Tan-chan got her 4 month shots this week, so on top of teething and another growth spurt, she’s been really sensitive lately, so I haven’t had any real down time to sit down to read Pokemon Special, but thankfully there were other things I could do while feeding her. (It’s very helpful that Kanji Drill books can be laid down flat while reading and writing so I can multitask with them when manga are impossible to read.)
１月18日~19日 ~ Days 18~19 / Back to Home
Kanji Drill １年生 (20 kanji per day/includes list of sample vocab under kanji writing practice, then one of each page for kanji reading practice and kanji recognizing practice - 24 pages total)
This is my first kanji drill book practice for this year and the third for this grade. I was happy to find a new copy I didn’t already have from Seria (the other two were from Daiso). I remember when doing the drills last year, there were a lot more words I looked up and wrote down, some of which were verbs that had multiple meanings and it was hard to guess from the few details in the sentence which meaning it was. This time, I felt more confident about what many of the words meant. I still looked up words if I didn’t feel 100% sure, but at least this time, I could guess what I thought it meant based on the surrounding kanji (if any were given). Most of the time, I was right or fairly close.
Kanji Drill Vocab for more practice
二口で食べる・eating for two・
１月20日 ~ Day 20
はらぺこあおむし (The Very Hungry Caterpillar)
I usually read this book in English to Tan-chan (I translate the Japanese version we have on the spot since it’s pretty simple) and her father or grandfather reads it to her in Japanese, but Tan-chan wouldn’t give me much time today so I decided to just read it in Japanese. She usually stares at the book and follows along, but this time she stared at me like she realized there was something different (or she could have been staring because of my not so smooth reading lol).
Everything is in hiragana to make it accessible for any age, but that’s what makes it harder to read smoothly. It’s a great book for learning counting and the days of the week, so it’s good practice for kids and second language learners alike. There wasn’t really any new words I struggled with except I learned the word for pupa (蛹).
１月21日 ~ Day 21
JLPT Mock Exam (N4)
I found a really useful website in the JLPT 2022 thread that allows you to take a mock JLPT exam (only up to N4 unfortunately) that times you and everything. I was surprised by how much kanji and vocab I recognized even without the addition of kanji (in the first section). I was also really surprised by how quickly I could read through the readings and get not only the gist of the information but also be able to decipher nearly every detail.
I think there was only one question I kind of gave up on (but planned to go back to) because it was costing more time than I was taking on the other questions. Otherwise, I think I may have missed no more than 3 in the first section and maybe no more than 3 or 4 in the second. The only reason I don’t know exactly was… I accidentally held my finger down too long and refreshed the page so it sent me back to the start just before I got to the third section Next time I try it, I’ll definitely do it on my computer. But I did manage to write down this word I didn’t know from the first section: 熱心に・ねっしんに・eagerly; earnestly
１月22日~24日 ~ Days 22~24
Kanji Drill １年生 (20 kanji per day plus final kanji test - 28 pages total - FINISHED)
The test part was easier to complete compared to my last two experiences. I think I had to keep looking up the kanji because I forgot the strokes. I only missed 文字 (one of my leeches) and second guessed the first kanji for 草原 and looked it up but I was pretty sure it was 草 not 早.
Kanji Drill Vocab
I intend to go back and edit in the English translations of the vocab later, but I’ve written them out in my kanji drill book so it’s not a dire need at the moment. I just really want to post this before I lose another draft, haha.