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  • Hey guys, it's Loretta. Welcome to my channel!

  • So there's this thing in Japan called 'ASA NO DOKUSHO UNDOU', or just 'ASA NO DOKUSHO'

  • morning reading exercises.

  • For elementary, middle school and high school in Japan, the idea is that

  • you start every morning before your classes

  • by reading a little bit everyday.

  • So I was reading through Japan's top rated titles for this year and found

  • [chuugakusei bumon ichi-i wo totta daininki na shiriizu, to iu mono ga aru n desu kedo] the number one title for middle school students!

  • it's the holy grail of books, that I've been looking for, for years!

  • If it's good enough for Japanese students, it's good enough for us!

  • So I thought today I'd share...

  • The books that I've been into recently,

  • what's in my Japanese book bag, and which of these I'd recommend to you!

  • [watashi no tsuisakki souji shita bakkari no toshoshitsu e yokoso!] Welcome to my library, THAT I ONLY CLEANED FOR THIS VIDEO!!

  • 334 yen...

  • 95 yen!

  • [BOOK OFF dato hontou ni geki-yasui n dakedo] Book Off is so crazy cheap

  • [kaigai da to, sonna ni yasuku kaenai desho ne!] But you can't get em this cheap outside of Japan!

  • I checked and the majority of these you can get on Amazon Japan

  • I checked on CD Japan and import services like that

  • but the fees to get these books out of Japan is just ridiculous!

  • I do realize that not all of you are going to have access to all of these

  • so today I partnered up with some of my old friends

  • I partnered up with the gang at Satori Reader

  • to show you guys one more quick tip to help you guys get reading!

  • No matter where you are or what your budget

  • I want to make sure that all of us can get in on the book club

  • so before we get into these books let me share a little tip first.

  • You guys may remember I introduced Satori Reader a few videos back

  • I love the feel and smell of a real book

  • But when you're reading a book in a foreign language

  • it's really easy to get distracted or frustrated by words/kanji you don't know.

  • So the guys at Satori Reader have put together a service that combats this

  • it gives you fresh, real, native content

  • in the form of books, short stories, articles

  • dialogs and transcriptions of real world conversations

  • they have a full range of stories that you can read in Japanese along with full audio support.

  • You can read the story and actually learn to read aloud, and start building your muscle memory for some of these words!

  • You can read these really thorough definitions of the words

  • but recently they added this new feature that I really want to share with you guys

  • let me show you what I'm looking at!

  • There are thrillers, mysteries, news

  • I recently took my dog to the vet and struggling in a second language is the last thing you want to do at a reception desk

  • so I find this one specifically helpful!

  • Let's start with something basic...

  • [kyou wa dou nasaimashita ka?] What brings you here today?

  • [sore de wa, kochira no MONSHINHYOU ni gokinyuu wo onegaishimasu.] Ok, please fill out this MONSHINHYOU.

  • MONSHINHYOU..??? What is that word?

  • You can actually change the settings to turn off the furigana

  • Let's say for example that you didn't know what this word was.

  • If you click the word, it tells you that it means:

  • MONSHINHYOU, a medical questionnaire/history form

  • So I'm going to add this too my study list, and HERE's where it gets cool!

  • Once you're done reading, go to the menu and click 'REVIEW'.

  • If you hit REVIEW YOUR CARDS NOW

  • you can see this new card that I just put in

  • Do you remember what this word means?

  • Show the answer!

  • So let's say, maybe you kind of knew it but weren't exactly sure

  • Let's click 'HARD'

  • and it tells the card to reappear in your study list in one day.

  • In one app, not only do you have the content

  • if you subscribe to the paid version you have access to regularly updated new articles

  • and you now have this card feature

  • with the audio context, the sound bite of what it actually sounded like

  • this way you can read the stories and enjoy them

  • but you can also study afterwards, all in one place!

  • and you can export all these files as a .CSV

  • it's the standard MS Excel file that you can upload into other apps

  • you can use it to study on your own and make your own notes

  • enjoy reading, enjoy studying afterwards without frustrating yourself

  • export, and keep learning in other ways as well

  • thanks to the guys at Satori Reader for sponsoring this video today

  • but also for making this app, that can help a lot of us get over that awkward intermediate plateau.

