📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2022 ☃❄

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:)

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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

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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:

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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.

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Day 56: February 25th

365日にっぽんのいろ図鑑
Time spent: 14 min
Today’s color: 練色 (ねりいろ) - white with a hint of yellow, the color of raw silk ^^

Today’s reading had the best kanji. It’s my new favorite. Here it is: 繭. It’s a little difficult to tell in such a small font, but there’s a bug radical and a string radical inside the boxy thing. Guess what this kanji means? Cocoon. The literalness of this kanji is so much love, it’s literally the bug in its little cocoon

Good words
  • しなやか - graceful; elegant; refined​
  • 蚕 (かいこ) - silkworm
  • ç¹­ (まゆ) - cocoon
  • 生糸 (きいと) - raw silk thread
  • 漂白 (ひょうはく) - blanching; bleaching
  • 印象的 (いんしょうてき) - impressive; striking; memorable; impactful

まいにち暦生活 日本の暮らしを楽しむ365のコツ
Time spent: 17 min

Today’s reading was about the 命日 (めいにち - anniversary of a person’s death ) of 菅原道真 (すがわらのみちざね). He wrote a poem about plum blossoms, and that’s…pretty much all I understood from today’s reading :sweat_smile: Poetry is hard.

What else did I read?
猫のようなナニカ
Amount read: 33 pages
Time spent: 31 min

Got to see a bunch more of ナニカ’s quirks today xD

Here are some of my favorite panels

Renya took ナニカ to the vet and ナニカ did not want shots :rofl:

ナニカ falling gently from the ceiling

ナニカ casually existing as a severed head (apparently it can separate its head from its body)

Conclusion: I want ナニカ in my house :pleading_face: I wanna snuggle the void kitty :heart:

Good words
  • どれか - one of; any of (idk how I didn’t know this before, but it felt new)
  • 菓子パン (かしパン) - baked sweet goods (e.g. Danish pastry, melon bread); sweet pastry; sweet bread
  • 回収 (かいしゅう) - collection; recovery; withdrawal; retrieval
  • 懐中電灯 (かいちゅうでんとう) - flashlight
  • 発光 (はっこう) - emission (of light); radiation (of light); luminescence
  • 人懐っこい (ひとなつっこい) - friendly; affable; amiable; sociable; loving company; (animals) taking kindly to men
  • 含まれない (ふくまれない) - not to be included
  • 生首 (なまくび) - freshly severed head
  • どんと - powerfully; vigorously; with all one’s strength
  • 毛玉 (けだま) - hairball
  • くし - comb

Yessssssssss :raccoon: :raccoon: :raccoon:

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February 25 :snowflake: Home Post

Woo more 999! There were multiple heavier sections today with like science things, and talking about the Titanic (again), but I made it through and got to do some fun puzzles :muscle: Very curious what’s going on with all the talk about materials communicating with each other and suddenly crystallizing and such, all that’s come up way too often to not be relevant :joy:

There’s a lot of weird coincidental overlap in the things I’ve been picking to read, like doctors and mushrooms and things keep coming up, and now this:

Like hey Vanitas :joy: I guess it all goes to show that even things you think will hardly ever come up again totally will when you least expect it!

Yay words

未明(みめい) - early dawn, gray of morning
側近(そっきん) - close associate
だべる - to jabber, to chat with
ひとりごちる - to talk to oneself, to mutter
冗談(じょうだん)めかして - jokingly
やっとの思(おも)いで - finally, after great pains

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Ooh, I’ve run into this before. This is actually something you can break up - adding めかして is like saying something is done with an air of X or implying X. I can’t find a good source for it in any online grammar guides, but here and here should be helpful.

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Day 54:

日本語: I read a lot of ミステリークロック.
Read-aloud: We read two chapters of 7SEEDS and finished v28.

中国語

中国語: I read an intermediate entry on Mandarin Bean and one page of 擅长捉弄的高木同学.

Day 55:

日本語: I read some of ミステリークロック and some of 機動強襲型令嬢アリシア物語1.
Read-aloud: We read a chapter of ダンジョン飯.

中国語

中国語: I read an intermediate entry on Mandarin Bean and one page of 擅长捉弄的高木同学.

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Update February 26

  • Read chapters 14-16 of 極主夫道 between last night and this morning.
  • Four pages,chapter 51 それでも歩は寄せてくる
  • Animal Crossing. Played today, but I’m realizing that I’m running out of ways to make reading a challenge there anymore. I’m ~ 155 hours short of 2000 hours played, so I think I’ll keep doing core things in the game until that mark. Still great vocab training though.
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Today’s article was another survey from JTown: 非喫煙者には理解不能? 1本約30円のたばこを、喫煙者が快く他人にあげられる理由|Jタウンネット

It was basically asking smokers if they would give someone a cigarette if asked. 75% yes, 25% no. Reasons for no was basically that they’re expensive and reasons for yes was they expect they might need one on day in return and that they liked the taste of new cigarettes from brands they didn’t usually smoke. The article then went into the sense of community-ish feeling shared by smokers.

Fun fact: A 540円 box of cigarettes is 333円 tax.

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:tiger2: :books: Homepost - Tigerdate: 20220226 :books: :raccoon:


Tanuki Scroll LVII: 二・二六事件 :crossed_swords:

Today was the day of the 2-26 Incident, were, in 1936, a group of young Imperial Japanese Army officers attempted a coup d’état intending to overthrow the government.

