I just want to necromance this thread a bit to share something with everyone subscribed to it. You might remember the 3d-printed Jiji I made partway through the repeat club. Well, I’ve gotten a bit better at painting, and gotten a much larger 3d printer, and decided to take another run at it, with a slightly different (and much bigger!) model.
First, unpainted, with a pretty clear gap where the two pieces come together:
And now, painted, with a replica of the same mug from the movie.
I decided to leave the whiskers unpainted and just let them catch the light. Thought they might be a little too jarring if I painted the whole whisker white.
Anyone else starting to get a hankering for book 2? I’m definitely considering it. It’ll be a much tougher journey, for me at least, since there’s no existing chart of vocabulary I can pre-study. I’ve been a little lazy about my Japanese study over the last year or so, but I’m diving back in with aplomb now.
I need to finish book one =(
How about this? It only includes certain part-of-speech words, but most of what’s not included you probably already know (such as これ and その and ありがとう).
I already read the 1st one…There’s a second book???
There are even 6 books in total:
Since this thread’s been brought back, I’m wondering how many people are reading Kiki right now
Yep! When I went to buy the first book off Mandarake, I saw they had a box set of all six hardcover books for super cheap. Ended up buying that instead of just the first book.
I’m not going to read book 2. If anything, I might read Book 1 again and see where I can actually READ it, yet.
I haven’t finished Harry Potter (but I go back and try from time to time). I was hoping to crank through コンビニ人間 next and then get back to Harry Potter… But I’m kind of into cranking through Wanikani levels, lately, and that’s all I’ve been having time for…
I’m currently reading book 1, but at a suuuuuper slow pace.
Afterwards I want to read 2 and all the others, since I’m curious (Kiki is so adorable.)
I’m also super slow! I started off only being able to read one page a day, now I’m reading a few pages a day. Varies depending on how much time I have though.
Haha, I bought the whole set so I’ll have to read them all!
started reading the first chapter. Slogging through 20 WK levels and a bunch of grammar finally feels somewhat gratifying. Reading 2 pages a day now. Will buy the remaining books too one by one as I finish reading them.
BTW can we organize reading sessions for this on discord? Would be fun to read aloud in a group
Unless people have interest in doing a repeat repeat club, you’re about two years too late.
(Seriously though, typically the read alouds are done weekly with an active book club.)
(The Flying Witch read-aloud is a notable exception - we’re not actually the Flying Witch book club, but rather the Yotsuba book club trying to fill in time until the next volume of Yotsuba is released. )
I typically find manga a bit harder to read than novels since you can’t select unknown words or kanji and search for it, at least on kindle
There anki dekcs out there for this, fyi. I used it and it saves time, not to mention Yomiwa to take a pic in phone then look up the word really helps
I bought this book because I have heard many people say it’s the first book they’ve read. This is my fourth book and I thought it would be very easy to read but I actually find it too hard for me…
What were the other ones?
Maybe you are interested in having a look at the Absolute Beginners Book Club // Currently reading ハピネス・Happiness; Next: Prefecture Stories ? They will start a new book soon.
キノの旅 (Kino no tabi) 1 &2 and Harry Potter 1. I can read these with no dictionnary relatively easily. I don’t know what’s holding me back with this one. Might be the grammar in the dialogues or the lack of Kanji. My version is 80% hiragana which makes it difficult to read.
Besides the lack of kanji, the sentences are also a bit flowery, so that can make it harder too. When sentences are overly long and descriptive it can be hard to keep all the pieces in your head, especially if you have to look up a lot of words. That’s been my experience at least.
I’m sorry…I struggle a LOT with hiragana-rich children’s books! I used to recommend Kiki’s as an early book, because it was my first book, and I was clueless!
As an adult who learned Japanese by studying with kanji on Duolingo and Wanikani, I get a LOT of information from kanji (easily seeing where verbs and subjects are, hints about the meaning). I’m finding that studying this way, it was actually more advanced to not “need” the kanji! (contrary to how people teach kids who can speak but not read; I could read but not speak)
I’ve seen several places that did analyses that allow more rational selections. I’m blanking right now, except for Christopher Fritz’ Study Log (he developed some awesome tools) and … I’m wondering whether it was KoohiCafe as another place that keeps book rankings? They did analyses like “If I know half of RTK, what percentage of the kanji in this book do I already know?”
I’m actually still working my way through Harry Potter 1. I got distracted leveling up Wanikani (I’m on level 32) and finishing DuoLingo (I just started Unit 6) and trying to do more output.