Good luck to all participants, new and returning!!
Reading has continued to be the mainstay of my Japanese “studies” so I don’t really have any definite goals this year other than continuing to read and hopefully get fast enough to eventually read the things I want to read.
お隣の天使様にいつの間にか駄目人間にされていた件 - oh, my good friend from hell, that’s kept me chained for so long. I hate you so much and yet you’re excellent reading practice and I’m determined to see you through to the very end. On the bright side, I should be able to catch up on this series this challenge, which frees me up to read something hopefully a little more exciting…
I had originally intended these to be supplementary reading but the more I read the more I realized I didn’t really have the mental leeway to just pick up a manga on the side. I really hope I can get back to these eventually because I love SOL manga and these have been a lot of fun so far.
Future reads! (hopefully)
Monkeys!¡ - I read a lot of visual novels but I’ve been afraid to dip my toe into the JP visual novel pool because all the ones I want to read are so dang long. I think I’ll be starting this once I finish 天使様 though, it seems fairly short and with any luck I could probably read it in a month if I pushed myself.
サクラノ詩－櫻の森の上を舞う－ - This one’s the cream of the crop, baby. One of the reasons I started learning Japanese in the first place, to read untranslated 神ゲー like this. If it weren’t for the length, I might have started practice on one of these right away. But the idea of taking half a year to read something was not very appealing so I’m hoping to get to a decent enough speed by this year to get started on one of these.
= read today
= listened today
= read and listened today
= missed day
Approach for this challenge
History has taught us that I’m not very good at doing the Listen Every Day challenge and the Read Every Day challenge at the same time. January is also slated to be a pretty busy month for me, work-wise and personal life-wise. So I’m going to be focusing only on the Read Every Day challenge for January, and I’ll try to add in the Listen Every Day challenge for February. I want to start the aquarium manga I bought a while ago (someone from a previous challenge read this, but I can’t remember who ) - and also read the rest of 夜の名前を呼んで. Not going to go for anything like a novel for now - that seems like a better project for a future challenge.
Kicking off in here although new years is a few hours yet for me in this time zone.
I read another chapter of 死体は語る. Since it’s nonfiction and the contents can be disturbing (it’s case files from a coroner) I’ll limit what I say unless someone is curious, but it’s about what you’d expect. It’s one of 4 (minimum) nonfiction books I’m planning to read this year. New year, new genres!
This is my first time doing a reading challenge. I really just want to focus on reading even just a few sentences of Japanese each day. I also study Mandarin Chinese, so I’d like to note any progress I make reading in Mandarin as well.
What will I be reading? (Japanese)
I’m about halfway through よつばと volume 2 - I’ve picked it up and put it down multiple times over the last year. So my first big goal is to finish よつばと volume 2. Next I’d like to finish the Crystal Hunters manga series.
Besides よつばと and Crystal Hunters, I have a few other manga 1st volumes and an upper-beginner picture book of Studio Ghibli stories that I will try reading. I bought them over a year ago when my reading level was much lower, so now would be a good time to revisit them to see how much I can comprehend.
I’ll update this section with anything else I end up reading. I also have a study log where I may go into more detail about my reading progress.
Happy new year! 2023 is here and I’m starting bright and early with my reading. I noticed the first two volumes of ハイキュー！！ are free on Bookwalker until January 8th, so I figured I’d check it out. I’m going a little slower than usual to pick up new words for my spreadsheet. So far it seems fun, but I’m having the worst time trying to read the furigana over the kanji. The font is tiiiiny and I feel like the quality isn’t all that great either. I’ll keep at it though.
starting off the year by finishing the last chapter of ワンダンス volume 2, a manga about a boy with a speech impediment who joins his high school dance club after seeing a girl practising.
this was my weekend read for a couple of weeks, loads of words i don’t know but easy enough to follow without a dictionary. looking forward to continuing this series at some point, i really like the relationship between kabo and wanda. unique art style too!
Giving a weekly status report plus keeping a Home Post worked really well for me during the last challenge, so I’d like to continue in the same style going forward.
Plans for this month:
ユージニア (with the ABC)
半落ち (with the 半落ち club)
1Q84 Book 1.2 (with the 1Q84 book club)
世界から猫が消えたなら (my new sauna book)
ユージニア will run until the end of the month. 半落ち just started. It’s currently on the very slow side with lots of unknown words, but I hope this will improve once the initial world building is done and we know the ranks of all the police officers and the names of all the rooms they have . 1Q84 is something I wanted to continue reading in Japanese for a long time, and I hope I can read it now at a good pace. And then I have 世界から猫が消えたなら which I plan to read when I chill at the sauna/spa.
Hello all! With the new year I’ve made one of my resolutions to try to read more (in general), and with that includes japanese. I’d like to try participating in my first read every day challenge. I did participate in the advent reading challenge thread, in which I was bad at making update posts, but perhaps this time I’ll be a bit more consistent.
I will be reading:
Song lyrics (for the lazier days)
Youtube subtitles (again for lazy days)
I am still very new to reading, so I doubt that I will be reading a lot each day, but I’m determined to see if my skill will improve as I read more!
