Sorry for my late post. I started a new job in December and have been working really long hours, often starting before 8 am and coming home after 10 pm at night. Last night I worked till 1 am...I do take lunch and dinner breaks, and yesterday there was a long staff meeting midday that made my workday longer, but Monday-Friday I really have my hands full these days. Hopefully I can get my productivity up soon so I won't have to stay so late to get everything done. I do love my new job, but it is a little crazy right now and seems to have taken up my whole life.
Anyway, I wanted to give you all a chance to reflect on your year of reading Japanese books, per our yearly tradition. I didn't have a lot of time to read this year, but I did finish Shin Sekai Yori in Japanese in 2013 and it became my new favorite book and definitely the best book I read in either Japanese or English in 2013. So the small amount of reading I did in Japanese this year was very worthwhile.
You can post your answers in the comments, or if you like, make a new post. I hope to have all members respond, even if you have not posted any reviews this year and this is your first time posting. New members, don't be shy! Let's make 2014 a great year for reading! Let's start with planning and goal setting, sharing our motivation with each other!
1) What is the ratio of books you started in Japanese this year vs. books you completed? How many of each?
2) Favorite Japanese book completed or started this year? Least favorite, if you have one?
3) Books in Japanese you plan to read this year?
4) Any New Year's Resolutions pertaining to reading (in any language) or language study (any language)?
5) How will you encourage yourself to stay on track with these goals? (I need motivation here, so give me your tips!)
6) Do you use spoken Japanese in your daily life? If so, how?
7) How long have you been able to read Japanese enough to understand at least the gist of what you read? How has your reading speed improved the more you've done it? Any other benefits you've seen from reading in a second language?
8) What advice would you give someone trying to learn to read Japanese?
Book Recommendations for Japanese Books
- End of the Year Survey!