First, reading your reflections @TobiasW made me think I might have waited just long enough to start listening practice, rather than sleeping on it. Because several things seems to be within my reach to listen to, and I have no plans to intensively listen (like listening repeated times or rewinding to look up words, very occasionally I rewind if I was so distracted I caught nothing, but otherwise I don’t), so it is imperative to find things where I do know the vast majority of what is being said.
I’ve only been at it for half of January, and I don’t know that I’m improving yet. I’ve noticed I can follow along audio better than I thought, but I also think the last time I had specific listening practice was back in Japanese school and their… method… was not very good. They’d take a long news clip about something we’ve never talked much about, like food, and make us listen to it trying to understand it despite not knowing half the critical vocabulary to understand it.
So, improving or just listening to things that are actually at my level? You decide.
In a way, I feel like I’m figuring out my actual listening comprehension level, which is useful to know. And it definitely is a bit behind everything else. At one time, I have gone through all N3 grammar although I’m sure I didn’t actually learn them all. I can read slice of life manga pretty comfortably with only a few look ups. My vocabulary probably has a lot of the N3 vocabulary plus whatever is necessary for every day vocabulary. My kanji is solid for the 1-50 levels of WK. Feel a bit shaky on the 50s, but I also think I’ve barely seen them while reading too (so far), so maybe not too surprising.
All that to say, that I think I’m firmly in intermediate territory and steadily advancing towards advanced. While I think my listening is upper beginner or on the cusp of entering intermediate.
Lets not talk about my speaking or writing abilities, those have probably deteriorated back to beginner since Japanese language school.
I do find the material I’m listening to a bit on the boring side. I haven’t yet taken the time to check out all the resources that I think is within my reach. Sometimes it is easier to just put on the known quantity. I also apparently really need to try Miku Real Japanese that was recommended to me, because everyone who listens to it here seems to like it. xD
I think that Comprehensible Japanese (intermediate) is quite fun to watch/listen to. Most episodes talk about something interesting, although not all. But peeking at the remaining episodes, most of them sound like a lot of fun. So even though I’ve thought about dropping it, because I think there were a few boring ones in a row, I still want to stick it out until the end of the playlist.