ハリー・ポッターと賢者の石 - chapter 2

Time for chapter 2! How are you doing so far?

We’ll spend 2 weeks on chapter 2, September 14-27. The home thread for this bookclub is here.

Who will read Harry Potter now?

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  • I’m still reading but I haven’t reached this part yet
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It’s still only the 13th in Japan. And I’ve still got ten pages of chapter 1 to read…

And since we started chapter 1 on the 1st, at least in theory, chapter 2 should really start on the 15th.

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It’s easier for me to remember to post the threads on Sunday so they’re ready for Monday morning in every time zone. You can start to read whenever you want though!

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Literally me… I read 99% of the chapter on Sunday LOL

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I will go through chapter 2 in English and in audiobook format before trying to read the Japanese version this time too. I also find that it’s easier to read the book if I listen to the audiobook at the same time, pausing when needed. I’ll try to do that for this chapter too.

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That’s what I’ve settled on doing too. After reading the English version. I’ll read through a few pages and then listen to the audio book up until that point and then read again.

I’ve also been annotating unknown words. The Kindle annotations are pretty good as you can review them all.

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Definitely Japanese first for me. I find if I read the English first, I stop paying careful attention to the grammar in the Japanese, because I simply remember what it’s trying to say.

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I’m intrigued by 金切り声. In English a shrill voice can metaphorically shatter glass - apparently in Japanese, it can cut gold instead.

A few lines later, I was staring at 完璧 going “well, I know the first character is the かん in かんぺき, but what on earth is the second character?” Spoiler alert: it’s the ぺき in かんぺき.

豚がかつらをつけたみたいだ lacks some of the poetry of “he looked like a pig in a wig”. :stuck_out_tongue:

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Goo’s dictionary suggests that this phrase refers to the noise made when gold is cut, rather than the voice cutting gold by being shrill. https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/word/金切り声/#jn-43426

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