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Weekly Report #29 - Japanese Language Learning Experience, Steam Deck, and Izakaya


This article is a record and reflection of my life from 2023-02-01 to 2023-02-06.

It was my first week back at work, and because I had been doing some work during the Chinese New Year, I didn't have much trouble adjusting to the work rhythm. However, I often couldn't do my own things freely, and I suddenly felt that time was running out.

I started reviewing Japanese and found that I still remembered a lot, which was a pleasant surprise. I caught up on some new dramas over the weekend and went to the cinema for the first time in a year. I finally got my long-awaited Steam Deck and configured it. On Monday, I started trying to feed Nie Nie chicken wings (it is said to be good for fur), and she seems to have a good appetite and isn't picky. After half a year, I finally organized the kitchen again and started cooking for myself. I have been sticking to it for three days now. On Monday, I went out to eat Okonomiyaki, which I had been craving for a long time. There were also many interesting things happening.

Japanese Learning#

Because I plan to go to Japan, I made a resolution to review Japanese at the beginning of the year. The last time I studied was about six or seven years ago, but fortunately, I haven't forgotten the hiragana and some basic grammar. It didn't take me too long to pick it up again, but because I have the pressure of certification this time, I decided to study it seriously.

Course Resources#

I have been watching Mr. Yezi's "New Standard Japanese" on Hujiang Online School, which is a relatively classic textbook. There are official recorded lessons on Bilibili.

Recently, I saw a thread about Japanese learning by a blogger named Yellow on Twitter. He uses "Japanese for Everyone" and also mentioned the accompanying YouTube tutorials. He is a teacher who teaches Japanese in Taiwan and seems very interesting, so I want to give it a try.

Supplementary Materials#

For vocabulary and grammar learning, I remembered that when I was a freshman, I used to listen to a podcast channel on my way to class every day to memorize some grammar points, and it was very effective (mainly because the voice was so nice).

Because I am also used to the learning mode of books + courses, I didn't look for other supplementary resources in the early stage and planned to lay a solid foundation first.

Input Method#

After solving the problem of learning materials, the next step is the input method. I use the native input method on iOS, so I won't bother with it.

As for my daily macOS usage, I use the Rime input method because I need a double pinyin input method. I also deleted the system's native ABC input method by following this article:

So I didn't want to add another native input method because of Japanese input, so I found a Japanese tuning scheme suitable for Rime, and it works great so far:

Here is the effect:


However, there is a problem that after using the double pinyin for a long time, sometimes I accidentally use it when typing in romaji, and I am still trying to adapt...

Interesting Things#

Steam Deck#

The happiest thing this week was receiving the Steam Deck from my dear friend. Although it was actually delivered in December, it was not convenient to ship to Hong Kong, so I didn't get it until after the New Year. It's much bigger than I imagined, but it's not heavy and feels very comfortable.



Although I bought a lot of Switch games like a squirrel, I rarely play them myself. It's always difficult for me to consider gaming as a truly relaxing form of entertainment. Even after being urged by my friend for so many years, I haven't made much progress. Moreover, after switching to a Mac, I rarely even open Steam. This time, I finally have no excuse for not having a device, haha. I plan to regularly experience some classic games in the future.

By the way, the exclusive skin that came with the Steam Deck is cool.




Although some interesting articles are automatically synchronized in the Telegram channel, I still want to list some of them here. It feels more like a newsletter.


Because I had fewer commutes this week, I didn't listen to many podcasts. The one that left a deep impression on me is:


Similarly, I also want to list some interesting videos that I have watched:


  • The End of the World and a Cold Paradise, currently reading. It's been a long time since I felt this kind of anticipation from a novel. Maybe it's because of the narrative style or because I read a few short chapters on the way each time, which makes it a bit intermittent. I always want to know what will happen next, but I don't want to miss out on the beautiful writing. In addition, the setting of this "another space" reminds me of an old but equally interesting game, "The World Ends with You."