  • so we can just enjoy reading and studying as well!

  • I like to hear real people talking so I really like the transcriptions and dialogs.

  • For those of you already on Satori Reader, comment to let me know what you're reading!

  • So, HOW do you read!?

  • Whether it's digital or old school paperback,

  • how you pick content can be the most important step

  • in making sure you actually finish reading and learn something!

  • Here are my 3 criteria that I usually use:

  • 1: I use books where I'm already familiar with the story

  • 2: for almost every story, even if it's one I've read before,

  • I prefer to read stories that are WRITTEN IN FIRST PERSON.

  • You can tell this pretty easily if you look for the kanji WATASHI [私] BOKU [僕] or ORE[俺],

  • look for these key pronouns!

  • 3: It has to be something that I'm personally interested in learning about.

  • In the past I read a lot of cook books in Japanese

  • but recently I'm more into apps, IT, business

  • it's fun to read the same topics in Japanese, too.

  • But my most important criteria is materials written in first person!

  • For example, the first time I tried to read Harry Potter in Japanese

  • it was actually really hard to read in Japanese

  • because it's not written in a style that you use anywhere else.

  • Japanese is pretty easy if you're good at memorizing

  • because you just need to learn the clear-cut ways of talking in specific situations.

  • You speak a certain way, you write emails a certain way

  • you read in a certain way and tell stories in a certain way

  • and all of these maybe the same language, but the style is very different!

  • and when books are written in 3rd person, story-telling mode

  • there's a lot of flowerly grammar and vocabulary

  • that are very different than what you find in real world speech

  • so while it's interesting and fun

  • I find that I can't use these words most of the time

  • so I try to avoid third person, story-telling style

  • and stick to first person because it's actually closer

  • to what I use otherwise everyday.

  • Enough chit chat.

  • These are the books I picked via those 3 criteria!

  • The first book is KIMI NO NA WA (yep, I forgot to say 'wa' here. :P )

  • it was only 108 yen, or $1 basically!

  • KIMI NO NA WA was a beautifully made movie

  • and there's a book form where you can read the same story.

  • It's a story that I already know, and guess what!

  • It's written in first person... TWICE!

  • Because there are the male and female main characters

  • It's written in first person, short, non-past form.

  • current, and you're kind of immersed in the scene

  • [ORE WA MUSUBI-NARETE-KITA NECK TIE WO SHIME, SUUTSU WO KIRU] "(boy)I'm finally getting the hang of tying a tie, put on my suit and ---"

  • "(girl) -- I opened the door to my apartment--"

  • "(boy)-- I shut the door to my condo, and in front of me there's..."

  • The girl's dialog literally interrupts the guys

  • they have these parallel stories that interrupt each other

  • but it's written in first person, short form, non-past form

  • so it's very current.

  • This is actually very close to language you would use in real life.

  • So it's really easy to read, and also really useful!

  • Really immersive and interesting, so I've been enjoying this one a lot.

  • 'Norwegian Wood" by Haruki Murakami.

  • I opened it, checked the first page and realized

  • while this is very imaginative and fantasy like

  • it's still written in first person!

  • [boku wa san-ju-nana-sai de, BOEING 747 no shiito ni suwatteita.] I was 37, riding on a Boeing 747.

  • I mean, that's the first sentence!

  • I noticed that in most of his books

  • he tends to write these fantasy, riveting stories

  • in first person, stream of consciousness style

  • but it's also in short, past form!

  • When you speak Japanese and tell stories with your friends

  • You tend to speak in short, past form.

  • [ne! kiite! Kono aida sugoi koto ga ATTA n dakedo, ] Hey! So, the craziest thing happened!

  • [suupaa ni ittekite sa,] so like, I went to the grocery store

  • [chikaku ni aru atarashii mise ga DEKITA n da yo!] and there was a new shop nearby!

  • [poutine to iu kanada fuu no poteto furai to meepuru no koohii mo ATTA n desu yo!] They had Poutine, this Canadian-style loaded fries and maple coffee!

  • [natsukashikatta! oishikatta yo!] What a throw back! It was so good!

  • Murakami's stories are very interesting,

  • but they're written in a way that's useable in your own story telling.

  • This is the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

  • there's a lot of books like this in the bestseller section of Book Off

  • business books, told through manga!

