魔女の宅急便 (Kiki's Delivery Service) Home Thread - Beginner's Book Club

Added you to the list – I went ahead and put you as “reading along” ^^

このブッククラブへようこそ ! :slightly_smiling_face:

どうもありがとうございます。楽しみにしています!

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I’m behind by quite a bit, but I think I’m going to try to start reading this and catch up as much as I can!(I already have the book, so I may as well…) How long do I have until we switch to another book?

We’ll officially be done on June 9th, though you’re welcome to continue asking questions in any of the chapter threads after that.

The new book will probably start a few weeks after that, but we haven’t picked a schedule yet.

So, I’ve purchased the book, but looking through the sample this is still just above my reading ability. This will be my first attempt at seriously reading something other than learning resources in Japanese outside of graded readers. The book club is over, but I wouldn’t have been able to keep up anyway. As far as grammar goes, I’ve completed and continue to review duolingo, lingodeer, and textfugu, and have a loose to solid understanding of all the grammar presented in these resources. I understand that these resources really only cover basic N5 and maybe a bit of N4 material. I’m also studying the floflo.moe vocab list specifically for the book. With a dictionary and grammar resource on hand, it takes me a couple minutes to get through a sentence, but I am able to eventually able to derive some meaning from the material. Do you guys have any tips/strategies for tackling something like this as someone of my skill level? My current idea is just to take it a couple sentences a day, but I wanted to make sure there wasn’t a better way to make this an effective learning experience.

I think you may have a hard time if you don’t get a little more into N4 grammar at least. That’s all my level was, and I got through okay. But there’s a lot in N4 grammar that’s going to be all throughout the book.

Also, if you have any interest in manga, it might be a good idea to read Aria the Masterpiece with us first as a primer, then read 魔女の宅急便 right after. The manga will be much easier than the book, but it will still give you a lot of good practice with trying to understand real Japanese material. (For reference, I read one volume of よつばと before reading 魔女の宅急便.)

I also wanted to specifically respond to this. Of course you want to make sure you don’t get completely lost, but it’s okay if you don’t understand every sentence entirely. I learned this the hard way reading this book. At the beginning I tried to understand everything, but this just lead to frustration and burn out. Later on I found the right balance between analyzing a sentence and moving on to continue enjoying the book.

Other than that, make good use of the vocab sheet and the existing questions and answers in the 魔女の宅急便 chapter threads. And always feel free to ask new questions!

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You might be right. Let’s go with Aria first. Guess I’ll see if I can pick it up before too long.

Also, @momoiro and @radish8 were discussing the idea of having a second group go through Kiki at some point. I’m not sure when, but hopefully they can touch base and let you know if that is still happening.

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Yep, we are, @preciselyrobin.

At the moment we’re reading other things, checking out how hard we find Kiki and waiting for Aria to start so that I can judge how feasible reading both at the same time will be (or whether we should wait until after Aria). But I think we were intending to let people know when we decide to do it so that anyone else interested can join in at the same time.

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Hello,
Is this only for the first volume? I’m on the second, at the moment.

Yep, this was a read-through of the first volume, which I think is ending in a couple of days?

I think this book club tries to avoid reading subsequent volumes of series because then there’s a barrier to entry for anybody who didn’t read the first, and it’s not great for anybody who didn’t enjoy the first volume (or didn’t want to read it). Variety!

That said, there’s nothing to stop you starting your own particular Kiki’s Delivery Service club, which is what happened with Yotsuba. I don’t know how much uptake you’d get though, because most people found Kiki pretty difficult.

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Yes, technically we’re reading until Saturday, June 9th, but everyone that was reading the book has already finished.

I personally have no interest in continuing on to read the second book. I’d much rather read a different novel of similar difficulty, like 時をかける少女.

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I’ve already ordered kiki, so I’ll have it when I’m ready for it. As it stands, I’ll continue to casually study its vocabulary and see how hard it is in 6 months after I’ve started delving deeper into N4 material.
Aria will probably arrive a little late so I may ask to mooch someone’s vocabulary sheet for chapter 1, but I’ll cross that bridge closer to the start date.

while the club has finished this already, i bought and downloaded it right now and will start it in a few hours, when i do my commute.
all the chapters are linked, which might be helpful.
tagging this thread with my reply, so i can find it more easily :slight_smile:

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You know you can bookmark threads, right? :stuck_out_tongue:

Anyway, I doubt you’ll have any questions. But if you do feel free to post them. :slight_smile:

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no, didn’t know that :slight_smile: thanks!

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I bought this book in Japan when I was there a few months ago.
I think I might try and read it soon. Possibly.

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Go for it! There are still people here happy to answer questions on it, even though we read it last year.

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Hey, this topic will be useful for me eventually.

Kiki’s Delivery Service was actually the first novel I read when studying Vietnamese, so I will be very excited when my Japanese is good enough to read it in another language. I’d say in a third language, but I don’t have an English copy, which is part of what made it a difficult book to get through.

I’m guessing I’m at least three or four years away, though.

Not necessarily, depending on how much you study. I read it after about two year (with difficulty for the first few chapters). It helps having people to read with though, especially when you’re just starting to read.

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