🔊 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge - Winter 2023 ❄ 🧤

Ah so this is the end.
While I didn’t miss any days, I don’t think I took the challenge as seriously as I should have. There were some days that I had some meaningful listening done with good content consumed, but there were also a lot of days where it was limited to stuff like music. I’m sure any listening is good listening, but I always listen to music. Probably should have tried to find some better things.


February 28 :heavy_multiplication_x:

And, I ended the official challenge with a missed day. Hmm…

I listened to Japanese for 50 out of 59 days during this challenge. I did find interesting content to engage me this time, and I have certainly made progress in comprehension, but listening is still something I struggle to fit in my day, and will often sacrifice it in favour of reading. I suppose that’s okay. I will continue to try and listen to Japanese as often as possible until the next challenge starts. My ultimate goal is still to be able to enjoy audiobooks, and while I’m closer to it there’s still a long way to go. I suppose I should devote more time to that かがみの孤城 audiobook some time soon, instead of just remembering it whenever I feel unwell.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this challenge - I hope it has been fun as well as beneficial. Feel free to continue posting here until the new thread is up in April!


:headphones: :desktop_computer: :sound: :snowflake: February 28

Listening from playing Tales of Arise about an hour.

End of challenge! I missed a couple of days but overall I was more consistent than I expected. I have been doing this in a very low effort way and even like this I feel there’s been some improvement. The last week I’ve been doing very very little so I’m going to take this month off and I’ll probably join next challenge with renewed energy and hopefully some more ambitious plans.

It was really inspiring seeing what everyone was doing, especially those people that can straight up watch series and movies and understand :exploding_head: Hoping to get there in time. Thanks, everyone!!


Mar 1, Wed of Week 10 of Winter Q1 2023 :snowman::snowflake:

新完全マスター聴解 日本語能力試験 N2 Ch.1/2 音の変化や縮約形. Probably the section in the whole book that has short writing fill-ins.

夏へのトンネル、さよならの出口 Ch.3 first half. After that, re-listening to Ch.2.

Winter Challenge Wrap-up

  • 2 workbooks = 日本語総まとめ N3+N2 聴解
  • 5.2 audiobooks, 1 of them doesn’t have text. [1] Also, I keep failing 吾輩は猫である.
  • Latter half of an anime series (21 episodes) [2]
  • J-drama didn’t went well, although I made through 4 episodes of 緊急取調室.

日本語総まとめ 聴解 series has a nice summary of the left page of each pair of pages, but I can’t count of the exercises to be sufficient. Nonetheless, probably it’s quite handy for habit making.

Audiobook might work well for understanding the storyline, but I felt didn’t understand well enough for おいしいごはんが食べられますように.

A contributor to my listening is also Anki quiz on listening (vocab + sentence) to handwriting, to ensure that I recognize the vocabulary, which I started doing consistently since end of January.

Since it’s my focus, I can’t thank you @omk3 enough for hosting the challenge.

Paving the path forward. At least my listening in audiobooks isn’t good enough yet; and the quality might be extrapolated to YouTube, shows and podcasts.

    • かがみの孤城 (latter half)
    • ガラスのうさぎ
    • 君の膵臓をたべたい
    • おいしいごはんが食べられますように
    • 夏へのトンネル、さよならの出口 [28%]

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    • 聞くだけで一気にわかる日本史
  1. Death Note EP.17-37 ↩︎


44/59 days.
Definitely listened to more than previously but could still be more. Don’t really have much else to say. Looking forward to the next challenge thread and trying to get more next time. :sweat_smile:


Joining in for the off-month, focusing on both Japanese and Spanish as usual!

Mar 月 火 水 木 金 土 日
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= Japanese
= Japanese and Spanish

I challenged myself this year to read/listen to something in both Spanish and Japanese every single day for 365 days, and I completed this goal in January and February with the reading challenge, so I’m hoping to continue it with listening!

What I'm planning on listening to in Spanish:

At the end of last year, I discovered that I can watch Bob Esponja (SpongeBob Squarepants) without subtitles in any language and have decent comprehension, so that’s what I’m planning to use for the majority of my daily listening!

I might also listen to some podcast episodes, especially if the weather warms up and I can go on walks again, but I’m wondering if I might have outgrown the Duolingo podcast, and should consider finding something a bit harder…

What I'm planning on listening to in Japanese:

This will surprise absolutely no one, but the majority of my listening will probably be pro wrestling :sweat_smile:! I’ll be watching a fair amount of wrestling shows as usual, as well as watching post-match interviews and press conferences in order to translate them.

My main priority is Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling, but I watch a lot of DDT Pro Wrestling and a fair amount of Pro Wrestling NOAH as well, plus occasional other stuff that catches my interest. Wrestling shows themselves are more or less passive immersion for me in that I basically just let them wash over me and take whatever I can get (with the exception of some TJPW stuff that I translate).

With post-match comments and press conferences, I typically have a transcript that I can follow along with, though it frequently has mistakes and typos and often leaves out stuff, so I’ve needed to rely on my listening ability plenty of times as well.

