我輩はブリートである。

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(happy belated) Mid-Tadoku Status Report

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Less than 10 days to go as of this post, and things are going pretty swell.

I had planned on uber-focusing on Umineko 4, and was making solid headway in the first week until I decided to pick up my PSP and give Danganronpa another shot… and I just sorta never put it down since. I’m now roughly halfway through and hoping to finish it before Tadoku ends, but it’ll be a close one.

First, given the fact that Danganronpa is a great deal easier to read than Umineko – and much closer to my skill level – naturally, I’ve been able to read a heck of a lot more, and a heck of a lot faster. It’s difficult to give an estimate, given the nature of the game; some bits, such as the investigation phases, are slower since I’m wandering around searching for clues, whereas the (utterly amazing) class trials are light speed since they’re almost fully voiced and super fast paced all around. But I’d estimate that in general, I probably read at twice the rate in Danganronpa as I do in Umineko. Definitely not too shabby.

Oftentimes, Umineko was (and to a large extent, still is) filled with difficult, unknown vocabulary and grammar, preventing me from skipping over very much without becoming completely lost. Thus, my reading habit became something more like intensive reading rather than extensive, which Tadoku is really all about. AGTH along with Translation Aggregator makes lookups incredibly fast, without a doubt, and I learned a metric assload from the first three “books” of Umineko with my intensive stylez. But it’s far from ideal, especially when the material is a good league above my current skill level; I’m not a big fan of using JLPT as a metric, but I’d put myself right around JLPT2 (N2) at the moment, whereas Umineko’s vocabulary (and possibly grammar?) is well within the realm of JLPT1 (N1). I’d noticed that, especially in the past month or so, I had a lot of trouble getting words to stick, even those that came up a dozen, two dozen times. Something wasn’t working. As soon as I began copying words to notepad again (and eventually tossing them into SRS, which has been quite successful), I noticed a significant improvement in their “stickiness”. I’ll have more to say about this in a later post, I think.

The difference with Danganronpa is that I’m doing very little lookups at all. It’s actually not all that often that I come across a word I can’t work out one way or another. I forget readings pretty often, but if a word comes up frequently enough for me to look up its reading (and by extension, meaning), I’ll generally have it learned thoroughly by the time I come across it a few more times. Those words seem to most commonly be nouns – room names (保健室、物理準備室) or various words describing culprits or string-pullers (黒幕、内通者、不審者). The rest are easily skipped over and passively noted in my head, to be looked up only if they become common or “important-looking” enough. Basically, in other words, true extensive reading rather than the oft-masochistic intensive endeavors of Umineko, and it’s going wonderfully.

The game itself is just phenomenal, especially for a leaner of the Nippongoes such as myself. Perhaps I’ll go into greater detail later, but it gets my highest recommendation, especially to fans of mystery, 逆転裁判/Phoenix Wright style games.

Anyway, I’m clawing my way up the colossal stone wall known as the Tadoku top 10 and hoping to finish this game before the competition’s conclusion, so I’d best get on that.

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Written by ritobito

April 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm

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