📚📚 Read every day challenge - Fall/Autumn 2021 🍁🍂🦝

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Two days in a row, since I wasn’t able to post yesterday.

Day 2 (9/3)

Continuation on かべの穴 (Hole in the wall) on Satori Reader, chapter 2

→ Vocabs:

安全
safety [ na adj., noun]

命がけ
risking one’s life [noun, no adj.]

らしい
seeming … (expresses judgment based on evidence, reason or trustworthy hearsay); appearing …

以上
beyond … (e.g. one’s means); further (e.g. nothing further to say); more than … (e.g. cannot pay more than that) [adverbial noun, temporal noun]

決まる
to be decided; to be settled [ godan verb, intransitive]

Day 3 (9/4)

Continuation on かべの穴 (Hole in the wall) on Satori Reader, chapter 2

I will need to find something new, since I am not a subscriber to Satori Reader and probably I am not ready to become one yet. These two chapters were short and looked easy, but until I will be able to recognize correctly different forms of conjugated verbs it is really hard for me! :smiley:

→ Vocabs:

連れる
to lead; to take (a person) [ ichidan verb]

思う
to think; to consider; to believe [ godan verb, transitive]

物狂い
insanity; an insane person [noun]

遅い
slow [conj. adj.]

出来事
incident; affair; happening; event [noun]

悲しい
sad; sorrowful [conj. adj.]

喜ぶ
to rejoice; to be delighted; to be glad; to be pleased [ godan verb]

:pleading_face: :purple_heart:

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Day 3:

日本語: I read a lot of パノラマ島綺譚, some of スキップ・ビート, and a lot of ミステリと言う勿れ (finished v7).

Read-aloud: We read a chapter of ふしぎの国のバード.

中国語

中国語: I read 西安-成都. It uses 也 at the beginning of a sentence in a way I didn’t know you could do. My grammar reading afterward didn’t immediately make it clear why that’s okay here, unless the subject is being carried over from the previous sentence? I will put a pin in it in my mind and come back to it when I know more things.

I was feeling tired last night and almost reached for manga over a novel, but I do have a goal of reading >30min in a novel a day, even if I’ve been a little more forgiving with it since making it to my 2021 overall goal–anyway, the point is, I remembered this challenge and decided to push myself. :+1: The book was interesting and I ended up reading more than I thought I’d be up for with a tired brain.

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September 4
・Read Honzuki 5. (78% → 81%)

Wow, this chapter was crazy.

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Sept 4th: Today I managed to read 2 pages of 糞尿譚 - there were some parts that I had a hard time understanding who did what, so I spent ages trying to figure it out (an when I read it a final time, going with the flow of the language, it all fell into place :woman_shrugging:). On top of that, it’s old and the author used a lot of unknown-to-me vocab, so looking stuff up is not that fast either. Let’s see if I can double the amount once more tomorrow :muscle:

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Today I read maybe 30 pages of 星と旅する volume 1, a little bit まいてつ visual novel and the text about speech styles in the tobira book. Lol everyday I want to read lots of japanese but I never manage to read as much as I would like to.

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Day 4 :heavy_check_mark:

I read 5 short texts from my JLPT 読解 textbook and realised I really need to keep studying because it still isn’t easy for me :wilted_flower:

フランスパン

One of the texts started with the story of someone who broke their teeth because of (specifically) French bread :laughing:

Life

I didn’t have time to read tonight because I went to a piano concert where the pianist only played anime musics :sparkles: :sparkles: 久しぶりにアニメが好きな人とイベントがあって、超楽しかったー

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Day 4: September 4th
Satori Reader: Secret, episode 32.
Final Fantasy XIV

Random words
  • 頂上 = ちょうじょう top of a mountain, summit.
  • 許可証 = きょかしょう permit, licence.
  • 前もって = まえもって in advance.
  • 取得 = しゅとく acquisition
  • 万端 = ばんたん all, everything (part of 準備は万端だ。= everything is ready (the whole expression comes from 準備は万端整っている) )
  • 身分証明書 = みぶんしょうめいしょ ID, identification papers (Basically 身分 (social status) + 証明書 (certification) )

I mentioned in the other challenge how I wasn’t really feeling this series, that some episodes were very nice and some others were slightly boring, but these last ones are again pretty nice. I like the scenery and the place where part of it takes place, Yosemite Valley; perhaps because I feel more rested after the break, but I’m liking it more this time around.

