🎙 📝 Speak/Write Every Day Challenge (Fall-to-Winter 2022) 🍁 ❄

Welcome to the “Speak/Write Every Single Day” Challenge! :maple_leaf: :snowflake:

Speaking is probably my weakest skill when it comes to Japanese. This is a combination of not using it nearly as much as my other skills plus the fact that, for whatever reason, it is extremely intimidating for me to practice. I suspect I’m not alone in feeling this way.

Compared to the Reading or Listening Every Day challenges (started/continued by @Redglare, @windupbird [reading] and @KJules [listening]) I think trying to have a speaking, or even writing, challenge is a tougher sell. Plus, if you wanted to participate in all three, well, that’s a lot to have on your plate. :sweat_smile: Since both the reading and listening challenges last for two months (in this case, during October and November), this challenge will be for 31 days, running in December (during those challenges’ “off-season”).

The goal of this challenge is to get you out of your comfort zone in a positive and encouraging environment and put all of the vocab and grammar you’ve learned to use. There’s all sorts of ways you can go about participating:

:star2: Wanna try speaking for all 31 days? Go for it!
:star2: Itching to improve your writing skills? Awesome!
:star2: Dying to practice both skills at the same time or interchangeably? You do you!
:star2: Take a class/meet with a tutor and want that to count towards your goal? Excellent!
:star2: Just want to use this challenge to practice your pronunciation or handwriting? Cool!

You can talk or write about anything you like: your day, a book you’re reading, a show you’re watching, your cat, your neighbor’s cat, a story about a tanuki that you made up, or simply practice using new vocabulary. The sky’s the limit!

You can speak or write as much or as little as you desire (though maybe don’t go too overboard with it). Most of the recording tools listed below also have upper limits (5-10 minutes, depending), so there’s zero pressure to speak for any longer than that. You’re also free to adjust the challenge to your own needs: if you want to try speaking on-the-spot, that’s fantastic, but even if you’d prefer writing out what you want to say and then recording it, that’s great, too.

To quote KJules quoting windupbird quoting Redglare (that’s a lot of quoting):

This is a thread for people who:

:bookmark: want to spend more time speaking/writing
:bookmark: want to improve their output abilities
:bookmark: want to hold themselves accountable and have a place to document their progress
:bookmark: simply want to join in on the challenge!

Time Frame: December 1st to December 31st

Late comers are always welcome! :smile:

Click for windupbird's amazing calendar template for tracking your progress!

To use, reply to this post, click the “quote whole post” button (little speech bubble), and copy/paste the part below into your post:

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Click here for a link to a prompt generator, courtesy of potatonaught!

Recording Tools (for those who want to share their speaking practice):
:studio_microphone: Vocaroo (can share via link / download recording)
:studio_microphone: Reverb (can share via link)
:studio_microphone: Voice Spice (can share via link)
:studio_microphone: Online Voice Recorder (can download recording)
:studio_microphone: TwistedWave (can download recording)
:star: For download-only tools, you can upload your recordings to a file sharing service and link to them using that, if you so wish. If there are other tools you’d like to share with everyone, let me know and I’ll add them to the list!

:star: There is no pressure to share a recording. Do so only if you feel comfortable. If all you want to do is post a calendar to track your own private speaking/writing practice, that’s 100% okay. What matters most is that you try your best at whatever goal you set for yourself during this challenge.

Would you like to participate?
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  • Yes, but I might start late
  • Not sure
  • No

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So I completely bombed this challenge last time I attempted it. So bad. I went and hid in shame of how horrible I was at consistently doing output. But then for November I challenged myself to write every day. Sometimes it was stuff to be corrected by tutors or people online, other times it was emails, sometimes even forum posts! And assuming I don’t totally fall off the wagon tonight I will successfully have output every day in November!

