🔉 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge (Summer Edition) 🏖

July 17 :blossom: Home Post

Nothing too crazy today, just some more let’s play stuff. It feels like listening is getting less taxing maybe? It’s still significantly more energy for me than reading ever is, but it’s gradually getting easier so that’s good!


How’s the practice? Just checking in on you. :slight_smile:

1 Like

Heya, thought I might join in a bit late, as I’ve been listening to stuff anyway, mostly podcasts and such.

01 02 03
04 05 06 07 08 09 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

Currently listening to


:grin:except for 1 or 2 days i have been listening for about 2 to 4 hours a day extensively. My understanding of anything other than behinner con teppei is not any better but I will be listening over the episodes I went through previously (yuyu podcasts and bite sized Japanese) intenstively with their subtitles.
Much appreciated

11 :tv: 12 :studio_microphone: 13 :studio_microphone: 14 :headphones: 15 :studio_microphone: 16 :studio_microphone: 17 :studio_microphone:

See my home post for the full calendar~

It’s time for another weekly recap! Look at this beautiful, full week. :blush: I can’t believe I made it.

I ended up listening to podcasts a lot, which seems to be the least demanding of these activities? It makes sense, sort of. They tend to be shorter than an episode of most TV shows, or a chapter of Kiki.

I honestly expected to watch more youtube, but oh well, this is what happened. Not having to watch a screen while you’re listening does help.

Anyway, here’s my recap for the week: Finished 未来日記S2, chapter 6 of 魔女の宅急便, as well as a bunch of The real Japanese Podcast and an episode of 内向ゲイと左右と上下, another podcast.

Way too detailed breakdown

11: Watched the last two eps of 未来日記! I love it. It’s such a ridiculous concept but somehow done so well.
12: I searched for (and found) a variety of Podcasts to listen to. First one: The Real Japanese Podcast EP 1. I’d listened to a couple random episodes of this podcast before, so I decided to go with what I already knew for a start and listened to the first episode!
13: Went through The Real Japanese podcast archive and downloaded the episodes I’m most interested in. I might just start by going through these rather than in order… ‘Just’ being relative, I marked 48 episodes, ranging from 10-20+ minutes. :sweat_smile: This day I listened to the 3 earliest episodes she made about corona. 4 left, then I think I’ll listen to the travel related ones for some inspo for my next Japan trip.
14: Kiki Chapter 6! 37 minutes. Left it for too late, before bed. Almost fell asleep a couple times. :zzz:
15: Listened to another corona episode from The Real Japanese podcast, this one from August 21. We’re getting closer to recent news, haha. It’s interesting letting it all pass review through someone else’s eyes like this. Listened to the same episode twice, because I listened while making pickles out of cucumbers… And I wasn’t sure how much I was actually processing. :smiley: I’m not good at multitasking, nope.
16: Full day of work. Got home around 0:20 am, didn’t feel up to intensive listening. Scrolled through the Japanese language section of the German audible contents and stumbled upon a podcast that seemed interesting (内向ゲイと左右と上下). The first episode was just an introduction of the host and the podcast concept, so I didn’t mind not being able to pay it my full attention so much. May relisten at some point if I feel like it. :slight_smile:
17: …what felt like all the podcasts. I will be watering my mum’s garden while she’s away this upcoming week, starting today. So I spent an hour and a half ish doing that today (also picking raspberries :yum:), all the while listening to the real Japanese Podcast. I finished the (obviously) COVID related podcasts, and then also listened to one on Japanese slang (familiar terms, but it was interesting to hear her explain about the nuances anyways) as well as two or three travel related ones! I was especially excited about the 小豆島 one, because a couple episodes of 未来日記 played there. :eyes:


Jul 18, Mon of Week 4 of Summer :beach_umbrella: 2022

Today’s story is 安珍清姫 (:studio_microphone:).

Anchin-inside [object Object]

I don’t understand that well, but 安珍 incident happened at 道成寺(どうじょうじ) in year 929. (A story from 和歌山(わかやま)県, so the temple is there; but I think the bell isn’t even at that temple anymore.)

Mostly clearly, I feel can’t differentiate between 安珍(あんちん) and 安心(あんしん)してください well…

Just as last week, my weekly plan is in another topic – So, watching anime without sub is part of the plan, probably just Death Note.

Otherwise, I continued to watch the same old ラブコメ series (which has JP sub).


Home post

Week 3
:confetti_ball: 1 0 0 % :confetti_ball:

July 16
Monster Hunter World videos on YouTube
Part of a Nihongo con Teppei Live on YouTube

July 17
Monster Hunter World videos on YouTube

Super hooked on MH World lately so that’s what I’ve done this weekend. I want to watch some Ghibli on Netflix this week :o


Oh my goodness I love 仮面病棟. I think I’m biased a bit from seeing the movie first, but listening to this audiobook is just excellent. I’m picking up all these little details that point to the final “unveiling” of the twists and for the first time I’m fine listening to an audiobook sitting down and don’t have to be walking about or doing chores to enjoy it.
I looked into the author out of curiosity and found out he’s a doctor, which honestly makes a lot of sense. Both this book and 硝子の塔の殺人 have quite a lot of medical themes, and in both the main character is a doctor.

