That fine too. You’ll get a lot of stuff thrown at you, some will stick. Progress! Some won’t, and that’s fine too; it’s motivation to keep going!
Don’t you worry about difficulty. It will be difficult because It’s the first Japanese book you read. I can tell you that after reading my first Japanese book my Japanese skill skyrocketed. If you don’t do it soon, you will have to deal with it later. My first Japanese book took me 9 months to complete so you can’t be worst than that. It’s an easy book. Just ask question if you need to.
I just got 時をかける少女 and have been studying the words in floflo for the last while. Only like 500 more to learn!
is so excited to read with tama
gon.exe has broken from excitement overload
That seems like more than a little issue…floflo without words sounds like…a taco without tacos…
Maybe post on the floflo thread and ask Raionus.
I’m going to be buying this book and start studying the words on floflo within a week to get prepared for when this officially starts.
Are you going freq 1?
Yep. Might as well…It will provide a good break from finishing freq. 1 on SAO…
nice! I’m going less hardcore for now because i also want to dedicate some time to finishing genki, I put frequence 3. that gave me 600 hundred words to learn, managed to do 100 today, quite a handful haha you’re probably way ahead though
Any guidance in terms of what would be a good WaniKani level to reach before attempting to read this novel? I’m doing formal classes covering grammar and vocabulary outside of Kanji recognition. According to Floflo I’ve only been exposed to 32% of the words in the book.
My goal is to have read a Japanese novel by the end of next year, currently Reading manga like Yotsubato, which is going well. It seems to me that I might be better holding off until I reach lvl 20 at the end of the year and have at least 50-60% exposure to the vocabulary.
Btw, there is an audiobook for this. I think I might get it as well.
For this book, there’s furigana next to every kanji, so your WaniKani level shouldn’t matter much. Also, chances are you know more than 32% of the vocab, unless you already went through Floflo and trashed words you already know. Generally, I’d say that grammar is the greatest barrier to reading. So if you’re not in an absolute beginner class or have been studying more grammar on your own, you should be fine.
If you do join us, be prepared to spend significantly more time than you do reading Yotsubato. But if you have the time and don’t mind a few weeks of frustration as you get used to reading a novel, I’d say go for it.
Ooh I want to try this one! I think I’ll have to start in December, after I finish writing the JLPT!
Good luck! What level are you taking? I’m taking the N4!
Heh, I bought this book just last week from a bookstore in Osaka and didn’t even know there’s a book club thread for it.
It has yet to arrive though (I didn’t buy it in person, sadly) and I don’t know how much trouble I’ll have reading it.
Edit: I joined the book club, let’s see how this goes.
I’d love to participate but I seem to be having trouble getting an electronic copy of the book. Based on what I’ve seen poking around here it seems to be a pretty tricky thing to accomplish for some reason.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a place where it’s possible to pay with PayPal? I realize that’s a long shot but I’m hoping to avoid giving my credit card number to some random international site. Though at this point even that seems like a long shot…
@yatapay I understand your concern, but imo your best bet here is ebookjapan. They’re not some random international site - they’re a big, popular legit ebook seller, and you don’t have to jump through any hoops to buy from them, just sign up and then buy the thing. I even seemed to be able to read my book online, though I’d recommend getting the app.
I don’t think paypal is popular in japan - they had a payment method other than credit/debit card but I’m not sure how it works or whether it requires a japanese address, but I suppose when you get to checkout you could investigate. Still, I just used my debit card and have had no problems.
Hmm, alright, fair enough. I’ll take a closer look at ebookjapan. Thanks for the reassurance!
EDIT: Alright, that was actually pretty painless. Thanks for pushing me off the fence!
I bought this book when it was announced as the next book and still haven’t got the hang of the words/kanji in FloFlo.
I think more than grammar, unknown words will be my biggest challenge. I severely lose interest when it comes to reading when I have to look up most of the words to understand things.
I’m also trying to completely finish the other beginner book club book なぜ？どうして？ before this one starts. Only thing holding be back from finishing it is having to always look up new vocab (especially when they don’t use kanji ugh)