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Day 4: September 4
What did I read?: ハイ☆スピード!
How much did I read?: 4 pages
How long did it take me?: 1 hour 58 min

I read a lot longer than I thought I was going to today…my brain has been kind of unplugged the whole day, so I thought I would get through a page, maybe, at the most, but once I got started it wasn’t really that hard to keep going.

Chapter 2 starting off with a description of the town, which I loveeeee <3 Their town is so pretty, I love where they live. (I’m in love with the shrine-in-the-middle-of-a-residential-area aesthetic and this is, like, the epitome of that, plus ocean views - I mean, come on) It’s based on a real town, Iwami, which I would like to go to someday (but it’s hella out of the way, so I feel like I need to work on my nonexistent speaking skills first :sweat_smile: But they have little maps for the anime locations and everything definitely did not just get sidetracked for a ridiculous amount of time looking at the maps while I was writing this post whoops). Also in these first few pages we have the introduction of a character who to my knowledge is not in the anime :thinking: Iiiiinteresting.

I just need to talk about this Haru moment for a quick sec

There’s this moment when Haru comes upon this new character, Aki, on his way to the swim club (Aki is in his class and goes to the swim club also, so he sort of knows her) and he’s like…she looks kinda upset, should I just go by without saying anything, should I call out to her, what do I do…and his first instinct is basically to look around like “where is Makoto, maybe he’ll know” :pleading_face: That just…so relate. So love. My socially-challenged child <3

Favorite words/phrases from today:
拍手を打つ (かしわでをうつ) - to clap one’s hands in prayer (at a shrine)
当てにする (あてにする) - to count on; to expect; to put confidence in; to trust in; to depend on
見え隠れ (みえかくれ) - appearing and disappearing; slipping in and out of view

It is such a cute novel, I’m enjoying it a lot so far :blush:

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:white_check_mark: 4日目 9月5日

As there doesn’t seem to be any new NHK articles on the weekends, I scrolled back a few weeks and found this delightful article: 静岡県しずおかけん 海岸かいがんつかったウミガメが元気げんきになってうみかえ

I recently burned 海亀 but didn’t get to use my knowledge here :slightly_frowning_face:

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:ballot_box_with_check: Day 5

Today I read a smattering of a couple things.

First was chapter 4 (technically part 2, chapter 1) of 深夜特急. I just realized I never explained the premise! The book is a true recount of the authors travels. He’s a really relaxed traveller–a lot of lazing about while soaking up the atmosphere–and his style of writing is also pretty relaxing. I picked it up cause we can’t travel so much in Covid-times, and his book kinda scratches that itch. The first part was when he was in India. Part 2 is in Hong Kong.

But then today my Mother-in-law recommended another book, 手紙. So I picked that up and read the first couple of pages. 手紙 is less relaxing, and more emotional. After the older brother commits a crime and is sent to prison, where he writes to his younger brother every week. The younger brother won’t read the laters though, out of spite. Along the way they grow and change (though I don’t know how).

I feel like I might keep trying to read 手紙, cause it’s been a while since I’ve read :sparkles: drama :sparkles:.

Today I learned...

…the difference between 柵(さく) and 塀(へい)! 柵 is a fence you can see through/over and is often in public spaces. While 塀 is usually a tall fence, more or less solid, which can’t be seen past and is often around homes or private property.

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I just learned this kanji this morning, so thank you for the added nuance.

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I love when that happens! It’s like magic :laughing::sparkles: So glad I could be a part of that for you.

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September 5th read 2 more pages from chapter 1 of 大海原と大海原, added ~11 more entries to shared vocab sheet.

