10 Minute Biographies Home Thread (Absolute Beginner Book Club) - Finished!

I’ve just finished Kiki’s Delivery Service so I’m going to jump in at chapter 2 for now.

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Wow you got to level 60 so quickly! Great to have you here.

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Seriously impressed by both of these milestones.

Glad you’re joining us. Welcome back!

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I did quite a speed run… for me it kind of kept me motivated but now I need to work on the grammar side of things!

Reading Kiki was hard but not impossible and definitely pushed me forward. I’m looking forward to a more chilled pace with this book!

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Just bought the book! Lets see how long it takes to ship from Japan to Norway :slight_smile:

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Chapter 3 starts tomorrow - we move onto Beethoven! This is a great place to jump back in if you’ve fallen behind, or if you are joining us for the first time. Remember, the reason for a new thread each chapter, is to make it easier for those who have fallen behind to still ask questions on the previous chapter. So if you still have questions on chapters 1 or 2 please do post them!

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Excellent timing, have just finished chapter 1 so all up to date now!

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Hi! Would you agree with this review I found on the web? I’m trying to figure out if I should read them or not. Thanks.

the lower class books excruciatingly difficult to read. I still think so. The problem is that they use nearly no kanji and sooooo many onomatopoeia that it’s hard to figure out all the words… Class 4 and above are much easier to read.

This is about 10分で読める伝記? I’ve so far only read the first two stories but I was surprised how much fun and how easy it is to read them. I think saying that they use nearly no kanji is just wrong. If I open a random page there are always lots of different kanji. I’m not a fan of hiragana-only texts myself but I think these books are well balanced.

On the other hand I wouldn’t call the use of onomatopoeia excessive and the ones used are pretty common and useful.

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Thanks for the input!

Wish I had read this sooner :sob:
It was my first time using Amazon JP though!

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We have a two day break now for Christmas and we start again Dec 27th with chapter 4, and the life of Wilhelm Röntgen. Another chance for me to practice my German pronounciation while reading in katakana…

メリークリスマスみんなさん!:santa:t2::christmas_tree:

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Chapter Four - Wilhelm Röntgen discussion thread is up. Remember, each chapter is essentially a completely separate story so this is a good place to jump in if you’ve not been reading along with the last chapter. Link to chapter 4.

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Chapter Five: We move onto the story of Ernest Seton, one of the founding pioneers of the Boy Scouts of America. If you’ve not been reading along, or if you’ve fallen behind, this is a good place to jump back in. If you don’t have the book yet this is chapter 5 of 12, so there is still plenty of time to get the book and join in the later chapters. Links to getting hold of the book are in the opening post of this thread. Link to Chapter 5.

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Chapter Six: Chapter 6 starts tomorrow, join in to learn more about the life of Leonardo da Vinci. Link to Chapter 6

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Chapter Seven: Tomorrow we start chapter 7 - the life of Christopher Columbus. I can never remember whether his name is spelt Columbus or Colombus - we’ll see if I’m any better in 2 weeks time!

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He’s a man with many names: Colombo, Colón, Colomb, Kolumbus, Columbus, コロンブス, …

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It’s a little known fact that he was also a TV detective. :stuck_out_tongue:
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I’m looking forward to learning more about this specific aspect of his life :rofl:

Maybe I should re-watch my Columbo DVD collection on this occasion? :thinking:

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I’m going to guess that is will be even more confusing, because katakana :rofl:

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