I'm curious about a little advice from people that have better listening comprehension than I. Currently with these articles I try to listen to the audio or watch the video from the get-go as to see what I can comprehend. This is usually a very low percentile. Then I read it, then listen to it again while following the text. This is significantly higher. Finally I try to watch it one last time after knowing all the words I hadn't known and without following the dialogue. This usually retains a relatively acceptable understanding of the material (for obvious reasons).
My question is if I will soon see signs of progress. Every time I go into an article and listen or watch it without first going over the material, I still feel at quite a loss. It's honestly quite frustrating. On some level I understand it because there are simply so many specific words used in the various categories of the news.
For the articles on the main site I would suggest that you try to follow up on a certain story or topic everyday if you're feeling overwhelmed with too many new words. I've been following the North Korean stuff on there recently and until now I never thought I would know the word for UN Security Council so effortlessly.
There will be a lot of repeated vocab and slightly different ways to say pretty much the same thing. You'll feel more comfortable going into something you're already familiar with.
Then when you get sick of that or they run out of things to say about it move on to the next topic and start over again with an increased understanding of general news talk.
Halfway there, keep up the good work everyone. Read or Die also started today so if you have lots of time on your hands you can participate there as well.
What are people doing on weekend, when no news are published?
There's a list of old easy news from up to 1 month ago, but for some reason there they take out the normal version link.
I guess I can just read some easy news there and normal news elsewhere, but it would be nice having the same news in normal and easy versions.
BTW, everybody keep on reading!
So... no news today? o.O
Edit: Just realized it's a national holiday, so I guess no news today. Anticlimatic.
Thanks for the link.
Replay Media Catcher does work perfectly, but the free version only let's you record half of videos that aren't from Youtube.
The free trial lasts 30 days, so I'll go with that for now.
I'd like a chance to start over. This month I started reading native materials almost every day but never finished all three articles. lol. I don't read the news in English and am not very interested in Japanese news either. However, I am trying!
Sorry about the delay, sheet for #3 is up and waiting for your submissions.
As always I'll leave #2 unlocked for a few days so everyone who posts their progress late can do so. Official #3 thread incoming.
New interfaces always confuse me =/.
Also, Easy articles with no normal equivalent.
Whenever I run out of easy articles with a normal equivalent, I just jump onto the main site and other news sites. There are plenty of new articles with videos to choose from.
Edited: 2013-04-05, 8:44 am
Why'd they change the layout of the NHK Easy site? It was fine the way it was before. :\
I kept wondering why the bird flu articles(and nhk articles in general) seem off to me and I realized that it's due to the lack of caps lock. It's really weird to see the news with monotone voice and font.
Don't Japanese news have sensationalism/SEO?