I wanted to read more, but I’m tired, I spent more of my energy today on WK since I’ve been falling behind (400 outstanding reviews >.>) so I’ve been trying to spend more time working through that since WK is the reason I’m able to even try read now :sweat_smile:

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Just finished reading up volume 15 of Yotsuba. It did get a bit emotional near the end of it for her dad. This is also where I caught up to the where the series is atm, so I’m done reading Yotsuba atm. It’s been fun and in a sense unreal to read up on 18 years worth of Yotsuba in a relative short period of time. Luckily it is left in a good place, so even if this is it, I got a lot out of rereading it in Japanese.

I’ll be moving on to other series. Not sure if I’ll read the Avan manga or continue with polar bear cafe tomorrow.

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Streak Count: 3

I read on Friday, though didn’t post in this thread because I didn’t have anything to say about the reading session or the story beats. ^^

While I haven’t set myself the goal of reading on the weekends, I found some time to do so today.

I read about 10 pages in ゴールデンハート/ゴールデンリング.

Already snooping around for what to read next, I also read 5 sample pages of the first book in the 疫病神シリーズ.

I’ve been watching the television show version of the first book with Japanese subs and find it enjoyable. The 関西弁 usage is still a bit tricky, but watching the show already made me work out the most overt differences when compared to a Tokyo-centred dialect.

The book version still felt a bit difficult, but it takes me a bit to get used to an author’s style. Luckily BookWalker has like 40 pages available in the preview, so that should be enough to make me decide whether I want to buy it or hold off for now.

Happy reading, everyone!

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Day 5
Read 3 more pages of Kiki in about 20 minutes! At 2am though :sweat_smile:
Just got to the part where Osono suggests the name of 魔女の宅急便 to Kiki as the name of her business!
I didn’t quite reach my aim of five pages, but I’ll try to make up for it tomorrow.

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Day V: 柿色 :orange_circle:

I am sure I have heard the word 「かきいろ」somewhere before but I have no idea why I would already know this.

Though I don’t think I’ve seen the kanji: 柿 before, so I’m probably confusing it for something else.

The colour = 柿色
The fruit = On this specific wiki it uses 柿の果実, on Jisho it says 柿の木 and the actual wiki for persimmons uses カキノキ (but also 柿の木). On second thought I’m probably confusing かきいろ with カキノキ, because I have definitely heard カキノキ before.

Conclusion: persimmons are tasty.

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I’ve talked about trying to read every day before but I’m really enjoying how this challenge is actually getting into the habit, rather than quitting studying when I’ve done all my SRS. I’m already a quarter of the way through this book, but I have another 2 volumes from the same series that I can move on to afterwards. I’d really recommend them to anyone else in between N4/N3.

The new word I learnt today was 盗み気 - eavesdropping.

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Day 4:

日本語: I read a fair amount of パノラマ島綺譚 and a lot of ミステリと言う勿れ.

中国語

中国語: I read 大年初一. I also encountered the explanation for yesterday’s confusion in my textbook (good timing!): “有 can also be used at the beginning of the sentence, or preceded by an adverb (…).” So 也 can be used at the beginning of a sentence if it’s before 有, and I’m going to think of this usage of 有 like hay in Spanish.

I’m adding in “a fair amount” to my bit, some, and a lot, because I did read 30 minutes of パノラマ島綺譚, but I was meandering through and didn’t read a lot in terms of the book itself. So “a fair amount” will be 30+ minutes but it didn’t feel like I read that much, and “a lot” will be 30+ minutes and it felt like I read a great deal. (ミステリと言う勿れ would not let me go to sleep last night.)

Also, I completed my week one! :tada:

S E P T
:books:
:fire:
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Sept 5th: 糞尿譚 again. I was indeed able to increase the amount I read to about 4 pages :sparkles:
(And no, I will probably not read 8 pages tomorrow :joy_cat: - although it would be nice…)
For my own record: I read up to the end of 35/158.

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