🔊 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge - Winter 2023 ❄ 🧤

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I knew of the few different uses of the って form in Japanese, but I never quite understood all of the nuances and just kind of went with the flow and based my understanding on context when I heard it in conversation.
So I wanted to share the video that I found today that explains 7 different usages of って, including how to differentiate it based on pronunciation. This was really helpful for me, so maybe somebody else finds this useful, too! :blush:


January 10 :film_strip:

A couple of episodes of Alice in Borderland today. They speak quite clearly most of the time. There’s even one character who speaks in Kansai-ben, and surprisingly, I find it much easier to understand when it’s spoken than when it’s written down.


The trick is to sound it out in your head when reading :joy_cat: For me that’s about the only way to understand dialect (or contractions, fwiw).

Speaking of which, I’m currently listening to this episode of the Rebuild podcast:

and I’m having so much fun with the speaking style of one of the guests :rofl: with his constant じゃん and さあ. Even the host (who normally speaks really proper Japanese) starts using さあ halfway through :grin:


Oh, I have that podcast on my set of feeds I’m subscribed to, but never got round to actually listening to any episodes :sweat_smile: Do you like it?


Yes, I like it a lot! (But depending on the topic, I don’t get too much of what they are talking about, sometimes maybe only 50% or less? But sometimes I can actually understand quite a lot.) The episodes are pretty long (around 2 hours on average I guess) and in the beginning the host and his guest just chat about the recent events in the world and in IT, and then they switch to the actual topic. I think the host has a super-soothing voice, I could listen to him for hours on end… (not in the episode I linked above, though - he mentioned that he caught a cold and he sounds really strange to me.) Anyways, if you’re interested in IT/technology/gadgets then I can definitely recommend it.


:snowflake: Day 10, 10th of January :snowflake:

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Another spot the difference video today from Comprehensible Japanese. Took a while for me to start absorbing what was said because I’ve been distracted today. But it’s definitely helping in strengthening my understanding of sentence structures.


January 10th!

Two more Origami videos. Both were to make little envelopes to put notes inside. One has a cat on it, and the other had a heart. The heart one came out a bit wobbly, but I’m really pleased with the kitty!

I also listened to episode 102 of Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners.

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Day 10 - Nihongo Con Teppei episode 3, Sakura Tips episode 7 on 和食。 I also tried the first episode of Learn Japanese from Real Talks which was interesting since it was a bit faster and two people talking together. I evidently had added it to my Spotify library at some point and forgotten until today.


I started Harry Potter 1 in Japanese last night and have 30 minutes left. I only understand 5% of the spoken Japanese but as I have read the books once and have watched the movies about twice each I know what is happening and so I intend to watch all in Japanese. I am still doing podcasts and Crayon Shin Chan (this one I use with language reactor) but podcasts have been boring to me this week. I do not listen to them in English and only use them for Japanese as they are the most comprehensible.


I finished the N1 practice listening exam I started last night and remember how I said it felt more like a test of endurance than anything? Of the last 10 questions I did yesterday, I got 7 of them wrong. I got 11 out of 35 wrong overall. It’s pretty obvious when my patience/interest is flagging :skull:
But still, 68% for my first attempt at N1 listening is better than I expected. Some questions felt super easy, some, especially those involving people talking about office stuff, I was barely keeping up. I think if I work on this I can fix the endurance issue and bring the overall score up in time.


Today it was just one episode of Nihongo con Teppei for beginners as well.


:loud_sound: :snowboarder: softlyraining’s listening corner :headphones: :mountain_snow:

January 10th

I had so many goals today: relisten to the first 3 episodes of The Jam Maker, start watching Kimi ni Todoke…ultimately, I just did the 4th episode of Jam Maker. Maybe tomorrow.

As an aside, the 4th episode has the narrator vividly describing her eating toast, and I kind of wish I treated the simplicities of life like they were luxuries more. Makes everything seem more :sparkles: magical :sparkles:


:headphones: :desktop_computer: :sound: :snowflake: January 10

Listened to Teppei for beginners #12 and played BU$TAFELLOWS for half an hour.


Jan 11, Wed of Week 3 of Winter Q1 2023 :snowman::snowflake:

So-matome N3 Listening Ch.2 [3/6]. As often with this series, I listened twice. However, longer listening then answering can be a little challenging. Answer keys = transcripts, help a lot.

君の膵臓をたべたい Ch.4 [4/5]. I realize that I want to learn whatever way in advance to improve my listening. (I might confess that I still don’t understand much.) jpdb.io should help with vocabularies, especially for having an accompanying LN (and exact line-by-line). And structures and grammar can be learned elsewhere, as I have tried to start.

The jpdb.io summary

nvm. I managed 20 cards per day just now.

Previously, no new cards for a while.


:snowflake: Day 11, 11th of January :snowflake:

:headphones: Back to my Home Post

Another try at the Teppei episode I had trouble with (#9). Understood it a bit better, but it’s difficult to get used to how foreign words are pronounced in Japanese. ハンバーガー is one of the easier ones and I still get confused.


January 11 :arrow_forward: :film_strip:

Today I retried the video linked by @pocketcat a few days ago, and I did better with it. I’m not saying I understood much, but it didn’t sound like a completely unknown language this time. :sweat_smile: In fact I understood most of the words, it’s just that the speed was such I just didn’t have any time to connect them. The walk in the book shop was fun. I wish I could easily visit a Japanese book shop. Oh well.

I also watched a video review of ぼぎわんが、来る by ペキョ. He speaks much slower and I find him much easier to undertand.

And an episode of Alice in Borderland. A lot of talking this time, so subtitles to the rescue.


Yay improvement! :smiley: Out of curiosity, do you ever try watching the videos at a slower playback speed, ex .75? I wonder if that would help or just feel unnatural


January 11th!

Just a tiny bit of listening today, Episode 103 of Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners.

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  • Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners Ep. 102 + 103. The beginning of 103 was a throwback, wasn’t it, @lucylavelle? :smiley:
  • Sakura Tips Ep. 4. This podcast is kinda weird for me - I feel like she is talking slower than Teppei, but she keeps using more vocab that I don’t know yet, so it’s actually more stressful for me. I’m looking forward to when the transcripts start (I think it was episode 14 or so), because I really dislike not being able to figure out words.

I watched an incredibly boring interview where they asked a guy (actor) how it feels to be an イケメン. Riveting content :upside_down_face:

I browsed through a youtube search with インタビュー but nothing really caught my eye. I also reviewed 3 of the N1 exam listening questions from the test I did earlier.

edit: oh also ‘Blinded Kiss’ is now on Viki and I recall it being pretty easy to follow. It’s PG-13 or R for sexual content though I imagine. It was also very, very dumb. Low-ish effort and fun. I just watched the first few minutes again to check and if you exclude the intro scene which is all fancy talk, the bulk of the show is pretty standard dialogue.