📚📚 Read every day challenge - Spring 2022 🌸 🌱

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:

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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.

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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:

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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:

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: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:

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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:
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By the way @Daisoujou I went and updated your info in the participant list :stuck_out_tongue:

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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.

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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!)

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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:

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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.

(Home Post)

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Oh thank you so much, haha. It’s occurred to me a few times but I somehow never end up actually changing it. Super glad Satori Reader is already working well for you. By the way, because I forget how upfront they make this part: if you have questions beyond their explanation, you can post them and they’re great about responding to anything with detailed answers.

Happy belated birthday to you too!!!


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A little better overall, today I read ~5400 characters and it wasn’t too awful. Slowish, but fine. Early on there was some whacky vocab… gotta know about 一斉射撃 (いっせいしゃげき), “volley firing.” Somehow that didn’t make it into Genki back when I did those books. The one particularly hard section, which luckily didn’t last too long, was a harsh rebuking of チャーハン cooking techniques. Specialized vocabulary really brought me back to those beginner days of literally 6+ unknowns in a sentence, oof. Otherwise I did fine though, and there were some nice longish sentences with words I know well enough by now that proved that I can feel out a little more grammar better, and that I’ve learned a lot of words in the past month or so. Whether through coincidental WK levelling or SP vocabulary, there are some words I’m running into nonstop recently, which is nice.

The story is taking its turn into seriousness more or less now. Parenting is a clear theme going on with this one. I don’t know how hard it’s going to lean into it, but there were a few suggestions of touching on work turning Japanese dads borderline absent in their children’s lives which I’m here for if it wants to really go there.

Two new words/phrases that excite me today. First, 腹の虫が鳴く (はらのむしがなく), to rumble (stomach). So… the stomach bugs are crying? I love and hate that. Second, お袋の味 (おふくろのあじ). Super straightforward, mom’s home cooking. It’s a sweet one.

And with that, I’ll keep reading something that isn’t Summer Pockets as much as I can, shouldn’t be breaking the streak, but after today I won’t be updating for a few days. See ya again soon. :slightly_smiling_face:

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I swear bugs come up in the weirdest places (for me) in Japanese. 虫がいい (selfish) and 虫が好かない (dislike) I always forget the meaning of and either have to guess from context or check. 虫の息 (dying breath) comes up a lot and always makes me giggle during inappropriate scenes. There’s a whole bunch of 虫 related ことわざ (see here) which makes me think bugs are the horses of the East…at least for idioms :stuck_out_tongue:

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April 10th-14th :cherry_blossom: :cat2: :cherry_blossom: (Days 10-14)

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Yet another bunch of busy days… Been feeling extremely exhausted - really looking forward to getting some extra sleep over Easter. I could only bring myself to read one or two NHK easy articles daily, so I don’t feel like I have much to report on. Though I did find this incredibly cute one today: 三重県みえけん水族館すいぞくかん 「スナドリネコ」のあかちゃんが人気

Just how fumken precious are these lil beans. I can’t get over the video of them squealing and fighting. Best damn article ever :cat2: :cat2: :cat2:


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

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I read chapter 10 of 夜カフェ today, the first time I’ve read a whole chapter on a workday! やった!

Also I think I read an NHK article first thing in the morning (Todai pops them up on my phone’s notification bar) but I seriously can’t remember what it was about. That’s the problem with reading pre-coffee.

Oh wait, it was the same article @Greti33 read!

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Two can play at that game …! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: Have you checked out miraibunko.jp yet? :star_struck:

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April 14
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun


Another day, another mission. Not a lot of vocabulary again. The game is fun and all, but language wise… I don’t think it’s going to teach much. Not because I know everything, which I definitely don’t, but because dialogue is rather short and super fast, and there’s no way to stop it so I end up missing words that are worth looking up. I understand enough to see what I need to do in the mission and some more details about the story. But all in all, I don’t think it’s being very productive. I don’t know, we’ll see.

Also happy belated birthday @Magillou , missed your mention yesterday :slight_smile: .

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Day 14: April 14th
What did I read?: ふしぎ駄菓子屋銭天堂 Vol 2
How much did I read?: 4 pages
How long did it take me?: 16 min

Another small read today. I have a headache from looking at computers for too long, whoops so I’m not going to write much today :sweat_smile: I will say that my favorite moment of reading today was correctly intuiting what 二分音符 and 八分音符 meant. I like learning musical words :blush: :notes:

Good words
  • もぎとる - to wrest (away from); to wrench free; to snatch (away)
  • せっかち - hasty; impatient; restless; rash​
  • 音符 (おんぷ) - musical note; note symbol
  • きつね色 - light brown; golden brown (cuuuute)
  • 二分音符 (にぶおんぷ) - half note
  • 八分音符 (はちぶおんぷ) - eight note
  • 音階 (おんかい) - scale (in music)
  • あんぐり - open-mouthed

Well happy belated birthday! :birthday: :partying_face:

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I read the first nine pages of Level 0, Vol.2, Book 7. It’s the old fable of the Sun and Wind trying to prove who is stronger by getting a man to take off his coat.

New vocabulary:

つよ
強い strong

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April 14th (Calendar Post)

Finished chapter 14th of my current book. One left!

三日間の幸福 => 6 pages (81 minutes)

There was one sentence that really slowed me down and I had to research it for several minutes before actually giving up =T.T= It’s been a while since I felt this lost, and it’s very frustrating. Thankfully, it wasn’t critical to understand what was going on in the story.

Fun vocabulary I ran into:

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Oh no, I have not. What have you done. See you at the end of this rabbit hole :smiling_face_with_tear:

But wow, Mirai Bunko puts in so much effort into their promotional videos! I’m super charmed. I’m also seeing similarities in themes between the different publishers. Time to prioritize what to get so that my wallet doesn’t cry in agony.

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Oh gosh, post it here next time. Several of us like to take a stab at them, myself included :joy: Complex sentences can be like working out a little puzzle, more so if the person doing them isn’t mid-interesting-story at the time!

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