17th February 2020 – Japanese

I finished my murder mystery novel Watasareta Bamen. It was good, but it was not one of the best books by Matsumoto Seicho. The pace was a bit slow compared to some of his other works. Still, I enjoyed it. Now it’s time to move on to a writer whose work I have never read before – Okuda Hideo. The first book in the three-part series is called In the Pool. From what I can gather, it’s about a psychiatrist, his nurse and his patients. It will make a change from 1960s murder mysteries!

Total study time: Reading: 45 minutes

17th February 2020 – French

My head is spinning. The textbook I am using introduced so many different irregular verbs at the same time. Verbs like mettre, pouvoir, vouloir, devoir, and recevoir. I will need to review these again and do some more exercises. Luckily, I have a French verb drill book, so once I have made a bit more progress with the book I’m using now, I will start on that.

I was so engrossed in the verbs, that I didn’t have time to do any listening.

Total study time: 45 minutes: Grammar book – 45 minutes

17th February 2020 – Chinese

I’m taking the HSK level 3 test in June, not in April as planned, so the pressure is off a bit. It is only held in Tokyo in April, so I’m going to wait until it is held in a city near where I live.

I reviewed my notes from Chinese Grammar Wiki (it’s amazing how much I had forgotten), and studied unit 36 of my conversation textbook. The unit is about saying goodbye. It was quite straightforward. I already knew most of the grammar, I just had the vocabulary to learn.

I only have a few more units to do before I complete the set of two books. I still haven’t done the exercises though – I’m waiting to see my teacher to do those together with her.

Total study time: 45 minutes: Grammar – 25 minutes, conversation book – 20 minutes