Yay, well done! Starting to read is the hardest part and you did it!
It will only get easier from here (although not very fast).
Regarding つ and っ, you will probably not be happy to hear that they keep being easy to confuse in manga - it’s almost as if it’s on purpose. I’ll share the following image from Death Note. It’s a comparison between つ and っ from the same line of text: I magnified the image to extremes and then copied and pasted the っ in red over the つ . No naked eye could tell the difference, I’m sure you’ll agree. I’m afraid the way to actually tell which is which is to know what to expect, what is likely and what isn’t. This comes with repeated exposure (and grammar awareness), but there will always be moments when you’re unsure, as I’ve found.
You’re telling me the red one is supposed to be the small っ?! まさか！ The other thing I find difficult (taking なめたい as an example) is when something could’ve been written with a Kanji (舐めたい) but wasn’t. I get that some things become so popular/colloquialised to the point where the Kanji won’t be necessary, but when there are so many homophones as is… And I’m going through all the trouble to learn Kanji and then the langauge is like “lol we don’t use it now :)”. クソー!
Which is why children’s books, written in all, or mostly, hiragana, tend to be harder for beginners that one would expect. Native children have a wide vocabulary but limited kanji knowledge. We learners tend to be the other way round.
That said, seeing a word in hiragana in a non-children’s book doesn’t mean it’s not commonly written in kanji too. Writers tend to pick and choose seemingly randomly whether to use kanji at any given time. I’ve occasionally seen the same word with kanji and without on the same page, only a few sentences apart.
If you feel Manga is too burdensome try graded readers!
I love them and they start out really easy from n5 all the way up to n2 difficulty!
For more info check out the wanikani reading club here: Graded Readers and Parallel Texts "Book Club"
I caught up with the book club after finding this thread today. Thanks again for organising this!
I’m enjoying the story more in the second chapter. Wondering how the MC is going to live his life… I don’t know how long he can stay with his family and go to school now he’s craving blood… but he seems able to resist it so far.
まじめに means serious but also proper / sensible. For example, if school kids are acting まじめに when doing their work it doesn’t necessarily mean they are all super serious, but that they’re acting sensibly.
In this context, まじめに means more like properly and sensibly.
So, he’s telling himself to act sensibly in the situation (i.e. not go on the floor and sniff the girl, but to stand up straight and compose himself.) Hope that helps!
I’ve finished week 4, after some concentrated effort today (& thanks @Gorbit99, I found your translation in this thread really helpful when I was getting stuck )。
I think the story is starting to pick up pace, and reading is getting a little easier (or my lookup is getting smoother through practice😂)
Onwards to week 5!
No I don’t think it’s a mistake. It’s possible in Japanese to refer to oneself in third person. Though it’s a very childish thing to do and associated with small children mostly.
I suspect she wants to sound cute there and they are still in 1st class in high shool so auround 15? I assume.