🔉 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge (Summer Edition) 🏖

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!


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.


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.


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.

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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


: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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July 31
Yuusuke & Kaito, episode 10.


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


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


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:


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.


August 1 :green_square:

Limited time today (I expect most of August to be like this), so I just watched a video on how to make Rolled Omelette. Then I proceeded to make said omelette :grin:
It didn’t come out as pretty because I don’t have a rectangle pan like that, but it was surprisingly tasty and ふわふわ! And ぷるぷる :joy:
By the way, it was the first time I used chopsticks in cooking, and they are surprisingly handy. Who needs all those kitchen tools when there are chopsticks!


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Another good week down! :blush:

I broke my streak on Sunday, but that was still a solid 21 days of purposeful, daily listening in a row. I’m pretty proud of that.

Looking back at July, I didn’t get in as varied a listening exposure as I’d have liked, ideally… but that was still a whole bunch of listening I don’t usually do. I’m particularly happy about finishing the audiobook for Kiki.

Maybe I’ll start another one for August…? We’ll see! I’m super undecided where I want to lay my focus. :sweat_smile: It’d be nice if I could manage to set a new streak record!


25: Watched a Sanbonjuku video on a proper self introduction shared here. I like his channel, been a while since I last tuned in. :slight_smile: I also played this week’s part of Loopers.
26: Couple episodes of terrace house.
27: And another couple episodes of terrace house. 10 11 down, 37 to go. Or something like that.
28: More Terrace House, and the first episode of 初めてのお使い on Netflix.
29: Listened to a 26 minute long episode of The Real Japanese podcast. x.X
30: Getting home after a long day of work, mindlessly browsing the forum before bed… I noticed I hadn’t listened yet! I went to the FNN news YouTube channel @Myria shared in the jlpt thread. The first video was 3 minutes long. I listened 2 times, then one more time while perusing the transcript to catch the last 2 words I was missing. :sweat_smile:
31: … I planned to play Loopers as my listening for the day, but that didn’t happen. Lots of moving prep and a visit from a friend happened instead. I kind of forgot I hadn’t listened to anything yet. :sweat_smile: We played some Taiko no Tatsujin, but I don’t think I can count the background はやし立て as listening. Oh well.

25 :video_game: 26 :tv: 27 :tv: 28 :tv: 29 :studio_microphone: 30 :earth_asia: 31 :heavy_multiplication_x:

偽計業務妨害 is a word…


:sound: Listening Room: Date 20220801 :loud_sound:

Day XLI: Clay :brick:

NHK school vid.

About making things out of clay! Think this one said it was in the 5-6 age range, which is a bit higher than me at the moment, I think my comprehension was at about 50-60%, must train ears further.


August 1st!

Today I watched an episode of Shirokuma Cafe (with subs), I could understand a fair amount of it but not enough to follow what was happening without the subs!
I also listened to Episode 38 of Nihongo con Teppei for beginners.

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Week 6

Yuusuke & Kaito, episode 11.


Aug 2, Tue of Week 6 of Summer :beach_umbrella: 2022

Today I watched 宝 on ひょうたんからコトバ. It might be understandable without or with subtitle, however, honestly, maybe not sufficient?..

Even then, there is always a full transcript on the side.


沈黙は金、雄弁は銀。 Nonetheless, it’s always hard for both reaching out, gauging what people really feel.

Yesterday I found WIRED.jp, but it is spoken English anyway (with JP sub).

By chance, I also found SPY x FAMILY’s アーニャ commentary by Onnomappu. And it’s mildly interesting. (That Anya’s face always broke me. I think it is in Vol.2.) Actually, I can understand this one pretty well without sub.

Then I read-aloud 浦島太郎 (listened first) (:studio_microphone:).

Story impression

One way to put it, is the princess girl tricked MC to be unable to return to former times, passing the point of no return. I guess MC is just pure and gullible…

I am not sure if the given Box has a taste of regrets?


August 1 :blossom: Home Post

Today’s a sleepy day so I just watched some more let’s play stuff! Though I guess that isn’t really different from any other day haha, but hey consistency!