Read a few pages of chapter 10 yesterday and finished it today. Asagi is still the best, poor mum though. Nice to have another fairly easy chapter but still with some comedy gold.
Actually reading that chapter (especially early on) reminds me of a goof I did once. So I was over at a friend’s place, still fairly early in our friendship. This was a little more than a decade ago btw. I was in my late teens.
And for some reason he told me to look in the fridge for something to eat when I was hungry, so I opened their fridge and looked through it and said: “Här finns det inte mycket att hurra för.” (Basically “There isn’t anything appetizing here” but possibly more rudely put by saying there wasn’t much to celebrate/exclaim about there.)
Talk about talking without thinking first.
I set a goal for this year to at least read one book/volume of manga each month. It didn’t have to happen in each month, but a goal of at least 12. After three months, I still hadn’t read anything so that is why I joined this challenge and now I have finished:
So while I am still behind, I made up by one over 2 months and I’m about halfway done with Yotsubato& 2 (3/7 chapters). 3/12 for the year.
The one I’m the most proud of was the 坊っちゃん 上下 in Ask Graded Reader lvl 4, vol 3. Probably the hardest thing I’ve read (that I could read by myself; 結婚しても was the hardest difficulty (for when I read it), but I couldn’t have read that by myself and gotten anywhere, also when I got a crash course in casual Japanese).
I also enjoyed 坊っちゃん a lot (that enjoyment really propelled me through the story after it got going). I have no idea how it compares to the original since the graded reader version was both shortened (by a lot) and simplified in language, but I would recommend reading it; at least in some simplified and shortened version.
The funniest read is Yotsuba&—surprising no one. I’m remembering how casual language works. And it is a fairly comfortable read for me, with exceptions for when it temporarily dips into different genre conventions since I haven’t read widely in Japanese yet to know even the basics across multiple genres.
It feels good to learn that I can read some native material with just a bit of grammar help and a healthy use of a dictionary. (I use Midori which is an apple only app, but it is excellent if you have apple. Not free though, but I don’t think it is that much. I can draw kanji and it doesn’t care about stroke order, or by radical, or you can type romanji (obviously you can use hiragana/katakana/ime). It also includes a lot of set phrases (and some phrases that would be called grammar), can recognize conjugations and tells you which it is. So yeah, super helpful. Oh, and there is like a name database too I think, but it has to be switched to, but sometimes when I stumble on “words” I don’t know, it turns out they are names. )
Anyway, enough about the digression. I’ve had a good time, and a lot of it is due to all of you guys. Reading about what you are reading, the discussions we’ve had, the grammar help, etc. All so appreciated. Thank you all so much, and I hope to keep seeing you in this thread and then in the summer challenge.
For June, I added a new section to my home post with three June calendars. I’ll just quote my intro to those. My plan is definitely to continue reading, and my main focus will probably still be on Japanese first, but I’m gonna keep it more flexible until the summer challenge.