Thank god for dialogue - I still have shit to do and I still have to go to work so squeezing it in worked well. I wanted to translate it as well but I think I’m going to run out of time before I need to head to work.
Anyway, first day down, looking forward to the other sixty! I might even finish 燃える If I hurry a bit
[EDIT: It was page 18 not 19. Corrected the typo ]
Was busier than I expected, and did not manage to finish 銭天堂 in time
Currently I’m on Chapter 6, page 138/161. I’ll be travelling from Sunday onwards, so I’ll have lots of time to read then! Maybe I can complete it before Monday.
Today I read only two pages. Going to sleep early today, because I have a fun and busy day with friends planned for tomorrow.
I started reading 透明カメレオン a little ahead of this challenge, so today I read pages 29-40.
It’s getting interesting now seeing how there’s a strange girl that bursts into the bar on a stormy night, just saying the word コースター over and over again. They hand her a coaster, for resting drinks on, she looks at it and stumbles out of the bar. Momoka-chan, a regular at the bar, is pretty sure the girl was actually huskily saying 殺した〜, so now everyone is freaked out and wondering if they should go to the police or not. There’s more that’s happened, but in case anyone wants to read it I don’t want to get into too much detail!
Cool words and phrases I learned today:
• 油断は禁物 = Be on your guard! Take care!
• 反射神経 = reflexes
• 最寄り = nearest
• 付け根 = joint, as in finger joint or crook of the neck
• 本格化 = proceeding at full tilt, in this case it was a (full-on) cold
• 掠れる = hoarse, husky (voice), be blurry, to scrape
• ツンツン = aloof, morose, standoffish. Alternate meaning; to have a pungent smell.
Read 13 pages of こぐまのクーク物語 and finished the first chapter. 16/147 (10%) done
Noticing how some words keep coming back, for example:
うきわ - lifebuoy
ながら - while
I’m also impressed with the amount of kanji I recognise. This sentence in particular:
I’m using ichi.moe for sentences with structure I struggle to understand. Is this OK or does it mean I should pick an easier book? Even with this tool, there are some sentence parts I don’t understand. I just skip them, thinking that with more grammar it’ll become understandable in the future.
I have some maccha tea, I have some reading material, it is time to read!
Hey the site’s been updated a bit, with new pictures!
A rather easy story today since I don’t have a super amount of time.
Okay, that sounds like an excuse already, don’t worry reading神様 I promise this won’t become a thing and I will do a bigger reading tomorrow
But today’s story is about a mean tanuki, but bunny comes along to teach him a lesson.
Japanese found in the tall grass
裏山「うらやま」ー Mountain/Hill behind a village/house. Side of a mountain that gets little sunshine. ヨボヨボ ー Unsteady; Shaky; Tottering じじい「爺 - rarely seen」ー Old man (kinda insulting, like old geezer). Can also just be: じじ. 火打ち石「ひうちいし」ー Flint; Firestone. Can also be: 火打石. Or with a super cool kanji: 燧石 (this way can also be read as: すいせき). 塗り薬「ぬりぐすり」ー Ointment; Medicinal cream 気絶「きぜつ」ー Faint (as in to faint) or swoon ざまあ見ろ「ざまあみろ」ー “It serves you right”
Additional Meanings 悪戯「いたずら」ー I know this as “Prank” from WaniKani, but it can mean mischief too, is that already on WK too? I dunno, but I’m putting it here to remind me. I have checked, this meaning is not on WK, it is now a shiny new synonym.
畑「はたけ」ー Field for growing stuff/cultivated field I don’t know how I forgot this but the reading just wouldn’t come to me.
I’m out tonight and was working today so just managed to sneak in some すべてがｆになる on my lunch break. I read sections 7 & 8 of chapter 7, finishing up that chapter (I always enjoy finishing a chapter because I can go read what people said about it in the bookclub threads)
It continues to be fun, although in this chapter one character proposed my theory at the time of how the murder happened and another character shot it down pretty definitively so I may need to find another theory…
With this starting on the day before the book clubs roll over to the next week, I started off with reading some Takagi-san. I was halfway through chapter 2 and now I finished that, which was about 8 pages. Next time I should measure how much time it took to see my progress over the 2 months.
I continued on with 夜カフェ. Currently I’m at Chapter 6. Actually I had planned to read the whole chapter today. Plans changed. Due the lack of sleep and my brain being all fuzzy today I only managed to read from page 63 to the beginning of page 69. Can’t be helped
Edit: Actually managed to finish chapter 6. I’m on page 77 now.
