🔊 🎙 Listen Every Day Challenge - Winter 2023 ❄ 🧤

Pushing myself to do the listening/reading practice I’d intended for this challenge is hard. I’ve done some of it, but also skipped days, and I don’t know whether to check off the calendar box or not because I often did listen to Japanese on those days, just… not what I was supposed to.

Japanese videos on Youtube I’ve watched to procrastinate/avoid audiobooks have included

Part of the problem is that I’m not a fan of audiobooks or podcasts and don’t listen to them even in my native language. (English) But also, I just don’t like these (audio)books very much. 穏やか貴族の休暇のすすめ felt like such a chore I finally gave up and decided to officially quit it.

Honzuki #2 is better but it’s still not that exciting to me. I wish there was an abridged version with a tighter focus on plot because I don’t care about the details of the invention processes.


January 17 :film_strip:

Second episode of MIU404. It’s such a joy to watch! There was more tension and emotional complexity to this one, but it wasn’t without humour. And the main characters are great, I love them both.
The Japanese subtitles mostly got in the way, but I did use them once or twice. I’m not sure if I’m keeping them.

I had looked at the Journalist before because it really looked like something I’d enjoy. The start of the first episode was so fast-paced that I decided that it wouldn’t be ideal for listening practice, but now that I think about it, it’s not like MIU404 is slow and clear. I guess I’ll revisit the Journalist after MIU404.

Check the box, it’s still listening! It’s hard for me too to find interesting content to listen to most of the time, so I get it. I wouldn’t insist on trying to listen to something that bores you, you need something engaging and fun that makes you forget you’re doing deliberate listening practice . Hope you find it soon. Meanwhile, if any of those lizard, frog and snake videos were any good, I’d love a link! :slight_smile:


:headphones: :desktop_computer: :sound: :snowflake: January 16

Listened to Teppei for beginners #18 and played BU$TAFELLOWS for 2h. It’s a great feeling when there’s an easy sentence I can understand just by listening and I can basically skip over the text and go fast. Doesn’t happen that often as there’s quite a bit of specific vocab sometimes :sweat_smile: but… progress!!


Jan 17, Tue of Week 4 of Winter Q1 2023 :snowman::snowflake:

So-matome N3 Listening Ch.3 [2/6]. Weather and traffic report. Long numbers are difficult to be listened to, and as a result, time of arrival in an airport. Year numbers (in かがみの孤城 ) are probably even harder.

I looked at audiobook.jp, which also has a book club in this forum (perhaps I should see Natively too?); as well as what was in my wish list. Other than the theme, BGM is a decision point. Particularly what caught my eyes as the next candidate is 世界から猫が消えたなら (and the text).

Pokemon EP.10, but I am not sure if I am ready to watch with no sub yet…

君の膵臓をたべたい Ch.6 [2/2]. I am getting more irked by the use of 「ザ:wavy_dash::wavy_dash:」くん, for around 4-5 times in the track. I also listened to other 聴き放題’s, but they are limited by understanding and availability of the text. (I am eligible for 聴き放題 until 31 Jan.)

かがみの孤城 March [7/10]. More sub-stories.

It’s about convenience, really. Listening-only fills into some of my time pretty well. It is also a little stimulating, so it becomes a priority.

However, my understanding is still worrisome. It’s currently the best if I have a text. Still, I focus more on quantity than quality. This is in contrast with reading, which I mostly understand very well; as well as mine well.

Watching with JP subtitles has to be chosen carefully as well. Some of them, I am sure I hear almost every words and understand the hearing; while some are more focused on reading, and picking-out-understanding by sound is probably not really working.

VN, which I didn’t post in this thread, is the case that I slow down enough to ensure that I hear every words, along with reading and learning. Some of them, I might not understand the first time, but I am sure I would, for the second or third time. Of course, there are more difficult lines as well where I just mostly give up. (I still would have some cloudy understandings.)

I am not sure about active immersion part, but probably I would want to know if I really remember and not miss the same context shortly later on or not. It’s more about memory (short-to-medium term) than SRS. I learn more vocabularies and do comprehension exercises alongside for the hope of improving.

Perhaps for comprehension, taking a break and pondering, and even sleeping, might be quite important. I don’t want to absorb too much per session/day. Intercalating with other activities may allow increasing session counts.