It’s a very long article, so I’ve only managed to make a small dent in it; not to mention that there was practically a new word every other word. I also forgot how daunting Wiki articles are with their kanji use :fearful:

Days like these remind me that my Japanese proficiency is probably at about 1% :laughing:

☆ Learnings ☆

New Words (I'll be surprised if I even remember a quarter of these)

クーデター ー Coup d’état (one case were the Japanese spelling is actually a lot easier to remember)
蜂起「ほうき」ー Uprising; Revolt
要人「ようじん」ー Important Person
占拠「せんきょ」ー Occupation (of a territory eg.)
最終的「さいしゅうてき」ー Final; Ultimate; Eventual
帰還「きかん」ーRepatriation; Return
収束「しゅうそく」ー Conclusion; Resolution; Convergence; Coming together
総辞職「そうじしょく」ー Mass resignation
思想犯「しそうはん」ー Ideological offence; The crime of expressing dangerous ideology; Thought crime
初期「しょき」ー Early days; Early years; Initial stages
スローガン ー Slogan
当初「とうしょ」ー Outset; Beginning; Start
首脳「しゅのう」ー Head; Leader; Top
台頭「たいとう」ー Rise (of a movement); Emergence; Gaining prominence
目障り「めざわり」ー Eyesore; Unpleasant sight
主導「しゅどう」ー Leadership; Initiative; Spearhead
部下「ぶか」ー Subordinate

Historic/Military Things
皇道派「こうどうは」ー Imperial Way Faction (a political faction of the Japanese Imperial Army in the 1920s & 30s - it wasn’t officially recognised by the army).
将校「しょうこう」ー Commissioned Officer
下士官「かしかん」ー Uncommissioned Officer
原隊「げんたい」ー Your unit (in an army); One’s home unit
岡田内閣「おかだないかく」ー The Okada Cabinet, the cabinet of Prime Minister Okada from 1934 to 1936.
師団「しだん」ー Army Division

Places
永田町「ながたちょう」ー Nagata-Cho - Japan’s political centre, a bit like Downing Street.
霞ヶ関「かすみがせき」ー Kasumigaseki - district in Tokyo were most of Japan’s government ministry offices are.
満州「まんしゅう」ー Manchuria, a historic name for a large region of northeast Asia.

Additional Meanings
未遂「みすい」ー Attempt - this is on WK, but it only states “attempt” which is a bit ambiguous in the outcome, looking it up 未遂 can have the nuance of “failed attempt”.

Forgotten Meanings

困窮「こんきゅう」ー Poverty

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These actually come up a lot if you’re reading about business or police matters. 未遂 comes up a lot in crime novels for failed attempt to <insert bad thing here>. Many of the rest don’t seem like everyday words at all though :fearful: I think I actually learned (and promptly forgot) several of those when powering through 永遠のゼロ.

クーデター I learned yesterday! It was in a book I’m reading.

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Today was “Death Note” day for me. I read chapter 4 and 5 which is last weeks and this weeks assignment from the beginner book club. Sometimes the vocab just goes over my head but it was still fun :sheep:
edit: also! It’s fun how level 20 on wanikani has a few crime related kanji and they just keep popping up (e.g. 犯 and 罪 )

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Day 57!

Chapters 17 and 18 of 極主夫道 today.
Still really enjoying this manga, but I have to look up a lot of kanji to be able to read it, and with no furigana that sometimes takes me a long time!

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February 26

笑わない数学者
Progress: 87% → 93%

Progressing nicely :3 Will finish book tomorrow :books::books: And maybe start new book (薬屋のひとりごと) if I have time. I’m looking forward to tons of new vocab :eyes: :sparkles:

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Only a couple more days! That’s a shame.

So I posted about this in my study log, but since it’s on my mind, I’ve been toying with the idea of striking out on my own for learning kanji, without Wanikani. The amount that I read and mine from Anki makes me really miss context when it comes to WK’s sometimes overly similar vocab they teach. Thinking of toying with dropping lessons and, once the reviews fall off a bit in a couple days, cranking up the reading and Anki a little more. As an experiment, for now.

But let’s talk about reading! Today was a big impactful plot day. I eased my amount read slightly (~4400 characters and ~425 lines) because I had a ton mined and I hit a very natural scene change end point, coming off the emotional peaks I thought it was a great time to take a breath.

Today’s screenshot I’m happy about, it’s a CG that I find absolutely gorgeous, especially the colors in the background. I’m going to collapse it just in case though, because it’s kind of a big character moment. I wouldn’t say there are “spoilers” really, but in case anyone may ever read this for themselves, I don’t want to dull the impact.

But for real if that's not you this is some lovely art

This route has been pretty cute, and I’m absolutely digging it. While it may have that occasional immature sense of humor I mentioned before (there sure are a lot of mentions of breasts from one character), the main character has turned surprisingly just really sweet. He’s a good dude. Sometimes VN protagonists are just frustratingly dense. The whole thing is, again, cute. Very happy to be reading it.

Today you get a another very self-explanatory 4 kanji compound: 開口一番 (かいこういちばん), referring to the very beginning of what one says. Like the first words out of their mouth.

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February 26 update:
Today was super busy, so I only read a couple pages of きまぐれロボット. Tomorrow is going to be no different, so even though I hope to at least finish the story I started, I’m not sure if I’ll manage to.

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Day 57: Today I read 15 pages of よつば&! and finished chapter 30- and oh my gosh the new character dksjfkjdskfjsdkf I loved this chapter a lot

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You would be missed! But I think I know what you mean. (I’m usually just too lazy to make my own cards)

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