- Played もじぴったんアンコール for several hours today. Read new (to my play data) dictionary entries.(>100) I even started using it as my JP-JP dictionary while reading Manga today. The entries are so concise. A pocket dictionary on a portable gaming console. I’m in love! A perfect companion for my Kanji Learners Dictionary.
- Needed to “retire” 極主夫道 from my desk shelf to make room for my current reads. Decided to read it again first, front to back, in one sitting, and that felt great! Only a handful of look-ups.
- Animal Crossing chores. ~hr
Jan 23 update summary post
Today and yesterday I read some Death Note (almost finished the part the book club’s supposed to read this week). Reading this I’m realizing I need to work on grammar so I’ve been getting back to that too.
Also, I got Chi’s Sweet Home 1 today and got about halfway through. Definitely an easy read, but it’s kind of a nice change from having to analyze every sentence to only needing to look up a word here or there
I was struggling a little more today with sentences I should definitely theoretically be able to understand – perhaps just an off day for me. Not bad enough to be a true bother, not at all, just lots of moments of not quite putting the pieces together right, or a sudden shift in unstated topic catching me off guard, or the like. Played for an hour and 20 and had already mined too many words, plus it’s getting late.
Much more dialogue today, as I ran into two new characters. One of whom, is Umi:
We’re going to have the childish sibling-type character in this game it seems (though not a literal sibling, a… cousin? I think? This isn’t a reading comprehension problem, either it’s intentionally vague or was mentioned briefly and my memory is failing). And of course, that has to start with her trying to drag us out of bed. Not exactly breaking new ground in this VN so far, but it’s got great production values for what it is, and while it’s too early to know anything substantial, I’m finding that it flows nicely so far. I also love the aunt’s voice acting. She’s probably exaggerating pitch a bit; everything she says is almost sing-songy and it’s just really pleasant to listen to.
The neat new word of the day is 夢見心地 (ゆめみごこち), “dreamy state of mind.”
Oh yeah, one of these days I need to remember I’m in a book club or two…
Haha, well said. You know, there are a few people I’ve come across who slur enough that even that is almost an achievement.
I just need to indicate how much I adore that picture, and a simple “like” isn’t enough.
I decided to click through for the spoiler and wow, so sweet. Had never heard of it, but what you’re reading looks really nice.
If it isn’t any additional effort for you, then yes please I’d love it =D
some demon slayer v3 thoughts so far
I have also not been enjoying volume 3 as much, I really really dislike reading Zenitsu’s lines. For a while I slowed down a lot. I’ve picked it back up a bit now, and with that I am allowing myself to spend less effort trying to break down Zenitsu as I just find the way he talks and what he has to say to be very uninteresting.
I’ve just finished chapter 22, so still a while to go.
Since I’m here, update time I guess.
Still reading every day.
Mostly 鬼滅の刃 volume 3.
I attended a 3 day wedding and needed some reading for the train and down points of the wedding, I didn’t feel comfortable reading manga/鬼滅の刃 in that context, so I started 星の王子さま and found it quite funny although a LOT of work - the shift from manga with picture context to full sentences is really a lot for me.
It was doable and fun, just slow. Post-wedding though it was a bit much for me to keep reading that alongside 鬼滅の刃 so I’ve re-parked 星の王子さま for now.
I’ve also started reading デスノート with the Beginner BC, so far so good, read the first half of this week’s assignment in one sitting in a little over an hour. I’m expecting this good progress mostly comes down to this being chapter 1 and me having a lot of context. Later on it will presumably get rougher.
Still working my way through ファイナルファンタジーIX in Japanese, taking lots of screenshots and writing out the lines to do breakdowns.
