老女的少女ひなたちゃん・Little Granny Girl Hinata-chan 👩‍👧 — Week 5 (Absolute Beginners Book Club)

Welcome to the fifth week of the Little Granny Girl Hinata Chan book club!

Week 5 6th April 2024
End page 40 (end of chapter 2)
End phrase 子供好きの子供だペ
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日向 ひなた image Main character
文夏 もか image Hinata’s classmate (Note, you’ll often see her name written as モカ)
千春 ちはる image Hinata’s classmate

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I used to hate that we were forced to take an afternoon nap in preschool.

How foolish I was…

Top of page 35:



Thanks for the link. That was not what I imagined at all, when reading that part. :smiley:

Page 32

Struggling a bit with this sentence: ばーちゃんだった時は世話やけばいいだけだったけど自分も子供になって一緒に遊ぶのはなかなか難しかっぺ。

What I got from it so far is this: When I was a grandma [SOMETHING] was only good, but becoming a child and playing together was very difficult.

I’m guessing the 自分も is giving nuance of “I am also a child like these other children.” But I wasn’t sure how to add that bit to my clunky translation.

Page 39

This is one I tried to figure out myself but please can someone check because I’m not sure?


When it becomes crispy and comes off, that is when it is just about right. Then (because of the previous sentence being explanation) it gets better just like that.

I like the lullaby. Want to keep it in my brain.

Page 32

The “something” you’re missing is 世話が焼ける without the が.

Page 34

Sounds good to me.

Reading Yotsuba has gotten a number of Japanese children’s songs stuck in my head.

♫ 僕らはみんな、生きている… ♫

Page 32

I don’t quite get how this fits the rest of the sentence? “When I was a grandma, if I needed to be looked after, that was only good” or “If when I was a grandma, I needed to be looked after, that was only good”?

I’m gonna ramble for a sec to try to make sense of this.

If things usually of the form IF X THEN Y
Here we have If [ばーちゃんだった時は世話やける] THEN [いいだけだったけど]
So, we are talking about the time when she was a grandma.
IF [someone] requires the care of others / needs to be looked after / is a handful, THEN [it] was only good.
Maybe いい here more of the alright meaning than good meaning.
So, “When I was a grandma, it was alright if I needed to be looked after”
combine that with the next bit, “but now we’re talking about the topic of me becoming a child and playing together, that is very difficult.”
The “that” in the second half is referring to the needing to be looked after! Not to the being a child and playing together.

Okay, what I have now is:

When I was a grandma, it was alright if I needed to be looked after, but now that I’ve become a child and play together with the other children, it is difficult (to accept that I need to be looked after)"

Page 32

Wait, I messed up the conjugation. It’s 世話を焼く ('cos the ~ば form of 焼ける is 焼けば)

I read it as when she was a grandmother, it was fine that she needed look after kids, but now that she’s a child, she still needs to look after the other kids, but she also needs to play with them as well.


That makes sense, thank you

Page 32 re: use of いい

“Maybe いい here more of the alright meaning than good meaning.” – I think here this is more the #2 def on Jisho, meaning “enough” or “sufficient”.

Fwiw the English version has this as the translation:

But I’m not sure how “to require the aid of others” became “care for others” …


Yeah, that was my fault - I put the wrong word on the lookup sheet. Read down a few posts. :slightly_smiling_face:


Why do I feel like this week’s reading is kicking my butt?


I guess it’s the big stretch of the kana-only lullably :slight_smile:

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Thank you. ^^ I’m going to try again tomorrow morning. Felt like when I sat down to read, my eyes just immediately glazed over.


So much vocabulary I don’t know. You’re 4 years old (most of you at least)! Speak simpler dammit! :joy:


Ok, yeah it’s definitely long strings of kana-only stuff. Also, some particles feel extra confusing to me. For some reason… :thinking:

pg. 33


  1. How can you read ったって here? Is it like だって?
  2. I don’t think I have a good grasp of ちゃんと. What does it mean here?
  3. Maybe my wires are getting crossed, but is 寝れなかっぺよ not be able to sleep (past tense)?

I was curious about the lyrics and I found this!
Omg I literally just linked the same video @Belthazar did…

Sidenote, is there a term for the type of scales / tonality used in more traditional Japanese music? (The Sakura song also comes to mind.)

Taking a break for now but will wrap up the reading later today.


Great minds google alike. :stuck_out_tongue:


Week 6 thread is up!

I'm just thankful they didn't go the "kids don't speak kanji" route.


True. But I still have to re-read the chapter these days because I had to look up so much.