I’m wondering if I should read something with a bit more kanji next. Not that I can’t recognise the words when they aren’t written in Kanji, but I sorta would like to practice kanji more…
imo it’s totally up to you! If you’re enjoying reading it even with the difficulties and you’re motivated to keep at it, why not? I think tools like ichi.moe can be really helpful, just maybe be careful not to be too dependent on them, but regardless you’ll definitely get used to parsing sentence structure and grammar and such with practice.
Really it’s about your own tolerance and what you want out of reading; if it’s too hard to where it’s not fun and you’re just weighed down by it, then totally swap to something else, but if you’re enjoying yourself then go for it! It’s not gonna hurt anything
New season, new challenges. For this one I’m gonna make a headstart with reading books, starting with something simple to gain some familiarity and slowly build from there. Alongside that I will be reading manga each day as well. Restricting myself on one book and one manga at this moment to keep things clean. I’ll try to read until I feel a natural stopping point, with manga I like to cover a chapter at least per day, for books I’ll have to see how it goes. Will also play some games every now and then, but I tend to keep track of those in the extensive reading thread.
Read from manga, books or games
Read 猫奥 vol 1
Read ゆるキャン△ vol 1-3
Read 世界の終わりに柴犬と vol 1-3
Read ヨコハマ買い出し紀行 vol 1-3
Read Spy x Family vol 8-9 + 家族の肖像
Read 夜カフェ 1
Read ふしぎ駄菓子屋銭天堂 1
Days completed (30/30)
Days completed (31/31)
Days completed (30/30)
SPY x FAMILY
SPY x FAMILY 8
SPY x FAMILY 9
SPY x FAMILY 家族の肖像
June 30 - Read Flying Witch ch3
June 29 - Read Flying Witch ch2 | Spy x Family Novel ch4 + Short Novel
June 28 - Read Flying Witch ch1 | Spy x Family Novel ch4
June 27 - Read Spy x Family Novel ch4
June 26 - Read YKK ch23
June 25 - Read YKK ch22
June 24 - Read YKK ch20-21 | Spy x Family Novel ch3
June 23 - Read YKK ch19 | Spy x Family Novel ch3
June 22 - Read YKK ch18 | Spy x Family Novel ch3
June 21 - Read YKK ch17
June 20 - Read YKK ch16 June 19 - Read YKK ch14-15
June 18 - Read YKK ch13
June 17 - Read YKK ch12
June 16 - Read YKK ch11 | Spy x Family Novel ch2
June 15 - Read YKK ch9-10 | Spy x Family Novel ch2
June 14 - Read YKK ch8 | Spy x Family Novel ch2
June 13 - Read YKK ch7
June 12 - Read YKK ch6
June 11 - Read YKK ch5
June 10 - Read YKK ch4
June 9 - Read YKK ch3 | Spy x Family Novel ch1
June 8 - Read YKK ch2| Spy x Family Novel ch1
June 7 - Read YKK ch1 | Spy x Family Novel ch1
June 6 - Read YKK prologue | Spy x Family Novel ch1 June 5 - Read Spy x Family ch61
June 4 - Read Spy x Family ch60
June 3 - Read Spy x Family ch59
June 2 - Read Spy x Family ch58
June 1 - Read Spy x Family ch57
May 31 - Read Spy x Family ch56
May 30 - Read Spy x Family ch54-55
May 29 - Read Spy x Family ch52-53 + short mission 6
May 28 - Read Spy x Family ch51
May 27 - Read Spy x Family ch50
May 26 - Read Spy x Family ch49
May 25 - Read Spy x Family ch47-48
May 24 - Read Spy x Family ch46
May 23 - Read Spy x Family ch44-45 May 22 - Read 柴犬 ch35 + sidestory
May 21 - Read 柴犬 ch33-34
May 20 - Read 柴犬 ch31-32
May 19 - Read 柴犬 ch30
May 18 - Read 柴犬 ch29
May 17 - Read 柴犬 ch27-28 May 16 - Read 柴犬 ch26 + sidestory
May 15 - Read 柴犬 ch24-25
May 14 - Read 柴犬 ch22-23
May 13 - Read 柴犬 ch21
May 12 - Read 柴犬 ch19-20
May 11 - Read 柴犬 ch18
May 10 - Read 柴犬 ch16-17 May 9 - Read 柴犬 ch14-15 + sidestory
May 8 - Read 柴犬 ch12-13
May 7 - Read 柴犬 ch10-11
May 6 - Read 柴犬 ch8-9
May 5 - Read 柴犬 ch6-7
May 4 - Read 柴犬 ch4-5
May 3 - Read 柴犬 ch3 May 2 - Read 柴犬 ch1-2
May 1 - Read 銭天堂 ch6
