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My little 2017 lower intermediate thread

So I guess my reading ability has improved because I just read a "letter" in Orange in a single sitting, and that's not the first time I've done that.

But man, so many words I didn't know! Here are some fun ones

口止め (a "hard" word with super-easy kanji)
嘘 (never knew there was a kanji for this!)
罪悪感 (again - super hard word with pretty easy kanji)

A new word I hate:
辛い - I know this as "karai" but it can also be read as "tsurai". karai means spicy (i've know that word forever). But tsurai means "emotionally painful". I hate that the exact same characters can be read differently and mean a different thing altogether!

How's everyone else's reading going?
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Yay that's awesome!!

I...have not had much time to read/Japanese and have mostly been hanging onto my maintenance with the tips of my fingers. But! I leave school in less than two months, and will have SO MUCH MORE free time. Yay being self-employed, I guess? I'm moving in a month and it will be painful to see all my beautiful manga move with me that I haven't had a chance to read...

Someday...
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Nice to hear from you Nohika!

Word of the day: 夏時間

I love the easy ones!
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(2017-03-12, 5:04 pm)ariariari Wrote: Nice to hear from you Nohika!

Word of the day: 夏時間

I love the easy ones!

It's been nice to check this thread every so often!! I'm pretty sure it's what has kept me maintaining instead of letting Japanese fall to the side entirely. I'm glad to hear things are going well for you. Smile I look forward to being able to come back and post updates about moving forward, instead of staying in place!
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(2017-03-12, 5:04 pm)ariariari Wrote: Word of the day: 夏時間

I'm curious: In the context you found the word, does it refer to daylight saving time or more like summer in general? Japan doesn't have daylight saving time, or does it? It seems easy enough but I start to overthink it  Confused Uwah!


@nohika: But maybe after your move and after having touched all those precious manga, you'll find some new motivation to tackle them  Heart At least that just happened to me somehow. I only moved a bunch of furniture around but after all the manga went through my hands I decided to just keep one at my bedside and started to read it (紳士同盟✝   しんしどうめいクロス).  I read it in German roughly ten years ago (I'm getting o~ld), so I kind of know the contents, but it's been fun browsing through it in Japanese so far! I bought it in Japanese because I liked it back then, but I forgot how exaggerated some chapters were, which makes me doubt the sanity of my younger self Big Grin
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No, Japan doesn't have DST, but on the other hand it's handy to be able to talk about it happening to other countries.
Almost all the google hits for 夏時間 seem to be about the DST usage; I did find this page http://www.olympic-club.org/summer_time.php where it seems to be being used as a synonym for 夏季期間, though.
サマータイム also seems to mostly get hits for the DST usage, but also a few which aren't like https://web.pref.hyogo.lg.jp/kk28/summertime.html.
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(2017-03-13, 9:08 am)pm215 Wrote: No, Japan doesn't have DST, but on the other hand it's handy to be able to talk about it happening to other countries.
Almost all the google hits for 夏時間 seem to be about the DST usage; I did find this page http://www.olympic-club.org/summer_time.php where it seems to be being used as a synonym for 夏季期間, though.
サマータイム also seems to mostly get hits for the DST usage, but also a few which aren't like https://web.pref.hyogo.lg.jp/kk28/summertime.html.

Exactly. It came up for me because my italki teacher and I had a scheduling problem due to daylight savings time. So it's a "they have a word for it, even thought they don't use it themselves" thing.

Although some trivia my teacher told me is that during the occupation they actually had it for a year or two. Although they just didn't keep it.
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(2017-03-13, 7:31 pm)ariariari Wrote: Although some trivia my teacher told me is that during the occupation they actually had it for a year or two. Although they just didn't keep it.

Hnnh, I didn't know that. Good for them though on not keeping it, it's the stupidest thing ever, and has been since the invention of the electric fan and even more so since the air conditioner, never mind increasingly irregular and flexible work schedules. It turns out that if you give people more daylight hours after work in the hot seasons, they spend more electricity cooling themselves than you save in lighting. Never mind that in this 24 hour working world, shuffling the clock around doesn't really do much other than screw up people's schedule twice a year.
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(2017-03-14, 12:56 am)SomeCallMeChris Wrote:
(2017-03-13, 7:31 pm)ariariari Wrote: Although some trivia my teacher told me is that during the occupation they actually had it for a year or two. Although they just didn't keep it.

