Day 13: January 13
- 君の名は。page 65-89 (35% )
I feel like reading a novel is becoming a little easier now, even though some sections are still a bit tough for me to understand. I really want to read more right now but I have to work… Maybe later today
Update: I’ve read more than 10 pages of a novel in Japanese today and it feels so good! I’m now at the point that a big part of the vocab I’ve come across before, comes back. I only have to search for a few words per page now and that helps a lot as well
Update 2: Oops, read 10 more pages in around 1-2 hours xD It’s so fun to be able to read sort of comfortably in Japanese that I couldn’t put down the book for the last hour at all (my tea is probably just plain cold water right now, didn’t even put the tea bag in…)
There’s an app for these! And you can flick between the Japanese and English versions. If you search for Japanese seasons on your app store you should find it. I used to have it installed on English but reading this passage yesterday reminded me to re-download it and try it in Japanese again (last time I tried it in Japanese it did not go well…)
Day 13! Read pages 161-168 of Kiki today. I had some trouble with piecing together the meaning of two sentences in a certain section but other than that, reading has been getting easier and speedier!
I’m almost tempted to move my goal of finishing Kiki before the end of February to the end of January as a challenge for myself but with my inconsistent weekly schedule, I probably wouldn’t be able to keep up with reading 6 pages every single day
Today’s article was タバコの吸殻に名前をつけて“いいね”がもらえる？ 「ポイ捨て図鑑プロジェクト」の真相とは
The tl;dr is it’s a social ad campaign (people submit photos and location and name the found cigarette butts) to encourage smokers not to litter. They said 80% of those participating were not smokers. Mildly interesting but oddly difficult to read.
Some words I looked up
ポイ捨て - littering
図鑑 - identification manual. I suspect if I watched pokemon in Japanese I’d already know this one
受動喫煙 - second hand smoke
豊島 - Toshima (ward)
文京 - Bunkyou (ward)
千代田 - Chiyoda (ward) …I’ve mentioned before I’m not great with names
経緯 - details (about a story)
改正健康増進法 - a revision to a law promoting health. I’d have to google more to understand
需給 - supply and demand
可視化 - to make something visible and/or to create a visualization
道徳的 - ethical, moral
秀逸 - excellent
兆し - signs/omens
実証実験 - proof of concept experiment
Prior to this project I never realized how popular the word ハードル (hurdle) was in discussing things. I feel like I almost never hear/read it in books/tv shows/etc but I’ve seen it multiple times in my article readings already. Guess I should try to work it into my active vocabulary.
Wow, that’s not for a while then! Well, at least I know the radicals. Also, I did not know you could search for kanji in the app. I’m definitely going to be doing that more often. I have been enjoying the manga so far. I read a little bit of it in English and a lot of Teasing Master Takagi before this, so it’s a great feeling being able to read this manga in Japanese even if I only understand bits and pieces without a translator.
Also, I like your Ace Attorney updates. I’ve been a fan of that series for a while. Is it hard to understand the legal terms in Japanese?
Homepost - Tigerdate: 20220113
Tanuki Scroll XIII: 辰子姫伝説
This looks like a useful site for information on Akita prefecture, there’s sections on history, culture, nature, festivals and the like. I also like it that Namahage seems to be the mascot.
Today I read the legend that is associated with Lake Tazawa: the Legend of Princess Tatsuko. It’s a smaller story that is part of the larger Sanko Legend [三湖伝説 - brief summary, there’s a video too!], which consists of Lake Tazawa, Lake Hachirogata and Lake Towada.
This was a lot heavier reading than I’m used to so it’s a good test. I was surprised that I could recognise most of the words, it was mostly the longer and more complex sentences that were throwing me. It’s made my brain a bit mushy, kinda hard writing even in English now
☆ Learnings ☆
観音堂「かんのんどう」ー A temple dedicated to the Goddess Kannon
霊泉「れいせん」ーA miraculous spring or fountain
国鱒「くにます」ー A rare subspecies of Japanese Sockeye Salmon
田沢村「たざわむら」ー Tazawa Village
仙北市「せんぼくし」ー Semboku City
激しい「はげしい」ー Violent; furious; extreme
I really feel like I know this but I’m not entirely sure so I’m sticking it here.
