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Weekly update #3: Second round of SPL books

I went back to the Seattle library on Wednesday for more books, taking the bus this time, because (unlike with the Sounder train which I’m so fond of) there’s a bus stop just a block away from the main library. I came back with a nicely stuffed bag of books, and now my word count is up to 90,511, so by the time I write next week’s update, I’ll be up to 10% of my goal!

I’m gradually becoming able to pick up level 5 books and read them without feeling like I’m in over my head, and level 3 books are starting to be too easy. In my case, I have a rather wide base of words I’ve seen once or twice before over the years but never learned or had reinforced until now, and that’s serving me well — I don’t know what kind of progress someone without that base of years of video games and lots of lang-8 diaries and comments would be making. For me, though, it really feels like I’m tying a lot of previous experience together very quickly.

One weakness of my apartment is that I don’t really have a cozy place to read: the office and the dining room table feel too hard somehow, our living room furniture is good for playing video games but somehow not so comfortable for reading, and reading in bed in the middle of the day just feels goofy. So I’m in the process of making our little balcony a reading-friendly area: I set up a little container garden, and all that’s left to do is to find a better chair than the one I have now. I’ll take pictures when it’s all done.

 

2 Responses to Weekly update #3: Second round of SPL books

  1. emmie says:

    hahaha, I gladly include “goofy” in my dictionary. I was looking for the right word to describe my emotion when I was lying down to read books. I feel like terribly goofy and becoming a lazy person, but I have to keep from sitting for long since I have herniated disks in my spine and to sit on a chair is the least advisable thing. looking forward to seeing a picture of your reading garden^^

    Lianaさんという多読友ができて、私も励みになってます。
    多読って、即効性のあるものではないと思いますが、
    1,2年続けた後に振り返ってみると、
    がんばって勉強したわけでもないのに、
    勉強モードでやっている人よりも、fluentになっているなと気づくことが多いですよ。

  2. Liana says:

    “Goofy” is a word my dad uses a lot. Politicians are goofy; people who can’t drive well are goofy. But if reading in bed is what works for you, it’s just good strategy ^^ Although I feel goofy sitting in my reading garden, because it is still so cold sometimes I have to wear a coat and cover up with a blanket, and my hands get cold ^^;;

    多読に集中していた人が書いた英語には、文法を必死に勉強した人が書いた英語のように間違いや不自然なところがありますが、考えや思いを表現しかたが驚くほど自然です。
    言語を勉強している人はやっぱり間違いを避けることができないけど、長い間伝統的に勉強している人は固いイメージして間違いが大きく見せていますが、一方長い間多読をしている人はぺらぺら印象をします。
    それに気づいたら多読をやってみたいと思いました(^^)