So because I can’t leave well enough alone , I went looking for resources on listening and learning grammar with Japanese only for N3 and up. I also remembered that we at my Japanese language school would have finished N3 at the time I was graduating.
For some reason, I thought we weren’t quite finished yet, and then I thought more about it and we actually were. However I can’t remember if we actually got to the end of the Try N3 book we used. Close enough for sure. I also did not take that with me home.
In fact, I got rid of the textbooks because I didn’t have room for them in my luggage. I didn’t even fit everything I wanted to take home, throwing out a couple of things I wish I hadn’t needed to, but not really regretting it long term.
So the two skills beyond just reading that I want to develop more next year is some more grammar study, but mostly my listening ability. It is definitely my weakest ability. I could even write and speak better than I could hear when I left Japan in 2020. Now, I suspect my writing ability is pretty much gone, and my speaking ability is probably on par with my listening (or worse… ).
When I went looking for grammar youtube channels, I looked for N3 (having forgotten I “finished” that at language school) and could still be a good place to start, otherwise I’ll just go looking for their N2 lists. Youtube channels to check out and potentially start watching regularly:
Apparently I only found three I wanted to check out, and I can’t even remember how I found them. 日本語の森 I’ve heard of for as long as I’ve been on this forum, but the other two?
Maybe I just searched youtube? Turns out these are also from a Tofugu articles. xD
Listening practice things. So podcasts and similar. Some things that have been hanging around as tabs forever and ever. A lot of these will also be from Tofugu’s articles on podcasts for listening practice, focusing on the later beginner part of the beginner article and intermediate articles. I’m more intermediate, but late beginner is a spot where I should be able to listen where distracted and still follow along. Not sure that would be true for even lower intermediate.
Couple of random ones
Intermediate (ordered by difficulty order decided by Tofugu)
Speed picks up here but still intermediate:
Upper intermediate and beyond (according to Tofugu still):
Also for those interested, I have already listened to a few episodes of The Bite Size Japanese podcast, it probably falls in beginner since she explains some terms with English.
So yeah, that would be it. I wanted to put all these links together so I wouldn’t have to keep the tabs open or let them disappear into the void that are my bookmarks.
Hopefully once my early busyness at the beginning of next year eases, I can start the listening ability practice!