The Tadoku Contest is Back!

Japanese Books

Reading in a foreign language can be an intimidating task for any language learner, regardless of level.  There will always be harder material to read. Extensive reading is a staple of language learning for a lot of people, and it is gaining popularity through the web. And what better way to kick off the new year than with a month of extensive reading?


I’ve written about this contest and have taken part in each one except the very first, so I know what I’m talking about when I say that this contest will make your reading level sky-rocket in a relatively short amount of time (depending of course on how much you put into it).   The contest starts January 1st, and I will have a book in hand as I bring in the new year. How about you?


Here is some more information from the contest site.  By the way,  you  need a twitter account to take part.

Why do I need a Twitter account?

Because the contest is traditionally run by submitting your page count to a Twitter bot. With this contest, that will be a web app you can use to submit, but there is still the Twitter option. According to @LordSilent, the guy who runs the contest, a Twitter account is still necessary.

But I don’t like Twitter.

For a good reason, I’m sure. But honestly, if making a Twitter account means you won’t take part in the contest, you obviously are not that eager to improve your reading skills. It literally takes a matter of seconds, and who says you have to use it for any purposes outside of the contest? There are quite a few participants who do just that.

What are you going to read?

This month I will attempt the following:


  • 蒲生邸事件
  • 火車
  • レイン:雨の日に生まれた戦士
  • 麒麟の翼
  • 舟を編む


  • Dragonball
  • Liar Game


  • 逆転検事(DS)
  • ゼノサガI II (DS)
  • Various 3DS Demos (体験版)

Web (aka all my non-Japanese reading)

  • Talk To Me In Korean
  • Koreanlab
  • Chinese children’s stories
  • Korean Naver comics
  • Korean childrens’ stories


Follow @TadokuBot on Twitter and check out the official blog for more info on the contest.

Author: Koyami

I'm Koyami. I am a freelance Japanese-English Translator and I enjoy learning new skills and reading in my spare time. Current pursuits include juggling, piano, and collecting all of the 十二国記 books. Follow me on Twitter and Google+ for blog updates, my Japanese word of the day, and more!