Besides wrestling, I’m thinking of using the challenge as an excuse to watch a couple anime shows that I’d been meaning to watch, haha. I want to watch the Tokyo Mew Mew reboot, and the new Aggretsuko season. I might try out language reactor to see if I can get both English and Japanese subtitles on Aggretsuko. I’m definitely not quite ready yet to try watching content with only Japanese subtitles (or with no subtitles, unless it’s wrestling or something that can be enjoyed at any level of comprehension).

I guess we’ll see how it goes? My plan for Japanese is admittedly way less set in stone than my plan for Spanish is :sweat_smile:.


They are actually quite funny to watch, Its sometimes just use ??bashing?? phrases


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I’m not quite sure I understand your question - could you say it a different way?

Im not sure how to convey it, they are just funny :slight_smile:


Mar 2, Thu of Week 10 of Winter Q1 2023 :snowman::snowflake:

新完全マスター聴解 日本語能力試験 N2 Ch.2/1 最初の文を理解する (A-C).

夏へのトンネル、さよならの出口 Ch.3 latter half. Then replay older tracks.


March 1-2 :film_strip:

Yesterday and today I watched the two final episodes of Heaven and Hell. I had many problems with it (the main one being how police just decided what to do on a whim, never had to give reports or follow orders, just followed whatever clues they liked for however long they liked, grabbed stuff from the forensics lab, barged into apartments without warrants, etc etc - this stuff I found way more unbelievable than the soul exchange premise), but it was entertaining and I did watch it with interest to the end. The main actress basically just smiled and ran towards the camera (so much running, much of it in slow motion, just why?), but the male lead was quite convincing in how he changed depending on what “soul” was inhabiting his body at the time. All in all, fun enough. It felt more like anime for some reason, maybe because with anime I’m more accepting of implausible plots.


@Zakarius I watched the first episode of an 80s girl gang member turned cop drama on YouTube and I somehow feel like it’s your kind of show:

This channel seems legit / above board btw. From their about:


So it’s the copyright holders putting it up on YouTube

Also full disclosure that even though the sound has clearly been remastered, I definitely missed a couple of points and while I got the overall gist, I’m a little hazy on exactly what the old men were trying to force the girls to do and why he killed one of them. I think it relates to those girls having less money, but beyond that I’m ???


Thanks for the mention @pocketcat!

I’ve been trying to find something new to watch and the video cover photo has me sold already, I’ll check it out when I get the chance!


Finished watching「そして、バトンは渡された」today. I really liked the movie, definitely also considering reading a book that it is based on somewhere down the line.

Trailer link if anybody is interested.


March 3 :film_strip:

Half-watched, and half-listened to in the background, the first episode of Quartet, which I have already watched with English subtitles. Speech is generally clear and especially in the beginning I understood everything, but later of course I started missing stuff, sometimes a lot of it. Rewatching random episodes of a series is an interesting exercise, but I don’t think I have the patience to do it a lot. I need new content to keep my interest, but then I need subtitles on because I hate not understanding everything.


Ah, I think that’s based on a classic 70s shoujo manga:

The artstyle gives it a rather different feel than that TV still :slight_smile:


Mar 3, Fri of Week 10 of Winter Q1 2023 :snowman::snowflake:

新完全マスター聴解 日本語能力試験 N2 Ch.2/1 最初の文を理解する (D-E).

夏へのトンネル、さよならの出口 Ch.4 (0-20%). Also, read the text afterwards. The percentage here is just an approximation. Each track is quite long here for some reasons; 1 hour each, and each chapter has 1-2 tracks. Also, track breaks aren’t natural – not paragraph-wise, nor line-wise; only by sentence.

I also tried to read first half of Ch.1 (41 min) in one go yesterday, but failed at around 80%. I still want to read fast, but I shouldn’t be too fast. Today I read to the end of Ch.1

日本語の森’s 1-hour N2 summary. Nothing new to me, but more clarification. Speaking/Writing might be interesting, but later… later.

In the end, I listened to 夏へのトンネル、さよならの出口 Ch.4 (20-40%), almost first of two tracks of the chapter.


Mar 4, Sat of Week 10 of Winter Q1 2023 :snowman::snowflake:

新完全マスター聴解 日本語能力試験 N2 Ch.2/2 返事の文を考える.

夏へのトンネル、さよならの出口 Ch.4, the remaining. Also, reading, which although I didn’t skip, reading didn’t feel to have enough quality. Listening is good enough, though. Bad omen, so I glanced at a little of Ch.5.


Mar 5, Sun of Week 10 of Winter Q1 2023 :snowman::snowflake:

新完全マスター聴解 日本語能力試験 N2 Ch.3/1 するべきことを理解する.

夏へのトンネル、さよならの出口 Ch.5, which has two tracks. Did in 3 lots. Listen first, then read; then enough rest before continuing listening (because of anticipating story, and also because reading is a little tiring).

BTW, if no one else posts in-between, I can just edit the last post.


March 4 :arrow_forward:

Just a couple of random booktuber videos.

I noticed that Mononoke is now on Netflix. We had discussed it in previous Listen Every Day threads I think, and I had found some episodes on youtube, but now I can watch it properly! The art is very cool (and very different to most anime), but I’m not sure how good it will be for actual listening practice, as there are very long silences between bursts of longish speeches, if I remember correctly. I may give it a try later.