Time for Tadoku – Part 2!
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I placed 58th last round! 58th! Really? This is just not acceptable! Come on, all you have to do is read foreign language stuff (most are reading Japanese) – books, manga, video games, news, blogs, etc etc. There’s no shortage of Japanese reading material out there. Last time I did it rather haphazardly — I just read manga and that blasted Twilight book in Japanese (omg, Bella does nothing but fuss in the first book >_ -- grow a pair already). There was no PLAN. This time, I've got a plan. Sitting on my table are 6 manga books and 2.5 novels (1/2 a book I didn't get to finish yet). That's gonna be my reading material. That's it. Add to that my karaoke outings which, for the month of April, will be in nothing but Japanese, should more than push me beyond the paltry 58th place. I'm aiming to place at LEAST 40th. Hey, I'm realistic. I work all day -- in ENGLISH. Most of my friends don't speak Japanese, or at least not at my level of Japanese. Unfortunately, my Japanese interactions are limited to online, music, J-events and written materials. One observation during the course of the LAST tadoku contest: I found that when I first started, I could only read Japanese for short bursts at a time otherwise my head started hurting. It was as if I was doing so much processing in my brain that it actually caused me pain. *_* As I read more, the pain lessened and it wasn't as intense... AND I could gradually read longer and longer! I've been reading, but not as intently as during Tadoku. So I think I'll read that NY Japion newspaper and get my brain ready. 😛 So who's with me? TADOKU!! Go sign up NOW. http://readmod.wordpress.com