My listening comprehension is terrible. Part of that is simply due to not enough time spent, I think; but getting listening material that’s 95% comprehensible is a lot harder (at the early stages) than reading material, because you can read as slowly as necessary but you can only listen at one speed. Learning from context is pretty difficult when three fourths of the context itself isn’t understandable. So to bring a few things together, I intend to combine incremental reading with repeated listening. There’s a few different things I’m considering:
- Anime or drama. Get something with subtitles and put the subtitles in an incremental reading deck. Watch episodes as you become familiar with the reading cards. Alternatively, put the episodes themselves into their own SRS deck; or possibly along with the reading cards in the same deck. Durarara!! has j-subs available and I can rewatch that pretty much limitlessly so I think it would be a good place to start. Also maybe something like Hidamari Sketch.
- Podcasts. I’m mostly finished making this deck, just have to add in the audio. I’m using Miki’s blog from japanesepod101. They’re short, interesting, Miki and the hosts are fun to listen to, and I can get a lot out of them already without having read them at all. Transcripts are in the episode comments. I’m putting the audio on the same cards as the transcripts, although I might not listen to them every time; and also putting the podcasts on my iPod shuffle for random reinforcement. I can usually get three to six hours of listening in at work in a day so this should work nicely.
- Lyrics. Basically the exact same as the podcasts. Not sure if I’ll put the audio on the cards or not. Can’t hurt to have it there I suppose.