Card Captor Sakura volume 5 – progress report Today: Began reading volume 5, finished chapter 19, stopped at page 47.
Happy new year everyone! I hope you started off this new year well.
New year, same old new things to read. Decided to continue reading Card Captor Sakura for this and the coming week until I probably start Aria: the masterpiece volume 3 on Saturday. (My order containing volume 4 and 5 should arrive in 1-2 weeks, I hope).
I’ve already gone a bit overboard and finished one chapter despite not planning to do so today. I won’t complain…but a ‘strong’ start means that it’s only going to be worse from now on which is most likely what will happen because of my change of focus in the coming weeks. Well, I’ll simply continue to enjoy satisfactory progress for as long as it lasts.
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Word or expression of the day:
てがい / でっがい - huge, big, gargantuan
避暑 (+する) - (ひしょ) - escaping the summer heat, going somewhere cooler during summer
Congratulations on making it through 2022, and I hope 2023 will be bright year for everyone
The New Years tradition I share with my friends (and a relatively small but very dedicated group of indie music fans more generally) is to all raise a glass and sing along to The Mountain Goats - This Year (Video) - YouTube I hope that wherever you all are, and whoever you all are with, you got a chance to celebrate in a way that is meaningful to you!
Unfortunately my 初夢 was not full of any good omens (at least that i’m aware of, i’m no oneiromancer), but hopefully yours were/will be!
NHK News Web Easy: 温泉から「金」がとれた - My goal last month was to do one of these every day, and I succeed in that. Not sure if I want to keep that up necessarily, but they are so quick to do I might as well if I see something that looks interesting. When I first read this title, I wasn’t sure if the 金 was money or maybe metaphor, but it’s neither! It’s literal, real 金 that they are extracting from hot springs.
ホリミヤ ch 45, 46, 47 - I know I said I wasn’t in any real hurry to finish this, but it would be nice to get it done by the end of January, especially since I already know I can read most of it quickly. I’d need to average about 2.5 chapters/day to do that, so here’s getting a little bit ahead of that
マジック・ツリーハウス pg 12 → 16 (end of ch1) - small bites of this, at first. But, as long as I’m reading at least a couple pages every day, I think the speed will pick up a lot.
溶ける「とける」ー to melt, to dissolve ラン藻 = 藍藻 「らんそう」ー cyanobacteria, blue-green algae
性質「せいしつ」ー nature, property, disposition
品切れ「しなぎれ」ー sold out, out of stock
嫌がる「いやがる」ー to appear uncomfortable
庇う「かばう」ー to protect (someone), to look after (something)
どうでもいい ー inconsequential, not worth worrying about
激しい「はげしい」ー extreme, intense, strong
雨乞い「あまごい」ー praying for rain
手抜き「てぬき」ー cutting corners, omitting crucial steps
承知「しょうち」ー forgiving, excusing (usually negative 承知しない)
やる気「やるぎ」ー will, motivation (to do something)
沈み込む「しずみこむ」ー to sink (into)
Happy new year everyone
This is my first post on the forum, I’m hoping to improve my reading comprehension and general Japanese skills through some reading immersion this winter. I will be reading 高木さん volume 1 to start with, this is my first manga volume.
Good luck everyone!
I grabbed the first three volumes of Happiness from Bookwalker as freebies a while ago, and over the last three days read them in spare moments or waiting times. It’s so satisfying to be able to read fast without needing to look up every tenth word! I only looked up about four words in total, and each volume took me about half an hour.
Tomorrow I’ll get back to reading 世界から猫が消えたなら. I also bought かがみの孤城（下）on Bookwalker yesterday so I can read on my phone if out of the house.
新書太閣記 progress: 00.03% // Volume I: 00.38%
Happy new year everyone, and happy new reading challenge!
I’ll be reading (well, attempting at least) 新書太閣記 by 吉川英治 (Taiko by Eiji Yoshikawa)
I only read the preface today which wasn’t very long, I’ll start the story proper tomorrow when I should hopefully have more time.
Words found under the kotatsu
壮年期「そうねんき」ー Prime of life 絢爛「けんらん」ー Gorgeous; brilliant; dazzling; ornate 凡俗「ぼんぞく」ー Mediocrity; the masses 類本「るいほん」ー Similar books ユーモラス ー Humorous (not what I thought it’d end up meaning ) 功利主義「こうりしゅぎ」ー Utilitarianism 同型「どうけい」ー Isomorphism; same shape/type/pattern
Character Kanji-Name List
for easy referencing later, because these will take some remembering
Thoughts: I like being able to recognise more kanji as I do more lessons and practice reading them, but there’s still some difficulty with hiragana only words that I have to look up to be able to understand sentences.
I felt like my brain had a mini workout today, which is great!
In the first I stumbled over 危ない once more; the ない at the end makes it sound like it is a negation, but that is not the case. Have to keep this in mind, because it signifies danger! If I were to asume that is says “not dangerous” I could be in deep trouble… Instead, to negate this ありません was used.
Second story, we’re in London so there are a lot of Katakana (ugh).