になる to the end (EP13), but I don’t feel like it has ended. Watched an EP on smartphone (Netflix app), and didn’t require Language Reactor and PC/laptop. (Actually, right now, I use Language Reactor mostly just to download subtitles.)
Also tried Doctor X, which appears difficult to me, even with subtitle (albeit interesting), so I watched only the beginning of it. I might need to learn more medical vocabularies first, perhaps from ブラックジャックによろしく manga series?
Not many JP series on Netflix has JP sub for me, but of course the above two series have one. Another one that has sub in my region (タイ) is Berserk.
となりの怪物くん looks funny and cute so far.
July 14 Home Post
Today I just watched another let’s play and another episode of べるぜバブ, so nothing too crazy! It’s all still generally going pretty well, though it’s definitely more of an effort to get myself to do even a fraction of the amount I do with reading but hey it all add up either way
The only non-Cities Skylines ones I’ve watched are these:
It’s this platformer where you have to die and use your previous corpses to proceed which really just feels like someone made a game targeted for him specifically It’s been fun though! I definitely feel like they’re easier than a lot of the Cities Skylines videos, more like ongoing reactions and less city planning terminology haha.
Today I didn’t have time to waste looking for the best video to watch, so I just semi-randomly picked the “I Love Sushi” playlist from the Japan Foundation YouTube channel. It was much more interesting than I expected! The first episode especially focuses on the history of sushi, which apparently looked very different in its original form. . The next episode was on 握り寿司, and the final one on local sushi varieties. This was also very interesting. I didn’t have my full attention on the videos, and there was a lot of vocabulary I didn’t recognize, but I understood adequately, I believe. (that wouldn’t be the case if it weren’t for the visual element, I’m sure).
Thank you, I needed that reminder.
I do tend to forget that brains need down-time too…
Just tried the first and yeah, that was a fun one, thanks!
I’m almost done with 殺人ライセンス having listened to more of it yesterday in addition to a couple more episodes of terrible TV. I expect I’ll finish it tomorrow as I have <2 hours left in the audiobook and I’m taking the bus this afternoon and tomorrow as well. I’m so far a bit disappointed with it, but suspect that for someone just getting into listening or wanting an easier novel it might still be exciting. The writing feels pretty low effort, though, and the plot just barely moves along.
Also I listened to the preview of ペッパーズ・ゴースト and while it seemed pretty easy to listen to, I guess I hadn’t paid attention when I added it to my wishlist?! Seems like a major part of the plot involves people tracking down people who kill (and possibly torture?) cats. Like I sympathize with the motive, but there’s no way I’m reading/listening to that plot line
Shouting it out to @Daisoujou though as a possible next audio ‘read’. Sample on Audible here
Thank you! Yeah that’s been on my mind a little, what I’m going to do next. With the addition of Dragon Quest and the VN club starting I was wondering how much I’d be able to manage a book too, but I think I probably want to try. And this method has definitely seemed very helpful so it’s probably best I look for another audio option. Animal cruelty’s one of the most upsetting things for me but I have an almost limitless tolerance for unpleasant content in fiction so it wouldn’t stop me. I’ve glanced a little at おやすみ、夢なき子 which I remember you recommending, but now can’t recall if that was in the context of it having an audiobook or not.
There’s also just stuff I want to read, like Goth, 告白, honestly still want to check out コンビニ人間 at some point… and a whole bunch of other things, but I haven’t looked into if the various books bouncing around in my head have audiobooks or not.
It does not which is a shame because I absolutely loved that book.
硝子の塔の殺人 which I’m reading right now has an audiobook, but it’s a pretty significant jump from スマホを落としただけなのに in terms of speaking style/vocab breadth/etc. Obviously 殺人ライセンス is an easy listen, but I hesitate to recommend it because frankly it’s boring me. 宮部みゆき has a couple books made into audiobooks and their work is generally quite good, 屍人荘の殺人 | L32 has an audiobook if you don’t mind something more light-novely (I started listening to it but the style wasn’t doing anything for me. Might revisit it).
I really wish the Japanese audiobook market was more expansive! It’s getting there, but not fast enough for me
Hmm, they both sound pretty fun. I don’t think I’ve ever actually read a light novel but I like to think my tastes are broad (and I tolerate the indulgences that visual novels go into haha) so I don’t think I’d mind. Should definitely try sometime anyway. Don’t think I’m necessarily opposed to pushing slightly harder. Will definitely consider those, thanks!
This has an audiobook! It’s on the more straightforward side of things I’ve listened to as well.
Excellent, thank you! That’s a strong contender for next then because I think it’s pretty short, and I do actually already have the ebook. Probably going to do that next then when it’s over, if I haven’t changed my mind, start looking at those earlier recommendations for a next step.
Your post inspired me to find this hikibiki podcast internet archive, where I started to listen to number 149, even though I couldn’t see the title. I didn’t know much of the Vocabulary, I think.
Huh… upon reading further, I see that rikai posted the archive link above, as well.
I have the book and audiobook for コンビニ人間, and I pre-read the book in English book last year… then I sort of dropped the whole project… It did use everyday language, IMHO… I did a lot of extensive listening to the audiobook, but didn’t read and intensively suck out Vocabulary… I don’t think that I tried to make an anki deck out of the WaniKani vocabulary soreadsheet, yet, either. (did anybody? is there one floating around the interwebs?)
I listened to Episode 19 of Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners and understood everything pretty comfortably.
Also watched another episode of Fruits Basket with subs. I’m probably going to watch more tonight, but its a few minutes to midnight here and I wanted to write up update while its still “today”
Jul 16, Sat of Week 3 of Summer 2022
Today’s story is 鐘突き堂を守ったカニ ().
Battle of the crabs
Just today, I realize I should download the audio file (right-click from Hukumusume HTML5 audio player, otherwise use
youtube-dl to download from YouTube) and import into Audacity for easy rewind and pinpointing the starting location.
Yesterday, I went shopping, so listening to Podbean for about half an hour; then in the evening, I went jogging (mostly walking actually) for about a hour and a half; so in total, listened for about 2 hours. However, I didn’t catch much – there were a lot of names of すごい人 and the praise.
I tried watching Sushi history from Japan Foundation – I felt I still don’t understand enough (unless I were to study it). Another one I watched is かまへんライダー. Also, if you look at the Kanji for ひょうきん, it uses an exceptional reading.
Hiiki Biiki might be listenable from mobile from
archive.org website. (I never knew
archive.org has that capability.) Also of course it can be downloaded (total of a few GB). I might try later.