Over the last 2 or 3 weeks I’ve been listening to a lot of Japanese podcasts. These podcasts are all Japanese and not Japanese learning podcasts which typically have about 2 or 3 minutes in Japanese and the rest in English. I feel like I’m picking up more and more and even if I’m not according to a Victoria University study, it looks like listening is still good for me.
The biggest advantage of listening to so much pure Japanese on the go is the increase in listening stamina. Stamina is crucial for the JLPT. The listening sections of the test range from 30 minutes (for N5) all the up to an hour (for N1). This might not seem like much, but if you are not used to listening to the language (for comprehension) for an extended period of time this can be quite taxing.
The higher your stamina the easier it is going to be to stay focused during the test. During the test, there will be a variety of distractions like people coughing and sneezing, or test takers in the hall. Stamina is especially critical for those outside Japan, where you might not get that much natural listening opportunities. It is still important inside Japan though. I know of at least a few people that live in Japan and have complained about not being able to focus during the listening portion of the exam.
Action Steps –
1)What are you doing to improve your stamina?
2)Do you think listening to Japanese can improve your language learning ability, even if you don’t understand a word?
2) Have you had problems concentrating on the listening section of the test before?
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