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Yet another milestone in my Japanese learning journey! ^^

Just finished reading another (the second) full length Japanese novel – Symmetry by Honta Tetsuya.

The feeling of reaching the last page was amazing. It felt like I have completed another challenge and that my efforts paid off. Reading in a foreign language is an amazing feeling. What used to be undecipherable symbols now make sense and I can actually enjoy the content without forcing myself to concentrate too much on the language used.

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This time I’m too lazy to do two readings, so I just did the slow, detailed one where I’ll look up (almost) every new word that I come across! I’ve used up all the pages in my previous notebook, so I’ve started a new Japanese notebook. hehe.

This novel is actually quite easy to read and the storyline won’t be unfamiliar to those who have seen Strawberry Night, a drama that is kinda based on the novel series. I like it that the novel tells the story differently from the drama, less straightforward and sometimes going against chronological order or based on a different narrative mode. I’ll recommend it for low intermediate learners like me! ^^

I think my reading ability has improved, at the expense of my writing and speaking skills (which are non-existent). I know I keep saying how my goals for Japanese are just to be able to read/listen, but I think I should make an effort to improve on my productive skills too. It may be too late if I decided next time that I want to be fluent in Japanese or something. heh I should revive my Japanese blog. (hahaha I forgot the url…. heol)

As some of you might have seen on my Instagram, my new Japanese grammar dictionary (Korean version) has arrived!!! hehe a detailed review will come later, if there is anyone interested. But for now, I’m happy with it, and I’ve been using it to learn quite a number of N2 grammar points during the weekend. Learnt about 30 so far, but heh who knows how many I can actually remember hahahaha.

Now that I’ve finished シンメトリー、I shall start on a new novel. mm so far the novels I’ve read are those that are remade into dramas/movies, so I kinda know the story already. Not sure if that influenced my reading ability / confidence, so I decided that I shall start on a novel that I have zero idea about. This means I won’t go back to reading 白夜行 yet, so …. 卒業 it will be! Written by 東野圭吾 too. hahaha. My bookshelf is like all Honda Tetsuya and Higashino Keigo. LOL.

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9 Comments

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    Lauren
    14 October, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    That’s what I do with the one time reading plus meticulous lookups lol. The only thing for me is I look it up after I read it and put itinto anki in y varios card formats. I use my iphone to take pictures of the sentence with my finger pointin to be Word or grammar in question. Only read again if u wanna

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    risanity
    14 October, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Gosh..I need to have motivation to conquer like you do Shanna! I have 3 books waiting impatiently on the shelves for me! 아짜!아짜!

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    Lauren
    14 October, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    What are your thoughts about the book itself? Was it better than strawberry night etc etc ?

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      hangukdrama
      15 October, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      I liked strawberry night a lot better, since it’s a full novel focused on one case. Symmetry is a series of short stories and it feels like once I’m getting into the story, it ends -.-

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    orbiter
    14 October, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    I’m inspired to make a trip down to Kinokuniya tomorrow! Speaking of books, I just discovered http://www.twochois.com through your ad. WOW. I never knew this company existed! It is awesome!

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      hangukdrama
      15 October, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      hehe i know right!! 😀 Their selection looks amazing 😀

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    Myungsoo
    13 September, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    샤나 씨! 안녕하세요 ^^Y
    I hope this wouldn’t be much of a disturbance but I have a question I have been curious about for quite some time~ But, how do you do those “two readings”?
    -강(江)명수

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      Hangukdrama
      13 September, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      heyy (: of course not! The first reading is when I simply plough through the novel without any dictionary and read for the content and simply enjoy the book (will highlight all the difficult words but wont check them up). The 2nd reading is when I will be in front of my computer and check up all the words I’ve highlighted and write them in my notebook (word + meaning + example sentence). I usually prefer that the 1st reading is around 30 pages or so ahead of the 2nd reading. Sometimes I read too fast for 1st reading and end up giving up on the 2nd reading cos I’m too far ahead and there’s too much to catch up hahaha.

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        Myungsoo
        13 September, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        그렇게 빨리 대답해 주셔서 고맙습니다!!
        Thank you for explaining!! ^^Y I shall start on that after my N’levels!!
        I am glad our learning styles are similar! (:

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