しろくまカフェ: Week 1 Discussion (Chapters 1 and 2)

It took me around 6 months, i didn’t take the exams but going through the materials and fully understanding them took me 6 months as I said
I don’t know for how much i studied each day, but i guess 3 hours or less

I’d say to ask anyone else about that. :joy: It took me like 5 years, but I took it really slowly.
I think 6 months sounds fair if you do it every day and have someone to work with on stuff you get stuck on.

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Lol I have found this forum to be great to ask if I am stuck on anything :slight_smile:

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I agree with Kazzaeon. N4 should be enough to get you through without much difficulty.

Most N4-level readers will probably find themselves lacking in vocabulary, kanji, and cultural knowledge when it comes to the puns, but you can look those up, understand the pun, then forget them and move on. If they are common enough kanji and vocabulary, you will encounter them again, in further reading or in learning via a pre-made vocabulary deck (such as WaniKani incorporates).

I just encountered っけ, which the web site Bunpro lists as N3 (which is currently above my formal learning level). I’ve encountered it before and vaguely know it from that, but I was unfamiliar about an aspect of its use on page 61. A little bit of research filled in my lack of knowledge and experience with it. I don’t plan to add that knowledge to my daily reviews, as it will come up again when I reach formally learning N3 grammar. Or I may see it in another comic first.

If you’re not at N5 yet, and you’re trying to read through a comic (even a very simple one), expect to invest a lot of time into looking things up. I don’t think I’d ever discourage anyone from reading material at any level. However, if you only have one to two hours a day to work on it, you may become discouraged if all your time goes into trying to understand a few word balloons of dialogue.

Experience and find how you learn best, and what you can do to feel you are making progress. You can skip over anything you don’t understand, and push through reading all the dialogue for each chapter. Or, you can focus a few days on learning the material on a single page before moving on. The key is that you do what works best for you, so you can keep learning without giving up.

Last year, when I read through volume one of 「ご注文はうさぎですか?」, I looked up every word, did my best to learn every point of grammar, and familiarized myself with a lot of kanji. (Continued failure to recognize a lot of kanji is what pushed me to start using WaniKani.) It was a slow process, typically reading one four-panel strip each day. I also created a vocabulary deck of every first instance of a word (and unique conjugation of the word) in the whole book, which I still review daily many months after finishing the book.

For me, this worked very well. But I also had to make time for it. I probably put in anywhere from half an hour to three hours each day, for 200 four-panel strips. I took what I already knew and supplemented it with learning material, added in what I didn’t know (which isn’t always easy to look up), and came out much better for it.

Recently, I started reading 「 怪盗セイント・テール」、「三ツ星カラーズ」 and 「ハヤテのごとく!」 For each of these, I’m ignoring any words I don’t know and just keep pushing through. If I see a word appear multiple times, I’ll stop and look it up.

It’s too soon to comment on how this is working out for me. I haven’t seen any grammar that made me think “I need to look this up”, but I’m sure I’ve skipped over some I don’t know yet. I’m also not doing anything to retain the words that I do look up. I feel like this is more a reflection of my past progress (how much I can understand), so I should find ways to supplement it with actual learning (new progress).

A community-reading of a book, such as the book clubs here on WaniKani, provide a good mix of these two methods. You’re forced to push through completing a chapter even if you don’t understand everything within it, but you’re able to ask questions to help learn more grammar (etc) along the way.

(Apologies if I rambled a bit too much.)

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I’ve been studying Japanese for nearly 10 years and I’ve yet to read any books or manga, mostly because of all the kanji :sweat_smile::sob: but better late than never! Thank you for organizing this!

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Now that I have a little bit of time, and I am up-to-date with Chi, I’m re-reading the book from the begging and eventually catch up where I left it. So far I’ve been able to read the first 3-4 chapters pretty quickly and understanding much more than the first time :slight_smile:

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PHEW! Finally got through all these comments. I want to thank everyone here who contributed you all get a hug!

I personally really enjoyed going through all the comments and seeing the thoughts and changes along the way, made me feel as if I were a part of this. On to Chapter 3 =]

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Hey guys,
can somebody translate these two words for me?(ゴルゴル &ボルボ) i can`t figure them out yet :thinking:
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It’s in the vocab spreadsheet (see the main post), be sure to use it, it’s very helpful! :slight_smile:

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oh my god, ty i rushed over it and didn`t see the chapters below :sweat_smile: :sweat_smile: Ty!!

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Sorry if this is already mentioned somewhere, but:
Where can you get these books? Only on Amazon Japan?

There’s links to different versions on the opening post on this book’s home thread.

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For an explanation of the visual pun:

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