January 23 Home Post
Read some more (like seven pages?) 風が強く吹いている today! It feels like ages since I saw the anime; it’s like seeing old friends again I’m still thoroughly in the character introduction portion, so it’s fun getting to meet them all in book form! Looking forward to meeting some of my faves, I miss them haha. The twins (who I honestly forgot about lmao but I’m reminded now!! I love them!! first being introduced with them stepping through the ceiling is just… so in character And ハイジ’s a (loveable) weirdo as always, and 走 (yeah that’s his name, on the nose huh) is already just like “what is going on” very relatable. (foreshadowing spoilers) I already know 膝 is going to scar me, it came up like once and I’m already tense lmao
I do miss the ビスコ squad so I’ll definitely have to go back to them sometime, but this has been a lot of fun too! It’s really nice to be in the world of 風つよ again
崩す - to write in cursive style (I knew “to destroy” but cursive )
なすりつける - to lay blame on
人懐こく - friendly, sociable
点在 - dotted with, scattered
I’m glad to say that I’m on Chapter 3 of また、同じ夢を見てた and realised a very weird thing about myself: I’m more likely to stick with a book that I randomly selected than one that I actually want to read Thus, I selected 夏へのトンネル、さよならの出口 Has anyone read that book before?
I’ve decided to stick with weekly updates due to the surprising amount of work from school!
Thanks for reading
Day 23: Today I read 4 pages of よつば＆！
Weekly check in for January 23rd:
Read this week:
魔女の宅急便 - Chapter 3
I haven’t actually read anything since Thursday because life got in the way (in the best way possible) and I was away for a long weekend celebrating my best friend’s 30th birthday. Back on it this week and will probably try to get the last couple of graded readers for this level thrown in to break up some of the hard work of reading Kiki. I’m also revising the previous chapter of Kiki before moving on just to make sure I’m taking the time to understand more complex grammar/unfamiliar vocab. As always, the best thing is learning new Japanese onomatopoeia!
Today I read eight pages of Death Note. The neatest looking kanji I’ve seen so far is 魔 (witch, demon, evil spirit). Here are some words I learnt, (including the new kanji):
魔力-----まりょく------magical powers; supernatural powers; spell; charm
警視庁------けいしちょう------Metropolitan Police Department (esp. Tokyo)
追い詰める-------おいつめる------to corner; to drive to the wall; to run down
I finished the first chapter (88 p) of 旅猫リポート a few days ago and think I need a break. It’s harder than I expected and I’ve been sick and don’t have the brainpower to push through something challenging right now. (a previous reader on Natively decided this should be level 27 so in theory this should not be so hard for me, even if I’m sick, and it was honestly really discouraging.)
I started reading the third volume of 七夜物語 instead. It’s easier and I’m used to the style.
I also picked up ゆっくりおやすみ、樹の下で again, which I read a few months ago. The narrator has such a kind, friendly tone. I thought after I finished it that I’d like to read it again sometime, and I was happy to have found a book in Japanese I enjoyed that much because I think there’s a lot of value in re-reading books. This is sooner than I expected, but I think I read books again this quickly when I was a kid. I’m picking up details and hints that I missed the first time, and a few sentences I didn’t get before are clear now. It’s relaxing after fighting with 旅猫リポート。
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・
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).
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
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.
I have and thought the plot was interesting but didn’t really vibe with the characters. Huge caveat on that though - the style of character writing that didn’t resonate with me which happens to be quite similar to how the author of また、同じ夢を見ていた writes (I haven’t read that book, but I’ve read two of his other works). Which is to say you might like it so don’t weigh my opinion of his character writing too heavily.
Looking at Natively though the book you’re currently reading is leveled at 25 and 夏へのトンネル is 32 - if you find the plot exciting and really want to read it and get through that bump in difficulty could be no big deal, but it could also be frustrating so just keep that in mind I suppose.
Day 24. Read like… half of page 195, and the Tobira Chapter 1 reading section if that counts. I spent one hour doing useless stuff again when I was supposed to read, why am I like this…
Okay. I’ll start reading in the morning instead from tomorrow onwards, maybe that’ll prevent me from continuing this cycle
Tanuki Scroll XXIV: 石合戦
Hyakumonogatari historic tale (dunno why I wrote Hyakumonogatari) from Shizuoka Prefecture!
A story about Tokugawa Ieyasu [徳川家康]. Two groups of kids are set against each other in a stone-throwing battle (sounds kinda painful), Red vs. White. The Red team has twice as many competitors, so they are in favour of winning, but Ieyasu states that White will win because they are putting in more effort to compensate for the number difference, whereas only half the Red team seem to be putting in any effort.
Book Haul! (okay it's only two books)
Traditional colours of Japan!
