📚📚 Read every day challenge - Spring 2022 🌸 🌱

14th of April
Day 14

Back from my trip!! There was practically no service in the camp, but I still managed to get some reading done. Since I couldn’t access the internet at all and I have nothing on my phone, I tried reading かがみの孤城 raw (because there are far too many words and phrases I don’t know in 君ノ声). It was surprisingly not too hard to understand! Of course there were words I didn’t know, and some parts I didn’t get, but not overwhelmingly so, and I could get what was happening. I read up to page 19, but I’ll probably reread them quickly later with a little help for unknown words/phrases.

I got lots of reading done today, in both Japanese and English lol. This evening I really felt like getting immersed in a novel, so I picked up a book (in English) and couldn’t put it down until I finished the whole 315 pages. Three hours gone :sweat_smile:.
I just finished reading half an hour of 君ノ声, from page 50 to page 80. Which is less than it sounds, because a fair amount of pages didn’t have many words.

Little summary

Page 51-52 was a sort of interlude, and page 53 the start of Chapter 2, apparently.

I was referring to the businessman as Kyougoku, but maybe I should use his first name. So Kazunari and Nana are at his place. It starts off with Kazunari rethinking his actions (intervening between her and her mother)… and here I realise I missed something: he was going to Nana’s house to break off the engagement. So he’s thinking: Why did I say Nana would be staying at my house from then onwards…

Mostly the chapter is about him trying to interpret her hand signals, and also giving her a piece of paper and a pen to write her feelings on.
Then he and someone else (who came bursting in) ask Nana to write her name on the paper. She writes「諏訪部名無」 (Suwabe No-name) — and so they think up new names for her, and ask her to pick which one she likes best. She circles all seven with her finger… then Kazunari wonders how he can use all seven names in one. He writes 「七名」.
Nana’s reaction:

At the end Kazunari seems to be rethinking the events and trying to remind himself not to get too close to Nana. 「馴れ合うな、深入りするなと」

I didn’t think I would like 君ノ声 all that much, but it’s actually cute.

Happy belated birthday to @Beyond_Sleepy, @Daisoujou and @Magillou!! :confetti_ball:


Thanks for going to the trouble of finding this, I appreciate it! This 来る verb is just too versatile for my sanity. :sweat_smile:
I’ve seen とくる/ときたら like in the example sentences in your quote, and it’s almost always “when it comes to” in my mind.
Searching a little better in my Handbook of Japanese Grammar Patterns I found ときているから after all (it’s in this exact form in my second sentence), and it’s:

Used to talk about a person, thing, or situation with extreme characteristics. Expresses that the present state of affairs is a natural outcome of those characteristics. Means “since it (s/he) is so…what else can be expected?” Used mostly in spoken language.

So basically more or less what JLPT sensei said. But this still leaves the other two. It’s certainly emphasis of a kind, but the exact nuance is still escaping me.


April birthday crew represent! Mine’s at the end of the month (29th) and by that time everyone’s tired of April birthdays and the May birthday peeps want to get started :sweat_smile:


Last night I read 19 pages putting me at midway through 4.3 or 89% done. I admit I kind of skimmed the big scene being hinted at last night. I think the story overall has not been shaping up very satisfyingly for me, haha. It’s not bad, but my impression is shaped heavily by the author’s later works - it’s not what I thought I was walking into.

Unfortunately the chat last night with the new language exchange partner (which sucked up some of my reading time) was a bust. I really wish people didn’t treat language exchange apps as dating sites. :roll_eyes:

omk3 replies which I wrote up before seeing natarin's better one but I wrote it already gosh darnnit

What I feel is a relevant JP Stack Exchange: grammar - What would be the function of the ときたものだ? - Japanese Language Stack Exchange

I think (this one was also weird for me):

(Because) even more (something, probably previous sentence) with the sounds of the burbling flasks in a late night laboratory.

Like sorta…the atmosphere was even more because of the above.

しかもそのほとんどが無駄骨 ときて いますからね。

Again, can’t check where in the book this came from but I think: “And even more so because the majority of it was wasted effort”

女マッサージ師の次は女占い師、予言者 ときた

I think it’s read おんな rather than じょ for both but I’m far from an expert on that :sweat: I think this roughly means like “Next after lady masseuses’ are lady fortune tellers and prophets.” Just an emphasis one here I think.


:tiger2: :books: Tanuki Den (aka Homepost): Date 20220414 :cherry_blossom: :raccoon:

Tanuki Scroll XIV: もどり五斉 :shark:

Read today’s Hyakumonogatari, from Mie Prefecture!

About ama divers「海女」who can’t go out to sea because of sharks and a big snake that’ll eat them, there’s also a magical princess who lurks at the bottom of the sea.

