The Neighbor

A woman becomes concerned that all is not right with one of her neighbors when she moves into a new apartment building.

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Episode 1
A woman wonders about the meaning of a dream.
Notes: This article showcases great vocabulary and interesting literary techniques, such as starting a story with a reference to a fact to which we have not yet been introduced.
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Standard Unread 3.3(720 votes)
Episode 2
The narrator becomes concerned about the presence of a strange woman.
Notes: This episode is loaded with grammar notes, including ones for mama, sasuga, and more.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.0(419 votes)
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Episode 3
The narrator attempts to learn more about her neighbor by introducing herself.
Notes: This episode includes interesting vocab, such as "surly," as well as several extended annotations on topics such as the use of past and present verbs before toki.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.0(223 votes)
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Episode 4
The narrator seizes an opportunity to learn more about the strange woman.
Notes: This episode contains examples of the -zu negative, two words that both mean "although/despite," and an expression that means "to get goosebumps."
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.1(190 votes)
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Episode 5
The strange woman's behavior disturbs the narrator.
Notes: This episode contains excellent expressions, such as "to hold one's breath (in fear)" and "as if / as though," along with several extended annotations.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.3(183 votes)
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Episode 6
The line between sleep and wakefulness blurs as the narrator is paralyzed in fear.
Notes: This riveting episode also contains annotations on several interesting phrases.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.1(169 votes)
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Episode 7
The narrator tries to make sense of the events of the previous night.
Notes: This episode contains interesting expressions, such as "not of this world" and "just to be sure."
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.1(164 votes)
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Episode 8
The narrator worries that another night might bring another frightening encounter.
Notes: This episode contains interesting vocabulary and notes, such as the difference between two words that both mean "corner" and an expression that means "to take one's eyes off" something.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.0(162 votes)
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Episode 9
The narrator takes steps that she hopes will protect her home from future visits.
Notes: This exciting episode contains evocative descriptions, as well some interesting extended annotations.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.2(151 votes)
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Episode 10
The narrator makes progress in understanding the mysterious woman.
Notes: This episode contains a breakdown of the differences between the similar sounding words sutto and sotto, as well as dramatic vocabulary and expressions like "spurred on by an incomprehensible impulse."
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.2(147 votes)
Pro
Episode 11
The narrator makes a shocking discovery.
Notes: This episode contains excellent examples of the "storytelling present" being used to provide direct access to the narrator's thoughts.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 2.9(143 votes)
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Episode 12
All becomes clear in this moving final episode.
Notes: This episode contains good examples of patterns for relaying secondhand knowledge and conveying one's conclusions based on a synthesis of facts and knowledge.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.1(166 votes)