🔉 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge (Summer Edition) 🏖

Today’s episode was really good. Dealing with “ki” in all its different contexts is a challenge but this helps a good deal!

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August 22nd.

Today I listened to Episode 49 of Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners.
I also watched 3 episodes of Teasing Master Takagi-san, with english subs - I should probably stop since I’m reaching the point where some of the stories are chapters from the manga that I haven’t read yet which feels weirdly like cheating? - but its been really fun to watch with my husband so I’m planning to carry on anyway.

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Week 9

8月22日

  • YUYUの日本語ポッドキャスト ep 4.
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August 22 :blossom: Home Post

Oh boy it’s school season again, time to figure out how to keep up with everything :laughing: but on the plus side, my Japanese course this semester is taught entirely in Japanese which a. is just generally good practice but also b. can count as listening practice if I want :eyes: I’m still gonna generally try to do my own practice (it’s not like it’s every day anyway) but for today that’s the one! It’s kinda nice to be in a more structured environment again, and it’s always a big confidence boost to see how far I’ve come in comparison to something more concrete :blush:

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I’ve done pretty consistent listening this month, looking over my study journal. I took a language workshop every day for 2 weeks (not weekends) and that was fully in Japanese, so it involved quite a bit of speaking and listening. This last week I traveled with English speakers in Japan, but I was pretty excited that I was able to communicate with basically all the staff and employees. I solved our problems at the train stations, I ordered food, I contacted bus companies to get a forgotten item returned, etc etc. It was nice to take a break from focused studying and see how competent I had become at the basics, even though my level isn’t high enough for any deep or interesting conversation. I can safely say I have advanced to the point of comfortable small talk. I’m counting my travel days as days where I listened, even though I didn’t officially keep track of all my conversations, just because I remember having so many of them.

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Aug 23, Tue of Week 9 of Summer :beach_umbrella: 2022

I continued to watch more of HUNTER×HUNTER (up to Ep.19). I also read HUNTER×HUNTER Vol.3 as a companion. Having the anime club makes be reflect episodes more, so I typed my replies (but didn’t post them here). EKG-san got it to at least Ep.18, so I did too. VA aspect is also interesting, as voices are human’s, not character’s.

I also listened to かがみの孤城. I made a mistake thinking (for some reasons) that かがみの孤城 Ch.1 May has 3 tracks – it has 5. So I listened to two more, as well as 1/4 track of Ch.2 June.

I am not exactly sure if my listening has improved, but at least, maintenance mode of at least 30 minutes per day (with some misses in week 7) should keep me from forgetting the sound of vocabularies, and partly, breaking down of sentences. I still have to study grammar, and more vocabularies. I feel that understanding comes from focusing enough to hear vocabularies and sentence structures, with visual hints; which I am not satisfied with current understanding for the language alone. At least the hunger keeps me going on.

For anime, I watched with full attention, which waxes and wanes, and some rewinding, but there are limits. Audiobooks are harder, so less focus, but I rewind sometimes too.

I tried writing some sentences in my log topic, so that I don’t have to care about others typing Japanese or not. And rather than trying to write everyday, I planned for at least weekly publishing (with editing at any day). The problem isn’t really thinking in English first or not, but rather that I can think less in Japanese. Using a dictionary is OK, but often I can’t find a fitting word / phrase at all. I might need to gather more resources from specific reading. JJ dictionaries (prioritized in Yomichan) and JP interfaces (I am not hesitant to turn back to EN if necessary) may help. Impromptus might be a little different, but not yet.

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Day LXIII: Explosive Japanese :boom:

NHK school vid, in the language section.

The team must defuse a bomb with the power of the Japanese language, but the difference between これ、それ、あれ is just too confusing.

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August 23rd!

Another 3 episodes of Teasing Master Takagi-san today.
Only 3 more episodes left of Season 2 now!

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August 23 :blossom: Home Post

Truly the bare minimum today, just a few minutes of a let’s play so I could go to bed :joy:

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So I got busy and got behind with updating my listening efforts… (Last updated about a month ago)

Anyway… Today… I joined a language exchange and mostly just listened in and watched some children’s stories on YouTube.