April 30 - Read 銭天堂 ch5
April 29 - Read 猫奥 ch24-25
April 28 - Read 猫奥 ch20-23
April 27 - Read 猫奥 ch18-19
April 26 - Read 猫奥 ch16-17
April 25 - Read 銭天堂 ch4
April 24 - Read 猫奥 ch13-15
April 23 - Read 猫奥 ch10-12
April 22 - Read 銭天堂 ch3
April 21 - Read 猫奥 ch7-9 April 20 - Read 猫奥 ch4-6 | 銭天堂 ch2
April 19 - Read 猫奥 ch1-3
April 18 - Read 銭天堂 ch1 April 17 - Read Yuru Camp sidechapter
April 16 - Read Yuru Camp ch17-18 | Yoru Cafe ch13
April 15 - Read Yuru Camp ch16
April 14 - Read Yuru Camp ch15
April 13 - Read Yuru Camp ch14 | Yoru Cafe ch12 April 12 - Read Yuru Camp ch13 | Yoru Cafe ch11
April 11 - Read Yuru Camp ch 12 | Yoru Cafe ch10 April 10 - Read Yuru Camp ch11
April 9 - Read Yuru Camp ch10 | Yoru Cafe ch9
April 8 - Read Yuru Camp ch9 | Yoru Cafe ch8
April 7 - Read Yuru Camp ch8 | Yoru Cafe ch7
April 6 - Read Yuru Camp ch7 | Yoru Cafe ch6 April 5 - Read Yuru Camp ch6 | Yoru Cafe ch5
April 4 - Read Yuru Camp ch5 | Yoru Cafe ch4
April 3 - Read Yuru Camp ch3-4 | Yoru Cafe ch3
April 2 - Read Yuru Camp ch2 | Yoru Cafe ch2
Apr 1 - Read Yuru Camp ch1 | Yoru Cafe ch1
Oh no I’m sorry to hear that! Take care of yourself, and I hope it passes quickly.
I agree with @natarin on this! I’ve tried to do some reading on what to aim for in the past with regards to difficulty, but ultimately, I don’t think anyone knows with enough certainty. While the idea of going just above your level sounds good intuitively, I’ve seen pretty quick strides in comprehension by struggling through things I could barely hang with at all at first, and some of the other big success stories seem to be people who just hung in with slamming against things way above their level. As long as you’re not getting too frustrated and are figuring out some of it / learning some new things, any reading is fine. And I wouldn’t feel bad at all about using such tools – in fact I’d probably say it’s almost impossible to make the move into reading native materials so smoothly that you don’t require such tools, or a lot of guidance from others. The deciphering rather than reading stage is very real for everyone.
I made my first post into a home post/calendar post and added a progress tracker.
Today I started my audiobook challenge, and as expected I didn’t understand much, only bits and pieces here and there. Having the text to read along side helped a bit, but since I’m not stopping to look things up it’s still a very rough understanding of what’s going on. If I ‘read’ 11 minutes of the audiobook every day, I’ll be done by the end of April. Here’s hoping it’ll help me get used to the sounds of the language and to reading french faster. And that I manage to stick to it, of course. That said, I’m mostly missing a bunch of vocab, I think. The sentence structure itself seems relatively simple so far, so understanding it might not actually be as far off as I thought!
I also read a chapter of my main french book, Le petite Nicolas. Very cute, and very much my level.
Le petite Nicolas (73→80/148p)(41→47%)
La quête d’ewilan: d’un monde à l’autre (0→11/334m)(0→3%)
I started the spring challenge with heavy rain and snow falling outside.
Today I read about 5,5 pages of 博士の愛した数式. I’m still at the very beginning (though I’d read the equivalent of book club week 1), but I’m looking forward to what’s going to come up next.
April 1st it is, and the Spring Challenge is upon us!
Today I read a few pages of 沖で待つ, the hiragana story. I’m slowly getting used to it, and sometimes I even forget for a second that there are no kanji, and then I’m surprised when I look at the text again Anyways, I take this to mean I’m getting better at reading it.
