Learning

My parents rang today. They needed help to connect to YouTube on their tv. What should’ve been a five-minute explanation turned into an hour-long frustrating conversation 😒 Not only did we have to work with the tv, but we also had to work with my mum’s smartphone, since they were using that to talk with me. And they’re not all too comfortable using that either. It’s hard when they’re older now and all this technology is so new to them. So I tried to be as patient as I could be, but it can be so hard sometimes 😓 But we managed to get it sorted and they now have YouTube all set up again, at least 👍

We watched more of One Punch Man tonight. There are only two seasons with 12 episodes in each, so we’ll probably finish the whole series before the work week is even over 😆 I’m enjoying this anime, and it’s inspiring me to study more Japanese. I might watch another anime after this one, maybe one that has simpler language so I can follow more of the dialogue. But let’s see. Entertainment is trumping study-worthiness right now 😂

A pretty non-eventful day

There were four new cases in HK today, all imported cases from Pakistan. They anticipated this increase, as a number of people were flown back to HK recently after being stuck overseas. Hopefully they can isolate these cases and make sure there are no local transmissions.

And it was a pretty non-eventful day closer to home as well. I worked on my next YouTube video and then did some Japanese language study. I feel like I’ve been neglecting my language learning lately, so I’m trying to spend a bit more time on them now. I’m trying to make sure I just do even just five minutes a day. Five minutes a day is still better than nothing!

I’m also started reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. It’s quite good! I’m enjoying it 😊 He injects a bit of humour throughout the book, while also having a lot of useful tips to try in your own life. Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

A promising start to the week

The weather was niiice today. I finally felt comfortable, which means that summer is pretty much here – woohoo! 🥳 I need to swap my summer and winter clothes, I still have jumpers and ultra-warm Uniqlo Heattech gear in my closet 😂 I’ll try and do that this weekend.

HK will be relaxing some of its restrictions soon. We haven’t had any local cases since the 19th April, I believe 👏 The few recent cases that we’ve seen have been people coming back from overseas, so it’s still looking promising! I think civil servants are back at work this week, which means government owned facilities will probably slowly start to open up again soon too. I think schools will slowly start reopening in late May / early June. We will soon start to see what our new world is going to look like.

And I watched a few more episodes of One Punch Man today. I can’t believe just how much I’m enjoying this anime! I’m enjoying it so much that I’m considering reading the Japanese version of the manga series 😱 Never mind that it’s for advanced Japanese language learners! The story is so interesting that I can probably persevere and try to study it anyway! 🤪 I might go and see if I can find the manga at a bookstore somewhere. Maybe I can get a Chinese and English version of it as well hehehe 😆 #polyglotgoals

Day 4: trying new things

N has been baking so much bread lately that we are now running low on bread flour! 😂 So we went to Wan Chai again to that baker specialty store to restock. He made another batch today too, I think that’s three days in a row that he baked bread. Three out of the four days of the long weekend. I think we are totally carb’d out now! 😆 Maybe it’s time we switch to some low/no carb meals for the next few days…

But a friend has given me a recipe to make cinnamon rolls, and I’d like to try them out this week, if I can. But I might leave them for later on in the week after we’ve cut back on our carbs a little bit…! 🤪

N also introduced me to One Punch Man today, which is quite funny! I’ve heard of this manga before, but I always dismissed it for two reasons: it looks like it’s full of action, which doesn’t really interest me, and especially not in manga; and also because I heard that the language used in the manga is for advanced Japanese learners, which I’m definitely not. So I’ve just avoided it. But N has been watching the anime series this long weekend, and it looked intriguing, so I decided to start watching it today. And it’s really good! Yes, the language is quite advanced, but I’m watching it primarily for entertainment, so I’m not getting caught up studying the dialogue or getting upset that I barely understand any of it. Learning the odd word is perhaps a better way to put it 😆 And yes, there is action in it, but it’s presented in a totally different way, and I like it! So I’m really enjoying this anime, much to my surprise. And it’s spurring me on to study some more Japanese too, which is never a bad thing 😊

It’s a win-win on all fronts

Continuing on from my post yesterday, I started going through my Japanese textbook for Chinese speakers today 😂 It’s surprisingly ok so far! There’s actually two reasons why I’m using this textbook: firstly, I wanted to work on learning Japanese using Chinese as the mode of teaching to get away from my constant reliance on English. So I figured that if I eliminate English as much as I can, the stronger the bonds will be between my Chinese and Japanese, and generally just stronger the links will be in my mind across all three languages.

And the other reason is because the level of the Japanese in this textbook is just review for me, it’s not new material. Learning new stuff with Chinese as the teaching language may be quite a tough ask. But I’m really just reviewing material that I already know, just that this time around, the translation is in Chinese. So seeing properly constructed Chinese sentences is also good review. So I’m effectively reviewing both languages – without English 👍👍 It’s a win-win on all fronts, if you ask me 😊

Polyglot goals

I placed an online order this morning for some groceries to be delivered home. The earliest time slot they had was 7-8pm, so I chose that. Four hours later, they called me to check if anyone was home (no one was). What is the point of having delivery times when you’re not even going to stick to them?!? 🙄🤪 Although having said that, a delivery turnaround of four hours from placing my order to their delivering it is pretty damn good! And even though no one is home, HK is a safe enough place (let’s forget about the douchebags for a second here…) where I can ask them to leave the order by our front door and be pretty confident that no one will take off with it. So it was all good, but still! 🤪

I went to the library again today and borrowed yet another book. I have seven books out on loan at the moment, greedy much?!? 😆 Maybe it’d be a better idea if I actually just finished one book at a time and then moved on to the next book… But nooo, I’ll just be a greedy guts instead! 🤪

Because I’ve already started winding down for the year, with N’s brother in town and all, I thought I’d spend a bit more time on my language learning over the next few weeks. Four out of my seven books are actually foreign language related, so maybe I can work my way specifically through these ones over the coming weeks. Polyglot goals, here I come! 🤓

My possibly crazy idea

I went to the library today and borrowed a Japanese textbook – written for native Chinese speakers 😂 I finally found the section in the library where these textbooks are located! I borrowed a textbook that is at JLPT N4 level, which is still more review for me than actually learning new stuff, but I thought that would be a good starting point anyway, since I need to get my Japanese back up to a proper N4 level, as I’ve forgotten so much of it. But if I delve into it and realise that I do indeed remember more than I thought I did, then I’ll just go back to the library and borrow an equivalent N3 textbook 😊

Anyway, the reason why I decided to borrow such a textbook is because I want to be able to learn both languages without involving English. I feel like if I can create more connections in my brain that do not involve English, then perhaps my fluency in these two languages will improve. Plus I’ll also get to learn some Chinese words too, as I’m sure there will be a few words that I won’t know. What do you think of this crazy idea?? 😜

The library is chock full of Chinese books, surprise surprise 😆 I am so motivated to continue with my Chinese language journey every time I go there. The books are written for native speakers, so there is no “dumbing down” of the language for those learning it, like it is in textbooks. This makes it all the more challenging, as you’re exposed to so many more words than what you would come across in a textbook. But that’s what you need when you’re learning a language, right?? You can’t just live inside the proverbial walls of your textbook 😊 I still only visit the children’s section of the library, because I’m effectively still at primary school reading level, but this section alone has a bajillion books for me to devour! 🤓