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*sigh* Now I remember...

October 21st, 2007 (10:53 am)

current mood: hungry

...why I stopped reading Seirei no Moribito. I think I mentioned some time ago about trying to read this book, but apparently I'd forgotten about that and tried reading the book again last night. That's when I rediscovered why I stopped reading it in the first place. It doesn't have enough kanji! >.<;; I'd completely forgotten about that. *sigh* Most of the books I read are youth novels (sic teen novels). I occasionally try picking up regular novels, too. You'd think children's novels would be easier since there's much less kanji to struggle with, but since it's all phonetic, you have to read a fair distance to get to the end of a phrase compared to being able to read the phrase in a handful of characters. >.> I wonder if the paperback version might have more kanji in it... Might be worth nabbing and trying out. >.>

Otherwise, I finally started re-watching the last few eps for Saiunkoku. I'm currently stalled at ep 38 - an ep I really disliked. >.> Shall see how I get through it today and if maybe it's a bit more tolerable after all this time and distance from the series. (I haven't read much of the novels lately so that might help.) Once I'm past the last few eps of season 1 again, I'll be starting on season II. I hope the Celtic Braid sock pattern can be done fairly easily while watching vids. Either that, or I'll need to start a separate non-patterned set of socks. :P

Anyhow, I definitely need to get going for the day. :P


Posted by: neigehilde (neigehilde)
Posted at: October 21st, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)

I know what you're talking about)) Although I'm still at a level where having little kanji is better than having a lot of them. Is it a book-book, or it can be dlded somewhere?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)

^^; It's a book-book. I don't know if you'd really believe that less is better in this book's case. Most of the kanji has furigana, so it's not difficult in that sense. (Some vocab might be a problem though.) However, even really basic things like 今日 is written out in kana instead of kanji. >.>

Posted by: neigehilde (neigehilde)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)

oh. I can see how THAT can be frustrating.
I don't mind the vocab though. I'm used to dictionary-flipping. It's my very own masochistic pleasure.
The kanji miffle me though. Since I'm no good as yet in taking them apart and counting the lines - and also not very good at drawing them - which makes looking them up in the dictionary a very painstaking and complicated process.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)

*laughs* The online multi-radical kanji look-up is your friend. :P I tend to use that a lot when I'm reading near my computer. If I'm reading in bed, I have to fight with the dictionary too. ^^;; Don't look at me for writing though. I think that's why I use a computer all the time. :P

Posted by: neigehilde (neigehilde)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)

thank you))) *poor stupid me))*

Actually, I wanted to ask you one thing. Do you have favourite sites in Japanese? I mean, not for learning, but just for fun. Like something one can read and enjoy every day. I want something to haunt, but am completely unable to find something on my own XD Could you share your favourite haunts?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)

Hmm... favourite sites, eh? I do have lots, but they're pretty much all doujinshi/fanfic sites which is why I'm used to reading a lot online especially. I mostly read GH fanfics, and most of my favourite haunts are for it, but if you're interested, here're some of the better ones:

Sweet Plan

Platinum Garden
Stock Roll

The first three are still active and Sweet Plan is currently updating daily for the site's 7th anniversary. The last two are essentially stagnant but have good long FFs for GH. The problem with fan sites is that they will have typos, but... part of the learning process IMO. ^^;;

If you're not into GH, maybe try finding a fandom you like and are interested in reading FFs for and finding a search site for them (like Saiunkoku in my links list). That's how I find new GH sites to read and check out. ^_^

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