📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2022 ☃❄

February 24 :snowflake: Home Post

Not a whole lot today :man_shrugging: Earlier I read a couple little folk tales for a class project, and I just played a teensy bit of 999 but I’m sleepy so no more :joy:

(I also watched a fun video earlier (with subtitles so it counts-ish lmao) taking weird English and quasi-English names of Japanese bands and machine translating them into Japanese to see what they actually mean :joy: so that was a good time, plus it was just something I watched on a whim because I was interested in the content so that kinda cool in and of itself!)

Oooooh I also love that, very good wordplay :eyes:

Okay well a. that’s super cute but also b. 「えらんd…」is kinda fun, very intuitive as to what’s happening but I don’t think I’ve seen something like that before


Back. Had a bit of a slump and eventually dropped my streak.

Got back at it yesterday with chapter 49 of それでも歩は寄せてくる and chapter 8 of よつばと! As well as a ton of time on HelloTalk. Reading manga on a regular basis has made HelloTalk much easier. Makes me more confident now in offering Japanese English learners corrections and advise beyond typos and simple errors.

Today, so far, chapter 50 of それでも歩は寄せてくる and finished 三星カラーズ. Very happy to be finished with 三星カラーズ. Aside from my love of poop and fart jokes, there just wasn’t much there for me. Especially after getting into よつばと!

Off to catch up with 極主夫道2.


Haven’t read today yet, but I’m going to try and finish Chapter 3 of 銭天堂 this weekend. (I have less than ten pages to go).

Reason I’m posting now is because I’m going to log out from the forum and take a complete break from it for a few days. I was planning to do so for a week, but I don’t want to miss the end of the challenge, so I’ll check in and make a summary post on the 28th!

I’ll be tracking my own reading and Japanese progress on my Notion in the meantime. :slightly_smiling_face:


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Remember how I posted the (intentional) kanji mixups from what I was reading the other day? (klick). Yeah, I learned 倒産 (とうさん / bankruptcy) on wanikani today, and it just stuck that much easier because of the 倒産->父さん mixup and even the correct version with お父さん の 会社 が 倒産 して[…] just felt like a mnemonic in itself :joy:

I’m currently in a bit of a reading slump. I miss the 5 page chapters from 時をかける少女 quite a bit. They made for some good reading goals each day. It’s not as if the chapters in 黒魔女さんが通る!! are super long either (I honestly don’t know, but I think it’s often like 15-20 pages??) but I often feel like it’s more than I can tackle at night when I’m already somewhat tired and I’m always a bit frustrated when I feel like I need to stop midchapter. I guess I just should read when I’m less tired but old habits die hard… :no_good_woman:
HOWEVER I have been reading everyday, which is still very much an improvement. :heart: I just sometimes struggle with getting started, but I’m doing my best to at least do a little each day :slight_smile:


Today’s reading was 「画びょうVS押しピン」どっちがしっくりくる? 全国調査でわかった東西差|Jタウンネット - kind of the Japanese equivalent of those polls in America saying "oh people from these states call it pop, people from here call it soda, people from here call it cola, and people from here call it all coke". But with push pins/thumbtacks) - 画びょう vs 押しピン. I already know which one I’m more likely to remember as a vocab word :joy:

This is the result of the poll for anyone interested:

モノによる means they call it different things depending on the material.


:tiger2: :books: Homepost - Tigerdate: 20220225 :books: :raccoon:

Tanuki Scroll LVI: 酔っぱらったスズメ :baby_chick:

Read today’s folktale, from Nagasaki Prefecture!

☆ Learnings ☆


カス「滓」ー Dregs; Left-over bits (of something, like Sake); Sediment; By-product; Junk
ずつ ー A piece; Each; At a time
チュンチュン ー Cheep cheep! (Onomatopoeia)
やがて「軈て rare kanji form」ー Eventually; Before Long
ほうき「箒」ー Broom

New Kanji
Not sure if I’ve looked this up before but here’s the kanji for スズメ [Sparrow] : 雀


I just realized that there’s not many days left of winter challenge :durtle_megane: Now I want to try and finish the Saikawa&Moe book (vol. 3) before the completion of this challenge. A double challenge :eyes:

Currently at 81% - let’s go, let’s go, let’s go! :fire:


I had a distinct memory of learning 画鋲 from (noted Wanikani vocabulary word) 塊魂 and it being easy to remember because of that - but on closer inspection, it uses both! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes: For slightly different types of pins:


I suppose if I had to name those for a game I’d call one of them “thumbtack” and the other “pushpin” too despite those words being interchangeable otherwise!
(And Wikipedia calls it a “drawing pin” in British English which I’ve never heard in American English so I guess there’s a regional element with the word in English too!)


