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A multilingual weekend

As you can see, there’s another a new layout!!! Just spent the evening twiddling with it and hopefully everyone will find it easier on the eyes compared to the previous layout. If you have anything against the layout, let me know via a comment 😀

It’s a lonnnnggg weekend ahead (tomorrow’s a public holiday) and I’m happy to have extra time to roll around, grow fat and do nothing. ^^ Decided to stay away from the computer (as much as possible) during the weekend, so I made a trip down to the library to stock up some reads! I have 4 Chinese novels and 2 English novels (one of which I’ve already read a few years ago) to enjoy! YES 😀

Coupled with the 2 Japanese novels and 전우치, I am going to have a very fun weekend (by my standard). ㅋㅋㅋㅋ So fun to be able to read in four different languages!! Oh, I’m also likely to watch a Japanese movie this weekend.

I’m taking a very different approach to learning Japanese (compared to what I did for Korean). Not deliberately learning any grammar points and I’m totally basing my Japanese studies on the 2 novels and all the dramas. It’s unnerving that I haven’t really found a grammar structure in the novels that I don’t understand………. weird…. o.O

I need some novel recommendations (English ones)!! My favorite author is Juliet Marillier, and she writes historical fantasy novels. Erm not the knight and wizard kind lol. I also enjoy the Diane Fallon forensic science series by Beverly Connor 😀 hehe check out those novels if you are looking for something to read. In return, recommend me something! ^^

Enjoy the weekends!

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    23 May, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    One of my favorite books ever is Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara, a popular Japanese young adult fantasy writer (maybe you can read the novel in Japanese? hehe). It’s fantasy but based off Japanese mythology. The writing is quite beautiful, despite being a translation (props to the translator!) I’m not sure how easy it is to find it though. It went out of print several years ago, but I think a second edition was put out recently.

    I really like the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries by Dorothy L. Sayers. It’s your typical British “cozy” mystery complete with witty writing and quirky characters. Fun, casual reads.

    For something a little bit more on the psychological-mystery side, I really really like Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Again, really wonderful writing and an eerie/twisted atmosphere (but not in a scary way), like Wuthering Heights.

    Enjoy your weekend!

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      27 May, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      The fantasy novels sound interesting! Not sure if I get them in the public library, but will look out for it! ^^ I love mystery stories 😀 My taste for books and movies have tend to the “dark themes” side in the past few years lol.

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    24 May, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    In my opinion, I thought the white made it a lot brighter than before? But I like how the font is smaller in this one? Hmm I think a little color will do some good though 😀

    Sorry can’t recommend any books, because I really don’t read any besides Korean books/textbooks ㅋㅋㅋ

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      27 May, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      hahhaha the font is supposed to be bigger ><;; hahaha yeah it needs some color!

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        28 May, 2013 at 1:54 AM

        Hahaha i think my memory is very bad then…. ><… what colors are you thinking of?? ㅋㅋ

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    24 May, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    We have the same idea of a fun weekend, heh. Enjoy your novels~

    By the way, do you think you could do another post on listening skills soon? I’m struggling with it a lot and it’s kind of getting me down so I’d love to know if you have any tips and just hear about what you did to improve. Please think about it ^_^

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      27 May, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      Sure! ^^ It’s a topic I like talking about too

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        28 May, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        Awesome, looking forward to it ^_^

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    24 May, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    I personally adore two authors – Dan Brown and Haruki Murakami.
    I have read every single one of Dan Brown’s books (except the newest one that came out just a week or two ago) and I find them quite exciting, and at the same time very informative about so many things in life.
    As for Haruki Murakami, I think he is my #1 favorite author ever. Every novel of his that I read leaves me in awe. He writes in such a simple style about everyday life and yet manages to dig deep on the nature of every character, opening their unique individual worlds to the reader. I just wish I could read his books in the original Japanese language – I’m sure they are even better that way.
    Well, these authors are so famous internationally that I’m sure you know of them yourself without me telling you 🙂

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      27 May, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      Thanks for the recommendations!! 😀 Know of the authors but haven’t read any of their works yet. 😀 Will go take a look!

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    26 May, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    I’m not so hot on the new layout. It’s a little boring, I think it needs a splash of color, maybe a banner at the top like in your previous layout?

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      27 May, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      will work on it! Agree that it’s a little plain but I’m happier that the font is bigger ㅋㅋ

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    30 May, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Today there’s a bank holiday in Poland and I’m off till Sunday. I also have a similar idea of a fun weekend. Plans for this weekend include: reading a polish book I got as a present, to finally start a spanish book by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, listen to some english audiobooks when working in garden or kitchen and to study some korean (I’m afraid my korean isn’t good enough to start reading koran books. Hopefully in a few months 🙂 Oh, and doing some translating work – I’m translating one polish fantasy novel to english – mostly as a practice for now.
    If you like fantasy I recommend Valdemar novels by Mercedes Lackey, especially first trilogy (“Arrows of the Queen”). Also I really like Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. And you might enjoy “The hunger games” by Susanne Collins. If you need any more recommendations let me know.
    I also wanted to ask someting: do you know any Korean fantasy novels? May be sf as well. I like both. So far I managed to get Harry Potter in Korean, but still to difficult for me, but it’s always good to get recommendations for the future.
    Take care!

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