Leveled up to 37! (Last night technically but I always level at night and start the next level the next morning when I do lessons.)
I’ve decided to go from 12 lessons per day to 16. If the workload proves too much, I’ll go back down. But I keep looking at the wkstats page and using an excellent script it now has prediction. Looking at prediction at different speeds, I see the possibility of gaining 60 this year, or very early next year.
So with a bit of pushing I could be mostly done with WK by my birthday next year (May). I’m not concerned about burning everything. And considering I’ve now been at WK for 3 months, I feel like I’ve fully settled back into a routine of WK.
It is a little foolhardy, and I’ll only increase my workload a little at a time to see if I can handle it.
My current split for lessons are 5 kanji and 11 vocab. I believe this means I’ll probably run out of vocab towards the end of the level, but depending on how it feels this level I might shift to 6 kanji & 10 vocab next level, at the same time, I can’t weight too heavily into kanji because then I’ll have a lot of vocab lessons left over from the previous level when I level up. It is a balancing act.
For fun, let us add this very short segment.
I don’t think I watched any Card Captor Sakura during this level. On the other hand I’ve been playing a lot of Atelier Sophie. I’m really enjoying the method I’m using for this. By having Japanese audio but English text, I get to practice listening comprehension while not having to look up anything.
Most of the time I try to listen to the lines being spoken and only read the English after. Although sometimes I read the English (either by accident or partly by choice) while listening and I don’t know if it is helping me pick out words better. I always wonder “would I have recognized X if I hadn’t read the English so I knew some kind of X word would show up?”. Obviously an impossible question to answer.
So I’m taking a casual approach to improving my listening comprehension, but I kinda like it. I’ll probably do similar with any Japanese VN (visual novel) I decide to read. Meaning I’ll listen to the audio and only read the text after. Although it might depend on the difficulty of the Japanese. Although with the VNs, I’ll have Japanese text too.
So this level saw me finish The Best Selection 2 by Yuu Watase. I enjoyed that collection of short stories a lot more than the first volume. Whether that is because my Japanese is better so I could understand it more easily, or because the stories fit my taste better? Not sure.
But I was sure I was gonna get rid of both volumes first chance I got after finishing both, but now I’m not so sure. I think I want to reread the first volume when I’m even better than I am now, and see how I feel about it then.
Also have the funniest panel from the book:
After that I started 不思議駄菓子屋 銭天堂 (Zenitendou), and I felt like I’d been clobbered. Going back to narrative sentences after spending a month only reading manga was the biggest reason.
I’ve already talked some about it in recent posts, and I’ve taken the last 3 days off from reading Japanese. It has been nice to take a break, and instead I’ve dived into some reading in English (the main language I read in).
The break have done a lot for my disposition. Both with Japanese and other things. I still, maybe, have some decisions to make for my life (unrelated to Japanese), but at least I don’t feel bummer anymore (about Japanese or life in general).
Probably today I’ll go reread the first story in Zenitendou that I did finish before taking my reading break.
Other reading things that will happen either during this WK level or very soon after.
Orange book club that I am leading will start. (Less than a week!!!) Still feels absolutely bonkers that I’ll be leading a book club when I’ve so far not managed to follow through on any of the ones I joined. (Well, 結婚しても愛してる I only finished around 2 weeks late, so that one barely counts as not following through.)
Even more bonkers, it looks like we’ll have a lot of participants. I know that there is a lot of drop off and surely a lot of people who think they will start and then don’t. But I thought it would be me and 2 others, and it definitely looks like there will be more than that!
Loopers VN “book” club’s first pick (unless the vote changes in the next day or so) will start probably mid July, so not during this level. But this very fact is the reason I’m not starting my first VN right now. Because I’m planing to read with the club, I don’t want to have two first VNs.
Read Every Day Summer Challenge 2022 will start on July 1st. I’m just waiting for the thread to get posted. I’ll have to see what goals I make for that, but I’ll probably put another of my reluctant to read books as a goal. Although maybe finishing Zenitendou 1 would be enough of a push goal considering I’ll be leading Orange and reading my first VN during this challenge.
It feels so amazing to know that all these books (and VNs) I already own (and another batch will arrive next week (pics will be posted!)), now I will actually get around to read it. (Meaning I bought most of my collection about 2 years ago and barely touched it until RED spring challenge.) It might take a long time to read them all, but I am
bite by bite sentence by sentence reading the elephant my collection.