But with no subs, relying solely on listening comprehension, I miss a lot more. So I could improve there. And its probably easier to learn from with the visual aid of it being a show - whereas right now I do most listening comprehension with audiobooks and dramas. Which to be fair, just is more fun to me right now. So for example, when I started chinese. It was way harder than a graded reader, but if i looked up enough words i could comprehend the main plot.
So tried it for a decent while like a few weeks. Then I went back to tamendegushi. Suddenly chapters took me 45 minutes, then 30, and it was a bit less of a slog. When I went back to graded readers? Still brutal, but I could actually finish a chapter in 2 days now. So I worked on it for a couple months, and by the end of it chapters were taking me 45 minutes. I went back to tamendegushi since graded readers now gave me no difficulty , and tamendegushi at that point I could finish a chapter in 20 minutes.
I was clearly improving. At that point I wanted to work on reading speed so I found some easier novels and read them, aiming for a chapter every 10 minutes. Basically: I would have A-slight challenge, B-difficult, C-very-hard level materials.
I start with something being B level difficult, then pick something C-very-hard level. Then I go back to B and eventually it becomes A level to me. A level is good extensive reading material for me, B level I can read extensively without tools OR may read intensively looking up words to speed up how quick I learn unknown words. A level stuff will eventually stop being challenging at all, at which point my B level stuff becomes my A level stuff.
Especially if you have learned or more words. At that point you just need to get used to actually Recognizing the words you studied in immersion, and get used to the speaking speed. But other genre specific shows you WILL get used to, and if you want to learn the words for that genre so future shows in it are easier for you, then pick a genre-specific show so you can learn the genre common words.
At first I tried to watch Anti Fraud League after 5 months of chinese and flashcard studying words and reading a grammar guide summary so I had theoretical knowledge but no practice. I could handle minutes at a time, with constant pausing to read the chinese subs, and I could follow the main overall plot but my brain felt FRIED. So I did about 20 minutes of an episode once a week for a couple months.
Then took a break. Once a month I tried watching an episode of a show - Handsome Siblings took me 1. I made a rule to either pause to read chinese subs for help OR look up a word only around 5 times an ep to keep my watch time per ep under 1 hour.
After ep 5 I stopped having to look up words or pause, watch time went down to the actual run time, and It felt much easier to watch and just binge. By 15 eps I felt I had to focus less hard to follow the plot, and it felt harder than watching with english subs, but much easier than before. Then I took a break for several months. Then Word of Honor was airing, and I wanted to watch faster than english subs came out initially.
So I started that. By ep 7 I was following the plot fine. To get better at comprehending I simply The exception of course is new genres - which still feel significantly harder. So yeah like So i think with less than that much vocab, word lookup may be more necessary. Re-reading hanshe with less word lookup is going well.
I'm in section 10 already. I mean that's a long way to go with sections. But if I'm doing 5 a day like rn that's 40 days to read instead of months like before, so with for increased reading speed. If I get up to 10 chapters a day that's 20 days to finish reading this fic which is under a month. Anyway we'll see. If I want to read fast I just guess which one the word means based on context!
The hanzi for those 3 words just looks TOO similar to me especially with meanings that to me are also quite similar if you doubt something you may be suspicious, if you doubt something or are suspicious you may hesitate, so the words are quite similar in meaning in my head. My point is Another part is I think it might reflect my speaking comfort level a little. So its interesting to me when reading and inner-vocalizing or speaking aloud, my brain is actually still doing the same thing as my writing pattern - skipping the word then only adding it back in if i realize i skipped it.
Hanshe getting easier over time also speaks to the difficulty of priest novels like? While i love them and will trudge through? The language in hanshe used to be peak too much for me it would take me 1. And priest wasn't even doable.
Then eventually I could read tianyake in hour chapters then eventually in min. Eventually I could read hanshe again in minute chapters. But like - however difficult hanshe is, priests writing is harder to read. Priest just has more unknown words per page for me. They have lovely english translations if I do need clarification or just want to read them later, and again those genres are ones I should get more familiar with.
Upside is these both have nice translations to refer to, downside is I need to be able to read priest easier to tackle them. Also Can Ci Pin has gratuitous variety of names and I think as a cultivator novel maybe Cyuyanxiuxian will have more of a modern-like one country setting with less new terms to learn versus Can Ci Pin with new planets, names, spaceships and tech, mech suits, mutant and disease terminology, govt terms, etc.
But I realize its probably not gonna turn out that way. I did this! I read mostly Guardian, hanshe, and then I finished one of my easier extensive reading materials. I also read a random few chapters of a few things extensively, just testing things out like Poyun, dmbj 1, svsss, dage, The Rebel, just a ton of random chapters. I also managed to do this one! So I listened to 8 this month - yes, not a huge amount.
This is what I mean when I say I sideline off my intended study plan sometimes! So I want to keep trying. Hilarious to me? Maybe so? I actually ended up doing a surprising amount of this I guess? Kudos to me - I think I did my whole study plan I made for once? Although honestly I barely did any reading-only until like May 20th. I listened to almost 10 hours of misc audio at LEAST see above - any chance to listen to some chinese and I did although with 30ish days in a month I probably can find ways to do more.
