She’s advocating for more club members, so I think this definition from that page might work: “(2) A phrase used to describe a situation that is difficult to understand or affirm.” Maybe the situation is difficult to affirm since the guy is so against it?
Obviously this line is kind of beyond me, but with Nicole’s help, I think the line is talking about anger relates to [method of cutting vegetables where they are cut into thin rectangles] and sadness as relates to [method of cutting vegetables into little quarters]. I also didn’t know さばき could be a suffix for handling, figured they were going with the homonym for “judgment.” As in, like, metaphorical “knife judgment” considering it was a stabbed person, you know? I got primed to think non-literally and this time all it did was make me miss what it actually said haha.
(ahh you just edited that right before I posted – all the same, I want to at least preserve what I wrote about how I messed up, haha)
I did quite a lot of reading today.
I had a class with one of my tutors this morning, and we carried on with the activity we were doing last week, which was reading a long list of “would you rather” questions, and answering them. It was much more conversation practise than reading, but there was reading involved so I think it counts
Then a friend sent me a link to a cute webcomic.
Its 4-koma format, and has each comic in both English and Japanese, which was nice because it made it easy to check whether I was understanding things correctly.
Heres a link in case anybody else is interested!
This evening I started the 3rd volume of レンタルおにいちゃん. I read the whole first chapter, which was 40 pages.
40 pages is pretty long for me to manage to read in one sitting, so I think I’m already starting to see the impact of doing more reading every day!
Today I read the last 65 pages ofドメスティックな彼女 volume 1.
It was interesting and pretty lewd, there were lots of interesting vocabulary. If you collected all the vocabulary I wrote down you would have pretty much a vocabulary list for the first manga volume. Imagine that was just one volume (28 volumes are released) how many more interesting words could be learnt reading the whole series.
退かす どかす to remove; to move out of the way
修羅場 しゅらば fighting scene; scene of carnage (bloodshed)
常套句 じょうとうく stock phrase; cliche
既婚者 きこんしゃ married person
嫉妬 しっと jealousy; envy
略奪愛 りゃくだつあい stealing another’s romantic partner
がっかり to be disappointed; to be downhearted; to lose heart; to feel let down N3
区役所 くやくしょ ward office; council (regional)
出直す でなおす to make a fresh start; to turn over a new leaf
目線 めせん (one’s) gaze; direction in which one is looking, point of view
黒服 くろふく black-suited staff member (e.g. in restaurant, sex establishment, etc.)
ぼっ手繰り ぼったくり rip-off; unfair overcharging
お代 おだい charge (e.g. admission, menu item); cost; price
フルボッコ completely beating someone up; thoroughly bashing someone
キャバクラ嬢 キャバクラじょう hostess (in a hostess bar)
Thanks. This was extremely helpful. I’ve always been interested in the movie but I haven’t gotten a chance to watch it yet. I usually like to read books that movies are based on first but if this movie is based so loosely on the original story, I’d rather watch the movie first. I got the book in the second picture, though. When I want to take a break from manga, I may try to read it.
Here’s the flower for my birthday.
Unfortunately, I don’t understand the Japanese words nor do I recognise the flower so I don’t know what it is in English.
Time spent: 13 min
Today’s color: 小豆色 (あずきいろ) - reddish brown
It’s azuki bean color! Apparently in ancient times, red was considered a color to ward off evil spirits, so on celebratory occasions, it was good to eat 赤飯 (rice steamed with azuki beans so it gets red) and ぜんざい (red bean soup with azuki beans).
A good word harvest today
食用 (しょくよう) - for use as food; edible
主流 (しゅりゅう) - (the) mainstream
魔除け (まよけ) - charm against evil spirits; talisman; amulet
厄除け (やくよけ) - warding off evil; protecting against misfortune (basically what I took from looking these up on Jisho is that anything X除け is like…repelling/warding off X, it’s pretty cool how many words there are that appear to work like that lol)
定着 (ていちゃく) - becoming established (of a custom, system, etc.); taking hold; taking root
Actually both of my daily reads today had something to do with azuki beans lol. Today is 小正月 (こしょうがつ) - Little New Year. Apparently the Thing to Do on this day is eat 小豆粥 (あずきがゆ) and get some info on the weather/crop yields for the coming year via 粥占 (かゆうら) - rice porridge divination.
