In the same vein, yesterday I practiced more easy listening, but live. Instead of playing a recording I sat at the table in the company of 5 Japanese women having lunch.
I was surplus to requirements. I could concentrate on eating and catching phrases and words. There was no pressure for me to participate. A smile and an occasional comment sufficed.
This is totally different to a 1-on-1 language exchange, or even 2-on-1. It might sound like a lazy way to learn, but isn’t that’s what you do from an early age, listening in on your parents’ get-togethers with friends?