Day 50: Today I read 4 pages of よつば＆！and 2 pages of ツバサ Reservoir Chronicle
I, also allegedly an adult, am firmly in the ‘yes’ camp here and I think perhaps I need one too.
I have managed another couple of days of ズッコケ山賊修業中 thanks to being in the office, which gives me a bit more time to study. It was finally too cold to sit and read in the park before work today though.
As I’m reading, I add words that I don’t know to a list on my JP dictionary app (Takoboto) and then export them into my flashcards at the end after sorting them into various different categories. I added 595 words from the first volume that I began this challenge with! Now I’ve started on a second volume by the same author, I’ve noticed that the words I’m looking up are often the same as the words I looked up in the first volume, so there’s a chance I might learn them naturally through repetition in these books before I get round to them in my flashcards (where I still have a backlog of 764 words from the novel I read in the summer…)
Although the first story has already thrown up some new words like わら頭巾 :
Where the last volume had A LOT of different words for clusters of trees, this story has a lot of words for caves. Words that I’d previously thought they were synonyms but now I realise they signify different type of caves since the story described a 空洞 as being like a 洞窟 so I guess I’ve got some fun times ahead of me trying to determine the difference between them.
Just 2 pages today, these past few pages have been rather dialogue heavy.
Read today’s Japanese folktale, from Gifu prefecture, about the snake god of a pond.
A huge, snake god unexpectedly rises from a little pond, it says that the villagers are surprised but their reaction is this:
(the audio is very much more enthusiastic but I just found the literal exclamation amusing)
~ New Words ~
ムカデ (百足) - Centipede - also 蜈蚣, same reading.
来る日も来る日も (くるひもくるひも) - Day after day
雨乞い (あまごい) - Praying for rain / Rainmaking ritual - don’t think I’ve ever seen that kanji before (乞)
大蛇 (だいじゃ) - Big snake, but can also be read おろち which is a giant snake of legends.
ポツリポツリ - Bit by bit, but also meaning “in drops” as in rain.
日本語: I read a bit of パノラマ島綺譚 and a fair amount of 伯爵と妖精 21.
Read-aloud: We read three chapters of 7SEEDS (with one having very few words).
中国語: I read 新朋友.
Day 51: I read 4 pages of よつば＆！ and 4 pages of ツバサ Reservoir Chronicle.
October 21 Yep, my strategy will be to read before falling asleep
・Honzuki 6. (63% → 65%).
Will try to maintain badge :3
ohh, I see. I guess for me it is because I unfollowed a bunch of threads. And also because I just don’t have time to forum much. So the answer will be to follow a bunch of threads again:D But not the poll tread. shakes head
Thank you for linking, I love these!
I was thinking of trying to start an all-Japanese book club on the forums. I’ve done it before, and it’s pretty fun. The book you’re reading provides a lot of the vocabulary that you need in order to discuss it. Do you think you might be interested?
Final Fantasy XIV
- 保留 = ほりゅう putting on hold, pending.
Aaaand third day of “I don’t want to add words”! Hopefully tomorrow I can do some Stardew Valley or something and bump it up a bit. Still had practice though, which is what’s important.
I’m not sure I understand, do you mean a book club where everyone discusses what they’re reading in Japanese? Currently I don’t read books, so I’m not sure how I could contribute to something like that . I’ve tried joining book clubs two or three times, but unfortunately I was never hooked to what we were reading and I started missing weeks, naturally dropping it soon after.
I was more referring to using either HelloTalk or Lang-8, as I have an account from many years ago ^^ .
Home post - sorry it is a long one, probably best to just skip over it.
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone involved in this group, I keep reflecting on how positive and wholesome this reading club is, and how grateful i am be a part of it.
I have been able to keep up with daily reading despite my wrists still not behaving.
I’ve had to setup voice control software, so that I can type (and program) mostly by voice, this message is 1/2 voice and 1/2 typing. So I’ve been able to keep up full time work, although a bunch of that time was burned setting up this software, but slowly getting more functionality back and the wrists are improving each day.