Hnnh, I didn't know that. Good for them though on not keeping it, it's the stupidest thing ever, and has been since the invention of the electric fan and even more so since the air conditioner, never mind increasingly irregular and flexible work schedules. It turns out that if you give people more daylight hours after work in the hot seasons, they spend more electricity cooling themselves than you save in lighting. Never mind that in this 24 hour working world, shuffling the clock around doesn't really do much other than screw up people's schedule twice a year.

DST has always been and will always be stupid. I want to go back in time and smack whomever implemented it in the US.
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So, fun stuff. All this talk about DST made me want to verify it myself about japan. While I can't read the whole article, a simple google search for brings up the wikipedia page:

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%A4%8F%...2%E9%96%93

And while I sure as heck can't understand it all, this sentence shows that my teacher was right about the post-war thing:

日本では、占領軍の施政下にあった1948年(昭和23年) - 1951年(昭和26年)の間のみ実施されていた(後述)。

Incidentally, I want to give a shout out to my teacher and italki in general. I told him I wanted to improve my grammar and we're using this textbook 短期集中初級日本語文法総まとめポイント20 that I've never heard of, but is super good.

In our first few lessons we've been doing all these exercises about particles. It's hard stuff, but the book has great explanations and going over it with a teacher is really useful.

田中社長は3時に来ます。
田中社長が3時に来ます。

Both sentences are valid. But in Japanese the difference, interestingly enough, indicates which part of the sentence contains information you want to transmit. The rule is:

伝えたい情報の前ー>「は」
伝えたい情報の後ー>「が」

This is just one of the many rules in the book. I find it both really confusing and really interesting at the same time!
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(2017-03-13, 8:27 am)sumsum Wrote: @nohika: But maybe after your move and after having touched all those precious manga, you'll find some new motivation to tackle them  Heart At least that just happened to me somehow. I only moved a bunch of furniture around but after all the manga went through my hands I decided to just keep one at my bedside and started to read it (紳士同盟✝   しんしどうめいクロス).  I read it in German roughly ten years ago (I'm getting o~ld), so I kind of know the contents, but it's been fun browsing through it in Japanese so far! I bought it in Japanese because I liked it back then, but I forgot how exaggerated some chapters were, which makes me doubt the sanity of my younger self Big Grin

For sure!! I moved it to get ready to pack and I just looked at it longingly...

Stupid school. Who needs to be educated. :p
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Just finished watching this week's episode shirokuma (#41). Only 8 more to go in the entire series!

While I always try to limit my vocab, it hasn't really been possible lately. Last week I did a brief speech at my Japanese toastmasters, and also had a conversation with the organizer of the conference I'm talking at in Japan in December. So I added in a bunch of vocab due to those activities, in addition to the normal anime and manga I've been reading/watching, and in addition to a recent lesson with a teacher.

So instead of 2 cards a day, I've recently been adding in 5-10 cards a day, and now I'm back up to 120+ reviews a day :/

Hopefully this is just a short phase, and I can get back to a lower number of reviews soon!
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(2017-03-15, 3:14 pm)nohika Wrote:
(2017-03-13, 8:27 am)sumsum Wrote: @nohika: But maybe after your move and after having touched all those precious manga, you'll find some new motivation to tackle them  Heart At least that just happened to me somehow. I only moved a bunch of furniture around but after all the manga went through my hands I decided to just keep one at my bedside and started to read it (紳士同盟✝   しんしどうめいクロス).  I read it in German roughly ten years ago (I'm getting o~ld), so I kind of know the contents, but it's been fun browsing through it in Japanese so far! I bought it in Japanese because I liked it back then, but I forgot how exaggerated some chapters were, which makes me doubt the sanity of my younger self Big Grin

For sure!! I moved it to get ready to pack and I just looked at it longingly...

Stupid school. Who needs to be educated. :p

I just started my on campus class last week (6:30-7:45am M-Th, yikes!) and a 2nd job as my first job was literally giving very little hours. The past few months have been a roller coaster with random life changes one after another. It is difficult to get a chance to catch my breath.

It's mini tadoku round (March 15-31) and though I haven't read anything yet, I plan to get at least a little bit done. I'm so 積ん読 lol Angel
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(2017-03-19, 6:33 pm)RawrPk Wrote: I just started my on campus class last week (6:30-7:45am M-Th, yikes!) and a 2nd job as my first job was literally giving very little hours. The past few months have been a roller coaster with random life changes one after another. It is difficult to get a chance to catch my breath.

It's mini tadoku round (March 15-31) and though I haven't read anything yet, I plan to get at least a little bit done. I'm so  積ん読 lol  Angel

OMG, me too. I signed up at the last minute (against my better judgment) and I have so little read so far. I will gambaru! Good luck to you too.
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