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Let's all improve together. Set goals and work towards them, using this thread to blog about your progress all the while!


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My current goals:

1 - Study five college lectures.

2 - Review and definitively consolidate all my kanji knowledge by studying kanji readings according to http://tangorin.com/common_kanji Starting with JLPT N5 kanji.

3 - Master exercise number 1 from hanon's virtuoso pianist exercises.

Expecting to finish objectives 1 and 2 by monday and 3 by friday.


I was gonna say catch up on my anime backlog but that's not an improvement


It is, you're takings things off your to do list and learning more about anime, your opinions about anime will be better informed and you'll be able to discuss a vaster array of shows with other people.




1. I'm going to try to go to sleep before midnight every day next week!


My current goal is to get some adderall so I can complete my goals.


I don't really have any set goals, I want to get fitter but I will always want to get fitter, it's just something I can always improve on. I am also thinking of starting on some kind of project to keep me occupied and doing something useful but I am not sure what.


1. Pass the first exam on the 12th.

2. Play lots of videogames before I return home for the holidays.

I might have to sacrifice one of these goals for the other, I'll keep you guys posted!


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I'm going try to get through my linear algebra text book finally. Currently through chapter 5, but been on hiatus for too long.


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Objectives 1 and 2 complete!


Waking up early is hard when you have nothing to do, I want to work…


consider seeing a certified NEETologist, there might be something not wrong with you


Do not work, work kills.


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The guy I wanted to get it from didn't have any.
I'm dropping out of the goals race.


You should not take drugs anyway.


I did no work today!!


But also maybe not. Who knows?


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I don't really have any goals…Maybe I should think about some.


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Read through chapter 6. Math is hard, I feel like I need to start over at the beginning each time.


math is easy!
languages are difficult. writing persuasively or creatively was always a chore back in school. :<


Are there exercises? You need to do them!


It's easy if you know what you're doing, and I don't know what I'm doing, much less knowing how to determine what I am doing is what I should be doing. To give an analogy, it feels like playing chess where the only rules your opponent told you was how to move a pawn and the knight. It's okay for the first couple of turns, but then you see your opponent do a move like castling, you forget how to move pawns, and you wonder if you're really cut out for it or not.

Language/prose is considerably more ill-defined than math, but you get more practice/examples of it, so it feels easier because you have a better idea of what you're doing.


Are you learning it for school or for something else?


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I still barely practiced playing piano… It's so cold it makes my hands harder to move and I heard it's not healthy to practice with cold hands.

I tried some gloves but they weren't tight fit so I kept playing more than one key at times.

I wonder how real pianists deal with this… In any case, I'll have to practice all day tomorrow if I want to complete all the objectives I set out for myself…


I'm learning it for me, to become better at thinking, it's a shame these mathematical reasoning skills aren't inborn and have to be taught.


It was always the opposite for me…


have you tried fingerless gloves? they might still throw you off though. just get a little electric heater if it's really bothersome.
i'm in a warm climate so I've never been so cold indoors as to be unable to play my piano.


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That's so cool! I really should do it, too.


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I didn't complete the piano objective…

This week I'll try to complete it, as well as:

1) review all the JLPT N5 kanji
2) review half of the JLPT N4 kanji
3) study five more college lectures

Objectives 1 and 3 are expected to be completed by this wednesday and objective 2 and piano are expected to be complete by saturday.

That's a nice idea, though I'm not going to cut the fingers off of any of the gloves I have laying around the house. I'll probably go buy some.

My house has infiltrations and a lot of humidity thanks to that. Heaters don't help much.


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I think I managed to do like 3 or 4 days out of the week. Improvement!


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I haven't done my reps in 6 months!…


Extreme extraordinary circumstances have arised changing completely my objectives…

I completed objectives 1 and 3 on schedule but not piano or JLPT N4 though I did glance over every kanji to see if there was any I didn't immediately know (I knew all of them to a degree).

Now I have to study study study for an exam next week. No resting!

I tried using anki recently but I didn't enjoy it. Thankfully I had already memorized almost 2 thousand kanji before I gave it a try, otherwise I probably would have quit trying to learn japanese altogether.


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Eroge will help you get better at Japanese


You should be learning words at that point.


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Time to go back to improvement.


What are we improving today nenen?


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My smile…


Maybe I will study Japanese more serious in 2016…!


10 kanji a day!
Review the 10 kanji memorized the day before!
Review all kanji learned every 200 kanji memorized!


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Gonna go to the gym tomorrow and do a ton of cardio!!!!

I should probably get all my fitness stuff taken care of the next few days so I can avoid the place for the first week of January…


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nice dude, good luck.


What happened to their hair?


Princess got a new look!


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I really like Nozomi's usual unique take on twintails.


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I quit smoking weed


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GJ anon, remember that your body is a temple and you must treat it with the highest amount of respect!