I have just taught my voice control software how to type in Japanese (I have to spell it out so map → ま, mop → も, ramp → ら, etc), so I’ve been using that to capture some of the more interesting sentences from Demon slayer.
Demon slayer has been super fun and for the most part less difficult than expected, except for one that one character. Thanks everyone for the support, pushes, nudges, and so forth. Especially big thanks to @NicoleRauch =D
Big Demon slayer & reading update
Notation: ~12 = page 12 but not 100%, will reread later. t13 = page 13 was trivial
My daily page counts include pages partially read and pages reread, if you add them together it will be more than the total number of pages I read.
Day 1 2021-10-12 - ~2.5 pages
Pages 5, ~9, ~10
Day 2 2021-10-13 - ~3 pages
Reread 5, 9, 10 and went over every sentence in detail
Day 3 2021-10-14 - 5 pages
Pages 11, 12, 13, 14, ~15
Need to redo 15
Day 4 2021-10-15 - 9 pages
Page 15 again
Pages 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, ~23
Need to redo 23
Day 5 2021-10-16 - 12 pages
Page 23 again
Pages 24, 25, ~26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, most 34, half 35
Need to redo 26, 27, last panel 34, half 35
Day 6 2021-10-17 - 13 + 1 pages
Reread pages 34, 35
Pages 36, 37, ~39, ~40, ~42, t43, t44, ~45, t46, t47, t48
Need to redo 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 45
+1 page from graded reader
Day 7 2021-10-18 - 3 pages
Pages 49, 51, ~52
Need to redo 50, last panel from 52 + from yesterday
Day 8 2021-10-19 - 6 + 4 pages
Pages 52, barely started ~53, t54, t56, t58, t59
Need to redo 52, 53, 55, 57
end chap 1
+4 pages from graded reader
Day 9 2021-10-20 - 2 pages
Reread p55 for real
+1 page from Wadanohara (easy, p84)
Day 10 2021-10-21 - 2 pages
Reread p50 for real, first panel still needs some work
So I was able to get to the end of Chapter 1 understanding the majority / gist in 8 days, which is wwaaaayyy faster than expected. Of course I still have more to break down, in particular for that dude, but trying to find a balance between tolerating ambiguity and breaking down things to improve my grammar.
Here is a photo of a page from the highest level graded reader I have tried so far, really basic Japanese.
I’ve so far been enjoying the period and setting, particularly the clothing and style of the people who inhabit this world.
If so, omg same.
Hahahaha nice, you finished Volume 1 on the same day I finished Chapter 1 =D
Out of interest is your list of words easily shareable (e.g. export as csv, chuck into google sheets)? No biggie if not, please don’t go out of your way.
I’ve started keeping track of some sentences to eventually add more words to Anki, but have been limited by wrists, but I’m keeping notes of pages to go back to once things improve.
I’m just so very very sorry.
This is just so beautiful.
Honestly, these did seriously improve my day when you first posted them. I’ve kept the tab open ever since so I can have a look each day =D
I’m playing the new Crayon Shinchan game on Switch and even thought it’s set in the present, there’s a character who thinks he’s a samurai, so I can relate
I watched the anime (with english subs) and it’s on my list of ones to go back to and re-watch with japanese subs but ngl, this is making me tempted to dive into the manga…
Last week I bought a second-hand japanese novel from UK ebay (I have some searches set up so it notifies me if anything japanese langauge gets posted as I’m pretty unfussy about what I read, unfortunately though half the results are people listing Convenience Store Woman as ‘language: japanese’ even though it’s the english translation) and it arrived last night. When I opened it, I thought ‘oh great, the font is a much bigger size than the novel I read in the summer, this will be loads easier’. Then I took it up to the bookcase and compared it with the novel I read in the summer and the text was Exactly The Same Size. I think this really demonstrates how reading a lot more is making me far more comfortable around written japanese because I remember feeling like I needed a magnifying glass at times with that novel!
