>>17502>(I, you, etc.) probably can't learn japanese
Yes, you can't learn japanese.
>All of the blooming flowers makes spring my favorite season.
Although the meaning isn't really that away from what I wrote, I'm gonna clarifying just in case with the most literal translation. (In fact, lately I've been thinking wording like this is better than being more literal)."The time when I'm surrounded by flowers is my favorite among the four seasons"
>If (I, you, etc.) walk around in the rain like that, you're definitely going to catch a cold.
In this context it's understood that the speaker isn't in first person and therefore the person listening is either you or someone else. In english you'd word this like "If you walk like that in the rain it's obvious you're gonna catch a cold!". You pick this up because the "と決まってるんでしょ。" is like saying "I TOLD YOU!", and the ん specifically is there emphasizing the "TOLD" part in the english equivalent. (Remember that の works both to make ask for an explanation and to explain things).
The rest are okay.
The image is from an omake floppy disk of a thing that was fairly common in the 90's (and is still today), namely drawing yourself drawing yourself. Can't remember of what game though. As far as I'm aware ライン引き is what you're describing.
>Anyway, questions. Any tips for reading faster? I assume it's just a matter of reading more and making sure you're not slowly reading everything out voiced in your head.
Depends on what you consider reading faster. Do you mean reading (as in, word for word inside your head) faster, or reading text faster (this may include just watching the kanji's shape and okurigana to get the tense if it's a verb, even if you don't word anything of this inside your head)?
If it's the first, you need a good, solid grasp of all the symbols in your text. There are two phases of reading: First, you have to decode the symbols, and then "parse" the reading into your brain (i.e. this is what I call "reading"). After you pass this phase, you don't decode anymore, you just "read".
So, long story short, you have to train your brain so it doesn't decode things first and then read, but to read instead, like you read this text smoothly without pauses to wonder why X symbol is there in that word. So, if you're reading everything in kana, you obviously need to know all the kana; if you're reading text with kanji, having to look it up slows the process considerably, this is why I said you need a solid grasp of the symbols in your text. After that, you only have to read (or actually, skim) as fast as possible. It doesn't matter if you can't understand some of the text (meaning-wise, not the symbols), just read it all fast. You are training your brain to decode the symbols faster, not your skill to understand text.
If it's the latter, that's how I read if I don't know how to pronounce kanji, it's a bit weird and probably not good but I know more meanings than readings.
I recommend you to check "中上級者のため 速読日本語 Rapid Reading Japanese" by Miura Akira and Oka Mayumi, it comes with both english and japanese text, it was made to train this very thing. Note, though, that it's for advanced students (meaning you have to know already a good bunch of kanji by the time you read it).
>Any tips for listening practice?
Yes, do not listen to anything made for foreigners to learn japanese. The same goes for anime and VN's. They use an extremely clear (and unnatural) accent that no japanese people really has (unless they work on TV), which means that by the time you listen to real japanese you won't understand jack-shit and feel cheated.
I copped by watching doramas until I realized they were all shit, then I found about anime radios and that's been my main fuel. There, the voice actors talk without reading scripts most of the time, so they speak real japanese with their clusterfuck of blurred moras and tongue-twisting slangs. This will be particularly useful if you have problems with quick conversation because they talk really fast, usually.
I'm always open to other sources though (not a big fan of youtubers but I'll give it a try).
>Also, I'd like to recommend https://honto.jp/ if you want to buy (digital) LNs and manga.
Now that nyaa died this is good to know, thanks.