That said, it was hard to consistently do it every day. Way harder than reading or listening every day. So…I’m a maybe. I want to maintain my momentum, but trying to do another solid month might cause some burn out for me given my insane perfectly reasonable reading goals and holiday time constraints.

But I promise to stick around and cheer you all on this time even if I personally bomb it again.

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I also fell off the challenge almost immediately, but I’ve been hoping it would come back around. I want to try again, but will likely aim for some kind of weekly goal instead of daily.

I’d love to try this pechakucha format—a presentation of 20 images timed to advance after 20 seconds per slide. I intend to start low, though. Maybe 5 images that advance every 5 seconds. Simple sentences, short presentation.

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I was just thinking about my Japanese progress for the year and my goals for next year, and decided I wanted to practice grammar by writing sentences based on the grammar point I studied that day. So this will be a great way to get in the habit! I’ll try to create a main post when I get home from work tonight.

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I’m having a weird sense of deja vu that maybe I said this last time and just never did it. We’ll see if I follow through this time.

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KJules Home Post

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My goal for this challenge: Write two sentences per day about the new grammar point I study on bunpro that day.

Supplemental goal: improve my handwriting, and write more in general.

I get pretty extensive speaking practice about 3 times per week, so I will not be setting any speaking goals for this month.

Here goes!

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:studio_microphone: :maple_leaf: softlyraining’s output hub :memo: :snowman_with_snow:

I try to be creative when titling these home posts, but I can’t really be bothered right now. :laughing: My goal is just the basic “get as many check marks as I can” one. Last challenge I managed to do an even number of days for writing and speaking. It’d be kind of cool to achieve that again this time around, though I’d frankly prefer to have more days speaking. We shall see.

:snowman: 12月 :snowboarder:
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(I also just realized I left off the 31st on the calendar template… :sweat: Fixed now. Sorry also for kind of posting this thread last-minute. Life’s been a lot this past month.)

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Congrats on doing so well in November! By all means, don’t overdo it this month if you think it’ll lead to burnout. Just go at whatever pace you can if you wanna participate. (Also, no hiding in shame! You were upfront about how consistent output practice is a struggle for you, so even considering it was a great first step. Besides, look at what you ended up achieving!)

I swear, you always come up with interesting ideas! I’ve never heard of this before, and now I’m intrigued. Maybe I’ll try doing this format at least once. Not sure what I’d potentially present on. :thinking:

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I’m in!
Glad to see this challenge come around again, it was fun last time. :slight_smile:
Like the last challenge, I’ll probably mostly just be sticking with writing my daily diary, and sharing a paragraph or so of it.

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I’ve been wanting to work more on my output so I’m in, my posts might be on the short side for the first half of the month though. I’m thinking it would be fun to try and write a little bit of a short story everyday and see how that goes. I also want to try doing some more speaking near the end of the month.

:snowflake: Home Post :snowflake:

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始まり
ピアスについて
夢について
猫
ゲーム

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十二月一日

I think I mentioned this during the last challenge, but I write a diary daily and once a week I pick one of the last weeks entries to read with my tutor and she corrects my mistakes and we use whatever I wrote about as a conversation topic.
Most of the time, I write my diaries a day behind so today I actually wrote my November 30th diary rather than my December 1st one.
They are rarely interesting, so sorry in advance :sweat_smile:

日記

今日まだ調子が悪かったのに、ちょっと良くなっている。
ランチの後で、昼寝が必要があった。
でも、それ以外はポケモンをして、本を読んだりした。
まだ調子が良くないけど、明日、多分仕事に戻るべきだ。

(Home Post)

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すみませんけど、日記を読んだ。ポケモンをしたね?新しいゲームをしている?それはどうと思っている?

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HomePost

I’ve been trying to get back into my previous routine of completing all of my srs before work, and I did it again today! So I wrote my sentences early. Today was 点 meaning aspect or point (of an object or idea).

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Thank you so much :blush: Credit to my coworker who found it originally and we used it during a portion of our company retreat last year.

