Day 48: October 18
What did I read?: コウペンちゃん
How much did I read?: 30 pages
How long did it take me?: 34 min
Oh my god, you guys
Honestly, I was so not feeling it today, so I was just looking for something easy to read, but it turned out to be the best decision ever xD This book is…kind of picture book-ish in style, I guess. The first few pages are basically an adorable baby penguin saying “you’re doing amazing, sweetie” for completing basic life tasks, which is something I needed in my life right now xD And then it introduces some other characters - from the descriptions, I love them all already. But none more than 邪エナガ
I’m still hanging in here but mostly just reading a few pages of こぐまのケーキ屋さん before bed each night, just to get the tick in the box. I’m working hybrid at the moment and the days in the office it’s actually a lot easier to fit in japanese study because I have 2 hours on the train. The days at home I’m trying to fit in exercising and feeding the cat and doing the laundry, and I end up doing the bare minimum of japanese. Trying to use this time to work out what’s going to be a realistic schedule for my studies over the next few months though. Trying to find a balance between SRS which is boring but good for me, and immersion, which is more fun but probably not massively effective without the SRS.
And today’s 百物語 story about a priest staying a night in a temple (seems a lot of the folktales start this way) only to be awakened by the discarded items singing.
(The narrator guy’s singing is the best )
I’ve always liked the idea of old things once used coming to life at night.
~ New Words ~
ボロボロ - Worn out, ragged, crumbling, tattered, scruffy 七輪 (しちりん) - A charcoal brazier
ひしゃく (柄杓) - A ladle / scoop
ガラクタ (我楽多) - Junk, rubbish, odds and ends
ちゃがま (茶釜) - Teakettle that’s used in tea ceremonies.
You’ve found another one!!
I never knew that darkness incarnate would be such a cute little bird
My day has been vastly improved
Oct 19th: Read chapter 6 and 7, which means I finished vol. 1.
It was indeed a nice read! I think there is a fine balance between a story being told too curtly and being dragged out too much, and it hit that balance almost perfectly.
For the statistics: Altogether I found 187 words that I didn’t know before or that I didn’t recognize (i.e. didn’t know well enough) or that I recognized in context but wanted to practice a bit more. Added them to the big pile that is my Anki stack
Now I just wonder how @chrisosaurus is doing in terms of wrist pain and in terms of reading struggles…
Sorry I didn’t have time to post but I read every day. I finished the second volume of 聲の形 which was free on bookwalker and started エデンの檻 volume 1 also free on bookwalker. Unfortunately I don’t have time to make a vocabulary list today.
Day 38 (10月 16日) 暁のヨナ 、chapter 41, once alone, looking up vocabulary and then once at the bookclub read-aloud… it was such a funny session Day 39 (10月 17日) 新完全マスター読解、 4 passages, 1hour Day 40 (10月 18日) 暁のヨナ, chapter 42, vocabulary lookup, only did half of the chapter, because too sleepy…
this explanatory article on the expression 奇異の目にさらされる Day 41 (10月 19日) 暁のヨナ, chapter 42, rest of the chapter, and continued with the words…
here's some interesting words:
目をそらす めをそらす＝to look away; to avert one’s eyes
妄想 もうそう ＝wild idea；delusion
駆使する くしする ＝using freely；making full use of；
幼気な いたいけな ＝young and sweet;adorable;cute;tender
晒す さらす to expose;to sentence someone to public humiliation
＝to attract curious gazes; to be exposed to people’s curious gazes etc
目くるめく ＝to dazzle; to blind
on a side note, I caught a cold, I’ve been feeling terribly today and yesterday, reading was the last thing on my mind tbh
Day 49: October 19
What did I read?: コウペンちゃん
How much did I read?: 38 pages
How long did it take me?: 15 min
I’ve been in such a meh mood these past couple days D: Don’t know why…and I better get over it fast, I have so much I need to do but my apathy about it has reached new heights
This book is going fast though haha - it’s a pretty breezy read, which is what I need right now. And it’s very cute, of course :3
Lazy day today. Still practiced for several hours I just didn’t feel like adding many words today.
I find regular status impossible to maintain unless you contribute generously to the POLLs everyday ;-; lost mine many months ago. I still participate in the forums and read daily, though! I just don’t POLL any more. Currently I mostly keep up with the daily challenge, post updates, like everybody’s posts, and check new and followed threads.
Today I read 9 pages of 月刊少女野崎くん 1巻. I finished the free sample, which included a page with a scene that wasn’t in the anime, which was Very Exciting! Then I even bought the e-book. I normally never buy e-books! It’s fun to be reading something I’m excited about.
My little cat friend got sick and passed away recently and work has been hell so I’ve not had the energy for daily updates, though I think I’ve only actually not read anything maybe two days. I have still enjoyed hearing what others are reading though
Buuut I needed to stop in to say that this has arrived!!!
Reading the v cute updates from @windupbird meant that I just had to get it. Very excited to start reading! I’m almost at the end of NO.6 so should give me the added push to power through the end of that so I can read about adorable swimming boys that said, I’ve also recently got back into playing ace attorney again and I’m once again addicted…
Read today’s world-folktale, which this time is from China, about the ghost of a river. I kept getting confused with the use of “許” here but it turns out that’s the guy’s name, “Xu” (in Mandarin, at least, that’s what my searching tells me).
Today is also リサイクルの日, recycling day!
~ New Words ~
山東省 (さんとうしょう) - Shandong Province, China
さかずき (杯) - Sake cup
川岸 (かわぎし) - Riverbank
身代わり (みがわり) - Substitution (for someone else); Scapegoat; Sacrifice
守り神 (まもりがみ) - Guardian Deity
I hope you get better soon and get some time to rest!
Those lingering moods are always the worst, I hope you feel better soon!
I’m so sorry to hear this!
Though it sounds like her last few years were very happy ones!
It’s sad to hear many of you have it rough lately, all the best to you all!