Is weed bad for your body if you vape it?


Some say vaping is better than smoking it.


It's less unhealthy.


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I'm going to learn how to draw and japanese this year


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I was thinking about making a pact with the spin-off friends about all of us getting ready with content and have a circle for comiket 99.


2016 will be my year!

And my post!




How can your post be a whole year?!


>comiket 99
Wouldn't that be in 5 years? Why such a long time?


Post number.


To learn how to draw.


To learn japanese! To learn how to draw! To learn how to program! So that the spin-off circle becomes the most elite circle in all of comiket!

Or we can shoot for comiket 91 instead and hope everyone manages to master at least one of those in less than a year…


>Or we can shoot for comiket 91 instead and hope everyone manages to master at least one of those in less than a year…

Umm, sorry, I don't think so…




Nice. I'm quite an EXPERT on nenpo markup myself.

Comiket 91 will surely be ours.


Comiket 91 is too soon and 99 is too far away… Maybe something in-between?


99 seems reasonable, if I'm still alive by then. We'd need a decent amount of time to amass all the skill >>2148 listed.


I need to fix my sleep schedule….


What is the proposed circle going to make?




We make a videogame with an original soundtrack whose instruction booklet is a manga!


That would be cool. Comiket 99 sounds good then.


If you guys ever need a separate board to brainstorm ideas and organize stuff, just let me know. Seeing /jp/ being creative always makes me happy.


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/jp/, /jp/, creativity!


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Do you only draw while you're high? Pretty cute style though.


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Dads making me get a drivers license… There's a possibility I may have to go driving with an instructor for a couple of hours tomorrow.

I feel sick with nerves. I can't take it easy tonight.


Think about it this way: you'll be the designated driver for our comiket 99 circle!


I feel your pain. Driving makes me nervous, so I still use public transportation.


I feel the opposite. Public transportation makes me ill.


Whoa, I finally got it today.
I'm back in the improvement race.
It's been so long, I don't even remember what the other goals were.


Back on improvement road!
This week: do nothing.


Don't set the bar too high!


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Do something every day! Even if it's just one thing!


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I tell myself I want to start working out and getting big but I have no idea where to start and know next to nothing about fitness and the /fit/ wiki has so much to read and I don't understand all of it and then I lose interest and never leave the house again


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What I do know is that bulking will require a new diet and that might be expensive and I have no job and nobody will hire me so I can't just go out and change my diet just like that I'd have to tell my mom and she might think I'm weird or something I don't know but I feel like the world is against me getting fit then again it's probably all in my head I think I'll just stay inside instead


Do you want to turn into aniki or something?
I jog and do pushups and stuff, which are like easiest exercises you can do, but I have no idea how people get bulky.


I just want to stop being a twig and have confidence in myself


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I do

I started working out last year, and before starting I felt anxious as you do. It's natural to feel confused since there's a lot of conflicting information on these things…But your best bet is to go with a tried and true program like Starting Strength or 5x5 and focus on it for a few months. When you are a beginner it doesn't pays to constant worry about all the details and intricacies, just stick with the basics and do it well

I know how tricky changing your diet can be specially if it's your mom who does cooking, and even more if she's not cooperative, but a small change is already a good start. Try to eat stuff that's easy to get and simple to prepare like milk, eggs, hams, cheese, tuna, fruits, basic stuff, it already will do good

I'm not in a position to give you advice since i'm still just a newbie, but I hope that what I learned from my experience can help you a little bit. I've really took a liking to weightlifting since then, and I can't guarantee you will feel the same as me, but I enjoy it and now consider it a vital part of my routine, and it's feel even better when you see that you are getting results…So I wish you good luck and hope you ganbatte


This week: do less than last week.
Last week: did nothing.

Next week: ganbaru.


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I will succeed. No one can stop me. No one will stop me. Victory is mine.


This week we ganbaru!

Go through http://tangorin.com/common_kanji JLPT N5 kanji again because reviewing is important!

Practice piano. This time I have no excuse to not practice Hanon's exercises because I have acquired fingerless gloves!

Study for college, two lessons of one of the toughest classes of this semester!

Every three hours: stretching!

EXTRA: dwell in super secret projects if there is enough free time

Hajimaru yo!


I'm going to read through 3 different textbooks in 3 weeks, wish me luck!


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Good luck!


>super secret projects

How intriguing…


Seeing everyone here be productive and doing something with their lives makes me jealous so I'm going to start studying Japanese and maybe try learning how to draw.




Don't read >>3584
You should drop romaji ASAP if you wanna learn nihongonese.



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This is completely wrong!

Here is a helpful guide on how to learn nipponese.


Please be aware >>3588 is a troll image!


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I ganbaru'd pretty hard!

I went through JLPT N5 kanji and memorized everything I hadn't memorized before from studying japanese from a different source.

I mastered the first and second exercises of Hanon's exercises.