Ideas are easy, it’s the follow-through I struggle with :sweat_smile:

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12月1日
This is an idea I had around Halloween but never got around to writing. I may or may not have written this while hardcore procrastinating before a test :see_no_evil:

始まり

日が早く暮れる季節につれて、肌寒い風がよく吹くようにもなった。いつもの道を歩いても長く伸ばした影が、不気味な感じを与える。目に見えるのは膝につく高さの草のみで、波のように上下していた。さらさらと。歩いてるのは海と家をつなぐ道。大きい野原を切ったこの道は海につくまで三十分ほどかかる。

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12月1日

最近の興味

今日はチャレンジ開始だ!ちょっと久しぶりだけど、ワクワクしてる。 :grin:
私のパソコンはマックで、買った時にガレージバンドというアプリはもうインストールされた。先月、このアプリの使い方を学びたいと思って、先週はチュートリアルを見始めた。目標は歌を一つ書けるようになる。歌詞はもう書き始めたけど、草稿だけだ。曲を作るのはきっと時がかかるけど、完成の歌を楽しみにしてる。

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@lucylavelle お大事に!
@pyororon うわ〜、連続ストーリーですか。面白い!

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It’s easier for me to speak than write right now, but if I don’t write, it is more difficult to notice mistakes and get corrected.

Not to mention I haven’t done grammar-focused writing yet. (A bigger goal currently isn’t production, but grammar correction.)

Date Joined Days Completed
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Dec 1, Thu of Advent 2022 :christmas_tree: :jp: writing prompt

実は元々アドベントカレンダーとかが分からないですが、どうやら、このイベントに乗りかけるのが決まりました。

書くほうがいいですが、録音はなんかもっと勢いがあり、もっと易しいになります。書きはまだ時間が取って、時間に無駄使いと思います。ですが、書けば訂正が便利になると思います。

どうか、音声が文章に変わりますなら、いいでしょう。

今日も、久しぶりにLangCorrect.comに訪ねました。訂正した文章を集まりました。(オリジナルは無視しました。)


Dec 2, Fri of Advent 2022 :christmas_tree: :jp: writing prompt

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晴れの中の雪だるま

どうやら、今ここで大半の人は寒い国にいると感じます。我が国なら、確かに冬という季節が現しますが、実は雨と晴れだけです。暴風雨とかもあります。道路に通うつつ、冠水はときどき見せます。

最近読んでいる本に、ハワイからチャラがいます。日記テーマ目次ですから、今は十二月の章で、クリスマスパーティもあります。昔、わたしはカソリック中学校にいましたから、クリスマス祭りがありました。別の学校と大学はクリスマス祭りがありませんでした。

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December 2nd!

日記

今日、レッスンをしたので、たくさん話すのが練習した。
「ようになる」、「ようにする」、「ことになる」と「ことにする」を使い方を練習した。
似たような表現ですので難しかったよ。
宿題は、例文を書かないといけない。

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@softlyraining
今日、やっとよくになりました。ありがとうございます。

@KJules
そうです、ポケモン・バイオレットをします。
今まで本当に楽しんでいます。
日本語でしていますので私の進みはちょっとゆっくりですよ。
グラフィックはあまり良くありませんがゲームは楽しくて、物語は面白いです。

他の人は「バグが多い」と言いましたけど私にとって、小さいバグだけみました。
例えば、時々、バトルの始めるときに数秒だけカメラは違い所である。
私にとって、そのような問題はくだらないので気にしません。
しかし私の前職はゲームのテスターでしたので、多分私の意見は普通ではないよね!

(Home Post)

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This is a total newbie question, but how do I post that advent calendar into my post? Is it something I can use to check off my progress? I REALLY need to commit to speaking regularly. I’ve been taking classes for the last two and can read and write much better but I’m dismal at speaking and listening comprehension. :woman_facepalming:t2:

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