Let's read Harry Potter from September 1st!

:open_mouth: which Murakami books? Is it a Wanikani bookclub?

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waiting for the links :smiley:

All I know about Japanese Harry Potter is something something Snape something something 我輩.

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I want to try this, too. It will be way above my level, but at least I know the plot already…
Just for nostalgia’s sake, I’m in.

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This is something I’d really like to do, but I’ve got a feeling I don’t know nearly enough Japanese. It sounds fun :slight_smile:

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Hashing out the details for reading Murakami Haruki’s 1Q84 (Intermediate/Advanced Book)

Just speaking from my experience, I’m currently reading chapter four, it’s pretty tough. If you’re below N3 level, unless you’re feeling crazy passionate and motivated, I would save it for later. At N3 it’s a challenge. It for sure gets easier the more you read, but if you burn out easy, might not be the project to take on right now. Don’t let me stop you from trying though. I’m certainly doing this despite it being above my level xD

First two pages

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Thanks for the «warning»! My plan is to read the English and Japanese text together, checking my understanding of the Japanese along the way. For me at least, this will be extensive reading, reading just to read, not to understand every word. And maybe we’ll have a re-read in a year so everyone can see how far they have come in a year.

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Sure thing :slight_smile: I’ve been sticking to a similar pace of one chapter every two weeks but I wanna step it up soon since I’m aiming to finish it this year. It’s slow going but it’s gradually getting easier. Hope you have fun with it! :smiley:

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Not sure if the side-by-side would work for me. I read the first HP book in Spanish - but that was a long time since so I’d need double dictionaries :flushed:

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Hahahaha Ik kan je mijn Nederlandse wel opsturen! :+1:

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(笑) Read the 4th one in Dutch but the name translations are pretty hair-pulling (also the reason I decided to read it in Dutch, people were using references I didn’t understand as the Spanish version just uses the English names). I need to light some fire under my grammar studies if I’m going to attempt any of these book clubs…

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Or use the books as grammar study. But I guess it’s no fun if you have to puzzle an hour over every sentence.

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Please tell me McGonnagall says 吾輩は猫である.

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Reading Harry Potter in Japanese is also on my list. But probably better to start in one year (or two)…

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I know that you can buy the book in Japanese from Amazon.co.jp here. Do you know any other good places to buy it? Physical or e-book? I want to put it in the first post in this thread.

It’s also available from Audible Japan by the way.

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CDJapan has the physical book, and Kobo has the eBook. Honto seems to have it too.

People should probably beware the fact that in many instances it has been published as two separate volumes. Watch out for things like 1-1, 1-2 or 上 / 下 in the title.

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This will be the schedule for the first 8 chapters. There are so many different versions so I’m not going to try to figure out page numbers or find a good place to break inside each chapter. Some may want to finish the chapter in 1 day and others may need the whole 2 weeks for the chapter. I put this in the first post in the thread too. Does this look OK?

Chapter 1: September 1-13 (1 day shorter since I want us to start on September 1!)
Chapter 2: September 14-27
Chapter 3: September 28 - October 11
Chapter 4: October 12-25
Chapter 5: October 26 - November 8
Chapter 6: November 9-22
Chapter 7: November 23 - December 6
Chapter 8: December 7-20

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Thank you, @Radish8! I’ll put this in the first post too.

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