Studied five lessons instead of two.

And worked on my super secret projects!

Didn't stretch every 3 hours but I did stretch at least twice daily…

This week:

- re-read those five lessons and read two more!

- Master playing the first and second Hanon exercises all in a row. Might take longer because my arm muscles hurt from playing in an uncomfortable position.

- Go through the first half of http://tangorin.com/vocabulary/20004 JLPT N4 kanji.

- Keep stretching~

EXTRA: super secret projects.



Good job!


Studying japanese right now hopefuly, I won't give up like I always have.


I still don't even know kana. Maybe I should try studying a bit too.


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I should make some goals…


That's a good goal!


kana is pretty easy, just grind on this website and then once you kinda remember them try reading all the kana you see in images and stuff.



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i'm weaning myself of caffeine. i've done in numerous times. but always go back. it's kinda insidious. gently ease off then nothing over the weekend.

it interferes with my sleep, not in the sense that i don't, that has never been a problem. just waking up as been the issue.


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I also need to reduce the amount of coffee I consume. 4 cups a day is not okay.


This week was less productive but I still managed to work a little.

Mastered playing the first and second Hanon exercises on my first try so I didn't play much…

Only identified the kanji with readings I hadn't learned…

Ended up studying a completely different subject (and memorizing about a tenth of the subject matter!) after re-reading almost everything I had studied the week before.

And made some breakthroughs in my super secret projects.

This week:
Get to work on Hanon's third exercise;
Continue studying at the current pace;
Learn the kanji readings I didn't know about (this one is extremely boring because it seems like these readings are hardly ever used…);
Work less on my super secret projects's. An hour a week should be more than enough.

I'm glad I dislike the taste of coffee. It seems like a hard habit to drop.


Will we ever see the super secret projects?


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I wanna get better at programming, but I just can't get motivated to do anything.


Whenever you're using your computer and you find yourself thinking "I wish I didn't have to do this," write a program to do it for you.


Hahahahah, I remember the good old days when 4 cups a day was a lot for me…


I did that and made a few scripts, but now I'm out of ideas. Maybe I'll think of something.


I installed Visual Studio today, but Im not sure what to do now… inspiration is hard.


make the nen app!


I got my first job, how much money do I need to visit comiket?


I don't know anything about traveling to japan, but congrats on the job!


Do your own fucking budgeting you piece of fucking shit…

Um, first look up flights to tokyo from your nearest international airport. it probably won't be more than $3000 with a good airline from pretty much anywhere around the world, you can definitely find cheaper with shit airlines but this number is easy to work with and represents an upper "worst case" budget.

Let's say you want to spend a week in tokyo, you can get a very reasonable business hotel in shinjuku for around $100 a night, single bed (again, you can find cheaper but this is an upper max).

So that's 3700 for one week so far, excludes food, transport and whatever you spend at comiket.

You can get a very decent meal for like $25 at small, informal restaurants, much cheaper if you just eat konbini meals. 25 per meal * 3 meals per day * 7-day stay = $525, let's round it to $500 and add it up: running total is $4200

transport to the bay from shinjuku is like $5 one-way, I don't know how many times you'll make the trip but even if you went all over central tokyo every day you'll spend maybe like $20 a day on transport. the two taxi rides between your hotel and airport (when you arrive and depart) will be like $200 depending on which airport you get in. Obviously cheaper methods available, this is an upper. We'll say $400 on transport around tokyo for 7 days. We're up to $4600.

Add spending money on all the expensive weeb/comiket shit, idk what you'll spend on that.

So that's your max budget if you're a lazy nenpo and don't want to look around for cheaper stuff (you probably are because you couldn't figure this stuff out for yourself).

A few thousand I guess dude. Hope that helps, have fun!


A bit rude…


Rude and helpful. What a tsundere.


I've been studying programming for years now, without ever coming up with a cool software idea to make.


what a coincidence - I've had inspiration for years but never studied programming! Please work together to make a tiny cute little nen arcade game that nenmin can hide on the website as an easter egg!


This is much too expensive, I guess I still have long way to go to become rich nenpo


You can do the whole lot for much cheaper if you know what you're doing and you can sacrifice a few conveniences - budget airline, cheapo meals, hostels or look on airbnb, that sort of thing.

I also really don't know much about comiket at all, so I don't know how much it costs - like, do you need to buy a ticket to get in? or is there an entrance fee? I know most of the merch in there though is very spensive and you probably want to visit akihabara too which is also pricey.

I'm sure you could get enough funds though by the summer comiket, even if perhaps you won't be able to buy everything you wanted and I hope you have lots of fun too. There are many resources on the internet for traveling japan for cheap because it's such a popular destination - I'd personally recommend tokyocheapo but I don't know how well maintained it is now (I read a lot on it years ago so perhaps it's outdated).

