- Publisher: Cheng & Tsui; Pap/Com edition (May 15, 2006)
- Language: Japanese
- ISBN-10: 4872176243
- ISBN-13: 978-4872176247
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Japanese Graded Readers: Level 1 (5 books and Audio CD) (Japanese Edition) (Japanese) Pap/Com Edition
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These boxed sets of slim volumes look like gorgeously illustrated children's books, but they are written in normal Japanese and are geared towards foreign language learners. The vocabulary and grammar slowly builds as you move up in level. The text is repetitive to aid in remembering and the illustrations are great for aiding understanding. I haven't had to pull out a dictionary yet even when encountering new words because the context and illustrations provide the definitions clearly enough.
And the stories are so engaging! I almost cried at the end of one, others are uplifting. Although the sets are expensive, I feel they are worth every penny. I hope Amazon decides to offer these so that I can add levels 2 and 3 to my wishlist, until then you can find them at White Rabbit Press (use google) or at Kinokuniya in New York.
The Japanese Graded Readers series from Ask Digital provide an exemplar of this genre. Ranges of difficulty span from level 0 to level 4. Each level also contains sub-levels within it, so the gradation has an even more subtle granularity. Not only that, each sub-level contains approximately 5 books within it, making for an easy to follow Matryoshka doll hierarchy. As expected, complexity rises from the lowest to the highest level and each book build on its predecessor.
This series actually began with level one, but later, perhaps gripped by prequel-mania, a retroactive level zero appeared. Though level zero isn't incredibly simpler than level one, it nonetheless reinforces basic vocabulary and grammar.
Level one begins with the simplest story of all (even arguably simpler than the first story of level zero): Onna no ko (or "Girl") in which an unhappy girl finds herself thrust from her rich life full of stuff into a small apartment with almost nothing. Regardless, in classic morality tale style, she finds happiness.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just what I needed! Easy to read for beginners, lovely illustrations, interesting stories. I would recommend them to other beginners.Published 5 months ago by Mrs Joanne Morup
These series are awesome, I would like to collect all of them. A bit pricey, but I would recommend them to everyone who is looking for something simple to read.Published 7 months ago by Freq Traveler