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Come January this will probably become a Swedish learning log, but for the moment I just need a place to organize my book club planning so I can easily reference it. Maybe also templates and random Discourse things I’ve gotten tired of Googling each time I forget. Maybe it will be useful to other people over time. Feel free to come chat. The future has come!

Quick FAQ

What is this: Whatever I feel like posting really, but mostly stuff about either Japanese or Swedish that I feel like sharing
Why am I studying Japanese: Shits and giggles, but also for mystery novels
Why am I studying Swedish: Shits and giggles, but also for mystery novels
How is my Japanese: I can talk to people and read books. Life is good.
How is my Swedish: I can neither talk to people nor read books yet :sob:

azora advent 2023 stuff

This is December, currently:

I’m adding onto that an Advent challenge of short stories, thoughts for stories for me to read. long-cat denotes slightly longer works (but still short stories):

  1. 小川未明 野ばら
  2. 夏目漱石 正岡子規 (please let this be better than my first Soseki)
  3. 小酒井不木 死体蝋燭
  4. 太宰治 走れメロス (believe it or not I’ve not read this whole thing yet) long-cat
  5. 立原道造 萱草に寄す (this looks like it may be poetry)
  6. 北原白秋 お月さまいくつ
  7. 堀辰雄 燃ゆる頬 long-cat
  8. 岡崎雪聲 子供の霊
  9. 太宰治 川端康成へ (太宰 <3 )
  10. 坂口安吾 特攻隊に捧ぐ (I like this author and I’ve been meaning to read more of his work)
  11. 小泉八雲 Lafcadio Hearn 戸川明三訳 葬られたる秘密 A DEAD SECRET (this author is interesting)
  12. 太宰治 あさましきもの (more 太宰 <3)
  13. 横光利一 蠅 long-cat
  14. 夏目漱石 人生 (another 漱石)
  15. 横光利一 頭ならびに腹
  16. 坂口安吾 反スタイルの記 (more 坂口)
  17. 會津八一 一片の石
  18. 梶井基次郎 檸檬 (this one is famous I think) long-cat
  19. 寺田寅彦 流言蜚語
  20. 芥川龍之介 沼地 (I haven’t like this author but I’m trying again)
  21. 江戸川乱歩 一人の芭蕉の問題 (乱歩 <3333333333333)
  22. 中谷宇吉郎 テレビの科学番組 (he wrote about salad and it was alright)
  23. 宮本百合子 公のことと私のこと
  24. 小川未明 貸間を探がしたとき (ending on a 大正 note)

Thoughts on stories for others to sub in as they please:
メリイクリスマス | L31 - obviously
雪渡り | L26 - kids story
クリスマスの贈物 | L24 - obviously
嘘 | L33 - Dazai, post-war writing
赤い蝋燭 | L20 - kids story
桜の樹の下には | L32 - creepy
辛夷の花 | L35 - atmospheric
指環 | L33 - 乱歩 <3
毒もみのすきな署長さん | L32 - absolutely mad. I hated this and then I loved it.
赤い手袋 | L20 - kids story
セメント樽の中の手紙 | L30 - slightly dark
待つ | L29 - atmospheric
黄金風景 | L36 - thoughtful, atmospheric
D坂の殺人事件 | L36 - longer story, 乱歩
深夜の電話 | L35 - longer story, mystery
雪女 | L24 - cause winter
朝 | L30 - atmospheric
I can speak | L28 - atmospheric
山の別荘の少年 | L25 - warm, aimed at older children?
猫の事務所 | L28 - kind of messed up kids story. recommend.
ごんぎつね (おはなし名作絵本 1) | L22 - if you haven’t read this you should. gutted me. pretty much every Japanese person seems to have read this in school.
手ぶくろを買いに | L21 - kids story, very cute
赤とんぼ | L24 - kids story, chill
猫の事務所 | L30 - kids story, not chill
– Essays below –
三人の訪問者 | L37
サラダの謎 | L28
愛と婚姻 | L40 - quite old writing, but accessible I think?
ラムネ氏のこと | L38 - this one was hard, not due to language but on a ‘I’m not used to reading essays in Japanese’ level
悪妻論 | L35 - I love this so much
https://learnnatively.com/book/7369cbbe12/ - also a favorite

Authors you can probably talk me into a bookclub for

What the heck Oh, I see what it’s supposed to be now that I’m quoting the image, haha. Very appropriate.

