神さまがまちガえる Home Thread (Beginner Book Club)

Thread is now up sorry again for the delay.

also I'm ready for volume 2

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Thread for week 5 is up.

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Week 6 is up

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I’m ready for volume 2!

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mine came last week!!!

haven’t started it yet…shamefully im still behind in shadow house :no_mouth:

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Thread for week 7 is up

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The beginner book club is currently voting on what to read next. Head over there if you are interested

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Merry Christmas to everyone! We have reached the last week of the first volume!

The post book club polls will go up sometime next week, where we will also decide on if we will continue with the second volume as an offshoot.

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Ug. I can’t read the 2nd book, and the next for Beg. book club. Are you spinning off officially, or just reading it on your own?

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I’m not involved in any spinoff decisions and plan to read it regardless. If the club decides to spin off I’ll read with the club, if not I’ll read it on my own.

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I was just wondering, because if you did it officially - then some of us could get help reading it later by reading your notes - hint, hint.

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Not that I’ve been contributing much to this book club. :joy:

@Shadowlauch indicated that they’ll post a poll next week to decide whether to read volume 2, so it’ll be based on the outcome of that.

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And this is how I ended up in 7 book clubs…

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Hey guys, crashing your book club to ask a question :slight_smile: which JLPT would you say that you are?
Just curious and wondering when will reading being in my reach without being too painful!

  • JLPT 5
  • JLPT 4
  • JLPT 3
  • JLPT 2
  • JLPT 1
  • Don’t know/ none of the above

0 voters

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And, I can totally understand that, but reading and writing Japanese is the easiest part for me. I really should be spending more time, listening and speaking. Sigh.

For me, this is the fun part :upside_down_face:

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@Akashelia
Dropping my two cents here since I only recently started reading recently (beginning Novembre).

I must say it was painfull in the beginning (still is some days!), but I set my expectations low (2 pages of ABBC a day). Very quickly I increased this target.

Now I usually set my target at one chapter a day (16 pages of ABBC). I keep BBC reads for the week end since I tend to parse more carefully through the chapters, and extra time is more than welcome.
Depending on my mood, time and energy I read either trying to understanding everything (looking up vocab + grammar), understand most of it (only looking up vocab) or I just read through and I look up nothing ( Read 3 chapters of Tagaki san in the car yesterday with no internet and I was actually surprise how much I could get.)

Grammarly speaking I’m probaly N4 and vocab wise I seld assesed that I know between 1000-1500 words.

Recently I’m less concerned with understanding everything. I’ve kinda accepted that some things will be out of my grasp for now (light reread later and see the difference!). I’m glad I reach this feeling because I think it helps me progress. By accepting my own level and still enjoying the process.

Not gonna mention how much reading can help sometimes with readings that I can seem to remember in Wanikani but somehow feels easy once I’ve seen it in context.

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I was very much N5 level when I started reading, and struggled. I suspect if you try the next ABBC pick that would be a good start, if it’s something you’re interested in. The current pick is a little tricky even for me (I just sat N3). You will always struggle a bit when you start reading.

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wanted click like jlpt3.5 … (somewhere above 4 but not quite 3) haha

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I think we’re about the same level. I started on the book before this, so we must have started around the same time? I completely agree. I also read differently, depending on the time I have. I’ve really enjoyed this book, and I find it easier to read then the last. The first book club I tried was one level lower. The book was all slang, which I found annoying. (Not that we shouldn’t learn it, but if you’re starting out - that isn’t what you’re being taught nor speaking.)

I’m pretty active in my learning - so much so - that the (online) Japanese school (in Japan) that I have been attending, asked me to be a part of a study next month - and I’m getting my lessons free! I am not particularly good at languages, but I just keep pounding at it, and it seems to be slowly working.

Now that we can travel again, I’m trying to figure out a good excuse to go :grin:

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Good to know!

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