What else did I read?
Amount read: 25 pages
Time spent: 30 min
Finished off this manga today the ending made me kind of sad because kitty is showing signs of aging Apparently the irl cat it’s based on turned 13 while the author was writing this book (there was a little afterword note in the back wishing him a happy birthday, it was cute :3)
My favorite word today is 神々しい (こうごうしい) - divine, sublime, solemn
出しっ放し (だしっぱなし) - leaving something as it is (after taking it out or turning it on) (LOL this is definitely a word I need in my life)
歳をとる (としをとる) - to grow old; to age
What manga will I start next??? I have too many choices because I bought too many and yet the one I want the most is still not here It’s literally not even published yet lol, I’m just impatient. I preordered it but it probably won’t be here until next week at least
I do not need a third “daily” book right now but this sounds amazing and I would probably buy it if it existed xD I like plants~
It is this one, 365日にっぽんのいろ図鑑! It’s a very pretty book, I like it a lot
Yeah I agree with @natarin! Seems like she’s basically like “how about that? how would that be? what do you think about that idea?” - that sort of feel.
This is a veeeeey beautiful flower, I can guarantee, and it also smells super nice! It blooms in spring, and where I live we get it a lot, and it has this beautiful pastel pink colour, it’s really pretty. Like pocketcat said, it’s the one called evening primerose in English.
I looked up the 花言葉 for you, and according to this,
It has several interpretations
無言の愛 ; silent love; love of no words
自由な心; a free heart
固く結ばれた愛; a love of firm ties
奥深い愛情; a deeply profound love
I also loved the kanji for it: 昼咲き月見草
Aaaah, thank you for sharing all of that, it was as so nice to get to know about the flower! and 無常観 is such a fancy word, im loving it!
Would just like to confirm that yes, especially in regards to swordsmanship and other weapons, any weapon name x-捌き(さばき)ー剣さばき、太刀さばき refers to handling, way of using and also testing. If you are talking kitchen knives and just Google or YouTube search 包丁さばき or 捌き方you will get what it’s about! Reading the rest of your messages, wow, what a way to refer to her perceiving the feelings! And I didn’t know about the cutting styles, so thanks you guys!
Thaaank you! I’m about to order some 366’s for this year, so, you know… I’m looking around idk if the flower one exists, but for the time being, there is the internet:sparkles:,for sure.
Tried reading some more conversations on the VR Nihongo discord, this time no translator at all. I’m happy I was able to follow some of the conversations. One conversation was about Final Fantasy XIV. I think they were talked about what classes they played and what server they were on.
Random words from convo
日本のサバー Japanese Server
アメリカのサーバー American Server
クリスタル Crystal (I assume the name of one of the servers)
Alright, back to reading chaos mode I started off with ラストゲーム and read weirdly from like halfway through one chapter through halfway through another? I’m out of sync It was super fun and cute as always, very soft this chapter-ish actually. Aside from 相馬 telling 九条 her heart feels weird around 柳 because she’s in heat 発情期, didn’t really expect to learn that word from a romcom but that’s 相馬 for you lmao
Also went back to 錆喰いビスコ of course because I have no self-control. I’m very intrigued by some of the dynamics and interactions that are likely coming, ie. how in the world is ミロ going to react when he meets ビスコ given his perceptions of mushrooms, like is he gonna know? is he gonna be mad?
Still getting used to being back in college environs; we’ll see how much I can keep up my reading once classes start up again!
お伽話 - fairy tale
後退 - retreat, retrogression (poor 柳 lmao)
バレる - to leak, to be exposed
断続的 - intermittent (I love this word actually)
兼ね備える - to have both (insert gif here)
凄艶 - weirdly beautiful
Tomorrow I will have read halfway through the novel… I started this year saying: “I want to read at least one novel!”, because I saw a lot of people on insta/WK forums saying that was the time they needed to finish their first novel. Then I started this channel with the idea to read at least one page every day of the novel. One page became two pages and two pages became the minimum with some days even reading up to 20 pages!
I think I will keep this pace until I’m done, and afterwards I will continue this challenge with reading some free manga and spending the rest of my Japanese time to learn some grammar (I’ve only really learnt N5 grammar and I know parts of N4).