One thing you should definitely know is your luggage allowance with the airline you fly with. A budget airline will most likely give you absolutely fuck all (i.e. nothing) for checked luggage and they'll probably charge you a lot if you want that as an extra. Definitely be careful of that on your way back with your bag full of merch and your wallet empty of cash. You do NOT want to be charged an extra premium on your way back just because you've got full packs. If you buy books/manga, know that they're heavy and dense but they fit in boxes really well so it's probably cheaper to post them back home rather than squeeze them into your luggage. In fact, posting all of your merch back home is probably not too bad of an idea if you're buying lots and lots and flying with a budget airline.


>I also really don't know much about comiket at all, so I don't know how much it costs

It could be for free if you join the /nen/ C99 pledge and hone a skill!


perhaps we could just hold our own kakashiket right here for all nenfrens, even the ones that can't afford to go to comiket! and we'll post all of the things we've been working on or maybe make new things just for kashiket.


But I'm dumb and untalented….


I bought よつばと!about a year ago and wasn't able to read it but now I can read it pretty well! I think I'm going to buy some more volumes of that, plus some volumes of のんのんびより to read. I also have four volumes of だがしかし from amiami's candy package that I'll get in April.

Japanese manga is really cheap! With international shipping factored in, it costs about the same or cheaper than buying English translated manga from a bookstore.


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It really is! I like buying random manga by artists I like, just because it's so cheap. And I like the dust jackets the books come with.


Where do you buy them? I've looked for places and I've learned about honto, which seems good all around, amazon.co.jp for cheap shipping on full sets of manga, and cdjapan, which has high shipping but has items that are out of stock elsewhere.


How do you guys motivate yourselves? I've been so lazy that I've even shirked my real life responsibilities for the past few weeks.


Usually just Amazon, but sometimes I find good Japanese sellers on eBay too.
Honto looks nice, I will check it out!


This week's goal: Masturbate to that new doujinshi I downloaded




Only studied 20 kanji…
Didn't practice much piano because hanon's third exercise takes a lot of coordination…
Almost didn't work on my super secret projects…
Studied very little for college…

But at least I did something! This week will be even more productive, starting tomorrow! This week has been a mess because certain events have led me to stay up late and mess my sleep times.

I'm almost sure nobody will.

I wish I could help you but I don't know how I motivate myself either. I guess there's just stuff I like to do and stuff I need to do. I prioritize stuff I need to do so I can work on the stuff I like to do. And I do the stuff I like to do because… I like it?… Japanese is a cool language and there's a ton of benefits related to my hobbies and it's cool to know how to play an instrument. If anything, I like the title "virtuoso" and would love to earn such a cool title.


I've fallen into delusion
Life has become an anime




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Didn't even touch kanji because I resolved myself to memorize 80% of all the information regarding a subject before easter. And I'm almost there!

I did learn a new kanji, though: 互.

Got a minor epiphany while trying to coordinate to perform the third of hanon's piano exercises and am now capable of doing the first half of it.

Put in a little more work on my super secret projects.

This week was better! I'm putting kanji reviewing on hold for now while focusing on my studies.


Last stretch towards my objective and I'm feeling like getting through the ending in one sitting.


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I failed the objective I set for this month. It's still March but there's no way I can do it in 10 days. I need to try harder next month.


I'm going to sort all of my images from the last few years. That's over 40000 unsorted images, but I can do this!


Holy fucking shit 40000!


I can read some hiragana and katakana now! That wasn't so hard. I should have learned it years ago.


Turns out I was doing the second half of the second (and third) hann exercises wrong so I had to redo them. Now I have truly mastered exercise 2…

Didn't touch kanji again.

Worked on my super secret projects.

Fulfilled my academic obligations.

Next week I'm working more……….


Please tell us about your super secret projects, please onegai.


I counted and I can recognize 70 or 80 kanji, and write at least 60 of'em!
Not very much, but a good start


That's my goal too, to get to the point where I can read Yotsuba unassisted!


I pretty much can at this point. When Jumbo and her Dad are talking together I understand a lot less since they use harder words and slang, but I get most of Yotsuba's interactions.


How many months of studying did it take you to get to that level?


Well, I started learning kana in 2013, but I've taken long breaks, so I wouldn't say I've been learning for 3 years straight.

A majority of the kanji I've learned was from using anki for maybe 3 months or so, but I read through most of Tae Kim's grammar guide before I started that, which helped me jump into reading.

Everyone recommends different things but I'd say if you want to start reading things faster, learn the kanji as you go to get through a grammar guide like Tae Kim's, then start learning more kanji.


After more counting, I know at least one whole 百 of kanji!
maybe 1/20th of what I need to know


Played a lot of piano these past two weeks but didn't make any progress. I'm stuck in a dilemma: should I master the exercises and move ahead regardless of how I keep my fingers in the keys or should I master these exercises playing in a way in which my fingers are always resting on top of the keys? My thumbs and pinkies usually stay way up. As such, I've been playing exercise 1 and 2, yet again, while keeping the fingers on the keys… Seeing as these exercises are all about improving finger dexterity, it feels like cheating if I don't do it this way.

