Much better day today – I’m feeling a lot better generally, so that has to help. And I enjoyed my reading for several reasons! Let’s get into it:
For one, reading felt pretty good. Right at the proper level where I’m getting it, but I’m learning a decent bit. There were a lot of interesting challenges that I made it past. I came across “にもほどがある” which, if those sites that pop up when you google grammar can be trusted, is an N1 grammar point. And I’m happy to say I worked it out! The structure of the particular sentence messed with me, but I got confirmation over in the grammar thread that I figured it out. Love this site as a resource and all the helpful people on it
I also had to deal with ガツッ used in the middle of a sentence, which required some decent searching to discover is a sound effect for hitting against something. I forgot what lovely person on these forums shared this site before, but if anyone else needs help with sound effects, this is a great site.
I get inordinately pleased when I come across something that makes me feel bad for the translators, some sort of joke or phrase that only works in Japanese, and such a thing happened today! The protagonist and another character will both be leaving after summer, so they were described as かえる仲間, which the other responded to by making frog sounds (ゲコゲコ). Took me a moment to get what was happening, but I loved it when I did.
The new character I met is overly scatterbrained and goofy such that I probably shouldn’t be amused as much as I am… but the charm of these characters is really landing for me. Today you get two images (which I’ll collapse for space).
I guess I am still a sucker for anime-style cuteness nonsense at times. I’ve also started, when the dialog happens (which is much less common than long stretches of narration and thoughts so far), to try to just listen to it and see how much I can follow, and that went quite well today! Of course, I think the character spoke rather simply, but all the same, I’ll take anything I can get there.
Just gotta keep bouncing back like this