🎙 ✍ Speak/Write Every Day Challenge (Spring 2024) 🌸🌼

I didn’t mean to delete my last post. My hand slipped and I dropped my phone :sweat_smile:

Anyways, today I shadow-read a story about a cat on Satori reader.

Please feel free to correct any errors on my sentences. I’m pretty sure I was too redundant with my wording because I’m not used to simplifying things so much. Japanese really is an efficient language.




Thank you @Izabelle for continuing this challenge! I’ve been MIA from the forums for a couple of months (life’s been busy and it’s been hard to find the time/energy to pop on). I’ve been practicing speaking since the beginning of the year on a somewhat regular basis, so I’ll add in my recordings from that here and encourage everyone else who’s participating. :smiling_face:

I think vocaroo recordings last for maybe 3 months? So you have until about then if you want to download your recording so you can look back on your progress. (Nice pronunciation, by the way!)


I’m sorry if I copied too much from your challenge, but I wasn’t sure exactly what I should do. Please let me know if there is anything you want changed. I look forward to hearing from you when you have a chance to make it on :slight_smile:


Day 2

:cherry_blossom:Home Post :paperclips:

Had an iTalki lesson today, so I’m counting that as my speaking practice today and thus didn’t record anything.

Thank you:)

Also, thank you:) now I feel I need to qualify my comment about kinda hating my spoken japanese: while my pronunciation is まあまあ on some level, my pitch accent isn’t and my sentences don’t flow the way I want them to. I’m trying to be attuned to these things when listening/shadowing, but unless I’m shadowing it doesn’t come out right^^

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You know what, sure. I’ve been kind of away from the forums so I might be spotty posting here, or I might literally disappear after making one post, who knows anything. Up to this point I’ve studied via input only for close to 3 years. Wasn’t really intending to bother with output still, but I’ve met a few friends through playing Splatoon who are Japanese, and we’re talking over discord now. Just text for now, but a couple invited me to voice the other night and while I just don’t feel quite ready to talk in real time yet (literally started almost ANY production less than one week ago), I really want to work on it and try to join them soon.

Sooo… I’m just having random conversations with my friends for now (maybe I’ll do shadowing I dunno?) and they seem patient enough with me saying a lot to keep working on it so I think it’ll happen daily, hahaha. Don’t want to publicly post what they say for privacy, but I can share excerpts of my own broken Japanese I guess!

For example, talked a bit about Splatoon’s rank system and matchmaking:

  • 毎回、シーズンが初めて、楽勝がドンドン来て、S+に上昇と。。。絶望感が一気に湧いてくる。 :rofl:
  • 昇格戦むちゃくちゃ厳しいよね。私が聞いた話によって、昇格戦をマッチメイクすると、何というか。。。腕前を計るやつ(英語でELOとかGLICKOとか)が約200で上げる。理不尽な戦いを意図的に造ってる。

Also decided to ask about how true some advice on handling compliments in Japanese is and talked a little about that

  • 日本語についての質問があるんだが。。。

The general idea was they can’t speak too well for others but think just taking the compliment is fine, though others may feel differently. So…

  • 万人と一ルールで話せるのは無理ね。時々、英語で日本語を教えスタイルが神経質を起こすだけと思う :joy:
  • いつも「無意識に無礼なことをするに注意して!」のは強調して、この言語がトラップだらけかって感じがするwww
  • もちろん、手伝ってありがとう!
  • 英語の質問があったら、または他の方法で役に立てれば、是非聞いてね

I’m sure the stuff I said was a mess but the meaning seems to get across and it’s been fun, haha.


Oooh! I really love this and somehow never saw the Speak/Write Every Day Challenge before (only the reading and write-a-sentence ones).

I hope this happens again after April! I would join now, but I’m currently packing and trying to find a new place for a move about 1000 miles away from my current home. Time is a little sparse. :sweat_smile:


We can continue as long as people would like :slight_smile: Good luck with your move.


Today I shadow read mini conversations from Minna No Nihongo for 10 minutes.

I didn’t have much energy, so my sentences are pretty sad. I think I might start writing a story tomorrow instead.


Home Thread // March 12th, 2024

Well, looks like the start of the challenge didn’t go quite as well for me as I hoped it would lol, but I wanna change that now, so, here is some 下手 Japanese text, written by me:

March 12th



No need to apologize! I’m just happy that people are interested. :smiling_face: I guess I didn’t view it as copying, but more like continuing it on. There have been different people running the reading and listening challenges, for example, and I (and probably a lot of others) view them as a continuation. It’s less about who’s running the challenges and more about the challenges being around so people can participate.

My recording from yesterday. I…kind of ramble, but that’s not really unusual when I speak Japanese, unfortunately.

A fresh recording for today! Happy to say that I rambled less. :sweat_smile:


Thank you :blush:


I recited あめんぼのうた (a poem) out loud. I also wrote a really long paragraph. I am certain that there are a lot of grammar mistakes, but I’ll keep practicing.



Another recording, this time about the anniversary of the pandemic. I was a teacher at the time, which was an interesting position to be in for sure. :sweat_smile: I can already think of a couple of mistakes I made, including a conjugation error, but that’s easily fixable.

Vocab I Looked Up

commute: 通勤する
spread: 伝染する
back then: 当時


Days 3 & 4

:cherry_blossom:Home Post :paperclips:

I’m visiting my parents over the Easter holidays and I’m leaving at 4am tonight so I’ve been too busy with various things I had to get done before I go to actually do any studying these two days :person_shrugging: I’ll try to make up for it tomorrow.

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Home Thread // March 14th, 2024

I’m not even nearly as consistent with this challenge as with the Read every day challenge, but I found that in 1.5 hours of focused working, I’m able to do 80% of what I usually do over the whole day, so as a result, I was almost finished with my daily tasks in Japanese before noon!

Anyway, except for one extremely simple sentence in the Japanese POLL thread, I didn’t do anything yesterday.

As for today, here are three sentences by me :slight_smile:

March 14th


I also wrote two more sentences over here.


Hi everyone, because I don’t have enough commitments already I’d like to take on another one! :tada:

Do you guys have inspiration what to talk about? I want to do something that helps me improve, and I don’t know what’s most useful for that. Is it best to pick a topic, research some words and talk about that? Maybe I’ll start with a 日記 too. I think I’d like to challenge myself to use one new word every day though.

Please correct me if you see something wrong!

6時ちょっとに目覚めて、漢字の復習したり、朝ご飯を食べたり、二次創作を読んだり(英語だけどね :sweat_smile:)買い物に行ったりして、スーパーから帰ってきたらまだ10時も過ぎてなかった!最高だ!

New word of the day: 日の出

月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01 02 03
04 05 06 07 08 09 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30


Today’s recording is about the new pillow I just bought. Took a few tries before I got into my groove, but that’s not too unusual. Being sleep deprived doesn’t help. :upside_down_face:


Just from skimming your last two entries, you might want to check the N5 ~ので grammar point once more :wink:


Thank you :slight_smile: I’m still on chapter 7 of Minna No Nihongo, so I haven’t gotten to a lot of the grammar points yet.


AAAAAHHHH, thanks for pointing that out! :sweat_smile: I completely forgot that I need to add a な with nouns and な adjectives :sweat_smile: