Day 17: Today I read 3 chapters of からかい上手の高木さん with @valkow!
日本語: I read a lot of 伯爵と妖精 31 and a bit of 冷たい密室と博士たち.
中国語: I read an intermediate entry on Mandarin Bean, one page of 擅长捉弄的高木同学, and some of 孩子最爱读的中国民间故事.
Oh awesome, I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far! Yeah I totally picked it up on a whim looking for random stuff to fill out a mandarake order and I was like “oh an upcoming anime based on a light novel? sure why not” and now I’m very invested I just checked out the first episode and it’s cool seeing what I’ve been puzzling out brought to life (and reassuring that I’m not completely lost on what’s going on lmao). The ongoing mysteries of mushrooms, who knew
Day 17: January 17th
Time spent: 18 min
Today’s color: 鉛色 (なまりいろ) - lead color (a bluish gray)
So this is really unrelated to anything said in the reading today, but when you google image search “鉛色” you get so many pictures of this smol birb and I wanted to share him with you all xD
In Chinese, it is known as the 鉛色水鴝 (in English, it appears to be called a plumbeous water redstart).
I did actually learn some words from today's reading, promise
- 広まる (ひろまる) - to spread; to be propagated
- 西欧化 (せいおうか) - westernization
- 垂れ込める (たれこめる) - to hang low over (e.g. clouds)
- 暗鬱 (あんうつ) - gloom; melancholy
- 降り出す (ふりだす) - to begin to rain; to begin to snow
Time spent: 9 min
Today’s reading talked about コマイ, saffron cod (in kanji, it is literally 氷下魚 - as the name implies, it is caught while ice-fishing xD). It can be used to make ルイベ, an Ainu dish of fish cut into thin slices while frozen. I also learned the word 出回る (でまわる) - to appear on the market; to be in season (e.g. of fruit).
What else did I read?
Amount read: 33 pages
Time spent: 20 min
Honestly I had kind of a stupid day today so I needed tanuki cuteness. Luckily there was no shortage of that xD
If you too are in need of a pick-me-up, please enjoy these bouncing tanuki
This makes me giggle every time I look at it
I did learn some words too I swear
- 割り込む (わりこむ) - to cut into (a line, conversation, etc.); to force oneself into (e.g. a crowd); to wedge oneself into; to squeeze oneself into; to intrude on; to interrupt
- 飛び石 (とびいし) - stepping stones
- 寝冷え (ねびえ) - indisposition (e.g. a cold) caused by getting chilled while sleeping
- 証拠隠滅 (しょうこいんめつ) - destruction of evidence (didn’t expect to learn that one from a tanuki manga, did ya)
- 翻弄 (ほんろう) - trifling with; toying with; playing with; making sport of; making fun of; leading around by the nose
- 暗号解読 (あんごうかいどく) - cryptanalysis (yet another unexpected word for a tanuki manga xD)
- 飛び跳ねる (とびはねる) - to jump up and down; to hop
- 寝ピク - hypnagogic jerk (aka that moment when you’re about to fall asleep and your whole body freaks out and you feel like you’re falling)
Ohh, I saw this manga on Amazon and was thinking of checking it out at some point! Glad to hear it’s good so far, maybe I’ll pick it up the next time I order from Amazon.
January 17 Home Post
Whew, more 錆喰いビスコ! I actually had to do other productive things today (what a concept huh) so I only read about 4 pages to finish up chapter 3 (!!), but I think that only took me like an hour? I’m bad at tracking that sort of thing, but that’s definitely a speed improvement
I think basically what’s happened is I’ve read enough that I know the specific set of somewhat-weird words 錆喰いビスコ uses a lot, so when I run into a sentence that just uses those, it’s easy! Whereas a couple chapters ago, those sentences would’ve been just as difficult as one that uses words that uncommon even within the book, so having those be totally comprehensible at this point makes the whole experience wayyy smoother (I hope that made some semblance of sense lmao)
Anyway I’m still really enjoying it! Some of the descriptions are just… man I love them. At one point ビスコ was described as 「吹き抜けた赤い嵐のような少年」 and I think that’s just wonderful, very accurate Three chapters down; I’m looking forward to continuing on!
即死 - instant death
攪乱 - disturbance, perturbation
童顔 - baby face
にこり - smile sweetly
逡巡 - hesitation, indecision
ぶっきらぼう - curt, blunt, brusque
Progress: (2% → 16%)
I did a read yesterday Just didn’t log on to post.
Today’s article was 太ったかも……と気付く瞬間あるある９選 because I’m very tired and just clicked the first article on the first page I had loaded in my tabs of articles.
Some words I looked up
突如 - suddenly. I’m not sure how this differs from 突然, will look up nuance later
鑑みて - to bear in mind
引力 - gravitational pull
遠心力 - centrifugal force
臨月 - final month of pregnancy
The title is like “Have I gotten fat?..9 moments that make you realize it”. Can’t say I found it terribly interesting or engaging, I have but the cold comfort of new vocab, and this creepy avatar the writer used:
I need to search for more articles this evening.
Day 18! Today I only read page 185 and 186 of Kiki, although I’m still very confused by what the lady is saying, so I’ll need to go through page 186 again tomorrow. I was going to read more, but I think I’ll leave puzzling things out when I’ve slept, haha.
Day 17: January 17
- 君の名は。page 125-126
Day 18: January 18
- 君の名は。page 127-130
Yesterday was not my day… Stil managed to read two pages and today as well. Will rest for the rest of the day
The part about the meteorite was really hard… Glad I’m past it now xD
Here's my よつばと! attempt for today! Pages 25, 26, 27, 28
Page 25 - 1/18/22
An unusual child…
ベランコれめくなのかあ (I don’t even know if I identified all the kana right… I could not figure this out at all!)
Ah, now that I think of it, there’s a vacant house next to ours.
New people are moving in…
Could it come to be?
Page 26 - 1/18/22
Release your hands!!
ぽっ (some sort of happy sound??)
Page 27 - 1/18/22
(No text - Yotsuba goes flying off the swing!)
Page 28 - 1/18/22
(could not figure out the sound of her landing on her feet)
(?) Kind of like her saying “oi” ?
Are you okay!?
Are you okay!? (couldn’t figure out the difference between this sentence and the sentence above?)
Tanuki Scroll XVIII: ニンジンの始まり
Read today’s Hyakumonogatari from Miyagi Prefecture!
About a man who keeps getting his bags of rice stolen by a ghost. One day he follows the ghost to confront it and find out exactly why does a ghost need so much rice? Because the ghost likes to takes baths in the rice. He traps the ghost and boils it in the bath into ghost-stew. All that’s left in the morning is a little floating muddy thing which he throws outside.
Problem sorted, no more ghost, he can now travel the road safely. But after a few days his horse runs back to the ghost house and starts munching on some weird plants that have grown there. It’s that little thing he threw into the grass! The horse seems to really like the vegetable so he tries one too and feels all energised, so he takes some back to grow them in his fields.
And this is where carrots come from. Magical ghost vegetable.
☆ Learnings ☆
馬引「うまひき」ー Horse driver, the person who’s in charge of leading the horses (for carrying cargo and goods for example).
ものの ー Although; Though; Despite that (feels like I should have come across this before but don’t recognise it)
グツグツ ー Simmering; Boiling gently (onomatopoeia)
真っ青 「まっさお」 (Deep Blue; Bright Blue)
うちわ 「団扇」(Traditional Handheld fan)
I had no idea what this was until I looked it up and saw the kanji, it’s on WK!
Rikai Reply (it got long)
Sorry it took me awhile to get back to you, I went to do so last night but ran out of time.
Me going on about Nioh
Nioh is pretty similar to Soulsbourne (Soulsekirobourne?) - you die a lot, you leave your XP at a grave - but it’s very different at the same time. I prefer Nioh gameplay over Souls but I recommended Nioh to my friend who’s a big Souls fan and he prefers Souls gameplay. I guess it’s what you’re used to, I played Nioh before Souls. I do feel Nioh offers more variety in playstyle though.
Nioh does have a high learning curve, there’s just so much stuff, it’s a bit of a time investment There’s an insane amount of things to keep track of it’s rather overwhelming at first, but if you put the time in the game does reward you. The combat is really satisfying once you get it down and it’s fun slowly getting better perks on your armour and weapons until you are an unstoppable force of destruction.
(Currently I’ve put most points in Strength and Dexterity with fists as weapons, RP’ing as a monk sent by Buddha to destroy the demon invasion, so I’m basically pummelling demons into pulp with my fists of divine retribution )
Nioh 2 feels like Nioh but with everything that wasn’t so good improved upon and generally the whole package improved tenfold. It really feels like it’s the game they wanted to release first but didn’t have the know-how or funds. It’s nice to see the story intertwine with the first game but if you don’t want to invest heavily in time to both games Nioh 2 is by far the better game. Also the story, since it’s a alt-reality history makes sense without needing the first game.
Sorry, this was only supposed to be a few sentences recommending the game
I feel the difficultly with learning anything, especially now, is just how much info is out there. There’s so many things telling you “this is the wrong way” “this is the right way” “you don’t learn like this” “this is the proper way to learn” - it’s all pretty hard to know exactly how to go about learning anything when there’s so much contradicting information.
Especially with time. It’s hard not to feel you’re doing something wrong when you see people advance miles ahead of you in really short spaces of time. The key (to me anyway) is perseverance, it’s not a race, go about it at your own pace - be the turtle and not the rabbit kinda thing. But really, be the tanuki, because tanuki is best, the tanuki can choose to be the rabbit or the turtle when it sees fit.
Honestly, WK is such a great tool. I find it hard to learn from textbooks and basically anything telling you about how language works, I have to be actively doing it to learn it. I could read how は works no end of times but it just doesn’t sink in, I have to use it. I really wish there was something for grammar like WK because everything I’ve looked into just doesn’t seem to work for me (even similar SRS stuff). I’ve found taking these hukumusume stories and rewriting them myself helps a lot, but it’s pretty time consuming so I don’t always get chance to do it.
It took me just over two years (literally by like a day or 2) to get to lv. 60 on here, I feel I learnt a lot but was at a loss of what to do next, since I couldn’t find anything that’d help with my grammar. My average review accuracy is at about 65-75% so not greatly high and I started to wonder if I’d just wasted two years to get nowhere, then these challenge threads came along and suddenly everything I learnt on here started clicking. Feel like I’ve learnt more in the six months of these threads than those two whole years. Which…
Yes! This! I think sometimes it’s not you that isn’t learning it’s the approach that isn’t working anymore, sometimes it’s important to change your perspective and suddenly everything makes much more sense.
I try not to think too much about how I could of done things better, otherwise I beat myself up too much Thinking back on things it’s always obvious how you could have done things better, but that just shows that you have learnt. It feels too that sometimes you just need to do something else and pause the studying, get other life lessons and skills from things that are irrelevant to what you’re studying, it helps give you a new outlook.
I was pretty anxious about coming to the community part of WK at first, I was worried it’d be full of gatekeepers and people one-upping each other all the time. But it’s like the exact opposite, it’s really supportive here, it feels like being in a huge university group or something, everyone is doing their own thing but helping each other along the way.
I’m sure I had more to say but it’s gone (probably for the best before this gets even longer, but I really appreciate your reply, thank you!).
I suppose there’s just one last thing, and that’s a Tanukiganbarre!
≪ ☆ 頑張って！！☆ ≫
Oh yeah, thanks for the video! I’ll stick it in my ‘Watch Later’, always looking for stuff to listen to while doing all the chores.
An earl grey tea cake. You actually mix the tea leaves into the cake batter, which is a new one on me but it gives it a really strong flavour.
Whoa, I’ve never heard of that, but now I really want one. Sounds great.
Last night I read ten pages of ちゃお, and this morning another fourteen. I came across a few words I always hear in anime that sound similar.
格好いい------かっこいい------attractive; good-looking; stylish; cool
可愛い------かわいい------cute; adorable; charming
怖い------こわい------scary; frightening; eerie
I read chapter 5 of 時をかける少女 today. (A chapter always sounds so grande, but it’s usually like 6-7 pages) Honestly it feels weird how smooth it’s been so far, considering how little Japanese I touched during the last 3 years (and actually, the 2 years before that as well). Granted, the plot so far is super easy to follow along as well.
It feels like each chapter so far had one very specific idea that could be summed up in one sentence and the whole chapter is dedicated to reinforce that idea (usually with multiple situations). E.g. chapter 3 was the chapter where shit hits the fan, with lots of awful stuff that could kill you happening. This chapter is the chapter where she basically found out she’s repeating the day before… but it takes 4 or so little situations reinforcing that idea until she finally asks a classmate for the date
I’m curious if the whole book is kind of structured like this, because the chapters so far seem mostly like this. (I was actually a bit irritated about this in chapter 1, but I’m getting used to it) But we will see
January 18 update:
Read 8 pages of 時をかける少女 today. I managed to squeeze my reading time right after the lunch, and it made all the difference! I’ll definitely try to keep reading during the day rather than late at night as I usually did. Thanks for the (belatedly implemented) advice, @rikaiwisdom!
What I read today seems to have wrapped up a major part of the story (while setting up a huge cliffhanger), so I decided it’s a good point to reflect on it, and there was one specific observation that I particularly wanted to discuss. Trying to present my point, I ended up writing basically a short version of the first half of the story
Reflections on the plot so far (major spoilers!)
I find the story quite fun and engaging, but Fukushima-sensei sure has some funny ideas
The other characters are high school kids, so they’re bound to be a bit naïve and come up with far-fetched explanations. But the teacher? He’s supposedly the most reliable teacher to discuss such matters with, which is why they chose to talk to him. And so he listens to their story, which, I guess, goes roughly like this:
Kazuko has been feeling weird after happening to smell some unknown chemical in the school science lab. Four days later, she goes through her day as usual, and then a bunch of events happen at night – an earthquake, then a fire at a neighbor’s, and then in the morning she and said neighbor are crossing the street and nearly get run over by a truck. Once the truck is dangerously close, Kazuko finds herself awakened in her bed early in the morning (of the previous day, as is soon revealed). She goes to school, finds out that she somehow “leaped” to yesterday, and goes to discuss this with her neighbors-classmates. They’re skeptical of her story, but decide to see what happens at night, and at night the earthquake and the fire happen just as she “predicted.” Then she saves one of them from the truck, and they decide that the best explanation of this whole thing as that she has some superpower of time leaping.
(Granted, their version of the story is not presented to us as they speak to the teacher, so whatever they actually tell has probably been processed and interpreted twice before getting to him – first by Kazuko, then by Kazuo who does the talking.)
And so they tell all this to Fukushima-sensei, who seems to agree with the superpower theory, and concludes that smelling something four days ago is the most likely explanation of the power’s origin. Kazuko confirms that she doesn’t want to have a superpower, and the teacher goes on to suggest that she time leaps again – this time, four days back. Her ability to time leap more or less at will is pretty much not debatable at this point (sure, hasn’t she already done it once?). Having leaped, Kazuko is supposed to meet the culprit behind her chemical intoxication and prevent them from doing their deed.
Sounds fairly reasonable for a sensei, right? At least I hope that passing by a construction site after this conversation is not intentional on Fukushima’s side – that would’ve been a cruel way to test a theory, as exciting as that theory may sound.
By they way (beware: mild Steins;Gate spoilers to follow), this time leaping ability seems to have had a major influence on the Time Leap Machine in Steins;Gate (or was the similarity accidental?). Although, this only applies to the ability as seen from the reader’s perspective, which presents it as being moved into your past self’s body while retaining the present self’s memories and, arguably, consciousness. The characters seem to interpret it differently, suggesting that it’s a combo of time travel and teleportation, – an explanation that doesn’t really fit, since there would be two independent Kazukos
waking up in the same bed existing in the same physical world, which apparently was not the case.
@sumsum Oh hey, I’m glad to see we’re reading the same book! Yeah, the chapters do seem to carry a single simplistic message, but that’s understandable given that they are short, and the book is not exactly action-driven. I also find that this quality helps me follow the story without excessive dictionary look-ups (because vocab is probably my weakest point ).
@BadWeather Hey! Yep, I noticed that as well But I think you are quite a bit ahead of me (so I will not read your reflections yet, sorry!)
Definitely! I don’t really like if I need to look up too much, but this has felt quite relaxed so far. I looked up a few words, but that was more a case of “might wanna learn this” instead of “I need this to get what’s going on”. But we’ll see how it goes in the later chapters, I think I’m not really in the meat of the story yet
You can find lots of comments, questions and answers and also vocab sheets in there, and you can even still ask questions (there are still a few lurkers around that are happy to answer)
(sorry if you knew this already!)
Oh yes, I’ve explored it! But thank you for making sure I knew!!! A few of us are all around the same page and sharing in our study logs each day, so we kind of have a mini book club going It’s been fun so far!
Progress: (16% → 24%)