Made some more breakthroughs in my super secret projects. I could show this to everyone in its current stage but I want even the test stages to look their best.

Studied for college too. Hopefully by the end of this week I will have gone through all the lessons for another class.

I can't…


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cute cute cuties
super crazy expert nenprogram




I listened to CHANGE!!!! from im@s for the first time in over a year, and was shocked at how I understood almost the whole thing, whereas last time I listened to it I barely understood the engrish words.


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Show must go on!


I can almost see them


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The show is getting good.




You know, them.


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Going to try to wake up early for a run tomorrow.


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Up that bust. You can do it!


I should do this too but I need to get some running clothes first.


Run naked!


can you please stop improving yourselves? you're making me feel bad ;(


Don't worry, I haven't improved much either!


good to know i'm not alone! :^D


I haven't improvised myself at all in, like, 8 years!


I mean improved!


FINALLY on Hanon's 4th piano exercise. It took longer to getting used to have my fingers always resting on the keys than I thought it would.

Studied some.

Barely touched my super secret projects


And I mastered exercise 4 moments ago after only a couple of tries!

Once I master exercise 5 I'll look a little better into reading music since I only know the basics.


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i made a little progress on one of my secret projects a few days ago. hopefully i'll finish it by the end of the month.


Oh yeah, well I can have my own secret projects too. In fact, I'm working on a secret project right now.


it's not nice to keep secrets….


Secrets are meant to be kept!


secrets ruin friendships (and lives)


I have a secret progect called "operation lie in bed and watch anime"


i think it would be meaner to talk about my project when i'll probably never finish it


You must believe that you will finish it, otherwise you won't bother with it. You should always try your ganbarre. Blease believe in yourself.


Mastered exercise 5 but now I have no clue as to where to go to learn how to read music. I can read notes but there's lots of other things I don't know.

In any case I'm too busy studying.

Which means no time for super secret projects


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I have to pass this test or else…


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Good luck!


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Ive been doing lots of kanji flashcards. twenty new ones a day, about.
Its easier than it seemed like i'td be!
I wonder how many I know, after a week or two doing this? I only knew a hundred or so before.


i think after 3 months of doing 10 new ones a day(almost every day) i knew like 500 or so, you should really be doing vocabulary instead though.


memorizing vocabulary flashcards without knowing any kanji was living hell. Kanji are much easier, so far.


I'm too lazy to do anything actually productive, so I've just been reading books because they make me feel smarter and productive. I've been reading through A Confederacy of Dunces . It's a pretty funny book. I would imagine that the main character acts similarly to image board denziens that take themselves too seriously.


It's practically the same thing though, just stay away from 3 or 4 kanji jukugo until later.


I found learning vocabulary with even one or two kanji miserable, unless it was an incredibly easy one. For example, despite knowing the word, I could never learn to recognize tomodachi(友達), cause I was totally unable to just commit those two kanji to memory as totally arbitrary wholes. studying kanji, though, I can even recognize some words I've never seen before. 自信 as onself(自)+believe/trust(信) to mean 'confidence', or something like that, for example.
Regardless of that though, even if theres a case where the kanji making a word are kind of nonsensical and weird, its easier to remember it if you can say its one kanji plus another than to just memorize it rote. Same as its easier to recognize a kanji as being "spelled" with other parts, even if that spelling is arbitrary, than to rote memorize it as a whole.


If you read enough, the brain is built to recognize the shape of whole words rather than their individual characters and shapes.
Kanji knowledge will help to guess the meaning and pronunciation of words if you don't know them, but the brain memorizes words as a whole once it has seen them enough.


That requires lots, LOTS of reading. Far more than I could do without an already pretty good basis.


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I didn't study a lot…


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Over the past two weeks I decided to stretch a couple of times a day, sets of 30 seconds, only stretching far enough I could feel my muscles tightening. Now, I can reach my toes! It's still not comfortable and I can feel my leg muscles being really tight, so I don't spend the whole 30 seconds touching the toes. I only do it for the last 10 seconds. But considering my starting point was so bad I couldn't even touch my ankles, I'm very impressed with the results.

I'm really shocked that in my whole school course from when I was 10 to when I was 18, I could never stretch and touch my toes. Yet in two weeks of scarce practicing, I can touch my toes (I only did it like three to four times a day, each set of 30 seconds very distanced from the others)…

Next is conditioning my muscles so they aren't so tight when I do this, which will most likely involve a lot of work for my upper legs, since I've been putting all the stress on my lower legs and only recently did I begin to feel strain on my upper legs.

