Only one story today, got distracted.
However, what a pleasant surprise: the new friend I saw yesterday in the preview has another appearance, and it’s even animated! He’s making equipment that is a sold in shop together with magic potions.
What: NHK Easy news Pages: One article. Time: 5 minutes.
I think I’ve decided Wednesdays are the worst! You’d think it would be Monday, but I’m all charged up and okay again after the weekend. On Wednesdays I run out of steam and get home feeling like I’ve aged 5 years. Today I read one NHK news article and fell asleep on the couch
In better news, I went to Japanese class again. Today was the day I realized this course will mostly revolve around speaking… Which is… I have not been doing any speaking whatsoever since I started studying. We were doing basic introductions and the teacher told me to embellish my job title a little. Apparently university employees who are not researchers or teachers have low status in Japan? So she told me to call myself a 研究アドバイザー to sound more important lol. Speaking was fun and I think I’m finally mature enough to not be embarrassed when being corrected. Also I was complimented on my pronunciation. Maybe she was being polite but I’ll take it. It’s Wednesday, I deserve this
Thank you! I appreciate that.
Oh, totally. I could read for hours, days and weeks and never think about whether something was “good” or not. I’m getting picky in my old age and find myself dropping things immediately if they annoy me now, haha.
Finally got to read a bit today even though this week is pure chaos Prepping for the defense of my thesis but trying to make room for a bit of reading still. Also learned the best expression ever from today’s reading session: 惰眠をむさぼる = To sleep all day; to idle away one’s time
Today I reread the whole chapter 8 of Harry Potter 1 while listening to the audio book. I don’t do this for each chapter, but sometimes I feel like it. There are alot of words that I can get the meaning but have no idea how to pronounce them. So the audio can help immensely and I don’t need to look everything up in a dictionary. Unfortunately however, the audio book does not use the exact same text as the print version.
Anyways, phrase of the day: うずうずする - itching to do something / being impatient to do something
I read some more Bakemonogatari Vol.3. It seems I am slowly getting used to the difficulty. Reading the manga was pretty tiring until now. Now it’s hard to put the manga down I want to know what happens next.
I’d say go for it! I’ve only read the novels. In fact, I got into the series after seeing Naphthalene posting about the first book and giving it high reviews. I was intrigued, especially after seeing the gorgeous cover (It was also on sale on bookwalker, but I couldn’t stop after finishing the first book, so I ended up getting the rest of the books, one by one, hehe.)
This first chapter never ends, guys. I just keep reading and keep reading and there is more. Like it is totally enjoyable but I’m trying to catch up with the club and at this stage, I’ll be lucky to finish chapter 2 before chapter 4 starts next week… … … …
Favorite phrase/word from today: ケースバイケース
I might be close to the end of the chapter but it is almost midnight here and I just had another very large speech bubble/text box again with probably multiple words I need to look up, so I quit for the day.
I also had to shovel a lot of heavy snow today because when it snows at around the freezing point (0C), it is so wet…
And here I hoped I’d turn my schedule around after getting back from the US where I had a very different schedule, and yet I find myself pushing towards midnight like always…
I read the second half of Tuberose (sorry, I never remember how to type that word and I’m on mobile so it’s even worse). I thought it would take the whole flight but instead I had 45 min leftover to stew on that ending.
What a ride. The second book is longer so I probably won’t do the whole thing in one go, but I’ll see how far I get with it on my return flight in a few days.
While I like Steel Ball Run, I am finding that I want to read Re:Zero more… I was anticipating I would be in watching “anime-mode” but apparently I am still in reading mode… I’ll finish volume 2 and take a break and maybe come back to it when I get my new Kindle (since mine is over 12 years old and its harder to read small text).
I unfortunately only did my speaking practice on the Aomi Japanese app today. And the app unexpectedly updated and partially reset my progress?!?! D:< On my profile, it still acknowledges the number of words I learned, but on the main page, it says I’m in week 1, day 1 when I’m supposed to be in week 4 by now! So that’s seriously annoying. They also seem to have increased the number of items a day from 24 items to 33 items, and that just feels too much to do all in one day, everyday. So from now on I’ll be breaking up each training session across 2 days. It feels less satisfying that way, but oh well.
What did I read?: 魔女と猫の話
How much did I read?: 8 pages
(Continued 1st Story )
How long did it take me?: 1 h 11 min
Suzu essentially tells her cat to get lost, but soon realizes the repercussions of doing so… I get that he isn’t quite what she wanted, but I still think he’s cute. She complains about him being a glutton, but Suzu, that’s basically every cat ever…
I learned a new cat-related word today: ぶち猫! It apparently means a bicolour cat, typically black and white. The ぶち part means “spots.”
While I haven’t verified this or anything, I somehow get the impression that Japanese has more specific words for non-pedigree cats than English does, which I think is neat~
Thank you for celebrating with me!
I know, right?! XD
And thank you!
I know, I was so excited to read it! And yes, I intend to share a kitty picture at least once per story! (There are 7.)
Oh, that’s actually so nice to hear! And you got にわにはににん! But yeah, it’s definitely not a beginner’s manga, heh, heh. It took me quite some effort to work through it (no furigana!). Would you be interested in me scanning my handwritten notes that I took while reading it? It’s not a complete vocabulary list, since I only put down words I didn’t know (although that’s still quite a lot of them, eheh), but maybe would still be helpful? My handwriting is legible, I would say (although I might be biased! XD). I understand you don’t intend to read it anytime soon, but I could share them with you now for the future or you could just let me know later when you do want them, whenever that might be. Or maybe you’d rather wait until you’ve reached the point that you wouldn’t need a vocabulary list in the first place. But I thought I’d just put out the offer in case you’d be interested!
And so you know, although 魔女と猫の話 does have a higher word count per page than にわにはににん, it has furigana and seems to have more everyday-life vocabulary (the latter really seemed to be going for a more literary-vibe).
I ended up somewhat busy with other things today so not the most reading, but I did pick up ノッキンオン・ロックドドア again so yay! I’ve figured out that it varies pretty wildly in difficulty depending on what’s happening it’s never super rough though, and it’s all mystery nonsense surrounded by fun character interactions and we know I’m all about that
Forced myself to get 6h of sleep last night but still ran out of time to read. Hopefully tonight’s better. This volume starts pretty bizarrely with some heavy bs, but I’ll tolerate it because it’s JoJo… and I know the bs’ing gets better in later Parts.
Today’s episode got me: 回想にふけっていた。 Kona reminisces about his old comfortable life back with Natsumi and Ken. I mean it hasn’t been a day yet since he started his little 遠足 [えんそく] in the 自然界 [しぜんかい] but I guess in cat time that’s pretty long already. Hahaha. But it got me reminiscing about my home before this one and thinking about this uncomfortable (let’s put it at that) situation I’m having right now. It’s been on my mind on and off since over the holiday season. Definitely grateful for the experience, but I haven’t quite adjusted as well as I thought I would… Anyway, please excuse my random sharing there…
Many words and phrases of note today:
退屈を感じること [たいくつをかんじること] times when I feel boredom
確実 [かくじつ] certainty, reliability, soundness
Xに困る [Xにこまる] to be troubled with or due to X
そう言えば [そういえば] which reminds me, come to think of it, now that you mention it
文句 [もんく] complaint, grumbling, objection
懐かしい [なつかしい] dear, desired, missed
恋しい [こいしい] yearned for, longed for
@Greya I would love to get access to your notes! Thank you so much for offering. I may not use it for a while though. I’ll try within the year but having it handy would be nice! Would also be good practice for reading handwritten kanji since I’m only ever reading fonts and my own handwriting