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Just got my copy in the mail! I had completely forgotten I had ordered it already and was very confused for a bit as to what BookOff might be sending me :joy:

The book looks adorable from what I saw in the first few pages (didn’t go any further than that so as to avoid spoilers). Very excited to start! :dog2:

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Now I just need to make sure I get myself to N5 grammar before April 6th. Right now I’ve been using a combination of Bun Pro, Cure Dolly’s videos, and Imabi. Any suggestions?

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Looks like you’ve got good resources already, so I guess you don’t need suggestions! Just the time to put into them :slight_smile:

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I will join you guys

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Awesome! You can indicate that you’re planning to join us in the poll in the first post :slightly_smiling_face: :dog:

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book received from Japan today! ready to roll

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I forgot to post yesterday! :open_mouth: Just two weeks until we start…

Excited Woofer

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Ready and excited to begin!

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I got my copy! γŒγ‚“γ°γ‚ŠγΎγ—γ‚‡γ†γ€γ­ο½ž

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This is a fairly random moment to make this comment, but I was doing some prep and it popped into my mind…

I agonised a lot over how fast we should go. If we get a few weeks in and everybody (everybody!) thinks they could go faster, I’ll look at upping the pace. I want to keep it as beginner-friendly as possible, without it being mind-numbingly slow.

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Hi all, after quite a struggle with Amazon Jp I downloaded the book to Kindle iOS. And … it is a picture! So no words can be looked up by the dictionary. Am I the only one?

I don’t have any eBooks but I think that’s standard, yes. It’s like reading a manga - because of the way children’s book are typset specifically with the illustrations, their eBook versions are often image-based.

I’m not sure how others get around this, but we will be creating a vocab spreadsheet, so to some extent you might just want to wait for a particular page’s words to be filled in there before tackling it yourself.

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I am still in, no worries. Kindle is sill better then paper for my old eyes. I started reading already. I need a good story to keep me busy during virus lockdown. Thank you for organising.

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I don’t use e-books either, but I do scan my book to PDF for notetaking purposes - once in PDF, you can perform image-to-Japanese-text conversion. Would you be able to do something similar from Kindle?

The worse case - I can use screenshot from Kindle and pass it to GoogleTranslate the picture. But I consider it cheating unless most kanjis are new.

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Bought my digital copy uwu! Can’t wait to start :))

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You probably know this already, but (so long as the picture is clear and I can make out the lines, which isn’t always the case) I look up unfamiliar (or unremembered) Kanji by identifying radicals and narrowing down the possibilities, using Jisho.org. Some of it’s a bit tricky (for instance, there are two squares, they all look like a mouth to me) but with trial and error I usually get there.

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Yep as the others said, it’s common for picture books to not have selectable text, because of the layouts. Luckily these わんわん (and にゃんにゃん) books have furigana, so you can look things up on a dedicated dictionary app or website quite easily! Which is not cheating :slight_smile:

Even if the ebook versions are images/scans, we do still have the advantage of being able to zoom in on tiny furigana!

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I made the mistake of buying on bookwalker because i was having too much trouble with Amazon.Jp. I can zoom in on the phone app no problem, but the web reader I can’t figure out how to zoom in without scrolling through all the pages or other strange behavior. Anyone else use bookwalker in a browser and have any tips? If not, i’ll probably be using Kitsun/Jisho on my laptop and sitting in front of it reading a book on my phone (seems quite strange)

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I have no tips, but didn’t know there was a bookwalker app. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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