I’ve just reached level 11 (woot) and I’m hitting a wall when it comes to reading. I’ve tried time and time again to pick something up and read it, and what usually ends up happening is this:
“I know that word and that one, and hey! that one too! I know all the words in this sentence… I still have no idea what it means…”
It’s really frustrating. I tried reading the News Web Easy article today about the Emperor abdicating, and while I feel that I got a lot of grammar points and vocab right (with help from jisho, of course), I often found that I still didn’t know the “feeling” of the sentence. I’m not even trying to literally translate anymore, I’ve gotten over that. I just feel like no matter what I do I’ll never know Japanese Secrets
Anyway, any advice? What am I missing to understanding the meaning/feeling behind what a text is trying to say?