I don't recommend you follow this kind of exercise routine because I don't want to be responsible for a /nen/friend tearing a muscle… I used to be able to perform splits when I was very young, so I might have some kind of freaky residual muscle memory that allowed me to get such a drastic improvement in so little time with so little training.

Also studied, completed Hanon's exercise 6 and (just now!) 7, as well as worked a little on my super secret projects.. I've also been adding japanese words and idioms that I don't know to a notepad to study later.


English isn't my main language and I learned it in great part thanks to english videogames with text. Even though I understood very little, eventually my mind began associating the words with the context and I began to understand what was being said.


Buying Japanese video games to study Japanese!

It also has an added benefit that Japanese videogames tend to be cheaper than English releases.


I was thinking about buying idolmaster but I don't think I know enough to play it.


Goals for this year:

1. Finish reading the relevant parts of http://www.agner.org/optimize/
2. Funnel around $200/month into things like projects at lifespan.io since just hoarding money isn't going to make life any better.
3. Remind others of their mortality in the hope that they help out too.
4. Finish studying biochem and molecular biology to better know what to give to/do research one day maybe.
5. Get better at drawing (eventually)

My Japanese pronunciation coach says my pronunciation is approaching native level so that's something I can check off my list


Man. I know almost all of the N5 kanji now.


how do I learn how to draw?


Get some figure drawing books and maybe some perspective drawing books. Also get one of those wooden mannequins and draw it from different angles to help you learn to construct people from basic shapes. Search for photos of naked people and copy them until you understand how the human body works. Use yourself as reference too, your hands are always in front of you so draw them from every possible angle. Copy drawings of your favorite pixiv artists until you develop your own style. Most importantly, just practice a lot and don't give up! And remember that even if you just want to draw cute 2D girls, you still need to learn to imagine them in three dimensions.


I've seen this thrown about as a good resource for that


Does anyone want to learn something together?


Do you have a subject already in mind?


Not really I can find something if you can't think of anything


Not really I can find something if you can't think of anything


How about the IPA? It's been on my to-learn list for years.



Hmm maybe. That would be pretty useful to know.


So do you guys wanna set up goals for us to work towards together?


How about learning how to use MMD and then make videos with cute girls doing cute things as an unit?



That sounds pretty cool. I remember messing around with MMD a few years back. I didn't make anything worth sharing though…


Played some more piano and am now on Hanon's 12th exercise. It's definitely one of the hardest so far since I breezed through exercises 10 and 11. I'm trying to complete as many of these as possible and looking to have gone through all the remaining exercises in two weeks' time.

No time for super secret projects and I have stretched much lately so I may have to start all over.

Got back to studying japanese. This time I'm going through the stroke order for hiragana and will practice five characters a day while keeping an eye to note vocabulary I don't know and learn five new words a day.


what do you mean "stretched" and why do you have to start your project all over again?


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I am now an alcoholic


(・∀・) now you'll have liver failure instead of lung cancer


Haah… I only made it to Hanon's exercise 17 and that was during last week. I was on a roll but this week I started lazying around. I haven't learned as much vocabulary as I hoped either, but I have sticked to writing kana/kanji and have gone through hiragana and katakana and am now going through all the kanji according to the stroke order in http://sp.cis.iwate-u.ac.jp/icampus/u/joyo.jsp . I've already completed kanji with 1 and 2 strokes and am halfway through all the kanji with 3 strokes. I'm also using this to review my kanji knowledge (which was what I should have done a long time ago with tangorin…) and so far I've known every kanji except 勺.

Didn't work much on my [gold]super secret projects[gold]…

But I did some stretches and some exercises, specifically sit-ups. I used to be able to routinely do 40 in one set but now my belly starts aching once I reach 20. I'm really out of shape…

Starting this week I'm going to start studying for college again.

Stretch as in stretching exercises to improve my fitness. And it's not related to my [gold]super secret projects[gold].


I forgot my /'s…


If we ask nicely, I'm sure /nen/min will edit your post for you so you're less embarrassed!


My laptop came! Its a tablet with a stylus too, so now I can practice drawing digitally!
Krita feels cool and so does the brush changing with pressure.


Nice! Make lots of cute art!


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I want to learn mahjong so that I can play all of those old japanese mahjong stripping games.


Funny enough, that's how I learned.

Kind of an interesting way to start. Since score doesn't matter in most of them, all you need to do is learn how to make winning hands.


Tae kim is interesting and easy to study and learn stuff pretty well.
But I cant read anything because I dont know verbs other than 見るとか食べるとか…
Memorizing loads of kanji and vocabulary with anki is easy, but I cant write anything and can barely understand anything because I have no idea how any of it is used. Even if I know the basic grammar I dont know where to put anything because Im not recently familiar with actual sentences I can pick up subtler things from, just naturally.


Tae kim should have definitions of the verbs/nouns used in each chapter at the start of the chapter if I remember correctly.