:snowflake: Day 17, 17th of January :snowflake:

:headphones: Back to my Home Post

Some more Teppei today. First I tried #14 without looking at the subtitles. Then I relistened but while trying to read along. Conclusion: it’s still too early to leave out subtitles. But I think I will continue to do it like this; I noticed that I paid less attention to the audio if I read along, so maybe this will help. I will train my listening and actually understand what’s being said.


January 17th!

Another tiny listen today as I had a really busy day at work today and I’m really tired. Episode 106 of Nihongo con Teppei for Beginners.
Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have enough time to do something more substantial.

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Really cold in the UK at the moment so dog-walking was off the agenda, as it’s prime pod-cast listening time, it meant I struggled to get the minutes in a bit. I listened to a new episode of noriko and shun. Shun was talking about old and new friends. Mmm what was noriko talking about again, morning routines I think, I’m getting it mixed up with a new episode of teppei where he was talking about meals & meal times in Japan. Really need to transcribe those episodes so I have a better idea of what’s going on. Definitely in a confidence trough at the moment with my Japanese, mainly due to sleep issues, where I probably make the same number of mistakes but I really feel it more. It just takes a good night’s sleep, a nice coffee, and a good tutor lesson to bring it back back up.


:headphones: :desktop_computer: :sound: :snowflake: January 17

Listened to Teppei for beginners #19 and #20, and played BU$TAFELLOWS for about 2h.


Jan 18, Wed of Week 4 of Winter Q1 2023 :snowman::snowflake:

So-matome N3 Listening Ch.3 [3/6]. In a school.

君の膵臓をたべたい Ch.7 [1/2].

かがみの孤城 March [8/10].


Quick heads up to all the keen listeners who are also readers: 2023-01-19T07:00:00Z the live stream of the Akutagawa and Naoki Prize winners will start. I watched it a bit last year and while I maybe only understood about 50%, I found it quite entertaining nonetheless. They will talk at length about all the authors and their books, and then of course they will announce the winners!

I will not watch it all the time as I have a few meetings coming up tomorrow, but if I manage to get up-and-ready early enough :roll_eyes: I will watch at least the start.


:snowflake: Day 18, 18th of January :snowflake:

:headphones: Back to my Home Post

Once again tried the new method of listening to Teppen. Episode #15 was about the weather and rather easy to understand because I already knew enough of the words.

Also some talk about the different weather patterns in the different regions of Japan. I can never remember what they’re all called, so maybe I should write them down.

  • 北海道 Hokkaidō - has the Kanji for North in it, and sure enough, it’s the northernmost region of Japan!
  • 東北地方 Tōhoku - Kanji for East and North, so the region to the northeast of Japan.
  • 関東地方 Kantō - Kanji for East, so the easternmost region of Japan.
  • 中部地方 Chūbu - Kanji for Middle, which isn’t very helpful, considering you can see how it reaches further north on a map.
  • 関西地方 Kansai - Kanji for West, well, I guess technically it is? It is located west of the regions of Japan that have east in their name, but there’s still a ways to go.
  • 中国地方 Chūgoku - Kanji for Middle, when we already had both east and west to the right of it. Ridiculous.
  • 四国 Shikoku - Refers to the four provinces on that island. Easy to remember.
  • 九州 Kyūshū - Refers to the really long tail of islands. Apparently there are nine parts.
  • 沖縄県 Okinawa - ??? don’t know these yet, no mnemonic.

January 18 :film_strip:

I may have watched multiple episodes of MIU404 today. :sweat_smile:
Seriously, this show is great!

Tomorrow, I’m thinking of trying at least some of the Akutagawa/Naoki stream @NicoleIsEnough linked (and hopefully not impulse-buy any of the nominees before it’s even over :eyes:)


January 18th!

Another small amount of listening today. Work has been exhausting this week, so I’m struggling to keep up with everything - hopefully the rest of the week will be a bit less frantic!
Today I listened to JapanesePod101’s Upper Beginner Season 1, Lesson 15. This whole season is focused on keigo, and today’s lesson was about how to use 伺う.

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Yesterday and today, each: One episode of Comprehensible Japanese Intermediate.

And I accidentially watched this today:

I think I got most of the gist and maybe 60-70% of the details, but even without all of those this was pretty fun to watch. Seems the channel has a lot more. Would be perfect with Japanese subs!


