Summer Pockets: Today had a few bits that almost lost me (just… a little lost in what strings of hiragana were doing I guess, I dunno. Odd sentences), but it also featured a lot of just sitting back and casually reading! ~2700 characters and ~235 lines, not too bad for me. Very low key, mostly in between little scenes talking about cooking and stuff.
Zoo 2: Continuing to roll through this at a pace I’m super happy with, at 15% and page 27 after only like 3 days of reading it. This story has gotten increasingly comfortable despite the rocky start; suppose I learned all of its relevant words by now. I’m finding it maybe a little easier to incidentally pick up regularly encountered brand new kanji words in the wild, I think. And over time my experiences are shifting to more and more instances where I look up things and go “oh it’s that word again!” instead of everything feeling new and scary all the time. Good feelings.
I’m off to hopefully try the previously mentioned karaoke later!
I’m really shocked but reading it seems to get easier and easier every day seriously I may even finish reading it this year. Today I finished the third chapter there are still 25 more chapters to read. But I’m not just reading it I always also speak all the lines out loud. People may think I’m crazy but I think my pronunciation will improve that way.
A Town Where You Live Vol.1
It has some interesting situations lol. Just sat down and read 70 pages I would actually read more but I’m doing a course at a university right now and there is lots I have to read for it every day. If I read too much on a day I get bored of reading and have to do something else
There are a few book clubs that do read aloud sessions as well, if you’re interested in that? (It’s much more fun with more people than just one person alone, I think. Some clubs also read manga with assigned roles, that’s also super entertaining!)
February 14 update:
Finished volume 3 of よつばと！ today. Instead of reaching some conclusion on Jumbo’s infatuation with Asagi (unbeknownst to the latter, presumably), the manga decided to have everyone else, including the kids, capitalize on it – up to the point of blackmail It’s quite funny, but it feels like this situation isn’t going away any time soon, so I hope it’ll be played out creatively at least. So far I felt like the jokes based around Jumbo-Asagi were some of the weakest in the series (besides maybe the panel where he came all dressed up to their first failed rendezvous “arranged” by Yotsuba – that one was quite a whirlwind of emotions).
Yesterday I read all of this week’s assignment of 大聖堂 - this is the first time that I managed to read that amount in one day!
Yesterday and today I read the second episode of しあわせのパン - almost done with it. I also reached the 50% mark today. That means I might be able to finish the book around the weekend or slightly afterwards, which leaves me with enough time to watch the movie in the film festival.
Sleepy day :’) I just read a few pages of ヴァニタスの手記 to keep up the habit so not a whole lot to say there. I should have more time to read tomorrow (and hopefully be less tired ) so onward and upward!
(Also happy valentine’s day everyone! Don’t forget to go get some discounted candy tomorrow )
A few words
まどろっこしい - dull, sluggish
単刀直入 - straight to the point, frank
生かす - to let live
戯言 - nonsense, drivel
ガラクタ - junk, trash
心外 - regrettable, unthinkable
(wow no wonder my brain didn’t wanna do it today, this was from like five pages when I’m already tired?? no mercy, vanitas)
I also ran into this てみたはいいものの construction (the return of the infamous ものの) and I really did not have the mental capacity to fully grasp the hinative explanations and connect them to what was happening but I got the gist, I’ll probably go back to it another time lmao
It seems like it’s more or less “It would have been better if I didn’t”? Or close to ending the first clause with a “but” in English I actually haven’t seen this construction before but the example sentences make sense I think:
EDIT: I was looking at this HiNative btw, just incase you were referencing something else.
would be like ~I bought an aircon, but in Taiwain I barely have the chance to use the heat setting
~I bought this shirt but I haven’t even worn it once
~I went to the ramen shop but they weren’t even open that day
I didn’t see this word for such a long time and then suddenly it was everywhere. It was one of those words that I’m convinced I was just blanking out before.
Reading it now, I feel kind of silly for not finishing chapter 8 earlier. Those last few pages were fairly easy. Chapter 9 however… Yotsuba’s doing some kind of murder mystery play pretend that’s a lot harder to understand lmao There’s already a number of jokes that I haven’t really gotten because I didn’t understand them until I’d studied them too long for them to be funny. I’ll probably fall back on more Shirokuma cafe tomorrow to give myself a break since I have a lot of studying planned.
Oh I forgot about this book! You’ll have to tell me what you think of it. When I started Japanese I was like “ooh frequent onomatopoeia; that’s fun.” Flash forward to today and most cards that are tormenting me on Anki are onomatopoeia that just will not stick at all no matter what I do. Been hoping the long term fixes that (I say while they all slowly start auto-suspending…), but I might need a new approach, heh.
Oh yeah, that chapter’s cute, but it’s so much harder than the surroundings. I kinda glided through it on my first read back then tbh.
Read pages 147-151 of 銭天堂 today. Yesterday my Korean friend, who is also learning Japanese, recommended me a light novel on sale for Valentine’s Day (今夜、世界からこの恋が消えても). I bought it on Bookwalker as well as 君ノ声, a manga previously recommended to me by a Japanese friend.
I tried the first page of the manga, and… well, let’s say I barely have an idea of what’s happening, and keep having to use DeepL for unknown vocabulary, but hopefully if I keep going I’ll eventually understand more
They both seem to be centred around romance, which usually isn’t my thing, but why not give them a try lol.