TV Shows#

  • The Last Survivor, I have heard about the game for a long time, and now there is a TV series. I watched the first two episodes, and it's pretty good. I will continue to follow it.
  • The Three-Body Problem, I started watching this series because I was disappointed with the animation. Surprisingly, it's really good, and I really like Yu Hewei's performance. The pace of the series is a bit slow, and the parts about the Three-Body game are sometimes hard to endure, but overall, it's worth watching. I'm also looking forward to the Netflix version.
  • Kuang Biao, in recent years, I haven't followed many new dramas of this genre except for "The Fog Theater," but because of the buzz, I watched it. It turned out to be quite surprising. Even though there are some compromises in terms of political correctness, it is still quite bold. The portrayal of the ordinary people is also well done, but the ending is a bit abstract. I actually recommend "The Silent Truth" more in this genre.


  • Deep Sea, I heard some not-so-good reviews, but maybe because it was the first time I went to the cinema to watch a movie in half a year, there was a certain mood enhancement, and I thought it was pretty good. It's a little girl's dream, a fairy tale world like "Spirited Away," with a slightly exaggerated performance and suitable background music (except for the little white boat, which reminded me of "The Bad Kids"). At least, it's good to see Chinese animated movies exploring smaller and more delicate perspectives, rather than just various strange myths.

Personal Life Highlights#


This week felt magical and passed by. I took three days off after the New Year, returned to work one day earlier because I was worried about Nie Nie, and bought a mobile camera. On the third day, there was a fire in the building where my company is located, so I went home early. On the fourth day, the project manager and the tester went skiing and hot spring bathing, so I stayed at home. I worked for two days in total, but I still managed to complete my work.

Although there were no casualties in the fire, it was quite scary because it happened in the city center. However, it was during such times that I realized that everyone around me, from family to friends, had a bit of a comedic side.


Our office building caught fire at noon🔥, and there was thick smoke everywhere. Nine fire trucks came.

Project Manager Sister: I risked my life to bring down the computer for you (remember to work overtime when you go back).
My family: Fortunately, the computer was brought down.

Isn't the computer my true self? 🙃

Over the weekend, I had planned to do quite a bit of work, but because I was watching "Kuang Biao" and "The Three-Body Problem," I was very efficient but didn't complete enough. I will have to catch up on a lot of work in the middle of the week.

On Sunday night, a friend happened to be watching a movie near my house, so he invited me to join. Instead of choosing the popular "The Wandering Earth 2" or "Manjianghong," we watched "Deep Sea." It wasn't until I entered the cinema that I realized it had been a long time since I watched a movie offline. It really had a certain mood enhancement, and I plan to go to the cinema more often.

On Monday night, I finally ate Okonomiyaki, which I had been craving for months.


The reason was that when I was watching "Silent Snow," I saw them eating various things, especially Okonomiyaki on an iron plate, which looked very appetizing. I even complained to my friend before:


But because of my "workaholic" constitution, I haven't been able to go out due to the pandemic until now. I finally let go and enjoyed eating, drinking, and having fun.


"Hey, Okonomiyaki?"

I finally had the Okonomiyaki that I had been craving for a long time. It turns out that Monday and draft beer are a perfect match!

Thanks to my friend for being my daily meal partner, I avoided the pitiful moment of drinking two glasses of draft beer alone. My happy time of playing in Beijing has increased.



Nie Nie#

Through the Lens#

Because I couldn't find Nie Nie in the camera and was worried, I bought a mobile surveillance robot. While debugging, I accidentally took several cute photos, and I think they are adorable. Having a camera gives me peace of mind.



Nie Nie's MBTI#

This week, I had a very interesting discussion with a friend about what personality Nie Nie might have. It was a question that I had never thought about but was very intriguing.




This is a very interesting proposition because Nie Nie can't take the test herself, and our perception of her personality is often based on observations from daily interactions and the shaping of our own desires. To some extent, it may also reflect our various concepts. It's a novel perspective, and I haven't had such a relaxed and thought-provoking conversation with a friend for a long time. I really cherish it.

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