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Perfect for beginning and upper beginning students of Japanese. This affordable Japanese reader contains four complete stories of a clever and mischievous young man, Hikoichi. Get FREE MP3s of the stories read by a native Japanese speaker. Listen while reading. The link to the MP3s is found on the last page. NEW--just added four new MP3s: each story read slowly for increase Perfect for beginning and upper beginning students of Japanese. This affordable Japanese reader contains four complete stories of a clever and mischievous young man, Hikoichi. Get FREE MP3s of the stories read by a native Japanese speaker. Listen while reading. The link to the MP3s is found on the last page. NEW--just added four new MP3s: each story read slowly for increased comprehension.  Read--in Japanese--how the wise and young Hikoichi shows his smarts with these four short stories in Japanese. Yes, you can read real Japanese--even if you are just starting out in Japanese.  All Japanese have furigana (printed version) and romaji for those starting out. Four full traditional Japanese stories about Hikoichi. Every sentence is broken down word-for-word and with explanation of the grammar. The full story in Japanese only (without the running gloss) is also provided so you can practice reading without interruption. Finally, we have included a simple and mostly literal English translation for you to check your understanding (Don't cheat! Work through the Japanese first!). Download the FREE MP3s to listen while you study. Includes both normal speed and slow speed readings. The first story has the lord of the castle testing Hikoichi in a Solomon-esque question--which young lord is the true young lord?  The second story shows choosing the first and most favorable isn't always best. In the end, only Hikoichi can enjoy the cherry blossoms.  The third story is about a mysterious, but living umbrella. Some things are just too good to be true. We wrap things up with Hikoichi's encounter with a Tengu--a mythical creature whose straw raincoat renders its wearer invisible.  While beginners to Japanese can get a lot from this, hiragana knowledge is required.  Finally, we invite the reader to contact us with questions or requests for future Japanese readers. You will find our personal email addresses in the book. To your Japanese!


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Perfect for beginning and upper beginning students of Japanese. This affordable Japanese reader contains four complete stories of a clever and mischievous young man, Hikoichi. Get FREE MP3s of the stories read by a native Japanese speaker. Listen while reading. The link to the MP3s is found on the last page. NEW--just added four new MP3s: each story read slowly for increase Perfect for beginning and upper beginning students of Japanese. This affordable Japanese reader contains four complete stories of a clever and mischievous young man, Hikoichi. Get FREE MP3s of the stories read by a native Japanese speaker. Listen while reading. The link to the MP3s is found on the last page. NEW--just added four new MP3s: each story read slowly for increased comprehension.  Read--in Japanese--how the wise and young Hikoichi shows his smarts with these four short stories in Japanese. Yes, you can read real Japanese--even if you are just starting out in Japanese.  All Japanese have furigana (printed version) and romaji for those starting out. Four full traditional Japanese stories about Hikoichi. Every sentence is broken down word-for-word and with explanation of the grammar. The full story in Japanese only (without the running gloss) is also provided so you can practice reading without interruption. Finally, we have included a simple and mostly literal English translation for you to check your understanding (Don't cheat! Work through the Japanese first!). Download the FREE MP3s to listen while you study. Includes both normal speed and slow speed readings. The first story has the lord of the castle testing Hikoichi in a Solomon-esque question--which young lord is the true young lord?  The second story shows choosing the first and most favorable isn't always best. In the end, only Hikoichi can enjoy the cherry blossoms.  The third story is about a mysterious, but living umbrella. Some things are just too good to be true. We wrap things up with Hikoichi's encounter with a Tengu--a mythical creature whose straw raincoat renders its wearer invisible.  While beginners to Japanese can get a lot from this, hiragana knowledge is required.  Finally, we invite the reader to contact us with questions or requests for future Japanese readers. You will find our personal email addresses in the book. To your Japanese!

30 review for Learn Japanese with Stories Volume 1: Hikoichi + Audio Download: The Easy Way to Read, Listen, and Learn from Japanese Folklore, Tales, and Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Oji Kenobi

    Many years ago I lived in Japan, studied the language - knew about 2/3 of the 1800 then common kanji. Fast forward to today when I've forgotten most of what I knew. Motivated by a Japanese-speaking mother-in-law who has Alzheimer's, I'm trying to reacquire the language. I crank the font size to maximum (iPad Kindle App), read an Hikoichi story with her. She laughs and laughs at my pronunciation, then I play the MP3 which comes with the tale and she nods her head contentedly. 15 minutes later, sh Many years ago I lived in Japan, studied the language - knew about 2/3 of the 1800 then common kanji. Fast forward to today when I've forgotten most of what I knew. Motivated by a Japanese-speaking mother-in-law who has Alzheimer's, I'm trying to reacquire the language. I crank the font size to maximum (iPad Kindle App), read an Hikoichi story with her. She laughs and laughs at my pronunciation, then I play the MP3 which comes with the tale and she nods her head contentedly. 15 minutes later, she's forgotten the experience, so we can re-read it over and over - great reinforcement for me and, in the moment, great entertainment for her. We are happy to have discovered this series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aisha's Bookshelf