Do you have any particular learning plan you’ll be following for the Swedish? You’re learning for their crime fiction, right?


I was learning some swedish & faroese this weekend and pronunciation seems difficult :sweat_smile: :joy:. Definitely would be a different sort of challenge.


Faroese? Wow, I hadn’t heard of that before. Any particular reason you were learning?

It’s still a bit nebulous but I’m going to take what I found worked for me in Japanese and apply it to Swedish which means roughtly:

  • Anki basic vocab from the start. I have a deck of just under 11k cards and I don’t expect to finish it before I can start poking through written material
  • Learn basic grammar. I’ll probably get this since it’s cheap and seems well recommended.
  • Start reading basically as soon as possible, paired with audiobooks where available.

There are some A1/2 books (basically graded readers) for Swedish learners but I’m honestly not afraid to go for B level books while at an A level because my tolerance for lookups is pretty high.

Essentially my plan is: basics then jump into books :sparkles:

While I’ve so far liked every Swedish person I’ve met, not a single one of them didn’t already speak English at a high level, so I’m not really going to focus on speaking it, at least for now. Output is pretty exhausting for me so I’ll be saving that energy for Japanese :joy:


Oh i’m not actually learning it. I was just hanging out with probably the (only?) two Faroese people in Seoul last weekend and they were dropping some phrase on me. The Faroe Islands are a very small island group northeast of Britain… autonomous region, but under Denmark.

This is the biggest issue with Northern European languages. Everyone speaks English so well! :slight_smile:


I can see value if I were to live there. Navigating government documents, being more accepted, etc. Also if it’s a family or romantic connection. But as it stands I’m planning to stay in my country and consume Nordic Noir :joy:


Unless they are Finnish… then German is a better bet… at least that was my experience… no English to be found but in a supermarket the cashier was so happy he could practice his German with us. :rofl:


I just remembered something relating to this - I’ll be modifying these cards heavily. Adding pictures, gifs, example sentences, etc as I go through to make sure things stick.


movies on youtube (legal). maybe I’ll make this into a pretty resource at some point, but right now it’s just for my own reference and others might find it helpful as is.