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I listened to an episode of さくら通信 “about” the movie I watched not long ago, スマホを落としただけなのに. Specifically the movie rather than the book. They immediately talked about how neither had seen it and then spent the vast majority of 50 minutes slamming two movie titles together to create imagined films like スマホを落としただけなのに…硫黄島からの手紙 (I just dropped my cell phone but… letters from Iwo Jima), in which someone loses their phone at the beach but they start receiving letters from someone on said island who found it. The audience will of course be moved to tears by the kindness of strangers crossing over oceans. The whole thing reveled in specifically not matching the actual contents of the involved movies, and half the humor in this podcast is the awkward pauses and attempts to move on after their weird borderline anti-jokes.

It was fun! I didn’t follow all of it, sometimes because I didn’t know the titles being referred to, but I got enough. It’s nice that there are quite a few episodes in this kind of format, where I don’t have to worry about a developing story across a conversation I might miss. Every few minutes they’re jumping to a new terrible movie concept so I can just understand what I do and then move on.

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August 24th!

Just a little bit of listening so far today - Episode 50 of Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners.
I’m hoping to watch Teasing Master Takagi-san a bit later too though, if I can find the time :slight_smile:

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Day LXIV: ピカピカピカ :zap: :zap:

I watched a couple episodes of Pokemon :durtle_yellow_rodent:

I was gonna watch an NHK vid too, but the website’s changed (or I went wrong somewhere) either way I don’t have the time now to try and navigate in Japanese, so I’ll have to check it out tomorrow.

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Week 9

8月24日

  • あの人の毎日 ep 3.
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I’m just checking in to say that I have been listening to things but mostly re-listening to things or listening to creators I’ve already mentioned so opting to not post daily. I’m lately not in a mood for ‘new’. Also stopped watching Masquerade Hotel because it got to a scene / series of scenes I’d already watched and I just hate it so much and don’t want to rewatch it.
Doesn’t spoil the mystery at all, but all the same: Basically the main detective, acting as a front desk worker, gets treated terribly and rudely by a customer for an extender period of time. I did my years in customer service and have dealt with such people and as a result I was dying inside watching it the first time and don’t want to watch it again :see_no_evil:

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August 24 :blossom: Home Post

Mostly an in-class listening day today, though I snuck in a bit of a let’s play too. Still settling into being busy again but I’m getting there!

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Day LXV: チェンジ・ザ・ワールド!! :earth_asia:

I managed to find the videos again on the NHK website
(it wasn’t really that difficult, I was just being lazy yesterday)

But this was in the arts and crafts section, this one is all about making things with stuff you find in nature :fallen_leaf:
there is every kind of stick emoji imaginable, yet there’s not a actual stick stick

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Week 9

8月25日

  • 三本塾 grammar video.

Linking for the curious:

That’s an interesting grammar point, I don’t think I’ve seen it. Now I’m sure I’ll see it everywhere.

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August 25th!

Another tiny listening day today, work has been crazy busy lately so I’m kind of wiped out most evenings - but also I went to see a play this evening so I had less time than usual.
I listened to Episode 51 of Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners.
I also listened to some Japanese music today, but that was pretty passive as I was doing a lot of other stuff at the same time!

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Aug 26, Fri of Week 9 of Summer :beach_umbrella: 2022

I am now at HUNTER×HUNTER Ep.21, but indeed Ep.19-21 isn’t in manga Vol.3.

About consistency thing, I missed out on Wednesday, listening and watching for only about 10 minutes.

I started watching かぐや様は告らせたい S3 Ep.1-2 (no sub), where remember the manga well even if I haven’t read for months. I also have subtitle files, so I broke it down into flashcards in mochi.cards (via API and programming, which I have to pay 5 USD (per month) first, but at least I don’t have to deal with Anki’s full-sync on new fields and desktop-Android differences. Also, mochi.cards’s website works similar to apps, but Yomichan-enabled.) (So, @anon87128043, if you want to know. A little complex for your needs, I think.) The flashcards don’t have translation on the back-side, because I don’t have English transcripts yet. (Nor do I need the translation.)

I also read about ~まい, which is N2 (searched via Bunpro), but who cares – it is required for reading and listening. They are made into sentence flashcards, with English translation and explanation.

In any case, I want to quickly learn how to translate (and understand) well first, rather than flawless production.

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