Well yesterday I randomly clicked on a Netflix movie, only looking at the key visual :joy:

Mostly because it looked like a live action drama that won’t have too much of a complicated plot, and with a dialog similar to real-life conversations. I actually finished it much faster than I thought I would, only stopping to check some unknown words. Except for some medical terminology, I would say the dialog is not that hard to follow.
So if romance/sad/sentimental movies are anybody’s thing, I would say this falls into this category :blush:



Jan 19, Thu of Week 4 of Winter Q1 2023 :snowman::snowflake:

君の膵臓をたべたい Ch.7 [2/2]. The foretold event eventually… came.

かがみの孤城 March [9/10]. I followed along with text. It becomes 1-2 sentences per page (on Bookwalker on mobile) for a while. Around 5-6 letters per sentence.

In any case, with text, it’s just easier. Without text, my understanding is just bad. For かがみの孤城, I need almost no look-up. For the other series, I probably should look up more than that.

So-matome N3 Listening Ch.3 [4/6]. Business. On the other side, perhaps I should get a reading comprehension workbook later. That would probably be better for reading speed and comprehension. (In particular, email and notice quick reads.)


:headphones: :desktop_computer: :sound: :snowflake: January 18

Listened to Teppei for beginners #21. I was planning on doing more than that but ended up getting busy with other things. Oh, well, it’s still something.


:snowflake: Day 19, 19th of January :snowflake:

:headphones: Back to my Home Post

Episode #16 of Teppei today. This new method is forcing me to pay more attention, which is already in limited supply. :joy:

I think I will continue to do one episode per day and then after some time return to relisten to them (maybe next listening challenge?) as a sort of check-in for evaluating my comprehension.


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Challenge Plan

The plan!

My plan was to start in February but as often the case, I just kinda started listening to stuff and I guess I got started?!?!

So my plan is not very complicated. I have no specific goal except get better at listening comprehension. :joy:

I will probably be trying a few different podcasts to find 1-2 that are the right level that are interesting. So I might end up only listening to one episode and figure out it is a bit above my head. On my log, I have a list of podcasts and grammar resources (in Japanese) that I want to try and see how they work for me. I’ll be trying them out one at a time until I find a couple that works for me.

My hope is to focus on the reading challenge first, but on the other hand, I usually find time to listen to something in the middle of my day, while reading is generally evening activity. I’m not really a podcast listener, so I will probably only spend a little time on listening each day, and I won’t be going for full comprehension, instead I want to train my brain to recognize everything it already knows in text in spoken form. :joy:

My listening is sooooo far behind my reading. :joy:

So yeah, I don’t have specific goals, instead for this first challenge, I just want to build the habit and see where that gets me.

What I am Listening to

Video: Comprehensible Japanese, Intermediate :shinto_shrine:
Podcast: Sayuri Saying Everyday :tanabata_tree:
Podcast: Tomo’s Real Japanese Talk :teacher:
Podcast: Easy Japanese :rice_cracker:
Podcast: YUYUの日本語podcast :headphones:
Video: にゃんテレNEWS :cat2:
Anime: ロマンティック・キラー :cupid:
Anime: Cardcaptor Sakura :sparkles:
TV Show: ミステリと言う勿れ :curly_hair:
Game: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild :shield:
Numbers/digit comprehension :1234:
Assorted/random (including animes I don’t plan to keep watching) :ear:
Missed/nothing :mute:

What I’ve Listened to Each Day

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23 :mute: 24 :shinto_shrine: 25 :mute: 26 :ear: 27 :shinto_shrine: 28 :mute: 29 :tanabata_tree:
30 :shinto_shrine: 31 :tanabata_tree:
01 :tanabata_tree: 02 :mute: 03 :mute: 04 :mute: 05 :shield:
06 :teacher: 07 :shield: 08 :mute: 09 :teacher: :1234: :cupid: 10 :curly_hair: 11 :ear: 12 :ear:
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Jan 16: Comprehensible Japanese :shinto_shrine: お盆の風習
Jan 17: Comprehensible Japanese :shinto_shrine: 日本の秋
Jan 18: Bits and pieces of a few videos: cat news videos :cat2: and origami videos. :loud_sound: All of them mostly kicked my butt, but I could understand some of it
Jan 19: YUYUの日本語Podcast :headphones:, episode 1, 日本のメッセージ文化. I followed the gist of the conversation but lost some of the details. Also was confused by ボイスメッセージ, until I realized that it wasn’t boys message which made no sense, but b as v. xD Aka voice.