(Predictive) Welcome back @Axazel !
Hehehehe Thank you!! (Gonna make a proper post a little later!) How’s your recovery going??
It’s so heart warming to see you and everyone making progress each day here! (I’m happy to be back )
Home post October 7th today I spent a bunch more time typing up and capturing words for 王様ランキン and then to round it all off I read 2 pages of チーズスイートホーム to finish chapter 9.
Oh I’d completely forgotten to mention that, really great actually, much better than the matching surgery I had previously on my other arm. I can bend it and use it in ways which last time took me many more weeks to regain. Thanks for asking and remembering =D
How do you capture them? I imagine you don’t use pokeballs .
Hmmm it seems I have to pick how seriously to interpret the question… yet I am very tired…
less serious interpretation
Sadly I haven’t been able to source a reliable supplier of pokeballs since the start of the pandemic, so I rely primarily on more old school methods
It is mostly a combination of being very sneaky and shotgun cocking noise
more serious interpretation
I type up all the non-trivial dialogue into a Google doc, do lookups with Yomichan, and words that I don’t know which seem possibly useful make their way into a Google spreadsheet (one tab/sheet per manga), and if they’re lucky eventually end up in Anki.
Sometimes words are reoccurring within a story but don’t seem useful more generally and so possibly aren’t worth really learning, in which case I’ll make an Anki recognition only deck for a specific manga / game to contain these, but most words end up in my general vocab deck.
Later on when I start reading properly I’ll often re-use that same Google doc and add breakdowns below each of the non-trivial sentences.
I’ve been toying around with writing some programs to do some more of this distillation for me, I have started automating some of it (e.g. verb inflection lookup, jlpt lookup, etc.), but so far doing the word foraging by hand isn’t very time consuming and I end up learning a bunch from it.
The day I decide to start on この音とまれ！ (which has a koto!) is also the same day that the folktale involves a koto, this is obviously a sign that I need to buy a koto (I wish, those things are expensive and the postage costs… ).
I managed 17 pages of この音とまれ！ (though about 10 of which were wordless intro pages), it was quite hard going, I’m not really used to reading conversational Japanese, it was pretty kanji heavy too (thankfully, furigana), and I also can’t be lazy and just copy-paste anything I don’t understand into Jisho
Thanks again @Redglare!
Today is Anti-Theft day, 盗難防止の日!
So you guys better not be stealing anything today
The reason for it being today is a pun 「１０（トー）７（ナン）」= とうなん → 盗難 : theft.
~ New Words ~
[Mountain Name]山の麓 (やまのふもと) - At the foot of [Mountain Name], new kanji too! 麓. The singular meaning of the kanji is “foot of a mountain” as well.
惚れる (ほれる) - To fall in love with / to be charmed with
老松 (ろうしょう) - Old pine tree
It was mostly curiosity, as I haven’t really thought about how I would go about it myself. I think I do prefer it over just grabbing a common deck someone else made. Eventually you’ll still go through a lot of common words and you can add references to reading material. On the another hand it is probably nice to have the more rare/series specific vocab as well.
Of course capturing words made me associate it with pokemon as well.
Hope everyone is doing well, and is enjoying all their reading time!
My streak is completely broken, and I fell off the reading wagon the last couple of days, but that’s okay right now. My wife and I are on a mini vacation after work craziness, so I’m just enjoying that.
Buuuuuuuuuut, look what 完全版 I found for €9:
My wife and I have another week off after this, but she hopes to be finishing her doctoral thesis in that time. So I’ll likely be back to my regular schedule come Monday.
Have a great day, everyone!
Day 29 - Day 37
I read 130 pages in the past week, bringing me to Section 5, Chapter 4 in 手紙.
I have just a couple days to read the rest (about 50 pages), since I need to return the book before moving to England! Because I’m now focused on speed, it’s about getting the info quick and moving on. I am barely looking up words–which means I’m finally understanding the book?! This feels like a HUGE improvement to me.
Thoughts on the story (spoilers are blurred, so don't worry about looking here)
This book has given me so much stress. I just want everything to be fine for Naoki and his brother, but I know that if things always go well there won’t be a story to tell.
Where it’s good is how things do or don’t go well is usually hard to guess. Like, it was really easy to predict that Naoki would somehow lose his restaurant job, or the band, even if I had no idea on what way that would happen.
Lately there’s a character that feels a little too unrealistic to me. There are always these philosophical lectures the character gives Naoki. It feels a little strange because they’re supposed to be the CEO of a giant company, but they will go to meet with Naoki specifically. Then, they give Naoki the most mysterious and edgy advice. It’s like some Jedi talk from Star Wars.
The ending so far is really heartfelt. I’m still scared for what happens next. At the same time, it’s all so emotional and kind of sweet.
Very Interested! (With spoilers)
YOU WERE RIGHT! I didn’t want to give it away at the start but was so impressed! You knowing so quickly made me wonder how I didn’t until later in the book
Yeah, I agree with you that probably PuraPura, the guardian, wanted him to make his own conclusions. I also got the feeling that guardian wanted to kind of set Makoto’s standard from the beginning. Like a, “this didn’t all happen for no reason” kind of warning. Where Makoto having low expectations can help keep him from being let down again.