I also started with L’Étranger, where I read up until page 9. It’s a bit of a struggle currently as I’ve forgotten soooo much grammar, and sometimes it’s hard for me to identify the tenses correctly. Plus, it doesn’t help that the text uses lots of tenses But I guess I will get used to it in a few days.
Another good news is that my 大聖堂 friend got in touch today - he returned home from his travels and is eager to continue reading! So I will dive back into that one as well starting this week.
Thanks for hosting this again! I joined the last winter challenge and it was really helpful in improving my reading skill
Last time I finished vols 1-3 of あずまんが大王、this time I’m aiming to finish vols 4-6 of 少女終末旅行.
April 15th update: Finished vols 4-6 of 少女終末旅行. It’s a very beautiful story, I highly recommend it for anyone interested. I’m going to start reading じょしらく, my goal will be to finish vols 1-3 by the end of the challenge!
May 4th update: Finished vols 1-3 of じょしらく！Aiming to finish the last vols 4-6 by the end of the challenge.
May 25th update: Power was out for 4 days so I read a lot! Finished vols 4-6 of じょしらく, finished the one shot manga ルックバック, and vols 1-2 of シメジシミュレーション!
June 1st update: It’s over now! One chapter away from finishing vol 3 of シメジシミュレーション haha. In total I managed to read 12 volumes of manga, 4x more than last season’s challenge. Aiming to finish even more for Summer 2022’s challenge!
This word was a central plot point for a show I recently watched, called, of course, うきわ. It was brought up as sounding similar to うわき (infidelity). The character dreamed of having a うきわ to save her from the pain of experiencing うわき.
I can say I got a decent bump from my binging of Aozora last year. My compression was horrible compared to modern lit, but that improved rapidly and now modern lit (within reason! Nothing too poetic) feels like a cakewalk in comparison.
Well now I’m certainly interested! Added this to my 読みたい list which grows longer every day…
Also, this is my Bookmeter, and for those who prefer, my Natively. I should probably get around to following people back on Natively at some point but I admit that following and being followed on book sites is still a new thing for me.
I decided today that I should probably just report on the things I read the day before, because I often read my books right before bed and I’ll have no interest in typing up a post then. Calendar will get marked on the day I do read, though.
And so I will say I read the third short story in 遅刻してきた幽霊 yesterday, roughly 20 pages I think? It had a very 東野圭吾 air to it, which is not something I expect from 赤川次郎. An overarching metaphor, something of a moral story, with a loose ‘what will happen now’ type ending. I enjoyed it a lot even though it was a bit predictable.
I also read ~15 pages of the third volume of ミステリと言う勿れ. I still have one episode to finish in the show, but I strongly suspect the entire plot arc I’m in right now in the manga is not covered.
Unless you’re reading graded readers, the first few books you try are going to be tough so whatever helps you get through! I sometimes use it with sentences with multiple negatives…Also that book looks v cute, which would be enough to keep me motivated
My aim when I’m reading is to follow the story enough that I can re-tell it to someone aftewards. I might not always understand the details or why something happened or how a character felt but as long as at the end I could give a short summary of the plot to someone then I feel like it was a success. And you can then go back to it in 6 months or a year’s time and see much how much you’ve improved.
三毛猫ホームズの推理 ~3% to 6%, from the middle of chapter 1 to about halfway of chapter 2.
I’ll definitely read some more before bed, but I won’t have the energy to update then, so now is good enough. So yesterday I reread the prologue and half of part 1 of chapter 1 (or is it chapter 1 of part 1?) of 三毛猫ホームズの推理. I decided it to read it properly, as if for the first time, and I’m glad I did. It was funnier than I remembered and I think I could appreciate some parts more. Even though I’ve read several things since the last time I read it, I can’t say the improvement in how fluently I read was especially striking. I could now more naturally understand parts that I remember struggling with before, but I still looked up a lot that I had previously looked up (well, just adding cards to Anki is probably not enough for memorization. I guess I will also have to review them at some point). Anyway, my plan for today was to reach the end of chapter (or part?) 2, which was the furthest I had read before. I may still manage to do that later, not sure.
Interesting words and expressions:
知る人ぞ知る - well-known only to those in the know
口と腹とは違う - to say one thing and mean/think another
空き巣 - empty nest, but also burglar who robs empty houses
眼中にない - taking no notice, disregarding
気に食わない - unable to stomach, displeased with