This is kind of an oddly specific topic so I wasn’t sure how to word the title.
Recently I’ve started wondering whether other people have a similar experience when it comes to improving their comprehension in Japanese (or any language), in particular, listening comprehension. I think it’s reasonable to say listening practice is one of the most neglected areas in learning a language - possibly due how tough it can be to get practice, but also due to how many people just can’t be bothered to focus. Around the start of the year I decided to try taking listening practice more seriously in both the two languages I’m learning. In Swedish, this meant using an Anki deck full of a bunch of audio of sentences, and in Japanese this meant… well, nothing really yet. I’ve been lazy with getting listening practice for Japanese.
I did however notice a very obvious change in my ability to comprehend Swedish after just a few days of doing this Anki deck for around 10 minutes a day, which really surprised me. Listening comprehension practice (in my experience anyway) doesn’t focus on just one specific thing unlike learning kanji or vocab or grammar, so I expected results to take a few weeks. This got me wondering whether this was normal and it’s something people have noticed in Japanese, or whether it takes people weeks of practice to start noticing improvements.
This could also be how I’ve practiced. I imagine listening to whole conversations rather than individual sentences is far more effective listening practice, but would also take much longer to notice any improvements.
Any thoughts on this? Apologies if this doesn’t make much sense, I didn’t know how to word it. Also if you think I’m an idiot for practicing individual sentences or you have other tips, please tell me. I’m trying to listen to a JLPT listening test every day now, which is around 20 minutes of a bunch of different conversations, although it’s too early to say what difference this has made.