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

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Day 14: September 14
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 23 min

Well Rin finally brought up the idea of the medley relay (for the record, it continues to weird me out that he’s like “idk who’ll be our backstroke person” when Makoto is right there LOL, the anime has biased me so much xD). As expected, Haru is Not Interested, and Rin gets irritated with him - I love that we end up with the “writing stuff on the bricks” idea purely by chance, because Rin needs a cover when he raises his voice at Haru over the relay and accidentally attracts the attention of the entire class :rofl:

And then we come back to Haru running~

I'm just appreciating this part, I like Haru's mind <3

I love this little snippet of Haru’s thoughts on running. First, it shows how Rin is totally indirectly and unintentionally inspiring Haru to want to be better. Neither of them realize it’s happening, but it’s so happening, because Haru seems like the type of person who isn’t that motivated to push himself under normal circumstances. But he’s like, tracking his running times, and noticing that he’s getting faster. He started running because Rin runs and it seems to give him an advantage in swimming, but he’s not running for the express purpose of beating Rin right now. He has no way of knowing how fast Rin runs, and doesn’t seem to care anyway. He doesn’t have a time goal or anything. It’s just turned into him wanting to improve himself and beat the person he was yesterday, to push past his limits and see how far he can go. That’s so…pure? I don’t know, I love it. Isn’t that the best way that competition can influence you? To be your best self? And he never would have even started on this path, without this annoying red-haired kid to ignite the spark <3

Then he has this really complex and lovely thought about how running and swimming don’t really give him the same thing/feeling, but sometimes he feels something release inside him when he runs, so maybe they will soon come to have similar meaning…I’m sure I’m doing it an injustice by paraphrasing it here but I just really liked it. I want that feeling. It sounds lovely.
I don’t know if this adequately captures my thoughts and feelings on this moment at all but I tried. I liked it.

Good words/phrases from today:

  • 何とかなる - to be able to manage somehow or another​
  • 見繕う (みつくろう) - to choose (a thing) at one’s own discretion; to use one’s discretion in choosing
  • 聞き分けのない (ききわけのない) - unreasonable; naughty
  • そっけない - cold; short; curt; blunt​ (guess who this was describing lol)
  • 息を呑む (いきをのむ) - to have one’s breath taken away
  • 平泳ぎ (ひらおよぎ) - breaststroke (putting this here in hopes that one day my brain will stop wanting to read this as へいおよぎ -_-)

I liked your post already but I feel like I need to give it an extra :heart:, this makes me happy :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

Low-key wishing I had literally any reason to have/use LINE so I could use those stickers, they’re so cute :sob::sob: whyyyy. Like, if those were emojis I could use on the forums??? :pleading_face: This place would be covered in tanukis lol

Absolutely!! I’ve never felt very confident in trying to do that, but now I’m like…maybe I should try more often haha, maybe I am good enough to try that :o

Of course! Welcome! :blush: :wave:

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I’d like to join, especially since I’m taking Japanese this semester∠( ˙-˙ )/:crossed_flags:
Book: 10分で読める伝記 (the one from the Absolute Beginner’s Book Club).
Goal: 1+ pages/day
Page last read: 50

Edit: I’m going for quality over quantity here, so even half a page fully understood is better than 2 pages with gaps in my understanding. For this reason I’m reducing my goal to 1 page per day.

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Summary post

Day 14: I read another two pages of よつば&!

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Welcome to you both!!! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: It’s great to have you!

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:ballot_box_with_check: Day 15

Read section 2, all of chapter 3 and half of 4 in 手紙! (and technically a couple pages of some random manga I found while waiting around.) Today I couldn’t really focus well, but was so encouraged by all my previous progress and made myself keep pushing forward. Hope my clear mind returns tomorrow!

