Let’s have a nicer update this time! I will say it’s a weird feeling to adjust to, ping-ponging between “wow I actually know some Japanese!” and “why don’t I know a single thing in this language yet”… not only between materials, but sometimes within the same thing, haha. I know it sounds like that seems to be a feeling that never quite goes away. I’ve been watching some Shirokuma Cafe recently, and it’s especially strong there, with episodes varying wildly in how much I can understand. But overall I know that’s good. The bad times aren’t AS bad as they feel and wow, I know a few things finally.
Chugging along in Wanikani, up to level 19. My burn reviews begin in late November – I’m a little concerned about how much I might forget, but what can you do, really. I can tell from using Satori Reader (with furigana set to only kanji I haven’t learned) that I have indeed retained quite a bit. If anything, the forgetting will just make my next attempt to remember even better. Or that’s what I choose to tell myself haha.
On the subject of Satori Reader, I’m tearing through it. I skipped over one series that was very long, but otherwise, I’ve nearly finished all of the intermediate level content, too! When I started, one of the simplest stories (Kiki Mimi Radio) literally gave me a headache to read, but now I’m getting through Oku Nikko with only the occasional problem sentence, so I’m very pleased. I have nothing but good things to say about that site and what it has taught me.
I’ve also totally finished all 15 volumes of Yotsubato! I really fell in love with that series, and that’s a hell of an emotional ending (I mean, I hope there’s more, and I know it’s not officially over or anything, but it would be a strong place to end if it was). My little manga baby is growing up, y’know? <3
Never wanting to slow down, I’ve moved on to reading more manga, currently Neko Ramen. There are a lot of words for me to look up and some very rough, sort of masculine/rude patterns I have to research, but with a little time and effort, I’ve understood nearly all of it so far. You can really tell how far role language and author voice stretches when you change materials. It’s nothing amazing, but it’s a cute little yonkoma, and I’m learning.
If I haven’t completely buried myself in other projects, I’m really eyeing the Way of the Househusband beginner book club in a month. I looked at the preview and it seemed… fine. The lack of furigana might get me here and there, but I’ll know a little more by then, and I imagine I’ll have a nice vocab sheet to fill in the gaps. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to handle it, and I always want to keep pushing further. Intermediate club here we come, some day.