The whole point of AJATT, or immersion in general, is to keep in constant contact with your L2 (for me, Japanese). This gets divided into two areas. One is reading/writing and the other is listening. I’ve shown you how I keep manga, Japanese posters, etc all around me, even at work, but let me show you how I keep my ears jacked in each day.
Simulradio has become an intricate part of my daily life at work. Simulradio is exactly what you think probably think it is. It’s a Japanese radio website. However, it’s not just one radio station, it’s a compilation of them. You can click on any of the + signs on their map to expand a station and then listen to it if you wish.
It’s so amazing because of how much simplicity it adds to my life. Instead of having to search for radio stations, I have more than enough all laid out in front of me. If I ever get bored of a station, they aren’t currently streaming, or are playing something I don’t like then I’m a click away from listening to a brand new station. I love it so much that I leave it streaming almost my entire work day.
For my level of Japanese, I consider it a podcast killer. Why? Because it’s live so it’s always new content. No waiting for more *episodes* to come out. Plus, radio is streaming for hours at a time while most podcasts only even last 30 – 45 minutes in length. I’ll explain why podcasts have their purpose though, especially once my level of Japanese gets way better.
When it comes to radio stations, so far I love FM JAGA the best. Check em out!
Podcasts are great because they generally have a dedicated focus. Meaning, if I want to, I can easily find a podcast that is all talk about video games, manga, anime, or whatever. Therefore, I can subscribe to hearing the latest news on whatever my interests are. Once my Japanese is to a level where I can understand 75%+ of everything being said in those podcasts, they will become insanely useful because then I’ll be able to partake more in my other hobbies (say video games) but in Japanese.
The only podcast I currently listen to is JUNK, by recommendation of AJATT (he mentioned to listen to it in AJATT SilverSpoon also). You can check them out here.
Music is one of those things that I now don’t even consider as “listening to Japanese” even though the only music I even possess any more is purely Japanese (no English) music. The reason is that music isn’t as good for just zoning out (working), while hearing/comprehending in the background. For instance, I can listen to anime, podcasts, or radio in the background and pick up on phrases (realize I hear something I know). But with music, at least for me, that doesn’t seem to happen unless I specifically try to listen to the song and break it down.
But music is obviously needed. Everyone generally loves to work, play, etc to music. So when I’m in the mood for a beat, I make sure it’s Japanese. However, I make a conscience effort every day to make sure I’m listening to some form of podcast, anime, radio, etc. Something that has more casual talk in it. In fact, I often have my music playing softly while listening to a radio talk show (been doing that kind of thing since a kid: watching movies while listening to music and playing video games, at the same time).