📚📚 Read Every Day Challenge - Winter 2024 🎍☃🌲

:notebook: :computer: :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake: February 19

Read chapters 25 and 26 of あなたも殺人犯になれる!, almost there! And a few ハイキュー!! pages.

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Feb 20, Tue of Week 8 of Q1 2024

  • いちばんやさしい世界史の本 Ch.8 [240-243/258]

I didn’t know enough of the regional contemporary history… (Also, just first part.)

  • ぼぎわんが来る (23-25%)
Words of the day
  • 相克(そうこく) = rivalry
  • 泥沼化(どろぬまか) = turning into a quagmire. Just becoming 泥沼(どろぬま).

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:raccoon: :snowflake: :books: February 20 :books: :snowflake: :raccoon:

天下一の馬 :horse: :sparkles:
Chapter: 1/3

Next story!

This one started out normal enough, a packhorse driver is in the mountains where he meets a child cursed by a demon so now he’s part monkey-goat-boy. He’s wounded and asks for help, the packhorse-man finds the whole situation kinda weird but agrees to help. All good. Until the demon boy says that in order to get better he needs to live in the horse’s belly, seen as the horse is such a fine looking horse it’ll make him better… somehow… the horse won’t be harmed, in fact it’ll turn into a super horse while he’s sloshing around in the belly.

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2024-02-20

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Date Name Type Amount Time
2024-02-20 :open_book: 本好きの下剋上第一部1 :orange_book: Jr Novel :arrow_forward: Chapter 15
:computer: 70 → 77%
:page_facing_up: 15 pages
:hourglass_flowing_sand: 55m

Another chapter down of 本好きの下剋上第一部 and the end of the first novel I’m reading in Japanese is in sight, which is a nice feeling. I’ve actually switched from Bookwalker to Rakuten (and ttsu) which means I now get a % count as well, but since I also have Bookwalker’s paginated copy still, I can flick back and forth to get actual page numbers for updates.

Also a milestone of sorts on Natively too:

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Home Thread // February 20th, 2024

Name Progress State Finished
Markus’ Ascend (Part 1) 2/22 chapters (9%) :white_check_mark: Finished —
The King’s Birthday 7/7 chapters (100%) :white_check_mark: Finished 19th Feb, 2024
Aryn’s wonderful world 6/6 chapters (100%) :white_check_mark: Finished 12th Feb, 2024
Aryn’s rescue 24/24 chapters (100%) :white_check_mark: Finished 9th Feb, 2024

Today, I began the first part of Markus’ Ascend! (See link above) Other than that, I also read one of today’s NHK Easy articles, and only one because I was looking for a manga that could fit my level and that I could potentially like. Didn’t find anything yet, though, because there aren’t that many mangas for bad people :sweat_smile:

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:calendar: 2024年2月20日 :calendar:

:question: Title Read today Currently at Notes
:orange_book: Fujiki 2 episodes 25/41 —
:kimono: 舞妓さんちのまかないさん 3 chapters 126/261 —
:hourglass_flowing_sand: 時をかける少女 4% 28% 23 new words

Enjoying reading 時をかける少女. Nothing special with the story but even though it’s way easier than the other two novels I’ve read, I still don’t understand every sentences 100% without investigating the grammar a bit nor do I know all of the vocabulary. So very good practice! Although the amount of words that are in hiragana instead of in kanji are almost the ones tripping me up the most x) (へや instead of 部屋, I always read it へ first “hm someone is going somewhere” “oh no right” (also need to remember that normal Japanese is not Kansai everywhere and や most of the times is not だ but just や))

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:bookmark: Home post // Feb 20 :snowman_with_snow: :books:

・サイレント・ウイッチ VII (34% → 41%)

There were more illustrations than usual just between the 30-40 percent of the book :eyes: Things got intense. “Let’s be careful so we do not resort to violence,” says the smiling madman who is carrying an axe and is not afraid of using it.