Okay, it’s on WK, time to add some synonyms!
That’s cool! It’ll be like that, requiring more help for a while for sure; my first several manga reads were definitely a struggle. It gets better! But yeah, keep savoring what you’re managing, anyway. I want to read Takagi some day but for now I’m watching it. It seems right about at my level for listening, which hasn’t been easy for me to find, so I’m having a great time.
Thank you! It’s a great series. I haven’t found that part of it too bad – I happened to start the game directly after learning many words relating to investigating/judgment/etc somewhere in the 20s on Wanikani, so that was really fortunate timing. There was definitely a bit of upfront learning of a few courtroom terms, but with how frequently they repeat, I’m super solid on them now. I’d say the biggest struggle has just been certain individual characters. With how much they lean hard into role language each new person is a bit of a new challenge. First talking to Grossberg was surprisingly hard because he uses some sound shifts that I’d never seen before. Lotta Hart has required a few kansai dialect lookups. The waiter in case 2 was a bit of a keigo primer. Etc, etc.
Overall though, I’m quite happy with its difficulty relative to where I am. It’s very easy to find those sentences with a single unknown point.
君の名は , 7 pages.
- 名残 = なごり traces, remains.
- 吸着 = きゅうちゃく absorption, attachment.
- 図鑑 = ずかん a picture book with explanations.
Sleepy day, part 2.
I left a long-ish review of 怪盗探偵山猫 on Natively.
I think it’s a fun book and helps fill a hole for us language students. I was really happy to be able to read a story about grownups, with grownup-world vocabulary (not just school life) and tons of kanji but also full furigana. It isn’t one of those books that hits you with a lot of vocab in the beginning and then tapers to nothing by the middle. (At least I don’t think so, but it’s also possible that my existing vocabulary had enough overlap that I wouldn’t see it.) It’s more like new vocabulary keeps coming in a steady drip through the book, as the situations change. Some of it is reused, some not. The plot twists are fun, but in the middle I deliberately slowed my reading pace for a while in order to give myself a little space to absorb some of that vocab.
A few days ago I started 旅猫リポート, another general audence book with a full-furigana version (from Aoi Tori Bunko). The person who added it to Natively categorized it as a children’s book but I’m on page 40 now and it definitely feels like it’s for an older audience than また、同じ夢を見ていた or 君の名は or ペンギン・ハイウエイ, none of which are in the children’s category.
On days 3-6 I’ve slowly made my way through よつばと pages 12-16. I’ve chronicled my attempts at understanding in this post in my study log
Ace Attorney: After a decent period of days spent mostly just sitting back and reading, looking up words here and there, today was one of those “knock the overconfidence out of you” experiences. After 75 minutes of reading I had made it through only two scenes, the opening request for defense conversation and first meeting with the defendant in the holding area. By then, I was totally ready for a break and had come across plenty of new words anyway.
It’s a confluence of new case problems. This one starts throwing out more forensic references, so there’s that to work through. And with any new case comes new words for methods of death, new location words, an all new cast, etc. My issue with the defendant is she speaks very formally, using N1 grammar points that are marked as primarily literary and the like, or unfamiliar words for things I know other, more common words for. Tiring, but a chance to learn. It’s harder to pinpoint my issues with how the other character speaks, but she was throwing me off too. At times she was conversing about what she is going to be/do in the future or already is now and a lot of them were just… patterns I haven’t quite seen before, I think. Could usually tell what was meant but there were moments I really struggled to see just quite how the pieces were getting there.
Nonetheless, I’m excited to push through it because this is probably my favorite case of the game, and if nothing else, today was the introduction of Ema (Akane in Japanese), one of my favorite characters in the whole series:
Favorite new word: 現行犯 (げんこうはん), which means “(caught) red-handed.” Just a cool word to know, and the kanji are decently fitting too. The investigation begins for real tomorrow!
