This story made my daughter laugh at moments, which she needed as she is a bit bummed by not being able to visit her American grandma due to weather. Even though I didn’t get everything, it is always nice to see her comprehension after living 3 years now in America.
Last one. Daughter wasn’t to into morning reading this morning so I more or less just read it to myself. From what I could understand it seemed to be about a woman and her family receiving favor from some demons dancing around a fire one night due to them feeling… sorry for her. Will have to go through again.
Today I read メリイ・クリスマス by 山川方夫 and it was not about Christmas, but was about aliens and love. I listened with this 朗読, which while well voice acted, had an unfortunate lot of background noise.
I’ll be posting one more time tomorrow as a bonus. It’s a very short piece here and the English it’s translated from is here (small PDF). Some people find bilingual text reading helpful, so thought I’d mention it.
Advent of Ascending Kanji - Day 24
Final day, kanji ascended
Twenty-Four stroke kanji: 麟
Chinese mythical creature (Chinese unicorn); genius; giraffe; bright; shining
I feel the biggest thing I need to work on is trying to get my lines and structure more straight, they seem to always want to resist straightness and go into a curved line, or just go full on curly. It feels more natural to go curly, why must you be this way hand. Though I wonder what the ‘acceptable’ amount of straying from the set form is
The super-squiggle impossible to read kanji style still follows a set form, so I wonder how much you can do your own way until it enters abunai-territory.
Thanks a bunch for setting this up @omk3, it was a lot of fun! And it’s been great seeing everyone else’s entries each day. Hope you all enjoy the holidays and new year!
December 23 & 24
Merry Christmas for those who celebrate and happy holidays to those who don’t!
Posting two days on christmas day as the last couple of days have been busy and I lagged behind!
Did these two on the same day and I made so many mistakes on the kanji for Day 24 because i was still thinking about Day 23 kanji! Two obvious ones with X marks but there’s another one hiding in one of the rows.
Now this last one could not have been coincidence could it? Such a fitting ending to the challenge!
Thank you for organizing and making the advent calendars @omk3 and @deliana88. Enjoyed learning to write so many new kanji, making origami and learning vocab in the process, and discovering new japanese songs and artists! Also had fun looking at what everyone else was doing and learning from your posts too!
This was my first challenge on the forums ever and now i’m motivated to join more in the future!
This one was definitely planned, well spotted
Today I read サンタクロースはいるんだ, known in English as Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.
Merry Christmas everyone! I had a great time seeing all your posts (origami, kanji, songs, oh my!) throughout the challenge
Merry Christmas, everyone!
It’s been great reading about everyone’s daily tasks with these advent calendars. You all inspired me to start practicing writing kanji again next year (though I’m not great with New Years’ resolutions ).
Sorry I haven’t been posting, but I’ve been listening to the songs again and reading through the lyrics as I go, but only in the last couple days did I actually start parsing through the lyric sheets again for vocab words I don’t know and adding them to lists to SRS later.
The songs “advent” calendar does go through the 31st, if anyone is still interested!
I also just created a new thread with a countdown to the New Year’s 紅白歌合戦 and asking for more song suggestions if anyone wants more Japanese music for the holidays.
I haven’t posted here in a week. Here’s last week’s progress:
December 20 + December 21 + December 22 + December 23 + December 24 + December 25 + December 26 + December 27 + December 28 + December 29 + December 30 + December 31
- Translate sentences (try to read posts & then find out the meaning); adding more to my anki deck; asking native speakers about words/phrases, how to use them & examples.
*Continuing to listen to the same song & trying to learn it
*watched Japanese learning videos
Thanks for letting me post within this forum. This small group’s post was inspiring to refocus some of my energy back into Japanese, something one might think would be duh for someone in my situation, but living in America again has indeed stunted that part of my personal development for too long. I’m not a very active forum poster, but cheers to all here and I might find you lot sometime somewhere amongst these forums again.
I must admit I have been missing our daily activities here. So today I made a clumsy attempt at writing 明けましておめでとうございます with a brush pen, and folded a rabbit for the new year. I wanted to also practice the rabbit kanji, but apparently the kanji for Year of the Rabbit is different to the うさぎ kanji, and I wasn’t sure which one to choose, so I chose none for now.
I didn’t particularly like the rabbits of our good old ばぁば so I looked for rabbits elsewhere, and… I destroyed four papers in the process. I’m realizing she really was amazing in explaining and showing the steps - I never ever made a mistake while following her instructions.
Here's the one rabbit that didn't end in crumpled paper and frustration:
And a Happy New Year in slightly trembly brushstrokes
Edit: Forgot to add the videos I followed:
Me too The kanji calendar turned writing kanji from something intimidating to something fun for me and majorly contributed to my decision to start a 10-year diary in Japanese I’m tracking my first two months of that project over at the Write Every Day challenge. I’ve composed and written down maybe 4 sentences in Japanese before today so the quality will be somewhat embarrassing I’m sure:p
what an adorable rabbit and beautifully written new year’s greetings!