At the rate I’m going I’ll probably finish this book this week (:scream:) and will need to find another audiobook to listen to. I do actually have some others I started and haven’t finished, but none of them really excite me. I guess I could try listening to 不機嫌な果実 which I gather to be about a married woman having an affair and is supposed to be rather saucy? I bought it back in 2020 with an overly ambitious goal to practice listening with it and understood next to nothing :joy: but I listened to a few minutes a couple months back and I think I’ve improved enough to tackle it.


:sound: Listening Room: Date 20220718 :loud_sound:

Day XXVII: : あわてふろしき :octopus:

Listened to today’s Edo tale!

Still having a hard time listening along, but with things that happen to be in Japanese that I’m casually listening to/watching (like gaming/Pokemon) it feels like I can pick out more words and phrases, not sure if that’s just my imagination or not, or if all this listening is working :thinking:


July 18th.

I listened to two episodes of Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners today.

I find it hard to focus on listening when there is anything to distract me so I tried closing my eyes to help. The result was that it took me ages to manage to listen to both of the episodes because I kept falling asleep :rofl:
In my defence, its really hot here and I’ve been really busy at work lately so I’m pretty tired out, but it was only about 6pm. :sweat_smile:
I got there in the end!

(Home Post)


Jul 19, Tue of Week 4 of Summer :beach_umbrella: 2022

Today’s story is 良寛 (:studio_microphone:).


Yesterday, I watched Death Note EP.10, which is just as satisfying as ever. However, no sub and I might not catch many things well. I wonder if I should study subtitle? [1] Also, what about the audio? Do they need to be extracted and segmented?

In the end, it’s also about the balance of time and energy… and psychology of mine.

  1. I know the subtitle source isn’t so legal… ↩︎


Home post

Week 4

July 18
古見さんは、コミュ障です。 episodes 23 and 24.

Watched the last two episodes of the season I think? That did look like a season end to me. I’ve really enjoyed this series even with a couple things I didn’t like, that was fun! Sucks that it’s over tho ;-; cute protagonists.


July 18 :blossom: Home Post

Today I watched a bit more let’s play stuff and then the next episode of よふかしのうた. I still did it without subtitles and I got most of it I think! It’s definitely a different comprehension experience than reading though :joy: but hey it’s all progress!


:sound: Listening Room: Date 20220719 :loud_sound:

Day XXVIII: : 良寛 :bamboo:

I also listened to today’s folktale on Hukumusume, from Niigata prefecture!

:heavy_check_mark: Two Episodes of Pokemon


Update 13th-19th:

13th - kung Panda 2, 80 minutes of Gackt, Over the moon (ultraluminary), Rainych - blinding lights (Japanese)

14th - Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild, 80 minutes of Gackt, Over the moon (ultraluminary), Rainych - blinding lights (Japanese), Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone chapter 3.

15th - intermediate short stories for Japanese learners 青森ねぶた祭り

16th - Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone chapter 4

17th - Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone chapter 5

18th - Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone chapter 6

19th - Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone chapter 7

Notes: I’ve listened to Harry Potter before, nearer the start of my language learning journey, but noticed this time I’m actually picking up a lot of the non Katakana words so can follow the story better (even though I know it pretty well in English). I think next timeI listen to it, I’ll also read along with so I can try to pick up more of the grammar and kanji/ vocabulary in context.


So listening to episodes of Bite Sized Japanese from the beginning but with subtitles this go around and the jump in my understanding is making me happy (just now got to Level 12 of WaniKani).

Go figure huh. I mean the ultimate goal is being able to understand 80 to 90 % without subs but I keep having to remind myself that even though I started studying Japanese 8 months ago, I am still very much middle beginner (N5 vocab and grammar still outside of Wanikani) so I must feel proud and keep going and improving.


July 19th!

Today I listened to episode 24 of Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners.
I also watched 2 episodes of Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (with subs).

I’m hoping to build up my listening stamina a bit during this challenge since I find it really hard to focus on listening. My listening comprehension needs work too, but my main problem is that my mind just wanders off after a few minutes and I stop actually hearing anything!
Nihongo con Teppei is a good length for me right now though, so thats a good starting point.

(Home Post)



You surely understand that I cannot let you walk away without sharing the link :grin:

pretty please :pray:


I’m now 50% done with 仮面病棟 having listened to another decent chunk while commuting. This puts me at right after they find the body of the murdered nurse for those who saw the movie version. On track to finish by this weekend.
I think I found something to read after which I’m excited about:

Just look at that subline! 同窓会で出会ったら殺したい人はいますか? :joy:


I’m just watching it on Crunchyroll! No JP subs unfortunately :frowning: but I’ve wanted to watch it for ages so settled for english subs.