What did I read?: にわにはににん
How much did I read?: 9 pages
(Completed 1st Story: 水槽屋敷 )
How long did it take me?: 1 h 7 min
These pages were more densely populated with words, hence the big drop in the number of pages read. Probably a more reasonable estimate of what I’ll be able to do daily. But with that I have finished the first story! It turned out that the little boy’s mother hadn’t died, she was just in the hospital! And that the fire was actually only a small one, not the blaze of flames the little boy made it seem like. XD He seems to have quite an active imagination (when he went into the garden, he assumed that one of the stone lanterns was his mother’s grave…) A bit of an odd story, but the water and fish rushing through the mansion were really well-drawn and nice to look at.
Thank you for the encouragement! I definitely see myself staying at the stage of needing to carefully decipher sentences before I can reach the point of “actually reading” smoothly. But I will push on! And I don’t even mind it too much for now, because each sentence feels like a fun puzzle to figure out~
Hi, shishamo! The app recommends doing just one training session a day, so that’s what I’ve been doing. I listen to a word or phrase a couple of times, then try saying it out loud myself. Sometimes I say it while playing the recording at the same time, or I practice only part of a sentence. Then I record myself in the app. You can record yourself several times on the same word or phrase. I try to get at least 70% or more correct, but if it’s just too frustrating I move on (and because of the spaced-repetition-system, you’ll see words and phrases later on too). I’m not even sure if reaching a certain percentage is necessary to move on to the next levels…
I remember reading somewhere that each training session is only supposed to take something like around 15 minutes, so if you’re going over that, you might be spending too much time with it.
And if the recordings are too fast, there’s also a half-speed option you can turn on. That might be a semi-new addition, so you might not have seen it yet.
If you look at the main page, there are also other sections for various types of words (i.e. tongue twisters, slang, katakana words) but I’ve been ignoring them for now. I think they might turn up in training sessions in some point anyways, but I’m not super sure. They seem more like an extra self-study-mode-type thing and won’t help you level up.
You might want to check out the “Japanese Phonetics” section which contains a little overview of pitch-accent and the “Our methodology” section since that gives an overview of what to expect. Both of these are found on the main page. The app is still pretty new and still improving, so it might be easier to use than when you last checked it out! I hope this helped you out. If you have any other specific questions, feel free to ask me~
This was the first story of the anthology. I only read the first half. There were some kanji I could not read and vocabularies I did not know. However, I was able to understand most of the story since it was a very light read.
Definitely faster today, but I didn’t bother listing things in my spreadsheet. Today is my first day of work, but it’s only a half day, so I’m sneaking in a little reading before I leave. I’m enjoying ハイキュー！！ well enough so far. I’m not really into sports manga/anime though, so I don’t see myself continuing with the series after this week. I’m also thinking of finally placing an order for some physical books, just to get less screen time when I’m studying.
Thank you! I’ve seen the club but I’m unfortunately only on volume 2 so don’t think I’ll manage to catch up I’m going through the older threads as I go along though, so might pop a message here and there
That’s not a typo; I basically read one paragraph of the next story in the collection before bed. It was my mother-in-law’s last day with us, and we were out for most of it. (It was fun, but I’m tired.) She leaves to visit some more family tomorrow, so I should have more time for reading then.
Read some 怪盗探偵山猫 today! I’m starting to get out of the intro kind of stuff and more into what’s actually going on and it’s a good time, but man am I feeling the difference in reading a standalone book versus a voiced VN or whatever I haven’t really been reading novels lately so it definitely feels slower and takes more mental energy but I’m getting there, I’ve also casually picked up jpdb SRS again so hopefully that’ll help me feel better vocabulary-wise
Felt the suspense during this episode of Kona’s big adventure! What could the looming shadow be?!
This is definitely helping me with the casual form which I only recently started learning from my Minna no Nihongo classes. Well if you count maybe a month ago recent since I had a holiday break from classes. Up til now we’ve only been exclusively learning in the formal form.
One of my goals for 2022 was to try a mock N2 exam (just a mock one since I don’t need the real thing for anything and just want to more or less check my level) so I did that today (just two days late P:). I’ve done absolutely zero practice for this apart from doing the same with a mock N3 exam a year ago so it was pretty exhausting to get through, props to anyone taking these for real! The whole time I felt like I was missing a looot and I though I might not pass but in the end I did (barely)!! So that’s kinda exciting and I’m counting it as my reading for today. Definitely not trying for N1 at the end of this year so maybe I’ll try N2 again but aiming for a more comfortable pass. It’s hard to say if I’d have passed the real thing this time…
Not much to say about today’s reading but I did try my hand at translating a decently-sized ウマ娘 twitter comic today. It was simultaneously kinda fun, but also time-consuming and exhausting (typesetting aside) after I realized how much of Japanese nuance I had simply internalized and was actually unable to explain properly…
Word of the Day: 鳩尾 - pit of the stomach or solar plexus. Why the heck is the solar plexus the pigeon tail?
I had heard about French having an unwieldy counting system but this is certainly nuts lmao. And for such a specific subset of numbers, too, all the stranger…
For once, Amazon recced me a book that wasn’t already on my list (or Minato Coin Laundry), 食堂かたつむり by 小川 糸, so I read the preview for that. It’s about a woman who comes home one day from her part time job to find that her boyfriend she’s been living with for three years has taken everything and left her, so she decides to return to her hometown and open a 食堂. The writing isn’t too difficult and the story seems it may be good, though with only 4 actual pages in the preview, it’s hard to tell. Anyway, I came across the phrase “イタリア製ペティナイフ,” which is so incongruous because “petit” is French! Why couldn’t it be “小さい (小さな?) ナイフ”…
I read ch 4 of 夜カフェ③, which was 16 pages of text. This chapter just increased my feelings of not liking this volume/series, which is disappointing, because I did like the first.
