🔉 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge (Summer Edition) 🏖

July 30 :orange_square:

Finished Paprika. Like yesterday, I didn’t understand all that much, but I got the gist I believe, and I definitely enjoyed it!
Maybe that’s what I should be doing to let go of the anxiety of not understanding what’s going on: rewatch stuff I had watched a long time ago. :smiley:

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・SKM N2: Did the exercises on page 76-89.

Hi :durtle_hello: Haven’t made any updates since July 14th. I want to finish this textbook before I leave next week so I don’t have to bring it with me. Just a few more pages and then the mock exam left. I can do this :fire:

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July 30th.

I listened to another Core Words video from JapanesePod101 while writing my daily diary, and also listened to episode 36 of Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners. :slight_smile:

I might end up watching some anime later too, but I’m not sure yet!

(Home Post)

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:sound: Listening Room: Date 20220730 :loud_sound:

Day XXXIX: Mushimushi :bug:

Just a short NHK school vid about finding squishy mushi in the woods. I also played a bit of Nioh 2 but I’m not sure if that counts since there isn’t much dialogue and it’s mostly just angry yokai noises :thinking:

Anyway, I watched the mushi vid twice. I picked up more than I thought the first time, and more the second, so progress I guess?


:fire: !!頑張って!! :fire:

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LEDC
Week 5

July 30
Yuusuke & Kaito, episodes 7, 8 and 9.


Much better today. I’m more rested and probably the topics were a bit more relaxed this time. I really like the relationship of these two, I’m going to miss Kaito D: I’m also curious about why they didn’t keep doing it together, hopefully they mention something in the last episode or YUYU’s first episode.

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July 30th
What did I listen to?: Obey Me! post-recording interview
How much time did I spend listening?: about 14 min because I watched it twice

I’m back, ish. I skipped the last two days in both challenges, sort of on purpose, because I was just too busy trying to meet some work deadlines (I worked over 12 hours both yesterday and Thursday :sweat_smile: I finished the thing though, so that’s good). I just needed to put all my focus on that without worrying about keeping up with everything else, so I did. The thing that worries me the most about breaking any streak is not picking the thing back up again, so I’m happy I was able to do that today without too much difficulty!

I decided to get back into listening with more Obey Me! content :joy: I realized about halfway through my first watch-through that I wasn’t really focusing on the words properly, I was too distracted by the squishy sheep plushies and the generally adorable VAs you can hear hints of their character voices in their normal voices sometimes and I got distracted listening for that, is that a weird thing to be distracted by xD So I watched it through a second time and tried to focus more on catching the words (with some limited success - I still couldn’t really tell you much about what they said, though, unfortunately).

My favorite moments:

  • The way Satan’s VA hugs the sheep is just :pleading_face: I don’t know why he chose to do the interview in like the weirdest possible position though LMAO, like it does not look comfortable to sit and talk like that
  • Ayme-san going to sleep on a bench at the end of his interview (while inexplicably NOT using the squishy sheep as a pillow) I guess it might be rude to use MC as a pillow though LMAO if you’re not familiar with the game, MC is represented by a little sheep, so that’s why the sheep plushies are there
  • Baby Satoshi ft. Singing Squishy Sheep he put the headphones on the sheep, it’s so cute, I cannot
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It’s July 31, so here’s a small recap of my month. (I had not been updating my summary post with regularity, oooooops)

So I didn’t do as well this month as I wanted to, I did focused listening on 16 days. I don’t count short conversations that I have, or the ambient listening I do every day in my study journal, so in truth I have daily listening exposure, but most of the time it passes over my head like white noise. I count it as “listening” practice if it’s longer than 15 minutes at full attention.

I was sick in the first week of July, and the second to last week work was super hectic, so I just crashed when I got home, and that explains the low listening count, but this last week has been good, I’ve actually been able to listen every day. Hopefully I can keep that streak going into August.

In any case, even though I haven’t succeeded in the challenge so far, this thread has been great for recommendations, I’m really enjoying seeing what everyone is listening to. So thanks! 頑張ろう!

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Jul 31, Sun of Week 5 of Summer :beach_umbrella: 2022

Today’s story is 座敷童 (:studio_microphone:).

I have heard about these beings for ages. Also, I really want to understand narrator (Rickyy)'s voice.

Story impression

Wait! I still feel I don’t know enough about the beings, only know some of their powers.

Also, the vocabularies here, and Kanji compounds without supplied reading, are a little dense for me.


Yesterday, I watched Dr. Stone, which also has JP sub. I think some vocabularies are relatively difficult and I don’t know yet; but I can somewhat understand the story.

Regarding the vocabularies, there are going to be harder ones, that are simpler in meaning; and easier ones that are more complex in meaning. The latter are scary to study, while the former simply need some dedication to learn.


Monthly recap and way forward

Honestly, I can’t say that I have improved listening-wise for last 2 months of Listening Challenge (counting that 1 month of planning phase). More of manifestation of my reading studies and Reading Challenge earlier; and also of my vocabulary collection and some grammar points.

Certainly, if I know more vocabularies, I probably can tolerate more difficult vocabularies’ listening.

Perhaps listening is more of a linear comprehension skill, but for reading, I can always look a little ahead to see the particles and the whole sentences.