My favorite new words:
  • 心地よい (ここちよい) = Comfortable, pleasant
  • 元も子もない (もともこもない) = losing everything, come to nothing
  • 尻馬に乗る (しりうまにのる) = to blindly follow someone, can also mean to advantage of someone (popularity, status, etxc.)
  • こりごり (懲り懲り) = Bitter experience, learning from a bad experience, being fed up

:raccoon: :raccoon: Main Post :raccoon: :raccoon:

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Home post - September 15th I just read 1 page of 大海原と大海原 as I am very sleepy, earlier today I skim read through some panels from 王様ランキング. yawning

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Morning reading: one and a half pages. Met the fairy prince who’s hair is shining dark red, eyes are dark crimson, skin is gold, and flower-clothes are ultramarine. After looking up a zillion color words I kind of lost focus. :joy:

words and mnemonics

Met wanikani words 中央 and 名人 in the wild for the first time!

I also made up a mnemonic (well, if you look at the kanji the mnemonic pretty much writes itself) for 茜色 (あかねいろ): sunset; dark red, crimson flowers in the West.

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Ah this always nice! I had 針金 in mine this morning.

Also learnt 土手, which I could guess the reading for but absolutely not the meaning (it’s a river embankment), thanks for nothing kanji.

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Nice! Also, it’s funny, your comment suddenly reminded me that 土手 was one of the first words I encountered when I started reading my first graded reader for first graders (say that ten times fast). It was only written in hiragana of course, no kanji. I like the kanji though! It’s like :thinking: the earth is holding the river and guiding it between it’s two hands.

Edit to add: but agreed, the kanji are absolutely not helpful in figuring out the meaning. :joy:

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Sept 12 & 13 - I finished the first story of 10分で読めるお話 : " 月夜のでんしんばしら " from 宮沢賢治 (Miyazawa Kenji) who is apparently a famous novelist! As I said before, it was quite hard to read. I learned the word 柱 (pillar, it’s in the title as ばしら), which I heard again today while watching JoJo!!

Sept 14 - It was my second day at uni and I was so tired, I only read 3 pages of the manga 君は放課後インソムニア (insomniacs after school)

Sept 15 - I read another story from 10分で読めるお話 : " 魔術師とよばれた男 " from はやみねかおる (he’s also a famous novelist). It was easier to read and really nice, I’m planning on buying other novels from him!

Vocab

弛む(たるむ)to slacken; to loosen
不滅(ふめつ)immortal
図工(ずこう)drawing and manual arts (school subject)​
振興(しんこう)promotion; encouragement
洒落(しゃれ)joke
如何わしい(いかがわしい)suspicious
閃く(ひらめく)to flash into one’s mind (e.g. an idea) - first time seeing this kanji!!!
ニヤリ meaningfully (smiling, grinning, etc.)
賑わう(にぎわう)to be crowded with people
目出度し目出度し(めでたしめでたし)and they all lived happily ever after - why am I learning this only now? haha
咄嗟に(とっさに)at once; right away

I love all the Tanuki images :star2: Welcome to the people joining the challenge!!

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This is great!
This will be my first attempt at reading,
but this seems like a good chance to
dig into the various media I’ve collected.
Going to start slow and try to read from a recipe book.

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Reading List

ポケットモンスター Special 2
2021-09-15T00:00:00Z
2 of 210 (Fun start. I essentially had to look up and translate everything. Made the effort to translate sfx as well)
2021-09-16T00:00:00Z
3.5 of 210 (More of the same. Knew a couple kanji which made it easier to understand the context)

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Thank you for having us! :bowing_woman:

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Whoa, how’d you make that calendar? :eyes:

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get your own calendar here

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I love these readers! I have read grades 1 and 2 of the 名作 and 物語 series, but really want the お話 as well. Now after your comments I want them even more!

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Welcome, welcome slimeborge! :grin:

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I found the お話 book at my local secondhand bookshop, I didn’t know about the other series before seeing someone’s post about it! Now I want them all :laughing: We could talk about the stories we really liked!

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Welcome! Recipe books are so good for reading practice, because it’s a comparatively narrow set of words that you get lots of repetition/reinforcement. Good choice! And then you can cook from them and it’s even better!

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:fallen_leaf: :raccoon: .☆:TANUKIDATE: 20210915:☆. :raccoon: :fallen_leaf:


Day XV: 鬼がっ原の一つ目 :eye:

Read the Yokai story for today’s date, no sound recording, but reading went pretty smoothly.

I just needed help with some of the kanji (which are on here, and I should have known them, but brain didn’t want to work).

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I like how Stardate turned into Tanukidate :raccoon:

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