  • In Japan, what better way to present information, than in a manga!

  • So it talks about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  • in 7 different chapters, using manga characters.

  • then at the end of each chapters, they summarize in Japanese

  • it's like a cliffnotes of the original text

  • with the addition of new manga characters!

  • I mean there were marketing and other books,

  • I don't believe business acumen is something you learn in a book

  • but it is fun to supplement, in something as fun as this!

  • This is something I'd enjoy reading in the park,

  • or even in my own ASA NO DOKUSHO

  • Really looking forward to getting more into this one!

  • And now, to the meat of the story! To the holy grail!!!

  • There are these series of books that have become really popular recently

  • that have numbers in the titles.

  • The GOFUN-GO NI IGAI NA KETSUMATSU series (5 minute plot twist series)

  • Really quick reads that make you giggle because

  • the endings are just so weird and unexpected.

  • This word, DONDENGAESHI in Japanese actually means 'plot twist'.

  • One of them is called my First SNS (social media)

  • It's a kid who's not allowed to have a cellphone or computer at his home

  • but he secretly started his own twitter account

  • started getting into the deep, dark side of the internet... and thennnn...

  • DONDEN-GAESHI! The plot twist!!

  • which I'm not going to spoil for you guys!

  • So perfect and appropriately leveled

  • The stories in this book are about 5 pages long

  • unlike the other books I mentioned, this one has furigana

  • the stories are in first person, they're in short form

  • "My First Twitter Account" and "Insomnia"...

  • these words are just a little bit too real

  • I really appreciate that. That's what makes it interesting.

  • I feel like "Your Name" is going to be the most popular with you guys

  • but if I could recommend any book to you guys, it would be this one!

  • The 5 minute plot twist series

  • there's a whole series of them.

  • WhErE WaS THIS when I WaS LeArning JapaNeSe?!?!

  • In terms of how to read it, here are my quick tips.

  • Whether you're using a paperback or app like Satori Reader

  • First, just SIGHT READ.

  • Just read through it, and if you see something you don't know, just skip it.

  • If you can generally understand what's going on, when, and to whom

  • then you probably picked a book to your level

  • keep sight reading, and skip over words that are too difficult.

  • DO NOT STOP!

  • If you stop you're going to frustrate yourself and get annoyed

  • if there's a confusing word, underline it with a pencil

  • skip it, and just keep going.

  • If you're using Satori Reader, just tap it to add it to your study cards

  • and come back to it later, but keep going!

  • Usually the first page introduces the names of the characters,

  • the themes, the place and the where/when

  • the general words you need to get through the story,

  • So next, try to only translate the first page.

  • If you're using Satori Reader and this is your second pass

  • I would start using the audio at this point!

  • If you can, start shadowing along with it!

  • At the very end, when you're done, THEN start studying the words you marked.

  • That's how I would do it.

  • 1. Sight Read

  • 2. Take Notes on the 1st Passage

  • if you find anything you don't know, 3. skip it, and save it for studying at the end!

  • enjoy the story and come back later!

  • Especially if you're using a short story like these 5 minute ones!

  • I'm going to leave the links to these books on Amazon

  • you can use Amazon Japan to order to your country,

  • if you're in Japan, buying them at Book Off is so much cheaper!

  • but for those of you on a budget,

  • I still recommend trying out Satori Reader!

  • You can start with a free account and get started

  • with plenty of articles, with access to the flashcards too!

  • with the audio, with the context hints, with export features!

  • So honestly, why not!?

  • Have any of you heard of these 5 minute/second series?

  • They're easy to find in the bookstores because they have the numbers

  • 5 or 10 written in a circle on the spine, on the bookshelf.

  • so they're actually pretty easy to find!

  • 20 minutes every morning, whether it's online or in an actual book

  • let's start our own ASA NO DOKUSHO UNDOU

  • let's start are own morning book club

  • and read some interesting stories together!

  • Let me know what you guys want to read in a comment below, and I'll see you next time!

  • Thanks for watching to the end today!

  • It's summertime and I want to do a special giveaway!

  • Write a comment below with which book you want

  • then, also go over to check out Satori Reader

  • and tell me which story you liked the most!

  • as a prize I will pick two people, pack the book they picked into a book bag

  • and send it over to you!