Hello fellow WaniKaners. I have just reached level 20! Yay!
And the mail that followed suggested that I should begin reading some Japanese material in order to further improve on my Japanese reading capabilities. Which a thought was a great idea, as I feel I’m starting to have a solid understanding of basic sentence structure and kanji reading. That being said, with a plethora of different books and manga in Japanese, I’m struggling with finding something that will fit my level (Which arguably is not that high). Though I feel as if the most basic books might also be a tad bit too easy, as I’m all for looking up the parts I do not understand. Given of course I don’t have to look up every sentence…
Are there any material you feel might fit my current level of kanji knowledge? All suggestions are greatly appreciated, and feel free to suggest something that might be a little challenging as well!
Six hours later, and still no link to the book club thread?
At level 20, you’re still fairly restricted to reading material with furigana, unless you want to spend time looking up kanji. If reading on a computer, this isn’t as big an issue. (And you’re looking up unknown words anyways.)
If you wanted to read something specifically without furigana, but might not be ready to read something completely without furigana, I found 耳をすませば to be a great compromise, as it has furigana on some kanji and not on others. It’s also on the easier side material-wise, if your grammar’s up to the N4 level.
The Ghibli film adds some things, and removes some, but overall it’s close enough that if someone likes the movie, they should like the manga. The movie puts the story on a grander scale (for lack of better wording), so it’s possible some fans of the movie would be underwhelmed by the source material. Myself, I enjoyed it very much.