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Day 49:

I read one more page of よつばと!today. I’m really taking it slow, mostly just focusing on establishing the habit I guess. Uni takes precedence :four_leaf_clover::books::school::memo::four_leaf_clover:


Seems I’m ordering some new manga :eyes:

On March 4 a new volume of :raccoon: and avan releases.


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February 25

Progress: 77% → 87% Here we go :eyes: :fire:

Word of the day: 抱(だ)き抱(かか)える
for having the same kanji twice but with different readings.


Heh - I also thought that it’s a remarkable word for the same reason :blush:


Read the last thirty pages of The Town Where You Live volume 2
nothing really happened in the volume beside the protagonist just told the girl he likes that he loves her. The girl is confused runs away and when asked some days later for an answer. She just wants to be friends.
Started reading the first twenty pages あさこ volume three which I got during the bookwalker sale.

After taking a break for some days I continued reading Monobeno and finished the fifth chapter. I should probably read something harder but I think I will finish this one first.
あさこ vol.3 I love this manga but unfortunately only four volumes are released for now. Just read 80 pages which is half the volume unlike most manga volumes which have around 200 pages this one has only 160.


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February 25 update:
Read the seventh story of きまぐれロボット today, which happens to be the title story. The previous one was totally an outlier, because this one I read in one breath. Unlike the previous stories, this one was quite amusing throughout rather than just in the end. I’m wondering if Mr. N would ever want to repeat his newfound “exercise routine.” :joy:


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Now I have a constant desire to watch those numbers get bigger! And today I read ~5200 characters and ~480 lines, still breaking records. The early slow reading days are fun because you can very easily see improvements of outright double speed, and more to come. Maybe I’ll try to listen to a little something tonight, but overall, still backing off slightly cause it’s just hard to have the energy. Still, Summer Pockets is just fun and chill.

I have found by this point I’m definitely locked in, and I don’t think I get to choose at all where I go anymore. Today, we came to the big choice:

To 好き, or not to 好き. Pretty self explanatory 4 kanji compound there too, so I suppose that’s the new word I like today. It’s “Answering one’s own question/wondering to oneself.”


I didn’t read too much today, but that’s mainly because my iTalki teacher happened to come to the UK for a holiday and was in my city for a day :partying_face:! So I got up early and met her for breakfast and then had an in person lesson (where we read and discussed some of ヴァイオレット・エヴァ−ガ−デン - so I guess that counts a bit even if it was rereading), and then I showed her around a little bit before I had to go to work! It was lovely but also used up most of my Japanese energy for the day :sleeping::sleeping::sleeping: But first time speaking to someone in Japanese actually in person! Exciting!

The other reading I’ve done today was reading along with this animated manga that came up in my YouTube feed: 【漫画】『兄貴の友達』第1~4話【まとめ】 - YouTube (it was pretty cute! I think the YouTube algorithms have me figured out :sweat_smile:)


Day 56!

I read chapter 21 of よつばと! which means I finished Volume 3 :slight_smile:
Then I read this weeks chapter of からかい上手の高木さん too.
I’m so pleased with the increase in my reading stamina since I started this challenge!

Thats so cool! What a lovely opportunity. I would love to meet my teachers one day. I hope you had fun! :slight_smile:

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Day 56: Today I read 9 pages of よつば&!:0


It hadn’t even occurred to me that Japanese would also have two different words for these, but it makes sense, haha! Thanks for sharing this! This is actually something really relevant for watching wrestling, but I’d only ever encountered 画びょう in that context. But this totally tracks with what rodan shared, because this is the exact type of thumbtack used in hardcore wrestling matches:


Thanks for your replies. I decided to go with Yamada-kun. I realised that it would be easier just to continue than start a new series. It’s also easier on me when I have to record my progress. I can just copy and paste the title rather than write a whole new title.