: [translator's notes]
17. Japanese Calligraphy
Araragi: Kanbaru, you're left-handed, right? So how do you cope with your left hand
Kanbaru: As you can guess, I write with my right.
Araragi: You can do that?
Kanbaru: Not at all. I can't write anything that doesn't look like an earthworm's trail.
Araragi: Ah, you must find that problematic.
Kanbaru: However, I've always had just a scrawl anyway, so it's not really a
Araragi: Oh I see. Speaking of which, Hanekawa's handwriting is really neat!
Kanbaru: About her, did you know? Whether she writes with her right or left hand,
Araragi: That's certainly an amazing skill, but why in the world does she do that?
Kanbaru: If your right hand's tired from studying, just take it in your left? She's done
Araragi: If you're tired from studying, just rest!
Senjougahara: I'm actually pretty good at drawing.
Araragi: I wasn't asking. Huh? You can actually draw?
Senjougahara: Yes. I've stopped since the costs were piling up, but I drew a lot
Araragi: Ah, Kanbaru playing basketball at her peak?
Senjougahara: If I said it was an art, would you understand?
Araragi: You meant a nude painting after all?!
Senjougahara: I was the artist, Kanbaru was the model. That's the Valhalla Combi.
Araragi: I don't like that combination.
Senjougahara: I was lying, you know.
19. Home Economics
Kanbaru: Araragi-senpai, about Senjougahara-senpai's cooking ability...
Araragi: Well, it's not like she's terrible at it or anything. But her cooking has a really
Kanbaru: That's true, home-cooking is said to have various flavours depending on
Araragi: In that case, then you have a weight of expectation on your shoulders.
Kanbaru: To me?!
Araragi: To your grandmother.
Kanbaru: Araragi-sempai, would you mind not including my grandmother within
Araragi: Not my area of operation - she's in my strikezone!*
Kanbaru: You're like a seme!**
[*They're using sporting terms here, but "area of defense" would sound really weird in this context. Thankfully, "strikezone" works in quite a few contexts...]
[**If you don't know what this is, "attacker" is all you have to understand...]