That type of phrasing is really cheesy, haha. I’m not sure, but I imagine the author is trying to address how some people who are having thoughts of suicide feel like there’s no other future or option for them? Knowing that we all have options and that life can change is sometimes all it takes to make someone think twice about continuing to live! …now I’m seriously curious as to waht you’ll think of the very end
This book is surprisingly heavy, isn’t it?? As cheesy and predictable as it can be, I can’t believe how some of the story lines can also be so mature.
Bahaha I just love this. Beautiful way of thinking
日本語: I read a lot of 伯爵と妖精 19.
中国語: I read 爱 and 确保安全.
my daily duty to わにかに … that I have been slacking on
今日の日本の本: Bunpro [N5] leason ( ._.)
Imma get my life together ya’ll wait for me… I can do this Q(`⌒´Q)
Today I just read a page of パラサイト・イヴ. I like the book but it will still take a long time until I finish it.
混雑 こんざつ congestion; crush; crowding; jam N3
引き起こす ひきおこす to cause; to induce; to bring about; to provoke N1
苛立つ いらだつ to be irritated; to get annoyed; to lose one’s patience
クラクション car horn
直進 ちょくしん going straight on; going straight ahead
外来患者 がいらいかんじゃ outpatients
A patient whose treatment does not require an overnight stay in a hospital or clinic.
I never heard the word in english yet so I added the definition.
October 7 I was called a machine by a classmate for studying all day on campus (10h+) Time well spent, I’d say
・Honzuki 6. (39% → 41%)
Final Fantasy XIV
- 気配 = けはい sign, indication.
- 異様 = いよう bizarre, strange, odd.
- 怯える = おびえる to be scared of, to become frightened.
Day 37: October 7
What did I read?: ハイ☆スピード!
How much did I read?: 7.5 pages
How long did it take me?: 1 hour 47 min
I did not intend to read this much, but I just wanted to finish the scene xD My brain is dead But some good food for thought in this little scene. You can really see how much thought Rin puts into swimming, from the way he analyzes the reason behind Nagisa’s slipping times to the way he thinks about his own swimming and tries to improve his own performance. He’s constantly thinking about his form and rhythm while he swims, trying to find the form/rhythm that fits him the best and makes him faster. And although Nagisa’s technically his teammate, he’s basically coaching Nagisa, in a way - he’s able to note Nagisa’s weak points even while he’s swimming alongside him, and he figures out how to bring out Nagisa’s best performance so that they can cultivate that and hopefully make him more consistently fast. Interestingly, Nagisa is basically his opposite when it comes to that, he doesn’t think about what he’s doing or how he’s doing it at all That feels…right xD I like the way the author juxtaposes them here. There are some more interesting things happening here, but I think I need to digest those a little more.
- 浮上 (ふじょう) - surfacing; rising to the surface
- 違和感 (いわかん) - uncomfortable feeling; feeling out of place; sense of discomfort; malaise; physical unease
- 途切れ途切れ (とぎれとぎれ) - broken; intermittent; disconnected
- しゃがむ - to squat; to crouch
- 恥じる (はじる) - to feel ashamed
- 思い込み (おもいこみ) - wrong impression; subjective impression; assumption; prejudice
- 持論 (じろん) - one’s cherished opinion; pet theory
- 肩口 (かたぐち) - top of the shoulders; tip of the shoulder; collar (this word makes me laugh for some reason xD shoulder mouth)
- コンマ - decimal point (also means comma)
- 得体の知れない (えたいのしれない) - strange; unfamiliar; mysterious; suspicious; of an unknown nature
- 試行錯誤 (しこうさくご) - trial and error
Day 37: Read another 6 pages of よつば＆！
I finished 手紙 today. 50 pages in a single day is a major record for me
Maybe I can join 多読?!?
Final thoughts: 手紙 is immediately interesting, as it gives you drama and a new perspective from the very beginning. As with a lot of authors, you’ll see a lot of the same vocabulary used again and again (so many ways to say someone looked at something or furrowed their brow! Oo!) so that’s also great for learning too! Lots of kanji! The only drawback for me was that is got a little… Not unbelievable, not cheesy… a little on-the-nose at the end? Characters started giving a lot of strong life advice at the end, and the main character would sit and listen and take their opinions very seriously. Felt like less of a story for a second, and more like lesson time! The veeeery veery end is pretty interesting though. Gives you a lot to think about. I wonder if I were Naoki, what I would do differently…
As if that’s a bad thing! D:<
I think it’s a good time for another update post, before the weekend kicks off. Over the past few days I read 3 stories and a poem from 10分で読める物語 二年生. Some stories are easier or more enjoyable than others.
I didn’t really have much expectations before reading 夏休み、ぼくはおばちゃんちに行った, but it was much far more enjoyable than I thought it would be. It’s about a kid that comes from a pretty neat and organized city that goes to visit his grandma for the summer break. At first he doesn’t like going all the way out to the boonies to stay there. No one can blame him, there’s not much to do out there and the place is a mess. However the local kids invite him to play at the river and he changes his point of view. It’s kinda sweet and kinda funny story with a little bit of silliness to it.
空がある is a little poem about the sky and I liked it. Then there’s 三月の風, a story about the wind pulling pranks on people. Quite a good read as well. I didn’t really like みどり色の宝石, which is a shame because I like green and the artwork was pretty good.
There’s a haiku and two stories left for the weekend. I already put an order in for more manga to read after that, so stay tuned.