    Even though I've been learning Japanese for a little over two and a half years but I still consider my self a beginner. Since Kanji characters are very challenging I thought the best way to learn them is through reading interesting stories. I love folktales a lot so I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I didn't read the English translation for the stories though just the line by line section which I found very helpful. However I have two intakes on this book: 1- in the full Japanese section I wish they Even though I've been learning Japanese for a little over two and a half years but I still consider my self a beginner. Since Kanji characters are very challenging I thought the best way to learn them is through reading interesting stories. I love folktales a lot so I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I didn't read the English translation for the stories though just the line by line section which I found very helpful. However I have two intakes on this book: 1- in the full Japanese section I wish they didn't add the furigana, it would be more challenging this way which is a good thing, besides the line by line section already has furigana in it. 2- I wish they listed all the Kanji instead of just Kanji in focus at the end of the book. I really wanted this book to be thicker but I guess it would have been intimidating. Anyway I recommend this book if you're looking for a fun way to learn Kanji and expand your vocabulary.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Bitzenhofer

    This is an excellent resource for people who are beginning to read Japanese or who are reviewing their skills. The stories are based on folktales and manage to be simple without being boring. In fact, they are quite charming. Vocabulary is well glossed and repeated enough to be well reinforced.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    This series is virtually perfect for students of Japanese who have Hiragana and Katakana memorized but know few or none of the Kanji. The stories are from traditional Japanese folklore, which means they're interesting and clever, and most of it is presented in Hiragana, with Furigana for each Kanji character. I think there may be some sparse Katakana, but for the most part it's Hiragana. It's not only an excellent way to improve your Kana reading, it's also invaluable for improving vocabulary, so This series is virtually perfect for students of Japanese who have Hiragana and Katakana memorized but know few or none of the Kanji. The stories are from traditional Japanese folklore, which means they're interesting and clever, and most of it is presented in Hiragana, with Furigana for each Kanji character. I think there may be some sparse Katakana, but for the most part it's Hiragana. It's not only an excellent way to improve your Kana reading, it's also invaluable for improving vocabulary, something recorded language courses like Pimsleur and Rosetta sorely miss. Reading new words in context of an interesting story assists greatly in visualizing and remembering them. In this sense the formatting of the book too is excellent: Every page has the Kana at the top (with Furigana above whatever Kanji characters appear,) and phrase-by-phrase translations in Romaji (English phonetic) at the bottom of the page. Which means you can check a given word's translation instantly - a big, big help when you're using an e-reader like a Kindle or Fire, because you're thereby spared the necessity of doing endless page-flips to get to some general glossary located far from the page you're on. It's right there where you need it, but below everything else so you don't "cheat" with inadvertent glances while you read. In the third volume of this series the author inexplicably omits the Furigana completely, which makes that third book (and presumably those subsequent to it,) mostly useless to anyone without a large number of Kanji memorized. I'm currently at something like 28, total. Hopefully that decision will be corrected, but this and Volume 2 are indispensable for beginning-to-intermediate Japanese students looking to move from "stare-at-each-character" reading to fluid sight-reading of Kana and, eventually, Kanji. Just an excellently conceived and executed series (up until Volume 3,) with clever, interesting short stories. [Addendum, Spring 2018: The author recently updated all of the Japanese Reader titles to include Furigana, so... problem solved, and buy without hesitation! Once again, an excellent series for students of Japanese reading.]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Filip

    My first book with Japanese text on Kindle. Japanese script is embedded as pictures which is a pity because Kindle can handle Japanese perfectly. On the other hand this allows inclusion of furigana and dictionary for every page and thus it can be extremely effective learning tool (you don't have to use your dictionary while reading). Selected text is an elementary or lower-intermediate level. So far so good, however the book has two very major drawback: It's EXTREMELY SHORT (consists of only 2 s My first book with Japanese text on Kindle. Japanese script is embedded as pictures which is a pity because Kindle can handle Japanese perfectly. On the other hand this allows inclusion of furigana and dictionary for every page and thus it can be extremely effective learning tool (you don't have to use your dictionary while reading). Selected text is an elementary or lower-intermediate level. So far so good, however the book has two very major drawback: It's EXTREMELY SHORT (consists of only 2 short stories each about 3 pages) and the stories selected are historical tales with quite archaic language and vocabulary.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jidda

    With Romaji, Hiragana and Kanji as well as English, the folktale of Hikoichi rendered for and beginner level learners of Japanese.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paul Baxter

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  9. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sian

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kitty

  12. 4 out of 5

    Simone Cima

  13. 5 out of 5

    Donald Kelley

  14. 4 out of 5

    Riken

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Ladyman

  16. 5 out of 5

    Barry Simpson

  17. 5 out of 5

    P. Candice Goddard

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patrick S Kelso

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Baethge

  20. 5 out of 5

    Frank D'hanis junior

  21. 4 out of 5

    Luisa Göttler

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michael Christianson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anna Lis

  25. 4 out of 5

    sphinxfire

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jake

  27. 5 out of 5

    Steve Sutton

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jacklynn Ray

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christoph B.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tim Gorichanaz

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