More horsies :eyes: :sparkles: (Tho the story sounds… :fearful: :joy: )

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The Crystal Hunters by Nathaniel French is written for people learning Japanese. I read the first few and they were okay. I’m finding native Japanese manga difficult because the grammar is really casual. I joined the Absolute Beginners Bookclub. I’m hoping that by part way through I’ll be able to understand more than just the vocabulary :sweat_smile: Let me know if you find anything good :slight_smile:

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Read episodes 27 - 29 of Sakura and Suzuki on Satorireader! Jumping from the ABBC to Satorireader always gives me such a nice and refreshing feeling. I’m so spoiled by Satorireader. :sweat_smile:

New words/phrases:
  • 万歳「ばんざい」 “ten thousand years of age,” short for 天皇陛下万歳, tennou heika banzai meaning, “May his majesty the emperor live to ten thousand years of age!” - I knew the meaning of this expression already but never knew its literal meaning and etymology until now
  • 嘘みたい「うそみたい」like a like, hard to believe
  • 大満足「だいまんぞく」completely satisfied, as pleased as can be
  • おく to do something in advance
  • 面倒を見る 「めんどうをみる」to care for someone, to look after someone - that was confusing… at first reading, I honestly thought it mean the opposite like to try to hassle someone or try to get someone in trouble.
  • 嫁 「よめ」bride
  • 事故「じこ」accident
  • 渋滞「じゅうたい」 congestion, traffic, delay, stagnation
  • ところ in the process of doing, just finished doing
  • のに despite this, in spite of, even though
  • 迷惑をかける「めいわくをかける」to cause trouble for someone, to annoy, to bother, to inconvenience
  • いつまでも forever, indefinitely, no matter what

@Clovie1 @Akashelia I know you both are reading 舞妓さんちのまかないさん which includes some Kansai-ben in there. Curious what level of vocab and grammar you would recommend I try this manga out? And would you happen to know any other sources for Kansai-ben?

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Feb 20

  • :horse: 乙嫁語り chapter 17 + atogaki, which finishes volume 3! This was another sombre volume end. The atogaki portion took me a really long time to read since it was so dense, and also I got distracted a lot googling and reading more about the little tidbits. It happened with the last volume in this series too!

I found the Kansai-ben really intense in that series when I first started reading it, but reading along with the BBC (link) was really helpful! I think if you have questions while reading and post in those threads even now, people might answer them. Other than the Kansai-ben, I don’t personally find the series too difficult of a read (so far; I’m only on volume 2). I think you could consider trying it if you’re comfortable reading other slice-of-life manga?

As for resources, I find this chart helpful for referencing the standard dialect equivalents of some Kansai-ben expressions. The rest of the website seems pretty good too, although I haven’t explored it that much. It’s not comprehensive though (that would be really difficult), so I often google “phrase + 関西弁” when I can’t find something there or in my dictionary, to see what comes up.

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Feb. 19

Finished ch. 7 of みんなの日本語

Feb. 20

A chapter of チョコっとちょこちゃん. I only have around 60 pages left of volume 1, which is very exciting!!

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There are also those videos by Cure Dolly

Agreed with @Clovie1 , with the vocab sheet and the answers in the BBC thread you will learn a lot! Nothing really new in the rest of the series.
If I really struggle with a sentence, I ask an infamous chat bot to parse it and explain it for me, I’m usually satisfied with the answer

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:question: Title Type Natively Progress
:hamburger: 隣は何を食う人ぞ ~ほろ酔い 9 manga 27 pg0 → pg107
:business_suit_levitating: 隣は何を食う人ぞ ~ほろ酔い8 manga 27 pg39 → complete :white_check_mark:
:cat2: また、同じ夢を見ていた book 25 22% (no change)
:squid: ダンジョン飯3 manga 29 55% (no change)
:candy: 不思議駄菓子屋1 book 24 30% (no change)
  • Had the day off, but decided to just read casually, so started another volume of ほろ酔い after finishing yesterday’s one last night.
  • I may have mentioned this before, but this is one of the rare romance manga (that I’ve read) that has some of the more mundane nitty-gritty bits of romantic life, like… meeting the parents formally to announce your engagement, and getting to better know their family, wedding venue shopping and so on… it’s nice. Most everything else I’ve read is either in high school or is full of drama or both.
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February the past weekend until now

I’ve been a bit lax about updating this thread over the weekend because I had such a busy weekend with a lot of social stuff. I read some days, mostly English and I didn’t read on other days.

Today, I decided to try the demo for Another Code on Switch in JP. It was fairly easy as far as I got, then I got stuck. I was playing in TV mode on a controller that do not have motion controls, and the game required motion controls to complete a puzzle. :melting_face:

My problem is that all my other Switch controllers have horrible drift (I need to send them for repairs, I don’t even think I have to pay anything but shipping, but it is still a chore that is easy to put off). So I was completely stuck.