:seedling: Japanese found in the tall grass :seedling:

New Words

「さめ」ー Shark.
(I’m sure I know this, but I don’t recognise さめ being the reading at all, I thought it was はじ for some reason)
「いそ」ー Rocky shore
御輿「みこし」ー Portable shrine (usually found at festivals being carried along)

城ヶ島「じょうがしま」ーJogashima island, Miura

Lone word from earlier
「のみ」ー Japanese style chisel

You cannot escape the birthday wishes
Happy birthday for yesterday! :birthday:

Happy belated birthday! :birthday:


Day 14 - Calendar

Today I had a bit of time and it turned out I spent all of it reading.
In the morning I read from page 30 to 37 in 魔女の宅急便. Kiki now left home and the adventure is about to start. I still have trouble with the book but it is getting better very slowly.
Later on I decided to continue レイトン教授とふしぎ!なぜ?科学の話2年生. I read question 22 and it was about why iron is magnetic. Maybe I’ll continue reading one per day so that I can finish the book and eventually sell it again.
In the afternoon I also read the three episodes about ジャム屋さん on Satori Reader, which was a quick and easy read.

Also, thanks for all the birthday wishes! :blush:


I may not have caught up just yet, but that doesn’t stop me from posting anyway!



Actually your reply (and link) was very useful to me, thanks for posting it. I think I’m gradually getting a clearer picture of ときて. I’ll need to look at it all again more carefully, but for now, the rough translation “on top of that” (rephrased as required) works well enough for me. :slight_smile:


Day 14 / Calendar

Finally a single-day update. Today I had a lot of energy and time, which is the ideal condition. I’ve read 9 pages of 夜カフェ in about 1.5 hours, which is a great pace for me, a page every 20 minutes, with me doing other stuff at the same time even.


Replying to the post before last since I broke the reply chain with that one… Last one is here.

It been a bit over a week, always a bit of a struggle to post again after a long break like that.
I have been reading every day though! To keep it a bit less bulky, I’ll just do a summary of what I read in that time rather than daily breakdowns.


I have continued reading La quête d’ewilan intensively, and I do feel like it is getting easier (mentally - I still have to look up way too much! :joy:) I’ve been reading at least a little bit of this every day.
For Le petit Nicolas, there was only one day I didn’t read a chapter in this time frame, and that was a very busy day. I didn’t read my joker, the graded reader, at all. Which is fine, let’s keep that for emergencies!

Today, on the 14th, I actually hit 2 ‘milestones’ or major happenings of sorts.
For one, in La quête d’ewilan, today for the first time I read beyond my initial extensive listening. I then listened to the part I’d read afterwards. Currently thinking about whether it might be a good idea to listen to a full chapter first and then re listen to the chunks I read on a given day. Re listening felt good before, but it is a bit more of a time investment. :thinking:
For another, I finished Le petit Nicolas! :partying_face: The story part at least. There ~20 pages of quizzes on the stories and related subjects that look like fun, so I’ll still be doing those (In fact, I did a couple of them already :smiley:), but it does feel like I finished something. :sparkles: With that, I’m about 2 months ahead of the goal I set myself at the beginning of the year, to have finished one book in French within half a year. At this pace it honestly looks like I might be able to finish another by then, too! So, new goal, haha. And then when I’m in Paris for the JLPT in July I can pick up a couple new books and begin a new pile of 積読.

:sparkles: :partying_face:

My progress since last time

Le petit Nicolas (95→157/148p)
La quête d’ewilan: d’un monde à l’autre :headphones: (48→53/334m) :open_book: (3→17%)
A1 5 Minuten-Lektüren Où est le thym (2→NA/20 stories)


Day 14: two weeks already!

なぜ?どうして?かがくのお話1年生: 48% → 58%

Also started reading ハピネス with the current ABBC: 0% → 29%. The thread kept popping up in my forum feed, and I was frustrated as I wasn’t participating in it, and there’s still a month before the next ABBC. So I decided to jump in. This manga is much more interesting than graded readers for first year school students :sweat_smile:

I feel like I should start doing something about the new words I encounter, because I feel like an impostor otherwise :disguised_face: . Maybe start with learning 1 new word per day?

Words I added to SRS today:

  • 気をつける - to be careful
  • ほとんど - almost; practically; barely :sweat_smile:

About that… When I first started reading, I did nothing at all about all the new words I encountered (so many!). After a while I started adding them to lists in my dictionary app(s), and from then every once in a while I conscientiously load them to Anki. And then…
:sweat_smile: Yeah, that’s as far as I ever got. Many books later, I still haven’t actively reviewed even a single word. I do run into many of them all the time though, and many have ended up sticking. And many I’m sure I’ll keep looking up forever, getting sick of them before I even remember what they mean. But reading a lot is its own srs in a way, right? Or at least way more fun. :wink:


Agree on both statements! Some words ended up sticking, even though I made no conscious effort to learn them. And some (especially り-adverbs and “helper” words like どう*,そして、だから…), I keep having to look them up again and again.


