しろくまカフェ Vol 1: Absolute Beginner Book Club

Squeeee! Those are sooo cute! Thanks

So… are we choosing a new book?

I made a poll that I wanted to make for a long time in the recent chapter thread about the break :thinking: Chii’s gonna last for 7 weeks, so we have at least 9 weeks before the next book, so suggestions are welcome now I think \o/

Maybe we should change the name of the thread to let people know that we’re looking for new books? Of the absolute beginner club thread I mean:3

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I went ahead and just finished the entire second volume (old version) today, because I had realised I had too many ‘current’ books in GoodReads.

I’ll probably read the third one once I’ve cut down more of the ‘currently reading’ list.

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Hello, just started studying japanese again so i am lvl 1 on wanikani.
A bit late to join this reading session i assume? :slight_smile:
Should i study this book (polar bear 1) on my own and wait for the next session?

You can still ask questions here :slight_smile:

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We finished reading this book a few weeks ago. You could still read it if you want and use the threads and vocab sheet to help you. There were fairly complete translations for the first few chapters. If you post a new question on the threads there is a good chance someone will answer.

Or if you click here you can go to the home thread for this book club. This will give you links for the book we are reading now (Chi’s Sweet Home) and the 2 books we are planning to read from mid August.

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Awesome !
Thanks for sharing :slight_smile:

I have to admit i was feeling a bit bummed by having to learn for months without being able to read anything.

This will motivate me way more !

Le sam. 13 juil. 2019 à 17:38, Micki via WaniKani Community wanikani_community@discoursemail.com a écrit :

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That’s why a lot of us are here! It’s much more fun reading some native Japanese material. There are definitely challenges in getting started but this club makes it a lot easier. Good luck!

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Hi guys, I’m interested in reading the Shirokuma cafe mangas but I have a question, I was having a really hard time finding the complete first edition or special edition (the one that forms a picture) and I read that the author changed to a different editorial and now the manga is called Shirokuma Cafe Today’s Special 1. Are this mangas a sequel or do they start again from the beginning? should I try and find the old ones and start reading those before reading today’s special series?
This is the picture of the books I’m asking about

I just checked a preview of chapter one of Today’s Special, and it’s a continuation of the series. It is not the first Shirokuma Cafe that was read in the club.

For the curious, you can view chapter one here: https://www.cmoa.jp/title/143686/ (Click on the white 立ち読み button on the right.)

I expect there’s no harm in jumping into Today’s Special, due to the slice-of-life nature of the series. It’s focused more on jokes than any kind of running storyline.

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Well, except that you’d lose the benefit of the book club’s collected knowledge…

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Thank you so much, I already ordered the first manga in the today’s special series but I’ll try and get the others to have the whole collection and read them all. You are very kind. 本当に有り難う御座います。

True, I’ll keep on trying to get the physical mangas but if I don’t I’ll just read them online and then read the today’s special series.

I found and bought the first 4 volumes :smile: and I’m currently halfway through volume 1

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Hey y’all! I am in the process of writing an article about book recommendations for beginners, and I am thinking of introducing しろくまカフェ!

Would anyone be able to write up a short comment on the series, how you enjoyed the book(s)? If you can include what you thought of it as learning material for beginners (benefits as well as challenges), it’d be great too!

(P.S. If you are feeling shy to share here, email us at hello@tofugu.com :wink: )

Thankssss

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I’ve made a deck of this and published it on Kitsun. The link for the deck is here (need to be signed up to see it).

Basically, I used the list made available on Google sheets, fixed some errors (typos, wrong meanings, etc.), removed the duplicates, and gave it a decent look.

It’s following the order that appears in the manga (by page). It’s tagged by chapters and pages (from the new edition).

Hope it helps someone/motivates more people to read shirokuma :slight_smile:

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Is the first chapter only 6 pages long? I found it online a while ago but never really read it, i have a link to a website if anyone can’t afford to buy it rn! (though please always try buying the book if you can)

From what I remember there are two versions of this book, the older one is the one with this cover:

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And the newer one, is the Bis version:

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There are minor differences on each book, but this is listed at the beggining of each chapter’s thread, so you can read from either version!

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Well… minor-ish. The bis version has five extra chapters. Also, some of the ones that are in both are in a different order.

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