(2017-04-20, 2:20 am)weab00 Wrote: When you were a relative beginner (maybe a bit past N5), what did you do for listening practice? That's the area that I'm struggling with the most in my studies.
Read along with / repeat listen to Erin's dialogs,
Read along with / repeat listen to JoI teacher's blogs,
If you notice yourself mishearing a certain mora (it's written が but you heard な, it's written ら but you heard だ, it's written as けっ but you heard けい, etc.) try repeating that section a few times (the individual lines in the script pages on Erin's Challenge are good for this. Jpod101 has a similar tool if you're subscribed.)
You can do the same with Jpod101, but it requires a subscription, and with NHK News Easy but it's an artificial voice. (I had saved a bunch of dialogs while subscribed to Jpod101.)
If you feel like you're read to up the challenge you can do the same with hukumusume's 童話・昔話 recordings, or with the Harry Potter audio books, or scripts and audio of an anime or dramas that you like. (That's more of an intermediate goal, but you might get there sooner than you think.)
If you have a long commute or a long break, etc., you can also play just the audio for anything you've previously read along with during that time. Even if you don't have that opportunity, it's a good idea to relisten without reading along to strengthen your listening.
When you can listen to previously read material with good comprehension, you can start trying to listen first and read afterwards.
I only had a couple of skype calls with a language exchange partner, but of course, having conversations with a tutor or language exchange partner is also a good way to practice both speaking and listening. Naturally, if you listen to Japanese music you should read through the lyrics for your favorites; that's doubles your recreation into practice, plus the music is (usually) more enjoyable if you can understand what's being sung.