(2016-06-01, 12:59 am)gaiaslastlaugh Wrote:(2016-05-24, 11:01 am)rich_f Wrote: But what I have figured out from my own experience is that reading LNs or WNs doesn't help me with N1 very much. It helps my Japanese, and it's entertaining, but aside from some limited vocab help, it doesn't really help me with N1 as much as reading a stack of writing by old men yelling "Get off my lawn!" would. :\
I've been using that book I mentioned on page 1 for some help with that. The essays are more enjoyable than shasetsu.ps.land.to's stuff, and overall the content has a very N1 feel to it.
I have a subscription to 日経 now and have been reading that for "fun" every day. I guess I have a weird definition of what I find entertaining.
However, I've also found that it's helped my Japanese to up the level of the novels I'm reading. At some point, you outgrow the material you started with, and it's time to look for something more challenging. I've been reading 池井戸潤 lately, and between the complicated subject matter (Ikeido seems to specialize in stories of salarymen caught up in massive financial swindles) and the specialized vocab, it feels like a nice stretch for me. Yeah, I *could* read a fifth 東野圭吾 novel (and I very well might at some point), but I know that's not going to give me the same mental workout.
For me, I get plenty of doom and gloom from the daily stuff, so when I read, I want to read fluff. Probably because I was a lit major in college, I burned out on the heavy stuff. RL is plenty.
LNs are generally fluff, and pretty much the literature version of chocolate ice cream. They're not particularly nutritious (I haven't learned any great truths from them), but they're comfort food, I guess.
I've got Rikaisama up and running again, so it's time to go to shasetsu-land, I guess.
Oh, a note of caution about the Target Series Books (Vocab for N1 and N2): they came out with new revised editions, but honestly, if you already have the old edition, I'd hold off. I've been going through the N1 book deck from Memrise which is based on the old edition (to import into Anki eventually... if there's anything not already in Core10k) and I've been comparing it to the revised edition. After 500 words, most of the changes I've found are word order.
Maybe 1 new word has been added, and it's already in core 10k. I wish I had made a note of it, other than, "Oh, that's in Core10k. I already know it. Meh." Frankly, a lot of the vocab is already in core 10k.
TL;DR if you have the old Target N1/N2 vocab, don't rush out to buy the new ones yet. I'm kind of kicking myself on that purchase.