📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2022 ☃❄

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January 11
君の名は , 7 pages.

Random words
  • すくむ = to freeze, to be unable to move (due to fear or nervousness).
  • 台座 = だいざ a pedestal where you put an object.
  • 人家 = じんか a house (duh).
  • 狼煙 = のろし smoke signals.
  • 日没 = にちぼつ sunset (love this word).
  • 尾 = tail (of an animal, but they use it for the tail of the comet; for the animal one probably 尻尾 is preferred, idk).
  • 無音 = むおん soundless.
  • 心音 = しんおん (audible) heartbeat.
  • 交代 = こうたい substitution, alternation, change of places (was happy to get this one today since I learned 入れ替わる the other day, and the definition for 交代 is → その位置や役目などが入れ替わること。

I read later today for reasons but I’m happy to say that reading for one hour is not a big deal anymore :tada: .

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January 11 update:
I had very little time today, so I’d considered skipping the day altogether, but ultimately decided to read just a little bit, which ended up being 3 pages of 時をかける少女 – in about 20 minutes! Never imagined this would be possible for me at this point. The ridiculous (well, for Japanese :thinking:) speed was facilitated by the hefty amount of dialog (which tends to be easier to read, as well as takes up more space) and the lack of lookups, but I still consider this a new height for myself. And regarding the lookups, just like yesterday, I went into reading with the intention of only looking up words that seem to be crucial for understanding. And that ended up being none! How is that even possible?! :laughing: Anyway, that’s that for the excited blabber. :caught_durtling:

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I didn’t read anything on Sunday… :frowning:

But yesterday and today I’ve read a bit more of ハリー・ポッターと賢者の石. It’s actually really nice to read the story again and it’s been fun so far. As I said, it’s very slow going for me (I probably should stop looking up everything like others here suggested), so I’ve actually just finished page 6.

In addition to that I’ve started reading the free books available on Tadoku, starting with the easiest. So far I’ve read チワワの花すけ~影とお散歩, which was cute, どっち?which was even cuter and 寒い日は「おなべ」, which made me really hungry. :t_rex:

Tomorrow I’m not gonna have much time, so let’s see if I can fit in some reading anyways.

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ドメスティックな彼女(1)
Of course I wanted to read much more but ended up reading just 25 pages. There were some words which I had to look up, which means my reading speed went down.

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Today I read one page of Kagami no kojou and it took me longer than 4 pages took yesterday … Hmm. I guess we’ll see what happens tomorrow!

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January 11
・かがみの孤城. I read week 11. (Feels kind of weird to say I’m following the book club schedule, just… ahead of it instead of being behind).

Progress: (62% → 67%)

I’ll try reading a bit earlier tomorrow rather than 9 in the evening. Gotta fix sleep time.

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Ace Attorney: I played for nearly 2 hours fighting to wrap up the 4th trial, but didn’t quite make it. It might be a bit longer than I expected, but I anticipate moving on to the final case tomorrow.

Today, Von Karma gave us some info that maybe he shouldn’t have! And based on this (and the follow up line), I had to go investigate and learn that 4649 is slang of sorts for “よろしく”. The numbers are pronounced similarly. That’s a neat thing to learn.

Otherwise, more new grammar points came up to learn which is cool, I might be most interested today just in ものの, which I’ve seen a few times before I think, but didn’t mine and try to learn it for real until today. It’s a sort of “despite/however,” but as this Tofugu article I came across explains, has a very particular nuance. Cool stuff.

Zoo 1: Have only been managing to fit in a page or so these days; I want to shift more time here when I get the chance. It’s noticeably so much more draining than Ace Attorney. That said, I’m pretty hooked on the Seven Rooms story, and very close to the reaching the start of section 3. Gonna try to push there tonight.


Kitano has such a great way of creating beauty out of ugly situations, doesn’t he? I know it’s part of his ethos to try to make the violence ugly and nasty, too, rather than going for the common “fun violence” tone. That Hisaishi concert sounds incredibly cool; hope you get to go this time!

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I have been lazy with updating but I have actually read a whole lot! Mainly today cos repairs needed to happen in my flat which meant I couldn’t work but had to be around so I mainly just read a bunch of 鏡の孤城. I’m nearing the end of the first chapter and it’s starting to get really interesting!

