got it! I am sure it’s because you were all rooting for me
Book shipped today! Says it should arrive between Tuesday-Thursday. Hopefully it’s early!
Got my digital copy on Bookwalker, ready to not understand anything!
JK, I think we’ll all be able to work together to figure it all out. I think this will help motivate me to get back to grammar (which I’ve completely neglected for a little while).
Amazing I got it today! Much faster then expected!
I am using the same book and just finished chapter 19!
My book finally arrived yesterday! I haven’t tried reading it yet, but I did want to get a handle on how much of the kanji would be familiar, and how much would be new. So naturally, I put some stats together!
There are 150 unique kanji in the first story. As you can see from the histogram below, most of them are found in the first 10 levels of WaniKani.
If you’re used to using WK Stats, you might find the following breakdown by level useful. It’s the percentage of kanji you should know based on your current level.
Naturally, this doesn’t mean that you’ll recognize the vocabulary, but if you were on the fence about participating, just know that by the time you reach level 8, you’ll already know half of the kanji in the first story. Not too bad!
Well, recognizing a bit more than half the kanji is a start, I guess
Wow, that is great! Thank you for doing that!
Edit: Just linked to your wonderful graphs in the opening post! Thank you so much!
Oh, impressive. How’d you generate the raw data to crunch? Wondering how easy it’d be to do something similar for the two book clubs I’m currently involved in.
First, I downloaded an Anki deck of all WaniKani kanji and vocabulary. It helpfully lists out the level for each item. After some data wrangling, I managed to get it into Excel.
Next, I simply paged through the first story of the book and found every kanji, typing it into another tab in the spreadsheet. The furigana made it pretty easy. I skipped ones I knew I had seen in the story before, but erred on the side of duplicates. When I was done, I just ran a “Remove Duplicates” so that I had unique kanji.
A quick VLOOKUP loaded the level next to the kanji, and then I just made a histogram on the data by level number.
I’d be happy to supply the workbook with the kanji and vocab by level.
Just twenty-four hours to go!
Just got my book in today!
That makes me think: what timezone are we talking about?
The Beginner Bookclub typically schedules around JST/JDT, so that probably carried over to this group.
Aha, this is the step I was asking about. So you did it manually…
I actually already have a list of all the kanji by WaniKani level (I made it for my Big Japan Place Names kanji thingy) - not the vocab, though, but I could easily apply the same steps I used to make the kanji list.
Really like the look of the art and layout of the book so I reckon I might try and get at this, will likely have to grab an e-book at this point.
Boy do I regret searching for ‘pussy detective’ though
Yep, brute force. Or transcription practice, depending on your point of view.
This is so great, thank you so much!
This is most helpful and highly motivating in a “will be regularly doing new lessons and reviews so I can grab some more percentage points as we go” kind of way - thank you so much, @ShawnPCooke