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30 Japanese Short Stories for Complete Beginners.

One of the smartest ways to improve fluency is to listen to stories in your chosen language. Finding appropriate literature can be tough when you’re just starting out, but this collection of 30 short stories is a fun and entertaining way of learning Japanese vocabulary and grammar. Each story is around 300 words, making them very quick reads without overwhelming you. Crafted for beginners, this is ideal for newcomers who are trying to approach fluency in a natural way.

Rapidly Learn New Vocabulary
These stories will help you learn how Japanese is commonly written and conveyed with natural dialogues and expressions.

Grasp the Grammar
Each story has a mixture of simple dialogue, descriptive sentences and everything in between. This allows you to pick up how sentences are commonly written along with how to describe scenery, items, and people, giving you an overall and detailed way of understanding the written language.

Reading and Listening Skills
Each story is only 300 words, giving you an engaging yet simple story that you can quickly read through. We also supply you with a free audio file so that you can follow along and understand how each word is said and how the sentences should be read. This is narrated by a native Japanese speaker, ensuring every inflection is correct.

If you want to improve your reading fluency as quickly and naturally as possible, then this audiobook is ideal. Not only that, but each story is interesting, and you can listen to them in a matter of minutes.

Please note: This audiobook is in Japanese.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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  • J.K Thomas
  • 29-04-2019

Good info.

This book allows them both to happen at the same time. Once I read over these stories a few times, I started to be able to recognize characters and words and it allowed me to naturally learn! I'm a beginner, but I think it would be great for intermediate level learners as well.

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  • Alex hales
  • 29-04-2019

The whole book feels authentic.

the whole book feels authentic to Japanese culture and language learning. I would recommend this storybook to any serious student of the language and connoisseur of the culture. Also, the selected vocabulary including the Kanji is way better than what could be expected from a language textbook like this one. Excellent material!

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  • Thomas
  • 29-04-2019

Many thanks,

Nicely adapted and well put together for the beginning audience, not to mention quite fun! Haven't found better Japanese learning material for the price anywhere for English speakers. With the high-quality supporting audio and all the formats available with this single purchase, it provides an amazing value. Many thanks,

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  • David Peter
  • 29-04-2019

Very good!

I would recommend that readers have at least a little background in the Japanese language before buying, the sentence-by-sentence structure is actually very good!

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  • Brandon Brinkley
  • 14-09-2019

This book straight to the point on those methods

This audio book breaks everything down so perfectly by short stories for learning Japanese language easily. Very good for someone with some previous experience at learning Japanese.

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  • Ben
  • 02-03-2020

Will there be revisions published?

Currently the English only tracks go straight from Story 3 to Story 5. There is one less track in actuality then shown in the contents in the PDF. ...technically yes the content is there in the Japanese-English version, but for the study method I'm using I was hoping to have it split out separately.

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  • Thomas Gadd
  • 14-09-2019

This book is eye-opening.

This Japanese Short Stories for Beginners audio book is absolutely amazing, not only for listening, but speaking as well.

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  • Dilyara Timerbulatova
  • 15-01-2021

Great study material for Japanese learners

Full transparency, this book should have been called English stories in Japanese, since they were all clearly written for or about the UK. It is nicely narrated so it’s easy to understand both in Japanese and English for non-natives, but the logic of translation is beyond me: English translation can either come after one sentence of Japanese text or after an entire paragraph of text with up to 10 sentences. Having more consistency would be nice.
Also it has glitches, maybe it’s just on my device, but it feels like some small parts of texts are missing, I tried playing from the start hoping it was something on my side, but it doesn’t seem so.
Overall a great study material, I am so happy to find it

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  • Azalea Wolong
  • 08-01-2020

good book

The narrator did a good job. It was neat to have both languages. I would recommend this to others.

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  • Stephanie Crowther
  • 14-09-2019

I'm satisfied to listen to this book.

This is a really good audio book for beginners learner of japanese language. Stories are simple and easy to listen and teaches you

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  • John Kane
  • 29-04-2019

Love it! Short stories.

Love it! I recently bought the other books in the collection! They help a lot for learning Japanese through text. It is amazing how well reading helps the improvement of language skills.

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  • Denis S. Breton
  • 29-04-2019

Short and simple.

I am a very beginner Japanese learner and a friend suggested this title to me. It's a great book for a beginner. Short and simple, with proper translation in the end, and every Kanji has matching furigana on top of it. Works great on my kindle.

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  • Eric A. Burner
  • 29-04-2019

Good job.

The book does a good job giving definitions and explanations for everything, including the kanji, it just slows me down a little. I would recommend this book for anyone that's serious about learning the language.

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  • Shannon
  • 29-04-2019

Many helpful things.

Many helpful things on each page and stories are short and well done, and brief enough to not make it overwhelming.

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  • Tinsiuol
  • 30-12-2019

Idea is good but the content is disappointing

When I purchased the product I actually expected what the title says: Japanese Short stories. Instead I get a mundane rundown of a life of an ordinary woman in England. The content doesn't even have a storyline! It is so boring I really struggle to stick to it. To say the stories are "Captivating" is not just misleading, it is almost a betrayal!

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  • chris
  • 18-05-2020

Not for beginners

It seems good, but it's not for beginners. I have been studying Japanese for years, (am half way through genki book 2 if that means anything to you) and this is too hard for me. Way too much unfamiliar vocab and grammar structures. Look forward to the day I reach 'beginner' level and this book Is of some use to me!

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  • N. Whiteford
  • 17-11-2019

Dull

The “story” is a diary of everyday middle class British life. Absolutely nothing of interest happens. It’s really 30 diary entries/chapters. 50% of the running time is the same text repeated without English translation.

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  • Joyce Yee
  • 14-09-2019

Very auxiliary book-must listen to get help!

My 10 year old daughter told me she wanted to learn Japanese, and after looking around a lot we choose this audio book. My daughter listen short stories everyday and luckily she is learning a lot.

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  • Angelica Hunter
  • 14-09-2019

This is a Life-changing book

I've been trying to learn Japanese for the past few years in increments here and there, but never found good audio book to learn Japanese language before this audible book. This short stories helped me to improve listening and reading skills in Japanese.

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  • Roberta Clark
  • 14-09-2019

This book is a pleasurable and informative tool

I bought many different audio books to learn Japanese and listened before I found this book. I wish I had bought this first! Japanese is very hard, but this books short stories makes it much easier to understand.

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