コンビニ人間 Home Thread (Intermediate Book Club)

I am chiming in to say that I am very interested in the book based on its idea and the first couple of pages, but from those very pages it is too early for me to start reading it - too many unknown kanji/vocab. Too many for nice and satisfying reading that is.
So I will climb up in wk levels and pick it up then. In some months it seems :thinking:

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If I’m remembering right my first book took me a month and a half at level 40. Just speaking from experience, no amount of studying prepares you for your first foray. Might as well just hop into a book club so that more experienced people can help you through it, if you have the time anyway.

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That’s… really intresting :thinking:
What about grammar? Going into native material with an N4’ish level scares me way more than looking up kanji :cold_sweat:

I have tried with キノの旅 before and after ~10 pages dropped. It is that level of difficulty when the missing pieces of a puzzle are so many that I can’t reconstruct even the outline of a picture and I feel コンビニ人間 is about the same.
I moved to the beginner club where I sincerely thrive at the moment. So I will inhale more simple material until I am ready to progress :blush:
Thanks for support!

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I read my first manga and then book a few months later with only N5 and a little bit of N4 grammar. For reference, I didn’t even know common things like なければならない (let alone all the contracted versions). I read both of those with the beginner book club. The book in particular was incredibly painful, especially for the first several chapters, but by the end it was almost easy (almost :sweat_smile:). It was worth the pain though, and I still consider that experience to be the biggest breakthrough for my reading abilities.

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I didn’t like Evangelion in general :joy:
I just couldn’t understand it. Little of it made sense to me.

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I liked the middle set of episodes quite a bit, but it’s still one of my least favorite anime overall.

/off topic

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Any kind of reading with other learners is good enough :ok_hand:

I might’ve been like mid N3? Grammar wasn’t the hardest thing in my experience. I think a lot of people will be fine as long as they’re willing to talk to more experienced learners. If you’re reading by yourself, I’d definitely recommend hitting N3 though.

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I’m not reading this book with the book club, only because I already read it, haha. Also because I still need to finish Kino

But it’s a great book and I think everyone will enjoy it. :slight_smile:

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@GrumpyPanda

Kino was a bit of a slog when I first read it, mainly because of gaps in my grammar. I started that with only level 18 here and shaky N4 knowledge. I couldn’t really get without Zenitendou, I just wasn’t interested enough although it was easy enough to read.

I’m now at a much better WK level and half way through my N3 knowledge. However I think what has changed is that I’m much better able to pick out the grammar points and look them up. Bunpro is great for a quick grammar search.

I’m really enjoying my current manga. Hardly having to look much up at all (plus each chapter comes with a delicious vegetarian recipe)

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In the end we will be starting the 29th of June. Tell all your friends.

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Taking the average is a nice approach. :+1:

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While we’re waiting, does anyone know why the title was translated as Convenience Store Woman instead of Human?

Because the main character is female? :joy:

It does flow a bit better than Convenience Store Human. :stuck_out_tongue:

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I guess human would sound a bit awkward. But considering the book is about someone who is alientated from society and whose only role is a convenience store worker, the awkard title would have conveyed the tone of the book better.

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Hey! Who would like to join a read aloud session for コンビニ人間 once we get started?
We already have a great group of people who have been reading Kino and who are happy to keep the same time slot (9:30pm JST on a Sunday). Other options may also be available, comment below if you are keen but this time is not good for you.

  • Yes! See you there!
  • Eh, maybe?
  • Thank you but no thank you

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Sounds good to me!

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Too late for me. Maybe later on in the book when I’m in japan and in a slightly better Timezone.

Ah, that would be what, 11:30?

Only 10:30 in Melbourne (at this time of year) but that’s too late for me

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