Depending on what you want to do, you might not really need to practice writing sentences, for example if you only plan to read/watch media and never actually need to write in Japanese other than to search.

You'll probably have lots of problems understanding even basic grade school stuff until you really build up your vocabulary, since a real killer to reading speed/comprehension happens when you need to check your dictionary for a noun or two in every sentence.

You probably shouldn't waste time doing Kanji flash cards, instead focusing on vocabulary because learning all the on/kun readings doesn't really matter much when 90% of the time you'll only see the kanji in a few words and the extra readings are just for obscure cases.


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I completed my first 2 weeks of exercise. Let's see if I stick with it this time.


good luck


>the extra readings are just for obscure cases.

I agree studying readings is a waste of time, but they really aren't for "obscure" cases. Just look at 日.


I meant that some of the readings are used for rare readings that are more of "oh I look silly because I pronounced 女 ジョウ instead of ニョウ". They aren't always uncommon, but when you learn all of the readings for every kanji you're bound to learn lots of obscure ones.


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So it turns out I was doing the hanon exercises at half speed. I was reading 2/4 as 4/4.

So I'm back at the beginning again. I thought I had completed all 20 exercises but I didn't.

Currently on exercise 4. If I bother thinking about some of the exercises that come after these and the fact I'll have to play them at twice the speed I mastered them in, I'll lose hope of ever being able to complete this. So I'll just focus on the exercise in front of me.


>half speed. I was reading 2/4 as 4/4.
2/4 doesn't mean twice the speed as 4/4, it just means there are two beats in a measure. Does it give you a tempo? Like ♩=120 or something?


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I'm trying to become more fit. Today I went on a 5 mile hike with my family. A mile of it was up a steep hill. It was so exhausting, but I felt great after I completed it. Ideally I want to do a hike like that every week. I want to make it into a real hobby!


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Ganbatte. Hiking is really nice.


I explained myself wrongly because I didn't want to get into details. Basically each measure has two sets of 4 semiquaver notes and I was reading it as two sets of 4 quaver notes instead.

For the tempo, it goes from 60 to 108. Mastered exercises are done at 108.

So you see, I was doing them at half speed…


Good luck!

I normally walk anywhere between 3 and 10 miles a day when I'm outside, but recently my schedule has changed and so I'm only outside a couple days a week at most. I find that it helps if I have something to do beyond just walking around, so sometimes I'll take my camera with me or I go exploring new places, but other times I just like to think about stuff while I'm walking and that's nice too.


I had no idea Brits had different words for notes. And a quaver isn't ever a "quarter" note like I'd expect.




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I'm gonna learn to play an accordion!


Good luck. Those seem complicated.


Finally done with exercise 4 and can do the first half of exercise 5 just fine. I've been stretching sometimes but not all the time.

I've been reviewing kanji, this time according to http://sp.cis.iwate-u.ac.jp/icampus/u/joyo.jsp . It has less readings for each kanji than tangorin or at least it feels that way. Plus since it's a jap site I know for sure they're showing all the readings one is supposed to know. I'll continue writing kanji as soon as I reach the point where I stopped last time. I've reviewed about 70 kanji so far. I haven't learned any new jukugo or expressions since early august…

Uni kicked in and I've been studying every day.

Worked extremely little for my super secret projects.

That's one hell of an investment. Good luck.

I'm not a brit.


I love the accordion, it's a shame it is so underappreciated. Good luck!


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Hello there. My goal is to get better skin by November!
I might be overreaching,since i have pretty deep acne scars and breakouts for a while.
I can't afford a derm, so ive been reading all up on skincare (from different studies on ingredients to product comparison).
I-If my calculations are correct, the routine I'll be on should clear up 40-60% of my skin by November. The only drastic change I'll be doing is that, and I hope by posting on here, I can stay on track!
Wish me good luck /nen/friends!


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Good luck with your skin.


I hear washing your bed sheets regularly helps with skin.

I never do that though.


Can you share some tips on dealing with acne scars? I have some light scarring but it really bothers me, and dermatological treatment is very expensive


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Forget all those dumb products. Replace your pillow sheets everyday, wash your skin with just water or soap with tea tree oil and get a daily dose of probiotics. Oh and some shea butter wouldn't hurt. That's what helped me, maybe it will help you.


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i think this one looks nicer than my original one which has a yuck shade of orange/brown, but idk. there's another one that i submitted that i want to fix too but maybe i'm just no good at making nice banners. i don't think i'll ever get any good at anything except being sad.


don't turn this into /what/


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improved legibility version.


Added it.


I've noticed since I started washing my face most nights before bed my skin looks a lot healthier and I have fewer breakouts. I don't have enough pillowcases for the other stuff, but I was surprised how much of a difference it made after only one or two weeks.