Title Length Sub situation About Content warnings Cat’s rating
君が普通に生きてるなんて嫌だ 22min none n/a n/a n/a
花束 30min no subs n/a n/a n/a
今日でもうセフレ辞めよっか 15 min none n/a n/a n/a
アイ・ラブ・ユー 21 min no subs n/a n/a n/a
ふれる 30 min none n/a n/a n/a
私もただの女の子なんだ 16 min none n/a n/a n/a
触れた、だけだった 10 min eng cc n/a n/a n/a
消えばいいのに、もう全部 14 min hard jp subs n/a n/a n/a
仲が良かった同級生と付き合う時の雰囲気 22 min none n/a n/a n/a
近くて遠い空 15 min none n/a n/a n/a
1番の親友に彼氏を取られた私 14 min hard jp subs n/a n/a n/a
あわせて一本 10 min none n/a n/a n/a
渋谷と1と0と 11 min none n/a n/a n/a
じゃあね!また明日 12 min none n/a n/a n/a
心残り 31 min none n/a n/a n/a
思い出の交差点 13 min none n/a n/a n/a
あの時を、 9 min none n/a n/a n/a
想いあい 9 min none n/a n/a n/a
今日、僕は、君に恋をする 10 min none n/a n/a n/a
好きだった貴方へ 6 min none n/a n/a n/a
別れ 8 min none n/a n/a n/a
あのころ 10 min none n/a n/a n/a
僕は彼女に浮気した 7 min hard jp subs n/a n/a n/a
君の声 7 min none n/a n/a n/a
きみのいる浜辺 6 min none n/a n/a n/a
初恋の人 6 min none n/a n/a n/a
兄がフラレた次の日 10 min none n/a n/a n/a
紫苑 13 min none n/a n/a n/a
すれちがい -ラブスピ 9 min none n/a n/a n/a
TAWARAYAMA 28 min none n/a n/a n/a
からっぽ 28 min none n/a n/a n/a
東京から長野に引っ越した女の子の話 17 min none n/a n/a n/a
東京都渋谷区神泉にあるバーの話 6 min none n/a n/a n/a
パワースポットが好きな友達 7 min none n/a n/a n/a
殺し屋ですのよ 20 min none n/a n/a n/a
ママ友 8 min none n/a n/a n/a
二人 13 min none n/a n/a n/a
窓の外側 7 min none n/a n/a n/a
たからばこ〜守るべきもの〜 27 min none n/a n/a n/a
変わらない 11 min none n/a n/a n/a
青めぐる青 17 min none n/a n/a n/a
心の隙間を埋める小さな出会い 14 min eng cc n/a n/a n/a
浦島太郎 31 min eng cc n/a n/a n/a
願いごとが叶うまち 26 min none n/a n/a n/a
此岸の一輪花 19 min eng cc n/a n/a n/a
頬で探すあなたの温度 18 min none n/a n/a n/a
もしも 16 min none n/a n/a n/a
ナンバー 26 min none n/a n/a n/a
うたかた、各駅停車 26 min none n/a n/a n/a
サクラノマチ 22 min none n/a n/a n/a
願いのカクテル 17 min none n/a n/a n/a
私たちの過ごした8年間は何だったんだろうね 17 min none n/a n/a n/a
Merry Christmas :christmas_tree: :mrs_claus: 18 min jp cc n/a n/a n/a
老化を拒絶した女の子 14 min none n/a n/a n/a
人形の家 23 min none n/a n/a n/a
5人の命と1人の命 7 min none n/a n/a n/a
それでも 29 min none n/a na/a n/a
スカーフ 33 min none n/a na/a n/a
わた死のピエロ 21 min none n/a na/a n/a

This is cool. Thanks for the resources!
I’ll definitely have to go through some of them.


I put the legal youtube movies/short films into a table, but there’s now 75(!) of them and I keep finding more so I may need to find some better way to organize them :weary:

I’ve considered something like Google sheets, but I do like having them all visible on the forum without having to click out.

edit: maybe I’ll take out the ones I’ve already watched/rated and put them in a different table in a different post :thinking:


Watched indie films/short films on youtube

maybe I’ll do vimeo at some point…

Title Length Sub situation About Content warnings Cat’s rating
『サバイバルナイト』 1 hr none cheesy horror none :star::star::star::star::star:
転校生 20min hard English subs friendship and loneliness none :star::star::star:
恋愛は好きになった方が負けなのである 9 min jp hard subs love is war implied sex :star::star::star:
おめでとう、ありがとう。 6 min jp cc connections none :star::star::star::star:
消えない 12 min eng cc ghosts none :star::star::star::star::star:
僕は魔法使い 7 min none 妄想彼女 none :star:
私と友達になってくれませんか? 6 min jp hard subs of 手話 dialogue heart string tugger none :star::star::star:
ファン 9 min none spoken letter none :star::star::star:
灯火 4 min none ambitions none :star::star::star:
鏡 4 min none reflection none :star::star::star::star::star:
FugitivE 5 min none emo daydream none :star:
漣、ぬくもり、エビピラフ 6 min none 告白 none :star::star::star:
ハナキン 12 min none food and friendship none :star: :star:
タマテバコ 6 min eng cc folk tale adaptation none :star::star::star::star::star:
カレンダー 5 min none corona none :star::star::star:
最悪ない1日 6 min none bad luck none :star::star::star:
雨のまにまに 6 min none feelings none :star::star::star::star:
モテない女を本気で好きになる男の本音がエグいほどわかる 19 min partial jp hard subs unrequited love none :star::star::star::star::star:
オーク 45 min jp cc love, revenge, etc none :star::star::star:
霊感が強すぎて 13 min none ghosts none :star::star::star::star::star:
盗聴 7 min none creepy messages none :star::star::star::star:
夢のつづき 9 min none friendship none :star::star::star:
妻の電池切れ 21 min jp cc memories none :star::star::star::star::star:
見えちゃダメなもの 5 min none ghosts none :star::star::star::star:
蝶 12 min none high school none :star::star::star::star:
巡愛 7 min none love none :star::star:


Title Length Sub situation About Content warnings Why DNF
世田谷ラブストーリー 28min none love none standard love story / not for me

I admit I like a nice keyboard, but this ad was so over the top. I was giggling through most of it:

ハッピーハッキング :sparkles: :keyboard:


I saw a silly little video (can’t find it again, womp womp) that referenced 五回点滅=愛している and was baffled, so I looked it up:

People are silly and I love them for it :joy: I guess it’s a bit cuter than 3 blinks = SOS.

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YouTube channels I sometimes get asked for






Good for beginners
Crime / Social issues
Comedy / Silly channels
Misc things I like or found interesting

So I’m doing a challenge for myself.

I would like to improve my spontaneous Japanese and kind of ‘get out of my head’ when it comes to producing sentences. I tend to freeze up or overthink things, especially when I’m talking to new people. I also struggle to fluidly put complex thoughts into words in a way that satisfies me when I’m having live conversations.

I have a goal of 30 hours of Japanese conversation in December. To put this number in perspective, I had 113 hours of conversation practice last year and only 24 so far this year. So really, this will bring me up to less than half of last year’s total, but it should still give me a noticeable boost after slacking so much on production this year.

To reach this hour goal and also to try to break my ‘fear of talking to new people in Japanese’ I’m going to be talking to a variety of new tutors on italki, and possibly other platforms (might even throw in a language exchange event or two, who knows).

I was told it might be fun for me to report on my progress here, so I’m going to try to do that. I’m not yet sure what this will look like to be honest. If you have thoughts on that, please let me know. I won’t be disclosing who I talk with on which days for privacy reasons, but if a tutor seems great I might shout them at the end of the challenge.

Also, if you have a particular tutor you like feel free to recommend them, either here or in DM if that’s more comfortable.


As someone who also struggles with getting out of my head in live conversations, I’m looking forward to following your progress. I don’t know if you’re looking for just informal practice or more structured classes, but I’ve been eyeing the curated classes from Meshclass Japanese like this one: 勉強した日本語を会話で使ってみよう!. I’ve found their YouTube videos to be incredibly helpful and well-thought out. They approach things not just from the angle of “let’s learn this list of grammar points!” but focus more on how to give natural responses in given situations. The syllabi for their classes seem thoughtfully done as well, and I think the price per hour is comparable to experienced professional teachers on iTalki. Just thought I’d share in case it’s helpful!

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I’ve actually taken classes with her in the past! I was thinking of maybe revisiting it if the scheduling worked out (I could just carry lessons over into January if needed I suppose). I know if I can articulate a particular situation I want to roleplay or topic I want to hammer down the grammar on, she’s great at that. I think for my main worry is I’ll settle into ‘safety’ with a few known tutors and not really challenge myself - especially as those lessons are bought in batches :sweat_smile:

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Oh, really? That’s awesome. Can I ask which class you took, and how the lessons were structured? I wish they had just a little more info on the website.

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