I finished vol 38 of HQ, and then read 暫定、恋人.
Some vocab of note:
不動産 (ふどうさん) [noun] real estate
猫かぶり [noun, する verb] feigned innocence or naïveté; beguiling innocence; wolf in sheep’s clothing
上顎 (うわあご) [noun] upper jaw; palate. I knew 顎 was “chin,” but “jaw” too.
Card Captor Sakura volume 5 – progress report Yesterday: Continued up to page 70. Today: Continued up to page 86.
Feeling a bit under the weather today and couldn’t concentrate much. The play continues and I find myself chuckling at some of the performances such as the very convincing one of liar-kun as the wicked fairy and the less convincing but err passionate one by Shaolan as the princess. The contrast between Toya’s and Kero’s comments being bewildered by these two or even roasting the latter and Yukito being as friendly and encouraging as always is also pretty funny to me.
Haha, it’s nice to hear that your friend is so enthusiastic about those ladder lotteries. I’m not sure about all the things one could possibly do with them in a maths context but if I had to guess it may be probability related.
Don’t hold back on letting your excitement for Rei (simply existing) out! And let me relish in it from far away.
My book order actually arrived today. Now I have access to Aria: the masterpiece 4 & 5 – and also to these:
I won’t be reading the adventures of adorable magical girl and adorable magic man anytime soon, though, because I want to finish the two series I’m currently reading first and that will take a few months.
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Word or expression of the day:
演技 - (えんぎ) - acting, performance
お祝い - (おいわい) - congratulations, celebration, congratulatory gift
図かん「ずかん」ー picture book
ゆうゆう ー leisurely
シダ ー fern
舞い降りる「まいおりる」ー to swoop down
白亜紀「はくあき」ー cretaceous period
The first chapter of よつばと！ is definitely one of the harder ones because of all the moving terminology and adults talking to each other, but don’t let that discourage you! The chapters do get a lot easier after that for a while (occasionally, when there are chapters with mostly adults talking it gets a little harder again, but most of the chapters are definitely focused on the kids). Looking at vol 1, if you’re through page 25 I think you’re definitely done with the roughest parts.
Better late than never I had every intention of joining this thread before the new year and then I forgot lol. Hopefully that isn’t an indication of how this reading challenge is going to go for me. I need to find some easily accessible reading content because my biggest challenge is becoming demotivated trying to find things online.
Anyway, here’s to a Japanese-reading-filled winter! Cozy up ~
The fun thing about that word is that it’s now been borrowed into English as “petty knife” to refer specifically to this kind of small Japanese style knife… (I don’t know if ペティナイフ is a technical cheffy word in Japanese in the way that ‘petty knife’ or ‘paring knife’ is and ‘kitchen knife’ isn’t.)
新書太閣記 progress: 00.12% // Volume I: 01.44%
I am so glad for furigana. So many place names. I forgot how hard it is to start a new book and you get bombarded with piles of new vocab until you get used to the author’s vocab usage.
Words found under the kotatsu
隣邦「りんぽう」ー Neighbouring country 国号「こくごう」ー Name of a country 国運「こくうん」ー National fortunes; destiny of a country 駆られる「かられる」ー To be driven by… (emotions / impulse / feelings); to be seized by; to be stricken with; to be spurred on by; to succumb to 気遣い「きづかい」ー Consideration; concern; worry 旦那様「だんなさま」ー Husband (honorific); master (of a house/shop etc.) 臥床「ふしど」ー Bedroom; bedchamber (seems to use 臥所 now) 榻「トン」ー Ceramic bench 宵「よい」ー Evening; early hours of the night 窯業「ようぎょう」ー Ceramics; ceramic industry 官窯「かんよう」ー (Government owned) porcelain furnace // with 窯「かま」meaning: kiln; furnace; stove 附随「ふずい」ー being accompanied by; being collateral with 殷賑「いんしん」ー Prosperity 辛苦「しんく」ー Hardship; toil
Places in China & Dynasties 揚子江「ようすこう」ー Yangtze river (also: 長江「ちょうこう」) 江西省「こうせいしょう」ー Jiangxi Province 饒州「じょうしゅう」ー Raozhou (old prefecture, now part of Poyang county (in Jiangxi)) 唐「から」ー China (also used to sometimes refer to other neighbouring countries of that area) (Archaism) // also: 「とう」ー the Tang dynasty (618-907) 宋「そう」ー Song dynasty 廬山「るざん」ー Mt. Lushan
Character Kanji-Name List
for easy referencing later, because these will take some remembering
|| P E O P L E || Main Hideyoshi: 豊臣秀吉「とよとみ ひでよし」// 豊太閤「ほうたいこう」
五郎大夫 「ごろ だゆう」
阿倍仲麻呂「あべ の なかまろ」ー Japanese scholar & poet (around 700AD)
I decided to try digging into this a little bit today, and discovered that this phrase itself is based on an older phrase 二六時中, which also meant around the clock (a full day). I was like “there’s no way this makes any sense unless japan used to have some really messed up clocks that no one has told me about.”
Japan had some really messed up clocks that no one had told me about. A full day was divided in to 12 “hours”, 6 day and 6 night (hence the 2x6 = full day), but the length of those hours was based on the actual length of the day/night periods. So in the winter, the 6 night hours were longer, and the 6 day hours were shorter, and reverse in the summer. (Edit for clarification: this time system existed before the clocks, they clocks were made in a super funky way to try to capture the existing dominant way of measuring time in tokugawa/edo japan, but it was still 2x6 = one full day)
During the meiji restoration (at least, according to jp wiktionary 四六時中 - ウィクショナリー日本語版 ), this existing expression was altered to make it make a little bit more sense with a Western 24 hour day