Every day I try to study about 30 new words using the Anki deck and review 50 words. I don’t enjoy this that much, but I find using Anki better than those lists I used to make a few years back. I didn’t study vocabulary yesterday. I was distracted by Youtube. There was this topic (not related to Japanese) that I really wanted to learn about and one video led to another…. you know how it is. A very bad idea.
I can be pretty hard on myself sometimes. But when I felt guilty about not studying I reminded myself of how hard I had been working all these weeks. I’ve never studied like this before. I figured I should be proud of myself for the commitment I’ve had for Japanese all this while. I’m not giving up now.
It is not possible to learn brand new words , almost 30-50 in number everyday, with the same amount of energy and strength. I will prepare for N3 as best as I can, but I won’t punish myself for not being inhuman.
I’m pretty close to finishing the grammar book – one and a half more chapters to go. Very excited!
Today I learnt five new grammar points, 〜かわり（に）、〜にかわって/にかわり/にかわる、〜こそ、〜さえ、〜として
Refers to a temporary substitution. It can be used to mean ‘in the place of, instead of’
V (casual)/ adj+ かわり（に）
The book provided two more sentences that haven’t fully understood yet. The following sentences are supposed to use かわり（に）to oppose what was already said.
If you guys find a better explanation for this on the internet, I’d appreciate a few links in the comments section. Thanks in advance.
So the examples are
The use of かわり here resembles that of ‘Although/ Even though’. “
Here, かわり seems to take on the role of neither/nor. Again, I’m not too sure how this sentence has been written.
Unlike 〜かわり（に）, this refers to a replacement or a complete takeover by someone/ something. It can be used to mean ‘instead of, on behalf of’
This gives an emphasis on the word written before it. In English, it can be considered similar to ‘especially’
V(casual)/ N+ こそ
You can read more about how it’s used in normal Japanese conversation over at Self Taught Japanese.
Means ‘even, just, only’
I found a couple of examples here to understand how it could be used.
This means ‘qualification, in the capacity of, as’
I might need a little more time with how to use 〜さえ in a sentence and that one usage pattern of かわり（に）I mentioned above.
For now, that’s all.