Listening Comprehension

Hey Guys,
I started learning Japanese about three months ago and am halfway through Genki 1 (which I think is a really goo textbook tbh), and am doing WaniKani along with Bunpro. The only thing I feel is still missing from my learning journey is a listening source that is educational, because netflix shows are still too fast. Any tips and resources are welcome, thanks guys!!

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I think you could get a lot more responses on this topic if you go to WaniKani’s community. Also, I’m pretty sure there are plenty of threads there that have already covered this topic. Listening is a really important subject in language learning, so you can find a lot of answers over there.

But, to shortly answer your question based on my experiences, and what I’ve learned: keep watching those netflix series. But, most importantly, make sure you’re watching stuff that you find interesting. If you don’t find what you’re watching interesting, then your thoughts are going to wander, and then you won’t be benefitting at all. Also, if at any point in your listening you feel bored, start to doze off, etc. switch to something else (something that isn’t listening), or take a break. At that point you aren’t getting anything out of it, and could be doing something more beneficial for your learning. Listening is really difficult starting out since you don’t understand a thing. But, even though things are fast paced and everything flies over your head, as long as you are putting your full attention into it and carefully listening to what’s being said, then your brain will be doing things behind the scenes to help you eventually gain better listening comprehension. I still have a very difficult time hearing words I know, however, one thing that I’ve noticed over time is that I’m dozing off a lot less, and every so often I hear words that I just know (no Japaense->English translation goes on in my head, I just understand it).

Hope that somewhat helps. I know it wasn’t really the answer you were looking for. However, Nihongo Con Teppei is a podcast you can look up. The speaker speaks fairly slow, uses pretty comm words, and has a Tokyo Dialect (at least I think so). I wouldn’t recommend podcasts though until you are able to understand decently since it’s a lot easier to lose focus.

Just make sure you take your time with listening - don’t do more than you can handle. It’s overwhelming, and too much of it can make you want to steer clear of it. Make sure you don’t discourage yourself when listening too, just because you can’t hear words you know doesn’t mean your brain isn’t working. Listening takes a long time, but you’re always improving as long as you’re paying very close attention.

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You could check out the Nihongo con Teppei podcast. ^^ I’ve never listened to it, but it’s specifically for Japanese learners. I’ve seen a lot of people recommend it as a listening resource for beginners.

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Whoops - I should read things more closely. :+1: :grin:

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Glossika is a great tool for gaining listening comprehension. I use it for shadowing practice.

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I found it interesting and new in the beginning but then it got really repetitive and time consuming :confused:

I agreed, once I got to 25000 repetitions it got tedious because the increase in noticeable gains decreased, so I don’t use it everyday anymore, but I still find doing it every couple of days to be helpful.

Good suggestions here, also check out delvinlanguage.com which has helped me a ton.

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Japanesepod101 is one of the best listening resource for beginners in my opinion. There are thousands of natural dialogues with lessons attached. I’ve been using it for a couple of years and love it.

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i use japanesetest4you and lingQ to get my texts with audio.

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also another alternative which does the same thing;
https://supernative.tv/ja/
not bad at all.

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You probably already know this, but in case you missed it, the physical Genki textbooks include a CDROM with listening exercises. I ripped them all to my iPhone and use them when studying.

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There are many sources as you get plugged into the stream of learning. Check out https://massimmersionapproach.com and look up nuke marine lets learn japanese stuff. There discord servers are extremely helpful.

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This is great advice. Whichever chapter I am currently on I will listen to when I’m out for a run.

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Reddit is a good place to follow for such resources.

Here is an example compilation:

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http://mykikitori.com/

follows genki chapter by chapter for the most part

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