However, I liked it well enough, and it was easy enough that I will probably get the game after I’ve gotten my drift-borked controllers fixed. :pensive:

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21st feb

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i actually read the rest of the ouran volume, they were both quite long chapters (plus some very text-heavy bonus content) but they linked together and i couldn’t not keep reading! basically didn’t read anything else tho, aside from some stuff on pixiv

today’s nhk article was this one, plus the granblue valentines thing, and the entries on そうになる and その上(うえ) in aDoIJG

seconding this site and looking up the word plus 関西弁(かんさいべん) or 方言(ほうげん) method, i find it very effective. same for this video from game gengo (tho if you lived there for a year idk how useful this’ll be). his video on ni no kuni also goes into kansai-ben a bit cos one of the characters uses it.

some other ones entirely in japanese
  • general dialect site, not a lot of words per area compared to other sites but they are split up into more specific locations which can be helpful
  • basically the same idea as above but more in depth and (unfortunately) harder to navigate. still useful imo, the search function is pretty good
  • this wikipedia chart. this has saved my bacon more than once. not kansai-ben specific and it’s not what i’d call friendly (especially on mobile, hoo boy) but it’s comprehensive and very, very helpful for cross-referencing and includes both words and grammar (unlike the above two). has a standard japanese column too if you have a vague idea of what you’re looking for means but aren’t sure of the 弁. i use this (with ctrl f) a lot
  • this site by a native kansai-ben speaker. not updated since mid-2023 but has a good number of archive articles on specific words. there’s also this overview page

these are probably more useful for looking stuff up than actually learning from, looking at them again. oops :sweat_smile: hopefully they can be useful in some way!

edit: nihongo no mori also have a few videos on kansai-ben

not me coming in with a second edit: this is the most straightforward site and approaches it from a base grammar level so this might be the closest thing you’re looking for (even if it’s not much for nuance). just a table and this means this and that’s it, plus some words (similar to the wikipedia page but smaller and way more approachable). it even has space for practice! they have separate pages for 大阪弁(おおさかべん) (the one i linked)
and 京都弁(きょうとべん) (plus others. i used it for 博多弁(はかたべん) and it was invaluable)

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:raccoon: :snowflake: :books: February 21 :books: :snowflake: :raccoon:

天下一の馬 :horse: :sparkles:
Chapter: 3/3

The horse becomes super thunderhorse and does the job of ten horses, but then comes the time that the demon-child needs to… exit the horse. Since the horse has eaten lots of tasty food the demon-child has gotten fat and can’t fit through the neck (it appears he needs to be born out of the mouth), so it’s up to packhorse-man to make the horse yawn… because that’ll be big enough for him to crawl out ???

I have so many questions

:sparkles: :horse: :horse: :horse: :sparkles:

Yeahhh… I’ve had to re-read a few passages just to make sure I’m understanding it right, this one got weird real fast.

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Feb 21, Wed of Week 8 of Q1 2024

  • いちばんやさしい世界史の本 Ch.8 [244-249/258]

Maybe read/watch more later.

  • Persona 4 Golden

Exploration and choices with earns and costs.

Almost, but I can’t win yet. Out of status and potions.

  • セーラー服と機関銃 (4-9%)
Words of the day
  • æµ®(う)き足(あし) = unstable stance; instability / preparing to flee. Can also be 浮足立(うきあしだ)つ (but not in the context).
  • ~に託(かこ)つける = to use something as a excuse. Somewhat かこつ?
  • 被服(ひふく) = clothing; costume. 被服室(ひふくしつ) in context, like storage, perhaps.
  • しまらない = sloven; sloppy. Like ç· (し)まりが無(な)い (split with a particle) or だらしない.
  • フーテン = slacker; insanity. Kanji form is 瘋癲(ふうてん).
  • ~がらみ(.) = relating to; (amount) about.

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:notebook: :computer: :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake: February 20

Read chapters 27 and 28 of あなたも殺人犯になれる!, read chapter 3 of ハイキュー!! and played like 15 mins of 逆転裁判. That’s actually a decent amount in total but it felt so short!

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Home Thread // February 21st, 2024

Name Progress State Finished
Markus’ Ascend (Part 1) 4/22 chapters (18%) Currently reading —
The King’s Birthday 7/7 chapters (100%) :white_check_mark: Finished 19th Feb, 2024
Aryn’s wonderful world 6/6 chapters (100%) :white_check_mark: Finished 12th Feb, 2024
Aryn’s rescue 24/24 chapters (100%) :white_check_mark: Finished 9th Feb, 2024

I read two more chapters from Markus’ Ascend today. And…

Remember the NHK Easy articles that I didn’t read on Friday and yesterday? Welp, I read them all today, in addition to the ones published today, which means I read 9 NHK Easy articles today :melting_face:

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:bookmark: Home post // Feb 21 :snowman_with_snow: :books:

・サイレント・ウイッチ VII (41% → 50%)

Wuiii, halfway mark!

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