(it’s this novel by the way - the obi says ‘don’t read it on the train because you’ll embarrass yourself crying’ which is a very real danger for me so I’m grateful for the warning).
6 pages today! I’m sure I had something to comment on, but that thought seems to have vanished
Read today’s Japanese folktale, from Aichi prefecture! About a super good dog who warns his humans about the impending collapse of a mountain.
~ New Words ~
愛犬 (あいけん) - Pet dog; Beloved Dog; Goodest Boi
おかしな (可笑しな) - Ridiculous, odd.
すそ (裾) - Hem (of clothes)
二度 (ふたたび) - Another way to write 再び (Again; once more) but can also be read (にど) which means two times, twice, so kinda the same meaning but not quite.
二度と (にどと) means “never again”.
Place: 茶臼山 (ちゃうすやま) - Mt. Chausu
Never! I shall read every word and give you a big massive like
That voice control stuff sounds impressive! Glad to hear that your wrists are improving and functioning better each day!
日本語: I read a lot of 伯爵と妖精 21 and some of パノラマ島綺譚.
Read-aloud: We read a chapter of ふしぎの国のバード.
中国語: I read 今天生气了.
Day 52: Today I read 4 pages of よつば＆！which got me to the end of chapter 4, and then I read 4 pages of ツバサ Reservoir Chronicle.
October 22 Today was a day of big waiting, so a tiny bit bigger amount read than usual
・Honzuki 6. (65% → 69%).
Hi everyone. I’m going to stop doing the challenge. My boyfriend came back from a trip the day before yesterday and tested positive for covid. So everything feels like a lot right now.
I think also I’ve reached one of those intermediate humps, and my Japanese spark has dimmed a bit, so I need some flexibility in order to figure out what will make it all sparkly again.
I’ll still be studying every day and also reading a lot, I hope. And I’ll most likely be hanging around here lurking because I like you all. Just quietly bowing out of the challenge aspect.
Final Fantasy XIV
- 継続 = けいぞく continuation.
Hey that’s fine! Priorities are priorities. Besides, not only we’re very much reaching the end, but also everyone who joined is a winner in my eyes regardless. You read a bit more than before joining the challenge and that’s what’s important. As a suggestion, what I’m doing is tracking the percentage of completion as a visual prove that I completed something, whatever the result. I had 100% in the summer challenge, but I won’t be able to get 100% in this one because not only is unrealistic to do every challenge perfectly but because, again, life happens, and you have to take care of yourself, in my case taking days off. Perhaps you could track your percentage and use it as motivation for the Winter one?
Well done .
Take care! < hugs >
All the best to your boyfriend, you, and you figuring out a way to make your Japanese spark get back to being sparkly.
And remember to be gentle with yourself if you won’t manage to do that for now.
awww we like you too. Completely understandable. For the last few years, including this year I have done no WK lessons AT ALL between September and December because its my busy time of year at work. So while I’m managing to keep up my streak here, I’m also neglecting that side of study. Sometimes Japanese does just have to take a back seat to life,
That makes total sense and is something we all have to do sometimes. No matter how much you love or enjoy learning something, sometimes life is enough that you need to be kind to yourself. Good on you for being able to identify that you need to adjust things before burning out As @fustian_garb & others have said, if the challenge period has led to any reading that you wouldn’t have otherwise done over this period, even if it’s not actually every day, then it’s a win in my eyes. Hope things get a bit easier soon!
Totally understandable! I am definitely no stranger to having to put some part of Japanese on the backburner due to life. Sometimes, for your own mental well-being, you just have to re-prioritize and readjust. Everybody else already said so many nice things that I 100% agree with, so I won’t be too repetitive but I did want to say you’re definitely still welcome to hang out here as much as you’d like, even if you’re no longer actively doing the challenge - we like having you around too