With all the colour-talk having me intrigued I thought I’d get myself a book. Each colour has a description of how it was traditionally used and if it has any meanings behind it, it’s all in Japanese but the colour names have English translations, for reasons I’m not sure of since everything else is in Japanese? There’s HEX codes too, so that’ll be helpful. I won’t be using it as daily reading for this challenge as it’s mostly an aid for my art but I practically do that every day anyway so it’ll be like daily reading.
It’s all in English, there’s some Japanese but it’s all translated. But I saw this and just had to get it. I mean, the complete works of Musashi! Most accurate translation yet! Some of his works that have never been translated before! Bonus ukiyo-e pictures!! YES
☆ Learnings ☆
石合戦「いしがっせん」ー Stone-throwing fight
見定める「みさだめる」ー To make sure of; to confirm
のんびり ー At leisure; Carefree; Relaxed
バラバラ ー Scattered; Dispersed; Disconnected (onomatopoeia)
松平竹千代「まつだいらたけちよ」ー Tokugawa Ieyasu’s birth name ( Matsudaira Takechiyo)
駿府「すんぷ」ー Sunpu, Shizuoka
安倍川 「あべかわ」ー Abe River
I came across this word in the wild the other day and wondered the same thing! It’s a really nice word.
I thought it looked familiar, but didn’t remember that reading. Looking up the reading, I then remembered that it appears in spy x family.
君の名は , 17 pages.
Okay I don’t even know how it happened, but apparently I read that much today in around the same time span. Holy. I guess I was super into that part:
It’s when they finally meet each other on top of the mountain, and well the moment before that when Taki remembers Mitsuha went to Tokyo to meet him, and she meets the 3-years-younger him and he’s like: あんた誰？, then she gives him her plaited cord that he uses as a bracelet. As well as the moment right after she disappears when the night comes when they’re writing each other’s names on their hands.
I kinda lost track of time, I think this is the first time this happened. In fact it’s the first time I’ve read this much. Such a nice feeling. And I’ve also noticed that I’m starting to actually feel emotionally moved through this language at times (finally!!!). I guess I’m starting to interiorise the emotional weight of some words, it’s not always just mechanical and rote language learning. I’ve been a bit worried for a long while that I wasn’t able to feel emotion through reading Japanese, but I guess it’s just a matter of time until you’re able to grasp and interiorise the language and the cultural background and implications. To know the definition of a word is one thing, but to comprehend the actual weight that word carries is a much different beast, I think, and I feel that that takes quite some time. It’s a nice surprise and a welcome one .
Ohh that’s sounds so nice! I feel like while I laugh at times at what I read, the contrary is not something that’s yet really in my grasp yet. So being emotionally moved by something sad or some other more intricate feelings is kind of more difficult? Though the children’s books I’ve touched so far were rather light hearted anyway. I really hope I’ll get to that point eventually as well
Well, I got my copy of Harry Potter and Philosopher Stone. I knew I won’t be able to understand it now, but it still hurts. Now I have a great kick to improve my grammar.
By the way, surprisinly, kanji were not an issue (I believe high school kanjis are not included), the vocab and grammar on other hand are quite difficult.
Will try to read it again in a month. For now, I’ll stick with easy news.
January 24 update:
Read 5 pages of 時をかける少女 (chapter 17). This chapter seems to be meant to provide a load of background information in a concise manner, and thus it was probably the hardest part of the book for me so far in terms of vocabulary (vocabulary being what I’m struggling with the most, in general). At first I tried to revert to looking up everything, and with the amount of unknown words it was going slowly and painfully. Then I tried to do strategic lookups – something I’ve been experimenting with for most of this book. The result was still a lot more lookups than I’d been doing lately, so I almost gave up. But then suddenly came a point where the words I just looked up started coming up again and again – I guess by this point we’d got introduced to most of the common concepts of year 2660’s recent history, so the last two pages were less of a struggle. But the conversation started three chapters ago is not over yet
日本語: I read a fair amount of 伯爵と妖精 31.
中国語: I read an intermediate entry on Mandarin Bean, one page of 擅长捉弄的高木同学, and a bit of 孩子最爱读的中国民间故事.