Day: May 29, 2017

どちらかが彼女を殺した~第4章~2

From page 178 to 197. This was not a very difficult part but a rather long one. Yasumasa’s investigation is getting further, thanks to discussions and confrontations with other characters. Here again, Kaga’s own investigation is implicitly present and we glimpse it here and there. I was used to Kaga not being constantly present in the previous Kaga’s series novels, but not that not present! 折り入って・おりいって earnestly 隙間・すきま gap, opening 丸める・まるめる to roll up 蛍光灯・けいこうとう fluorescent lamplight 腐敗・ふはい decay 円筒形・えんとうけい cylindrical 屑籠・くずかご waste basket 摘む・つむ to pick ほぼ almost, roughly, approximatively 閃く・ひらめく to hit on a good idea, to occur to someone もたげる to lift, to raise 入念・にゅうねん careful, scrupulous 慰安旅行・いあんりょこう company trip 隠滅・いんめつ destruction, suppression 切迫・せっぱく pressure, urgency, tension 便箋・びんせん writing paper 筆記用具・ひっきようぐ writing implement 貧相・ひんそう seedy looking, thin Two characters appear: 山岡・やまおか, Sonoko’s section chief and the employee 笹本明世・ささもとあきよ who entered the company around the same time than Sonoko and is supposed to know her better than the other employees. 咄嗟に・とつさに at once 貰う is just もらう 送り主・おくりぬし sender of a present 趣・おもむき 指先・ゆびさき fingertip とぼける to play dumb, to feign ignorance 弁解・べんかい justification, explanation, defence 仕打ち・しうち behaviour, action 宣告・せんこく verdict, sentence Yasumasa lays his …

Tips for studying with a book and its audiobook

Having both the book and the audio book of the same work, allows to work in different ways. Here are some ideas: Listening practice First listen to the audiobook several times (I think that 3 times is a good choice) and really try to understand all that you can understand (meaning, unknown words are hopeless but sometimes we don’t recognize words we actually knew, that’s what we want to work on). The best thing should be to limit yourself to a paragraph if they are short enough. Then check on the book. At this point there are two options: If you really want to study this book and improve your vocabulary, search for unknown words and then, listen to the audiobook again, without reading, and try to understand everything. If your objective is just doing some listening practice, don’t bother searching for unknown words, and just check the words you knew but didn’t recognize. You can underline them if you don’t mind writing in your book. Then listen to the audiobook again, without reading, and …