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Hello everyone! My products came in two days ago, so far my nose has already been clearing up! I-Its been consistent so far,though I feel like part of that is due to being home all week.
Either way, I am hopeful from this good start!
Thank you, good luck on your own improvement!
It does help improve it somewhat, especially for oily. I have a pretty dramatic combo, so I change mine every 4 or so days.
What kind of scars do you have? What ive found that helped me was identifying what kind of scarring I have (hyperpigmentation) and how stretched my pores are. Theres only so much one can do with BHA and AHA products tbh.
I agree with the tea tree oil and changing of the bedsheets, but soap and water takes a toll on your skin. The amount of fragrances and irritants will hurt my skin and cause more exposure to the UVA rays, even with shea butter to soothe it.
As for probiotics, theyre good in general.
Yeah, it really does make a difference.


Does anyone on /nen/ knows about zen meditation?


What about stretch marks?


>What kind of scars do you have? What ive found that helped me was identifying what kind of scarring I have (hyperpigmentation) and how stretched my pores are. Theres only so much one can do with BHA and AHA products tbh.

I don't know exactly…What types are there. Mine are like little red spots on my cheeks.


Are you still a teenbro? I had that and it was gone by 20.


I'm in my mid 20s. I had an acne outbreak when I was 20.


Oh well then it might still go away if it's what I had, which were red but not raised. Ironically, they started going away when I stopped using acne face wash stuff.


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They are more or less like this (sorry for 3d pic pls don't ban /nen/min)
It's light, but I really don't like it.


Done with hanon's exercise 6.

Gathering japanese expressions/jukugo but not learning any lately.

Also haven't written many jap kanji.

And no time for my super secret projects


i started working my way through this thing http://courses.cms.caltech.edu/cs179/ because i was curious how gpu programming worked


I havnt practiced japanese enough. Its hard finding someone to practice with.


I just practice with my anime friends…


I donwnloaded unsubbed undubbed hidamari sketch anime and didnt understand anything (´ω`)
But it was nice to try to anyways.


Very cute!


do the hidamari hairties look wobbly to anyone else?


yeah, a little bit.


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I've been trying to just be myself a lot more lately, it can be quite embarrassing just being honest with everyone but I'm going to keep trying!


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I want to try doing this but I lie almost all the time so I don't know if I could do it


It's making me really anxious and I keep feeling embarrassed for things I did, but I'm trying hard. I don't talk to many people so it's scary…


Do your best! I'm going to try doing it too


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Good luck friend!


I've got a pretty cool pure idea for a video game that's really unique and nice but it would be a really huge project because I'd need to make it from scratch and it would be a really big game and I don't think I could do it. I already put together nice spreadsheets and sources and scribbled notes on mechanics and features but I think I just have to retire it because I'll never get it off the ground.

I already have enough projects going anyway. It makes me really sad that I'll probably never see any of those ones to completion either.

I guess that's just how it goes, it doesn't really matter in the end though.

I hope all my /nen/frens are able to improve and progress though, especially the one working on the super secret project because they've been trying really hard, ganba~


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Nice! Did you make it?


I only arranged it for piano. That ogg is pretty much just a midi. I put it here to remind me to learn to play it for real some day.


what is this song from?


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It's on a bunch of small, old visual novels. I think I came across it on 3 different VNs that Insani have released, there's probably even more.

This is the original midi that's packaged in the VNs.


/nen/min why isn't mid/midi allowed to be attached!?


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Okay, I will allow it.


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my nihongo studies have pretty much come to a halt. I write a couple new kanji a day but I never feel like reading any material or bettering my reading comprehension. I have lost almost all motivation… I wish I could just know japanese.


It's okay to take a break sometimes, then you can become even better afterwards, so please ganbare your best!


Try using porn for reading comprehension practice.


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which one is the best one to submit to /nen/min?

it's okay if they're all really bad and you don't like any of them. i only want to ask /nen/min to add it if all the /nen/frens like it. i wouldn't want to force a /nen/fren to have it if they didn't like it…


I like the top one the best!


I like the bottom one


I like the top one


i like the top one the most


Thank you nenfrens. I submitted a different one to nenmin but it was based on the features that made the ones you like distinct, so it should be an improved one!

If nenmin likes it, he'll add it to nen and you'll be able to see it then! I hope you like it too~~!!


I'm making a secret list of the words on nenpo's word filter!


I didnt even know nen had filters


That's because they're secret!


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It seems I've hit my plateau. I haven't improved in months and my motivation is slipping away.

I'm definitely stronger than when I started though!


Maybe you just need to increase your number of exercises?
I don't know anything about working out though and my arms and legs are all weak and noodly so I might be wrong…


It's natural to hit plateaus but it's a bit too early for you to hit any significant ones. What's your routine like?


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Studying important things while listening to cinderella stage BGM.
Jewel parade rendition starts playing
and I feel fine


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good luck on your studies


rather than increase the number, try swapping your exercises for different ones. Still target the same muscles, but in a different way



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