I think I did a couple pages of my hanzi book but I decided to put that back on the shelf and stop prioritizing it. Also texted a bit in chinese this month but not really much just real basic stuff. Just in the sense of like - when I did watch shows with english subs which I did a bit I made an effort to specifically grasp what I was hearing actually trying to listen only, then replay and glance at eng and chinese subs to figure out any unknonw words.
Since I kept replaying and replaying each scene. But doing it on youtube like I did at first, with shows just replaying scenes? Guess what I did absolutely none of this month? Or at least, if I did, it was crammed reviews of previously studied flashcards then not actually doing any new content lol. I also marked this as priority. Past me was wise. Past me, I do not listen to well all the time.
I will probably finish it in June. I found the site Wasabi Japanese - and experimented with their Read Aloud lessons Yue-muffin linked to a bunch of graded japanese resources here which included Wasabi Japanese. Their lessons have really nice instructions, which amount to: 1.
Read transcript with audio to fully match audio to actual words and look up any unknown words. As you can see, its a lot like L-R Method and Re-Reading Technique, with a lot of emphasis on listening and shadowing.
I did it and I feel even just with one lesson I could tell my listening skill was improving a significant amount. In addition to that, I know I watched a few bits of lets plays and just in general tried to read a bit of japanese here and there. All in all I probably only did hours of japanese study this month, so not much.
The bulk of it was probably reading Japanese in 30 Hours. But I did find stuff I like learning from, which is always nice. I did this - 6 chapters out of 50 total. I do think it helps, I actually studied them doing the Re-Reading Technique linked above - since the guy used Lingva Latina to demonstrate so I figured it would be a perfect to do with a similarly structured French book.
Just kind of refreshing my memory. Idk I read a few random pages, French not a priority rn. I do plan to read Carmilla in June though. However whatever I read, is good to me. Listening Reading Method - this went real well in May, and I want to keep doing it and its fine if I only do step 2 sometimes tbh. Would like to keep doing Guardian specifically but any novel done will be good. I would love to have Listen-Read all of Guardian by the end of August and in a dream world also have read the entire print novel!
If I can do that, then it means by year 2 I will have read and listened to the novel that originally pushed me to study chinese. Which would just be really really cool to me ;-; It will also mean that by 2 years in I will have finished reading a book by priest and again the book that got me into the author ToT , so I can start reading future books by priest with hopefully a LOT more vocabulary I know specifically tailored to making those books easier to read.
When I started learning, I had guessed it would take 4 years to even struggle through priest chapters slowly with a dictionary - since I was guessing chinese would take me around as long as japanese to hit milestones and 2. So already everything I do with listening and reading in chinese blows my mind a bit, just because I never thought I would even get Here, let alone here in this amount of time.
So yeah, reading Guardian is a really big goal of mine. Practical goal for June: L-R Method Guardian to the end of the sundial arc, and read print novel to end of sundial arc. IDEAL goal for June: also L-R Method Guardian to the end of the 2nd arc, and read print novel to the end of the 2nd arc - and ideally that puts me finishing the first print volume in June. That would have me finishing around July. Now if for half the days per month 15 I could do hours a week the other days doing nothing , I could get done by the end of June.
So like Its much harder to make a few hours to do this for multiple months also why I think a lot of ppl did HP when testing this method, since the 1st audiobook is like 9 hours total so its only 18 hours to L-R the whole book. So I guess Optional - do anything in chinese, shows, manhua, misc audio.
My new feelings are: if I feel like doing something, I might as well do it as its better than nothing. Finish reading Japanese in 30 Hours - or any other thing that strikes your interest. My new feeling for japanese study is just doing anything I feel like is better than nothing lol. But grammar guide is still priority. Optional - whatever I want in japanese, shows, manga, lets plays, video games, reading scripts, wasabi japanese lessons, my Reading Japanese book etc.
If I feel like doing something go ahead and do it tbh. I just. Chapter 89 Chapter Chapter 88 Chapter Chapter 87 Chapter Chapter 86 Chapter Chapter 85 Chapter Chapter 84 Chapter Chapter 83 Chapter Chapter 82 Chapter Chapter 81 Chapter Chapter 80 Chapter Chapter 79 Chapter Chapter 78 Chapter Chapter 77 Chapter Chapter 76 Chapter Chapter 75 Chapter Chapter 74 Chapter Chapter 73 Chapter Chapter 72 Chapter Chapter 71 Chapter Chapter 70 Chapter Chapter 69 Chapter Chapter 68 Chapter Chapter 67 Chapter Chapter 66 Chapter Chapter 65 Chapter Chapter 64 Chapter Chapter 63 Chapter Chapter 62 Chapter Chapter 61 Chapter Chapter 60 Chapter Chapter 59 Chapter Chapter 58 Chapter Chapter 57 Chapter Chapter 56 Chapter Chapter 55 Chapter Chapter 54 Chapter Chapter 53 Chapter Chapter 52 Chapter Chapter 51 Chapter Chapter 50 Chapter Chapter 49 Chapter Chapter 48 Chapter Chapter 47 Chapter Chapter 46 Chapter Chapter 45 Chapter Chapter 44 Chapter Chapter 43 Chapter Chapter 42 Chapter Chapter 41 Chapter Chapter 40 Chapter Chapter 39 Chapter Chapter 38 Chapter Chapter 37 Chapter Chapter 36 Chapter Chapter 35 Chapter Chapter 34 Chapter Chapter 33 Chapter Chapter 32 Chapter Chapter 31 Chapter
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