This week’s stories have been about:
a museum featuring the work of a modern artist (which is when I realized that, yes, I do know how to say polkadots in Japanese)
a panel from a KLM airliner falling out of the sky and onto a car (no injuries were sustained)
a new building at an ancient onsen
the birth of baby turtles at an aquatic park
an explosion at a military building full of ammo in the Ukraine
people at risk for diabetes
Whew! Did I really read that many articles this week? That’s kind of nuts.
So, I am going to read one more. However, I am going hardcore on this one. It is about high school students and learning. I printed up out, I crossed off nearly all the furigana, and I am tackling this article with no help from anyone or anything. If I don’t know a word, I won’t look it up. I’ll have to figure it out from context or get by without knowing what it is. After I’m done with the article (or it’s done with me!) and I understand as much of it as I can, then I’ll look troublesome words up and see how well I did.
Looking at the page full of kanji, some part of me is thinking that this is a bad idea, but the rest of me is sure that it’s an excellent idea. Periodically, you have to do one with no help of any kind just to see where you’re at. After all, the goal is to eventually do them all without help of any kind, right?
If you’re a musician, you’ll get this one. If you’ve been practicing a song at a slow tempo, sometimes you just have to crank the metronome up a few notches and see how you do at a faster tempo. It’s good for you.
Wish me luck.