Yeah for what it’s worth, not everyone has left it behind. I actually just learned that word a few days ago from Summer Pockets, which came out in 2018 (and in the narration which is meant to be from the perspective of a kid, so it’s not like it was used in elderly speech or something).
It’s an interesting experience at times in language learning, having to go out of my way to learn words so I can understand them while also remembering not to use those ones, heh.
I read chapter 8 of 夜カフェ today! I wasn’t sure I’d be able to, since it was 16 pages, making it the longest chapter in the book (I think). The hardest part was trying to read a very detailed description of ハナビ stenciling, cutting out letters, coloring with pencil, heating and cooling plastic sheets, etc while sitting in a waiting room where pop music was being played loudly. (The one in the waiting room was me, not ハナビ.) In fairness, having never scrapbooked, it’s possible I might not have fully understood the process in English either. (And now I also know that my eyesight has not changed and my eyes look healthy. )
Lol, same. Just caught up to end of 2.4 to not be too incredibly far behind the spoiler talk. On that note -
Mini spoiler talk
I also currently suspect the person that you all seemed to suspect at this point. Though if we are playing by normal murder mystery rules then anyone you suspect at the half way point definitely isn’t the murderer, so maybe it’s not him
It is also probably not 大中 but I want him to get some comeuppance for being terrible so it would be nice if it was him (I do find it a bit odd that he hasn’t got on more trouble. Like there was some comment from 森崎 that he couldnt do anything about him because the head university guy likes him but still, he got caught by a police officer trying to break into the student dorms to get to a student he has some crush on and has had no repurcussions at all apparently??? Also how on earth does watchman guy that is always asleep drunk when people are breaking into the dormitories still have his job now there has been an actual murder on his watch?? This university is not a good university)
I also am rowing back a little from my “片山 is too competent” complaint because he was pretty incompetent at quite a few points in my reading today and yesterday, especially when questioning 大中. It’s still a lot less pronounced than I thought it would be based on the start though, and everyone else is incompetent too, except from Holmes
In my reading today the idiom/saying 犬も食わない came up and I hadn’t heard of it before, so I also read this short kotobank article on it: 犬も食わぬとは - コトバンク
Some of those children’s stories are really funny! My Level 0 Graded Readers are on a kid’s level, but the stories are very entertaining. Maybe because I am a retired 1st-2nd grade teacher, and my brain is on their level?!
やった! Despite my day being pretty packed with uni and sports, I still managed to do my Wanikani, Bunpro Reviews and to read chapter 9 of よつばと!
I think I understood even less in this chapter than in the ones before, maybe because the vocabulary is (probably) usually used in action movies etc.
Ive also noticed how useful kanji can be to read a sentence correctly. it said はなから and i just could get it. When i looked at the translation it said “out of your nose” and it made perfect sense, but it would’ve been easier to understand if it said 鼻から ^^
This “university” is a joke, definitely. Morisaki did speak of corruption, though, and while I had initially dismissed the 学長 as a suspect because he was too obvious, we haven’t heard of him since, which is suspicious. And he was in favour of everything Morisaki opposed, 大中 and construction company included.
As for Katayama, ha, I wouldn’t go as far as to say he’s competent, but he’s at least functional around dead bodies and women, and I expected him not to be.
Yeah! I’m actually a bit unsure how much were meant to be like “oh wow this place is terribly run” and how much of it is just part of the general kind of farcical humour/tone of this book where everyone is a bit of a blundering cartoon character (which I am enjoying )
ooooh yeah, I’d done pretty much the same thing and then forgotten him when new shiny suspects turned up, but I would be surprised if he doesn’t come much more into play in later chapters (I’m not sure I suspect him of the student murders but he has to be on the suspect list for morisaki for sure)
aaand even more 三毛猫 spoiler chat (spoilers up to 2.4)
Yeah, the student murders seem to be more of a mystery, because in my mind we probably haven’t seen the killer yet - who do we even know that the students wouldn’t recognize by sight?
Morisaki on the other hand had his share of enemies, at home and university both. Now why would someone go to all the trouble of staging a closed room mystery is the question. 大中 must be at least indirectly involved in this - his ridiculous distraction was way too well timed.
Also, what is it with Morisaki reportedly pushing people away? I mean, I wouldn’t necessarily take 富田 at his word, but Morisaki did seem intent to push Yukiko into Katayama’s arms.
And what is her role in all this, exactly?
And of course there’s Hayashi’s mystery, and Harumi’s mystery. Too much for a small cat to solve (because I’m sure no one else will). Can it be that it is all connected? Maybe the key to the mystery will be Katayama’s お見合い?
I’ve heard that one before and honestly have been tempted to bring it into English.
Spoiler talk reply 三毛猫ホームズの推理
I personally don’t suspect 林 and am waiting for an ultracurveball of someone no one expected, but that’s just me. I want it to be like some jilted ex-professor or something. TBH even where I’m at now (almost 70% done) there’s not been much movement on that particular case although other pieces of intrigue have unfolded. I think it’s (kind of predictably) being saved for the very, very end.
Edit: Also I didn’t reply to the rest of the spoiler talk…because I’d spoil it
I’m reading every day it’s just that I don’t have time to post. Today I read 50 pages and finished the first volume of The Quintessential Quintuplets. It took a long time but I found some characters in a manga I can relate to. Lol it would be awesome having four twins sister we could learn japanese together and go to the JLPT and fail it together.
It would sound perfectly natural I think, no one would question it at all. Let’s start using it!
I’m choosing to believe that it’s based on the fact that a dog - unlike most cats - will eat anything, and not on the fact that some people used to (and still do) feed dogs the most disgusting leftovers no one else would touch.
Read about 6600 characters today, so not bad! Not a lot to say – it took ages but I got distracted by a friend asking me about other stuff written in Japanese so I wasn’t totally wasted time, haha. I actually managed to go back and read a lot more last night so even that shorter day didn’t end up being so short
Read two stories: one about why cats’ tongue is rough as daikon grater, and another one about why dogs piss here and there when going for a walk.
I didn’t manage to understand some phrases in the dog story, but here are some I’m happy to have cracked:
おしっこを かける場所は、他の犬たちに、自分が 来たことを しらせる 「けいじばん」のような ものです - As for the place where piss is sprinkled, it’s like a bulletin board that notifies other dogs about one’s passage.
また、おしっこの においが、三、四日で きえて しまうので、犬は においを のこすために、毎日 さんぽに 行きたがるのです - Because piss odour ends up disappearing after 3-4 days, dogs seem eager to go for a walk every day in order to leave behind the odour.
This one phrase I almost understood, except for the last ようになる part:
所で、おす犬は 大人に なると、かたほうの 後ろ足を たかく 上げて おしっこを するように なります - “At this place (from 1st sentence), when male dogs become adult, they raise hind leg of one side high and reach the point where (???) they piss”. I’m not sure to what ようになる refers here. Could anyone knowledgeable clarify this?