I think read-aloud with recording is good, and I would continue to do so everyday for the next month as well. Less than ideally, it doesn’t have to aloud, but then I can’t ensure I vocalize every words. Also, there won’t be a recording to listen and re-consider.

Engaging in a conversation, when done well, is helpful skill to have. It hinges on both listening reception and speaking production skills; but certainly, if not understood, we can ask back. (But then, I didn’t reserve any more italki classes yet. Also, haven’t found any speaking pals yet.)

Writing skills may receive some help from speaking skills as well.

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July 30 :blossom: Home Post

Just a bit more let’s play listening today! I feel like my listening stamina is getting better so that’s something :+1: Onward and upward!

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I’m low brain energy and tried to watch a few things that didn’t stick. Landing on watching a cooking video. It looked very tasty, but my partner hates eggplant so I’d have to make a small batch or hope it keeps as left overs.

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Looks good but too much work for me! If I’m doing eggplant, I’d either bake it or pan fry it until it’s soft and gets a little color then let it marinate in mentsuyu overnight and serve it as a side with a meal.

Or I’ll do the same first step, then make a garlic butter sauce to spread on top. Then bake some more and finish with a spread of Sriacha for a nice snack.

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July 31st!

Just a small bit of listening today because I spent longer than expected reading - I listened to Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners, Episode 37.

(Home Post)

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July 31 :yellow_square:

Today I (re)watched three episodes of Erased (僕だけがいない街) while dealing with a huge pile of ironing. And after a while… something magical happened. I realized I could follow along no problem. The moment I realized it, the moment I tried to focus on the words, I lost it. But when I focused on ironing again, it came back. I’m thinking, this is what I was trying to achieve when I wanted to “listen like a child”. My brain fills in the gaps and turns the scattered words it understands into a coherent whole. Obviously I miss a lot of details this way, but it’s so much less frustrating than trying to understand everything. I was honestly amazed by the experience. I just hope I can repeat it.

As a fun aside, this is the screen that greeted me today when I opened Netflix:


I’d never seen that “category” before. Does Netflix think I’m watching shows in Japanese because I have somehow failed to notice the English ones? :rofl:

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July 31st
What did I listen to?: Obey Me! Boys in the House Ep 1
How much time did I spend listening?: 18 min

I started this Youtube series today - trying to pace myself so I won’t be fumbling for things to listen to during the week when I’m busy :joy: But I love this so much lol, the seven VAs are so fun together :purple_heart:

Highlights (hidden for big pictures lmao)

When they’re talking about potentially making the sheep plushies available as merch, Baby Satoshi is a whole entire mood:

Same, sir. Same.

And I need to appreciate Baby Satoshi’s handwriting (calligraphy?) because wth, why is his handwriting so pretty all the time

Satan’s VA, on the other hand, wrote a kanji wrong :joy: (Bonus points if you spot it)

Answer: he forgot a line in 名, leading them to joke that it actually says クロ探偵 xD I was pleased that I was able to understand this joke :joy: And then Beel’s VA:

:joy: Savage

I love them and I can’t wait to watch more of these xD

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:sound: Listening Room: Date 20220731 :loud_sound:

Day XL: Soap Bubbles :bubbles:

NHK school vid. Today I learnt how to make soap bubbles. I think this one is meant for really small children :rofl:

But I didn’t have that much trouble understanding, I think I understood like 90% of what was being said, so now I can say with confidence that I have the listening abilities of a four year old! :boom:
It was probably that of a two year old before I started this listening challenge, so I guess that’s a start at least.

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LEDC
Week 5
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July 31
Yuusuke & Kaito, episode 10.

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I started watching Prince of Legend (trailer) and it’s exactly what I need right now. A great level for me re: vocab/grammar/speed and it’s an utterly ridiculous premise. I have some really good shows I need to finish but they’re all emotionally heavy and I’m not in the mood for that at all lately.

I’m Team 先生

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It’s so ridiculous :joy: :joy: I love it! I’m team ヤンキー王子 myself based on the trailer :joy:

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July 31 :blossom: Home Post

I’m currently thoroughly invested in playing バディミッションBOND so not a whole lot of listening, just some more let’s play stuff and that Prince of Legend trailer courtesy of @pocketcat; I’m gonna have to watch that sometime huh :laughing: Looks very much like the kind of chaotic nonsense I can get behind lmao.

Oh I guess that’s a month down huh; I’ve managed to do some listening every day so far so that’s something! I’m definitely still significantly lacking in the listening skills department but it’s getting easier I think, and this is certainly the way to make progress :blush: Glad to be in it together!

Omg, of all the ones to mess up :joy:

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Aug 1, Mon of Week 6 of Summer :beach_umbrella: 2022

Today’s story is 桃太郎 (:studio_microphone:).

This one is just too sleepy for my tastes, but I just want to read a long version. Also, a lot of 塗り絵 extras.

Story impression

A lot of vocabularies today.

Also, a GetBackers’ story

Then I found this one from YouTube suggestions. Looks fun, and I can somewhat understand the audio (and I can read.)


Yesterday I finished reading Death Note Vol.3, and watched Death Note EP.11. Even with some vocabularies known, I still feel I don’t pick up enough.

I guess, vocabularies aside, it still somehow depends on sentence structures and sound changes.

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