I READ A WHOLE MURAKAMI SHORT STORY (80 PAGES) IN ONE DAY!!
of course there are like four disclaimers that come with this: 1) Murakami's is like the easiest Japanese to read ever - he uses short sentences with few clauses. 2) I had a vocab list cuz it was for a class reading. 3) i also had a recording of the professor reading the story that i listened to as i went through each page - it helped parse some of the sentences too just from intonation.
still. OMG. did not think that was possible.
Especially because this is the week I started my own research, and that stuff? Takes me about half an hour each page. Part of that is cuz I'm not only looking up words, I'm creating a vocab list and for the first part of it I was also doing a rough translation, but *still* it all felt super duper sloooooooow.
so, um, yay. i can read sorta more like a normal japanese-speaking person. as long as i have a vocab list. and a recording. ;)
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