I’ve also been playing a lot of ときめき as I’m still addicted but…disaster has struck and I’ve just realised that I missed something earlier in the game that will mean that I won’t get the ending I want to :sob: Just when I thought I was doing so well! I don’t have any saves old enough to rectify the mistake so I will need to decide whether to play on knowing I won’t get a ‘good’ ending or whether to restart again :thinking: I do feel like each time I play I learn a lot more about how the game works (it is so surprisingly complex and difficult and as all the guides are also in Japanese only that’s extra challenge) and I guess at least all the repetition is good for new vocab sinking in lol. Its also kind of mind boggling to think that I’ve played this many hours (I haven’t checked but it will be a lot) and only seen such a tiny fraction of the game, like there are some characters that I’ve just been completely ignoring or haven’t even met yet!

hahahha that’s such a fun little bit of info! I would have probably thought it was some secret clue or something lol.

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Oh this is cool. I’ve seen this grammar point a ton and always just kinda “got” the sentence but never really officially studied it/looked into the details. My lazy grammar study strikes again haha.

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Today I read 蓮住荘のさんかく vol. 1 chapter 3, which was cute and easy. I didn’t quite have the energy to do ティアムーン帝国物語 today, so I went for manga instead!

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岡崎市 has an absolutely spectacular 花火大会.

I’ve had the good fortune to have seen it twice. The first time, I was there, I couldn’t read any of the kanji characters in this post. And I thought kanji an impossible mountain to climb and so didn’t even try. The second time I had recently discovered WK. Now I know all but one and who knows when the border will open again? Sob…

But 岡 just came up in my lessons a few days ago. A nice surprise given I knew it from my time in Okazaki. It’s fun when that happens. That one’s going straight to burned. (pun intended).

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Day 11 :slight_smile:
I have a semi-regular Tuesday night call with a friend where we read a page of 鋼の錬金術師 together, and break down all of the grammar though we usually spend more time just chattering…

As well as that, I read the first half of chapter 9 of レンタルおにいちゃん, I struggled with it a bit more than usual since it was about 11:30pm before I started so I was tired, and there was quite a bit of Kansai-ben! But I managed to work it all out in the end :slight_smile:

(Home Post)

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Welllll, today’s been a rough day. Does looking up vocab, using Yomichan, and listening for anything I can understand count? I went to a neurologist for the first time today and I’m dealing with something else that causes me to use Benadryl (sleepy) throughout the day. I just don’t want to lose track of my goal, but today is not my best performance :unamused:

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Showing up is half the battle! I personally don’t like streaks and find them demotivating and yet here I am, participating in this. I fully expect to miss a day at some point. And then I will get back to it again. And so will you, I hope. :slight_smile:
Someone else (I think @Naphthalene if it’s ok to tag you for the sake of quoting?) called out that streaks make it easy to see, say, 300 days of progress and not value it at all simply because of 1 missed day. So value the days you show up, and roll with the ones you can’t.

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Thank you pocketcat! I agree, streaks can be rough. I do like this challenge though! I feel the motivation to check in every night. I hope I’ll get back into my groove.
Of course quote it all! “value the days you show up.” I like that! I will roll with the ones I can’t. I leeched about 50 of 200 today :frowning: not upset, since I plan on staying on level 7 for a bit, but it doesn’t always feel so great! :laughing:

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Days 10 and 11

  • よつばと!chapter 6 19pages. Finished my first pass through the book. I know I need to get into more detailed analysis with this one but it had me hooked right away and I just couldn’t put it down.
  • ハピネス chapter 1 41 pages. Thought I’d check out the free bookwalker sample to see if I’d want to join its book club here. I only needed 19 pages to decide to join. Can’t wait to see which direction(s) conversation goes in. Things get エッチ. Well, at least compared to anything I’ve read as part of a book club here, which isn’t a ton…
  • Eastward ~5 hrs between the two days and I’ll be playing some more tonight. I feel like I haven’t scratched the surface with this game. The language isn’t overly difficult but recognizing some of these Kanji is. The subtitles are a modern font but really bold, the dialogue font is retro and thin. I’ve found that I have to rely on both to sleuth them out. I’ll continue to mention time put into this title but not much more than that until things start to really develop. So far it comes off as a pretty standard: Kingdom is at peace, King dies, the Devil usurps power and locks the princess in a high tower. A knight washes up on shore.
  • Animal Crossing chores

I picked up 美少女になったけど、ネトゲ廃人やってます。(1) randomly as something to read until the next clubs start. Its one of the free for a limited time books but I can’t remember when that time elapses. Anyone, could you point out how to check when this type of ‘free’ expires?

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I believe it’s this here:
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So until Jan 20th (Thursday), 23:59

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I think that because I’ve checked out with it, it only shows this:
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in that location. But, at least I know when now. Thanks for your help!

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That wasn’t me (I think :sweat_smile:). Still, yes, missing a day or even a month doesn’t matter. Just get back to it.

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I just went to go dig it up :sweat_smile: It was Belthazar. Whoops!

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