よつばと!Vol 1 Discussion Thread (Beginner's Book Club)

That’s right. :man_facepalming: Now I’m remembering the example of けっこんしている. Separating out the verbs like that really helps. Thanks, Kumirei

Hi everyone,
Two thoughts:
(1)
While the book club has now moved on to Kiki for the next six months, that gives me plenty of time to make a good start on よつばと!vols 2 and 3 ready for our next reading.
For vol. 1 the vocab list was really useful. I believe there is a similar list for vol.2 but I can’t find it. Does anyone have a link they don’t mind sharing?
(2)
Over on another thread someone is suggesting we set up a Manga Reading Club so we can make a start on vol.2 (or some other manga) right away. What do people think?
All the best and よいお年を!

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I’m not sure about a list of all the vocab, but I know that the memrise pack contains all the vocab for at least the first 10 or so volumes (probably all the volumes to be honest, it’s huge).

As for a manga reading club, I think this comes down to the whole “split the beginner club into two” debate that we had last month. While I would love to start talking about vol 2 since I’m already reading it (I had to stop Kiki and go back to よつばと! because I was too slow for my own good), vol 2 did come second in the poll, so we may end up reading it in the club anyway (especially if we decide on alternating between books and manga, which I’m a fan of).

Also, is it really for the next 6 months?! I just saw that part or your post. Maybe it would be a good idea doing something, but then again I’m really not sure since there may be people reading Kiki that would want to read vol 2, but don’t have the time to read both.

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The pace of Kiki is way too slow for me, so I could join the manga club as well. And count @abertssquirrel in too, I’ll force them to join

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Thank you, I’ll have to check out that Memrise thing.

Yes, when we voted on which book to read next I actually voted for Kiki in the belief that it would give us a bit of a rest before going back to Yotsubato soon. I had no idea it would be 6 months, and now someone on the other thread is saying that the club might not even return to Yotsuba. So I really shot myself in the foot there!

I don’t have the ability to organise a group, but it feels like there are plenty of people who, like me, would be keen to get started on Yotsubato vol.2.

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That’s true.

I think this is a goo point as well. My main concern is deciding on what differentiates the beginner book club and the manga book club if the beginner book club decides to do a manga. Unless we decide that the manga book club does just manga and the beginner book club does just books (as per the debate).

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I think for the next six months or so this should not be an issue. Things will probably change again till then and who knows what the situation will look like at that point.

For now, those who can’t keep up with Kiki or want to keep reading Yotsuba can join the manga club. It doesn’t even have to be a manga club, it may just be a Yotsubato reading group.

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As for vocabulary pack, you can find it here.

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I like that! :smiley::+1:

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I don’t really want to compete with the beginner book club, but I think there’s value to reading a series in series, as long as people find it interesting, and the rotation model isn’t really conducive to that, though it does provide a lot of jumping-on points for people with differing tastes in material.

I’m on Yotsuba v6 now and it’s almost starting to feel fluent, even if I’m still glossing over a bunch of grammar over mid-N4, but I’d follow this group and help out whenever I could.

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This sounds really solid. Would be pretty great if we could make it happen.

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I agree. I think a dedicated group for よつばと!really covers the best of both worlds. That way we don’t have to worry about competition, or splitting from the beginner book club.

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Sounds perfect to me!

Getting the ball rolling would really just be starting a new thread with a poll asking when to begin volume 2. Anyone still subbed to this one will see activity, which isn’t all that common, and we can post in the main book club thread for anyone who’s moved on.

Just provide enough of a lead for people to notice (probably two weeks). I think we can reasonably assume that people who wanted to continue with it picked up more volumes with their initial order or after reading through volume 1, and we’ve seen that newcomers have jumped into this thread to start reading along after the fact. (It might be a good idea to give the new thread a tempatey title, though, so it, and its discussion threads, can be recognised easily; maybe “よつばと! Reading Club [planning]” and “よつばと! Reading Club [Volume 2]”)

-Edit-
I’d offer to take point here, but I’ve got a jury summons for next week, so I have no idea what my availability will be like while we’re trying to drive interest.

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Yes, all we need is someone to organise it.
I’d volunteer except that I really am not good at this kind of thing (believe me!)
But once the club has started, I’ll get stuck right in with lots of questions and even perhaps a few answers this time round!

If nobody else picks it up, I’ll get it started, but I may have to hand it off, at least temporarily, if I don’t get rejected during selection or it looks like I’ll be out of it for a while.

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If no one else is doing it, I’ll make the thread in a minute
Edit: ha just saw your post @fl0rm I’d say go for it, but you know your schedule best

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The problem is that, right now, I don’t know my schedule :smiley:

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lol, okay okay. Let’s just make a thread and figure the details out later. I’m was just unsure since I haven’t done it before. Mind if I run it through you?

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There’s not really much to it. Take a look at what the Beginner Book Club did (though keeping track of who is and is not participating may be optional, since it’s admin overhead and readers know who they are) and create a similar poll, in the first post after the topic post (reply to yourself, since it’ll let people direct-link to the poll, instead of the potentially large summary post) with the item under the gear/options icon.

We decided to begin on Sundays last time, so I’d suggest listing every Sunday between next and mid-February as start-dates and whichever one has the most votes wins. Let people vote for multiple dates; we had a discussion about that in the other thread, too, and there were some really good arguments for multi-voting.

People will kinda just organise themselves after the thread’s up.

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