LANG 5800: Japanese Extensive Reading Guide
Dr. Rika Saito
What is tadoku? Ta’ means ‘a lot’, and ‘doku’ means ‘to read’ But you don’t read a lot of difficult books. You start reading a lot of extremely easy books that you can really enjoy.
1. Easy books are good for understanding.
2. You understand well so you read more.
3. Reading becomes a fun thing to do.
4. So you read even more.
5. Your Japanese gets better and better.
1. Start from scratch. Read easy books you can enjoy without translating. That way, you will understand better and will read more
2. Don’t use your dictionary. Guess the meaning from the pictures and/or the story.
3. Skip over difficult words, phrases and passages. If guessing doesn’t work, go on reading. You can often enjoy the book without understanding every small detail.
4. When the going gets tough, quit the book and pick up another. The going gets tough when the book is not suitable for your level or your interest. Simply throw the book away and start reading something else.