(SPOILER EDITION) Descent of the Durtle into Madness


#21

For anyone that wants to try to work on Japanese for Everyone:

Edit: the page below is from the wrong edition :thinking:

The needed content


#22

Are you outsourcing because one of the numbers is 434? :stuck_out_tongue:


#23

I think 434 is likely to still be on that page. Depending how you count. And that’s the trick. I haven’t found any hits in this page yet. Just for the sake of honing in quickly, I put a ? in place of character 434.

Edit: I’m sleepy… I just realized what you were saying. Anyway, nope… I’m outsourcing because I’m not sure many (or any) people are likely to have this particular book. It’s from 1993.


#24

So, if there are 10 books, each with a word, how does that lead us to 4 words?


#25

I think most of them may be false trails. So far, I’ve only found 3 that had readily decodable words. I don’t have all of the books, so it’s going to take some teamwork to locate copies of the rest.


#26

The specific edition which the ISBN refers to was published in 2008, though.


#27

It’s looking like JFE doesn’t make a word, but I’m trying it different ways. Skipping spaces and punctuation, yes, but also b) skipping kanji, and c) skipping numbers and kanji. It’s a little harder on a jpg.


#28

I’ve also been trying romaji, kana, and kanji for the ones that are all or partially Japanese.


#29

Quite.

Japanese for Busy People gives me “UIMITO” if I skip all kana and numerals, and “RUEMEU” if I also skip Is used as Roman numerals. That’s assuming the page in question is the same in both editions.


#30

Yeah, I’ve tried lots of combinations on that one…

Include “LESSON 3”? Skip the numbers?


#31

Have you verified your ISBN number on JfBP? I just realized mine’s not the same as the one listed :-/


#32

Indeed. I mentioned that already, didn’t I? Like… twice?

I’ve got the 2006 edition, but the ISBN refers to the 2011 edition.


#33

Heh… I thought you were talking about Japanese for Everyone, so I guess I got my wires crossed. Sorry :sweat_smile:


#34

Maybe I’ll pop into my university bookshop and see what they’ve got…


#35

Or library might have it.


#36

That was killing my eyeballs not being able to select text. Here’s a bad OCR of the JFE page, I’ll clean it up a bit and start again.


#37

What are all the books? If any of them are Japanese From Zero (volumes 1-3) I can post pictures of whatever page you need (tomorrow when I wake up that is).


#38

Crazy cool how you guys got to this point! I don’t think I have any of the books on the list but I’ll check in the morning if this hasn’t been solved yet


#39

Or an antiquie book shop. Japanese: The Spoken Language is from 1987

Here’s all the deets, augmented with edition dates. Format is:

Book Name (publication date)
ISBN-13
(ISBN-10, if that’s how the Tofugu article identifies it)
Book cipher code

Genki Workbook (Mar 2011)
9784789014410
89 41 3 12 31

Genki I (Feb 2011)
9784789014403
209 1 24 29 41 50 84

Minna no Nihongo (2nd Ed)
9784883196036
4883196038
36 2 10 45 130 4 55

Japanese for Busy People (Nov 2011)
9781568363851
1568363850
23 33 2 5 10 34 19

Japanese for Everyone (Jun 2008)
9784889962345
4889962344
50 4 33 8 13 434 4

Japanese: The Spoken Language (Sep 1987)
9780300038347
168 19 1 6 5 5 5 10 9

Adventures in Japanese (3rd Ed, Jun 2007)
9780887275494
0887275494
33 98 2 55 34 9 10

Japanese from Zero! (Aug 2014)
9780976998129
39 4 3 45 134 2 66

Japanese the Manga Way (Nov 2004)
9781880656907
1880656906
43 99 3 24 55 16 9

A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar
9784789004541
4789004546
181 8 49 3 20 2 33


#40

Japanese from Zero 1, but make sure you have the identical ISBN number: 9780976998129 / 0976998122