I can see this becoming a long intro post so here’s the TL;DR:
I’m going to read the Pokemon manga. I’m not structuring it, don’t expect anyone to follow along with. I’ll be creating a record of vocab, grammar, and interesting sentences. I WILL be discussing the plot so there will be spoilers. (however everything will be hidden in detail headers)
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Hello all, as I’ve alluded to elsewhere. I’m parking Anki decks for the time being and trying to do some meaningful input. I have decided to start reading the Pokemon manga I’ve had for a few months now that I bought far to early into my Japanese studies! (After all, you don’t become the very best like one ever was without being optimistic).
I don’t plan on running this like a normal bookclub because I’m lazy, nor do I expect anyone to join me on this journey. I’m setting no deadlines or targets. I’m going to read as and when I please, update as and when I please, the only goal is to read! If this gets some attention and a following, I could look at making it a more organised, proper bookclub but I have no faith in my own pace doing this
Reading will be split between my breaks at work and sitting at home on my computer. At my PC will be where the majority of my progress will be made, as typing on a keyboard is much easier than on a phone. Plus I have multiple screens so can keep open the likes of Jisho.org, ichi.moe, Google Translate, and google itself. At work I will just have my phone which will make looking things up a bit slower.
I’m keeping a handwritten notebook which I will then type up into a public spreadsheet. I can’t promise it will be the best quality, however, I’ll try and make everything as accurate as possible. Someone else down the road might find it useful (and maybe save them some time!).
The plan is to create a running diary of the pages I read. This will be brief summary of what happened in the panels, any new or noteable vocab/grammar, and also a sentence from each page that I either found interesting/noteworthy or had difficulty parsing. The vocab and grammar list will NOT be exhaustive, it’s only going to cover things I don’t know or find useful to write down.
[insert my spreadsheet here]
- 敵 - enemy/opponent/rival