Happy to say that I finished reading the entire volume one of Slam Dunk today. It was about 201 pages and pretty interesting! I never read an entire manga before (never had the patience to really just read through) but ever since I started doing the Core2000 and just being more active with reading, it was surprised at how well I could read the story. It’s a high school based manga, so nothing crazy or difficult, but definitely a lot of Core2000 words popped up, and I also have a very good understanding of some common grammatical patterns. I can see how following the “extensive reading” system of just reading as much as possible is awesome.
Initially it was harder to read, but after fifty or so pages, I found that i was following the story and actually reading the Japanese and getting most of what was going on.
The manga reinforced a lot of basic words and in this case, stuff about basketball, attraction, motivation and learning.
It allowed me to have a gauge of what i’m reading. Reading this took me about three days to read on and off and it runs at 201 pages, so if I can read through five volumes in a week + then that means I will be exposed to over 1000 pages of manga, grammar usages and vocabulary.
Last thing of Note
Certain words were repeated constantly. I saw 桜木花道 over and over and over (that’s the main characters name). Also 晴子(Haruko)、彩子(Ayako)、were two other names I kept seeing. After a while I didn’t have to look up certain words because they came up so frequently. I mean me saying learning names from manga is good is pretty obvious, but I am not so good with names, but now I am starting to tell when a person’s name is shown versus some other Kanji and I find that pretty cool.
What’s really crazy is that this is the FIRST manga i’ve read from start to finish. I was halfway through one when I was living in Tokyo but didn’t have any vocab really, so I had to keep stopping to reference words on each page. It’s very weird that I only started my new “vocab push” 11 days ago and i’m already taking some good steps. I will keep tracking my progress reading easy manga, and particularly I want to pay attention to how well I start understanding grammar through exposure versus just studying it. So for now, on to volume two!