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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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 3.2(367 votes)
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.
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Standard Unread 3.0(217 votes)
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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.
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Standard Unread 3.2(113 votes)
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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."
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Standard Unread 3.1(94 votes)
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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.
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Standard Unread 3.4(84 votes)
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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.
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Standard Unread 3.1(80 votes)
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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."
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Standard Unread 3.2(75 votes)
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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.
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Standard Unread 3.1(71 votes)
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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.
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Standard Unread 3.3(65 votes)
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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."
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Standard Unread 3.2(65 votes)
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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.
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Standard Unread 2.9(63 votes)
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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.
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Standard Unread 3.1(68 votes)