Zoo 1: On the other hand, this is getting easier bit by bit. Some sentence structures still catch me out and confuse me for a bit, and many require rereading because they’re a little longer than I’m used to. Nonetheless, the core vocab for Seven Rooms has repeated so much by now that the new words are really shrinking. I will know 溝 (みぞ), trench/drain/gutter/ditch, better than anything by the time this story is over.
January 13 update:
Read 3 pages of 時をかける少女. This time it was very action-filled, and I had to look up more words than in the past few days, so I feel exhausted, and at the same time still a bit vague on the exact events (perhaps I should’ve looked up even more words…)
I’m thinking that maybe I should check out the book club’s discussion. I actually found out about both 時をかける少女 and よつばと！ by virtue of seeing them in the master book club thread, and I definitely picked them up with the intention to at least lurk the club threads, even if years after they read them. But somehow I never did
This is very reassuring! I felt it would likely be that way, because my prior experience with languages, both foreign and native, was somewhat similar. But after plateauing with Japanese for a while, I had some doubts whether what I had been doing was effective, so thanks for confirming that it worked out for you! Now I feel somewhat relieved
mini reading day today! (I might read some かがみの孤城 before bed but I am 100% not allowed to start playing ときめき at this time lol, don’t trust myself not to just stay up until 3am or something and I’ve already had a zero motivation work week)
My iTalki teacher suggested that I find an article for us to discuss for my lesson next week and I was actually trying to find the ‘original’ version of an article that I saw on NHK news easy about gendered uniforms in schools but instead found this article (好きなのに結婚できず、子どもを持てない… トランスジェンダーの監督が描く恋愛映画「フタリノセカイ」：東京新聞 TOKYO Web) about a film I’m now definitely interested in watching when it comes out. The film is called フタリノセカイ and is from a transgender director, based on his own experiences. I thought he had some interesting things to say when quoted in the article and I might actually see if I can find some kind of longer interview!
ooooh, this sounds really good! Have added to my Natively wish list for the future
Aw, it looks amazing! Were you in 岡崎市 to study at Yamasa Institute?
further questions to @skatefriday that are irrelevant to this thread
Yamasa is on my list of ones I’m looking into for hopefully going to Japan for a few months in 2023 (coronavirus dependent obvs) - but most of the reviews I’ve found for it are really old. Would you be okay if I asked you a few questions about your experience there, and how you found 岡崎市? If so, my discord is sycamore#6187 (or there might be a more relevant language school thread here, not sure)
I finished the last chapter of 蓮住荘のさんかく 1 today. My first manga read (in Japanese) this year! Definitely recommended. Very easy, fun, and cute. I believe the first volume is still free on Amazon.jp, too!
I finished the second volume of レンタルおにいちゃん, and with it ending the way it did I think I’m going to have to start volume 3 as soon as I can!
I’ll try to be sensible and do all of my bookclub reading first though.
Yes. Sent you a discord friend request. Happy to answer any Yamasa questions you have.
Progress: (72% → 79%)
Got a bit distracted by stuff, but eventually managed to focus on reading. It’s super late now tho
Update post for the last uhh… 10 days, oops! | Home post here!
So I’ve kept up with reading every day but work has been manic so I’ve had to let some things slide and daily posts were one of them!
I’ve not been playing so much Animal Crossing this last week because I ended up starting Persona 5 Royal last Friday (in English) and I’ve gotten a bit sucked in, but I have a week off work next week so I can stretch free time enough to incorporate two games.
I have, however, been keeping up with レンタルおにいちゃん at a steady pace, and I’m now almost done with Vol.3 - just one chapter to go! I’ve mostly been stopping when something is a bit too much for me to comprehend because of brain tiredness, and it’s quite interesting to see how quickly I’m able to follow that previously difficult page with ease when it’s the first page I read the next day. Perhaps brain fatigue is half to blame, or is my brain mulling on it during sleep?
Interesting words picked up over the last week:
転校 てんこう - changing schools.
堂々巡り どうどうめぐ - going around in circles
I’m so glad! I’m almost done with Vol. 3 now and I’m so enjoying the character development, I’m going to be quite sad when it’s all over. I feel like we’re going to get a happy ending so it’s not going to be too bittersweet but part of me is still fearing a curveball at the end.