Happy belated birthday to @Magillou, @Beyond_Sleepy, and @Daisoujou! :cake:

And now that I am home, I can reveal that my “busy” period was traveling. Practicing safe internet habits by not saying I was gone from home. Go me?

I just read my bit of Japanese for the day, finishing the fourth booklet in volume 2, level 4, Ask Graded readers. I have a lot of fun things to share from this booklet that covered bizarre, but real events/crimes that have happened in Japan and one in Canada. (So the third non-fiction booklet in this volume. :exploding_head: Every other volume have one, but this one has 3? What happened?!)

I will share tomorrow. I drove 4,5 hours today to get home and had to cap it with grocery shopping and some unpacking, etc. So me tired :sleeping:


A bit late, but I managed to finish this week’s chapter for Week 2: 佐賀のがばいばあちゃん 👵🏼 (read 8 pages). Now I can finally read the comments in the thread :slightly_smiling_face:


:house_with_garden: Home post :house_with_garden:

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Today I read another chapter of コナの大ぼうけん. I’m learning more with less effort reading on Satori Reader than when I’m reading よつばと! and translating so I’m reevaluating my approach to reading in light of this. I’d like to keep reading よつばと but for now I’ll make it a weekend thing while reading on Satori most days and see how I like that balance.

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The flowers above the “Day #” links to my post for the previous day, and the flowers below link to the next day, except for the latest day ofc, they link somewhere special :wink:

Replies 🎂

Only by like 7 hours in my case​:ok_hand::ok_hand::ok_hand::stuck_out_tongue:

Yes please🙃

Happy belated birthday Magillou😊

Thank you all for for wishing us happy birthday :slight_smile:
By the way @Daisoujou I went and updated your info in the participant list :stuck_out_tongue:


Summary post :bookmark:

April 14th :seedling:

・薬屋のひとりごと (23% → 26%)

Finished chapter 10. Thoughts: Fellow servants’ perspective on Maomao: A pitiful girl, must protecc. Maomao’s thoughts on yabuisha: Good person, but horrible doctor. Maomao about Jinshi: Beautiful, but an annoying slime. I liked Maomao and Gaoshun’s interaction, they seem to get each other.

Preparing for exams, very endeavor, I ganbaru, much tired.


Day 14 :heavy_check_mark: :cat2:

三毛猫ホームズの推理 ~56% to 60%, end of 3.1

In the end I did feel that this section dragged on a bit, and I didn’t particularly like where it led, but I can’t be too disappointed because there really were some hilarious moments in there. 「まるでヤクザね] :joy: I felt a little bad for 幾子, especially when her looks were being criticized, but she really was rather insufferable, and seemed perfectly unable (or unwilling?) to read Katayama’s indifference to her.

words and expressions I liked

咳払い - clearing one’s throat
言いよどむ - to hesitate to say
尻もち - falling on one’s backside (jisho also says “mochi tied to a baby’s back if he starts walking before his first birthday in order to cause him to fall on his backside” :flushed: What’s up with that??
行儀よくする - to mind one’s manners
頭に来る - to get mad, to get pissed off, to lose one’s cool
余計なお世話 - it’s none of your business
相手が悪い - out of one’s league, outclassed
一同 - all present, all concerned
喚き散らす - to rant and rave
正面から - head-on (eg confronting a problem)
とっとと - quickly, hurriedly, at once (so many と!)


April 14 :cherry_blossom: Home Post

A bit early for me today but I might not be able to post later so now! I finished another bad end and started one of the last two major forks I have left :eyes: The end is getting more and more in sight and things are really about to go down, I’m sure.

I did have a nice little bit where I had on autoplay (because there was a kitty in my lap so I couldn’t press buttons :joy:) and it was totally fine! If it was a section with a bunch of weird vocabulary it would’ve been different, but as it was I was totally comfortable following along at that pace, so that felt pretty cool! Makes me think I should probably try watching anime and such more, subtitle pace might be less of a problem now. Progress! :tada:


April 14th!

After a busy day at work, I have absolutely no attention span at all this evening. :sweat_smile:

Luckily I’d already read 13 pages of ふしぎねこのきゅーちゃん during my lunchbreak today!
I managed to read a chapter of しろくまカフェ this evening too, so I’ve managed to do a reasonable amount of reading altogether.

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