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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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Friday, January 25, 2019

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I posted on japanese.stackexchange.com asking for help understanding that sentence I couldn't translate and received a great response from a user named Chocolate who broke it down piece-by-piece. That sentence means "Why? ... I can't tell that to Mom.", so the first page says "Sachan ate breakfast urgently. Mom always says 'please ate slowly' but today it cannot be helped. Why? ... I can't tell that to Mom." Now that page one is done, I suppose it's time to move on to page two!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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The first page in the Japanese children's book ใตใ‚“ใตใ‚“ ใชใ‚“ใ ใ‹ใ„ใ„ใซใŠใ„ that I'm trying to read is:

ใ•ใฃใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใฏ ใŠใŠใ„ใใŽใง ใ‚ใ•ใ”ใฏใ‚“ใ‚’ ใŸในใพใ—ใŸใ€‚
ใŠใ‹ใ‚ใ•ใ‚“ใฏ ใ„ใคใ‚‚ ใ€Œใ‚†ใฃใใ‚Š ใŸในใชใ•ใ„ใ€ ใจ ใ„ใ†ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ€ ใใ‚‡ใ†ใฏ ใ‚†ใฃใใ‚Šใชใ‚“ใฆ ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ„ใฎใ€‚
ใชใœใฃใฆโ€ฅโ€ฅโ€ฅ
ใใ‚Œใฏ ใŠใ‹ใ‚ใ•ใ‚“ใซใฏ ใชใ„ใ—ใ‚‡ใชใฎใ€‚

The first sentence (Sachan wa ooisogi de asagohan wo tabemashita) means something like Sachan ate breakfast urgently. I understood that without having to look anything up except I don't know why the particle ใง is there after ใŠใŠใ„ใใŽ. I struggled more with the second sentence. I knew "ใ‚†ใฃใใ‚Š ใŸในใชใ•ใ„" meant something about eating slowly but I didn't recognize the ~ใชใ•ใ„ (~nasai) conjugation. Searching the web I found that it indicates a request, like ~kudasai, but is used when talking to someone who is a lower rank than you such as a parent to a child, so that phrase simply means "Please eat slowly". I also didn't know that "ใจ ใ„ใ†" means "to say" in that a person was just quoted. I did know that ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉ means "but/however", ใใ‚‡ใ† means "today", and ใ‚†ใฃใใ‚Š means slowly but I didn't recognize the ใชใ‚“ใฆ on the end of it. Apparently it's just a word that give emphasis. Then I also didn't recognize ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ„ใฎ which according to Google Translate means "cannot be helped". So the second sentence should mean something like "Mom always says 'please ate slowly' but today it cannot be helped". The third sentence starts with ใชใœใฃใฆโ€ฅโ€ฅโ€ฅ which I didn't recognize at all and apparently just means "why". Then ใใ‚Œ means "that" and ใŠใ‹ใ‚ใ•ใ‚“ means "mom" but I didn't know ใชใ„ใ—ใ‚‡ or ใชใฎ. Apparently ใชใ„ใ—ใ‚‡ means "secrecy" and ใชใฎ is just an informal version of ใงใ™ใ‹, which is sort of like "to be?". But both Google Translate and Microsoft Translate give different translations of that sentence, neither has a word like secrecy in it and neither seem to make much sense in the context so I'm still not sure what that sentence means.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Posted the character profile of Roger Ruvie (from Death Note).

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Posted the character profile of Alastor (from Hazbin Hotel).

I am trying to learn Japanese. I had taken some classes in college but hadn't kept on it, then in the middle of 2017 I decided to start up again when I found a phone app that could help. At the end of 2017 I had set a goal of being able to read one of my Japanese children's books by the end of 2018. I didn't practice with the books at all during the year, but rather focused on daily practice using multiple phone apps. Over the past year and a half I learned a lot: vocabulary, grammar, phrases, the Japanese alphabets, and even some kanji. When the end of the year came I broke out one of the books ใตใ‚“ใตใ‚“ ใชใ‚“ใ ใ‹ใ„ใ„ใซใŠใ„ ("Hmmmm, it smells good") and gave it a whirl but was only able to make it about three pages in, and even that was slow going. I didn't think it'd be so tough considering it's written in mostly hiragana with a little katakana thrown in, and no kanji at all which meant they used spaces to separate words, something that's rarely done in Japanese. But there's just too many words I don't know yet, so I am renewing this same goal for 2019. I will continue to practice Japanese through the apps but I think I'll also practice with the book.

Another goal I set for 2019 was to learn how to solve the Rubik's Cube. It's something I've wanted to do ever since it became popular back in the 80s. My mom had even gotten a book on it and was able to solve it. I have no idea where that book is now but thanks to the Internet it doesn't really matter. I looked up a beginner's guide online and even that was daunting. I followed the instructions but kept messing up somewhere which was totally frustrating. Eventually I was able to go through all the instructions and get it solved, which felt good but not great since I was being walked through it step-by-step. So then I started practicing and was shocked to find that after only about week of practicing somewhere around 15 a day I was able to solve it on my own, without looking at the tutorial. I did my first real solve on Thursday night and have been solving it multiple times a day every day since in order to really lock it in my head so I won't forget how to do it later on. I still make mistakes on occasion, usually when I get distracted during a sequence, but I'm always able to recover and finish the cube. I don't really time myself but it seems like it usually takes around 3-4 minutes. I seriously thought accomplishing this goal would take a lot longer so now I'm going to have to come up with another goal for the year.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Posted the character profile of Jean Kirstein (from Attack On Titan).

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The trailer for The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle was released today. Personally I haven't seen this show yet even though we do have Amazon Prime but the trailer makes it look more funny than the original series which I was never a huge fan of.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g7ZvCs2ews&feature=youtu.be

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Posted the character profile of Azusa Nakano (from K-On!).

Happy New Year everyone! We're only two days in but I hope you all got off to a good start. We went to see Aquaman yesterday, which was fine. Enjoyable for the most part, Jason Momoma was great as usual. I loved his character in Stargate: Atlantis and enjoyed every performance I've seen since then, even when the movies themselves were nothing spectacular (Conan the Barbarian, Braven). He brings an energy that makes the character enjoyable to watch and easy to get invested. That's something the DC movie universe really needs. My eyelids started getting real heavy during that ending CG battle, though, when it switched from watching characters I care about to a whole bunch of computer generated people I had no investment in fighting each other. I struggled to stay interested during that whole sequence, but up until that part I was enjoying it. I thought they did a good job with the underwater effects, the hair and the way people moved.


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