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The stories are great! The definitions and grammar explanations are helpful and the audio at two speeds is also nice to have.
I've only made it through the kitsune tales so far, and my only complaint is that, as with the folk tales bundle, there is no consistency with kanji/hiragana within a story, which is frustrating. For example, in the nine-tailed fox story, on page 28 we learn にばけ can mean to shapeshift into. OK, great, just learned a new word. But then on the next page, it's written に化け, forcing me to stop and look up the kanji (because there's no furigana) only to find that it was a word I just learned on the previous page, but in hiragana. Likewise, いう and 言う seem to get used interchangeably - not a big deal, since it's a common kanji, but then...it's a simple, common kanji and the more exposure you get to kanji the more proficient you become, so why would it ever get written in hiragana in these texts? For the less-proficient in Japanese (which is the level this is aimed at) it's jarring to switch back and forth and have to guess/look up if they actually both mean the same thing - otherwise why is one written in kanji and the other in hiragana? I'm entirely willing to admit there might be some sort of subtlety of Japanese I'm missing and there is an actual reason, but in comparison to, for example, my textbooks, yes, a new word might originally be presented in hiragana, but once its kanji gets introduced, there's no more switching back and forth. The lack of consistency makes the whole story feel like it lacked a final editing and as this is an easy fix, I'm hoping it will be fixed in the future. Despite these issues, yes, I'd buy the bundle again, because as an adult independent learner, it's far more fun to learn Japanese by reading about Japanese culture than about メアリーさん's experiences as an exchange student in Genki. :)
I love that I was able to get these in a bundle, and at such a deal. I especially like that each book has a detailed explanation of each word, as well as the English translation of the book so that when I get stuck, all of the information is there and I don’t have to go to Google Translate or a Japanese-English dictionary website.
I'm a great fan on history and what a better way than to learn a language by reading up on the history of the country? These are a little advanced for me and the going is slow, but I'm enjoying them nonetheless and learning something new everyday.
For me, it was hard work, learning Japanese whilst living in Japan (as an adult). Now, I just visit Japan sometimes, forgetting my Japanese. Then I came across The Japan Shop. It was like opening a window and letting in sunshine and fresh air. Thank you Clay-san, Yumi-san and others
Thank you for this bundle! It is very useful addition to an ordinary study book, very systematic and of high quality. Audio files are great, I use them as addidional audio lessons. I love how grammar lessons systematized, and plenty of examples in all sections are very helpful.
Very good books. They go out of the normal Japanese study books.
I really liked that they have furigana so actually it helps you to learn and memorize kanji.
All the process of ordering the books bundle and shipping was a breeze.
At all, I think it's an excellent value in a excellent price!
Jones wanted to start learning Japanese for a while now but I don’t have the money for classes so this is such a great help. Maybe someday in the future I can take some classes and become even better!
I like these T-shirts a lot.
I've already washed them: the print is still nice and the cotton soft.
My only qualm is that I didn't expect to have to pay custom and handling fees. I'm in Italy and the t-shirts come from the US, but perhaps a courier instead of the ordinary mail service would have spared me these additional costs?
At first the material seems daunting but it is logically split into readable sections.
A covering document suggests the order to tackle the books which was very helpful. As a complete beginner in Japanese I am enjoying starting what for me is a challenge. Great fun.
I love the Makoto series. It's the right amount of confidence building I need as someone who is N5. It also gives you the building blocks to tackle some of the N4 challenges!
Really love the bundle! The examples, tips as to how to memorise the hiragana and katakana were good. Bundle is beginner friendly and the sellers are so friendly and available to approach if you have further questions
This is highly recommended if you are a Japanese History nerd like me. Besides learning the language, I get to learn about their history as well!
Plenty of useful everyday dialogue with some more advanced but still useful words mixed. The audio is not too fast and good quality. The grammer is varied and the grammer explanations are detailed but not too lengthy.
This is a great addition to the rest of the awesome content I've already bought from them. Purchased it for my two kids, but it also serves as a good refresher for myself. Also, if you aren't already subscribed to their Shogun tier I would highly recommend that as well. They are a great company whose owners always promptly respond to any questions that you may have. Will continue to use them as one of my main learning resources.
It is a new world to start learning Japanese if you grew up on your Indo-European alphabets, but the set makes it an exciting and beginner-friendly experience. I also love the short videos the couple is posting on their facebook page -. they are joy to watch, while actually also learning something at the same time.
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TWO NEW READERS: Frank and the Obaasan (beginner) + Onsen (Intermediate)
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* Vocabulary: 腹を割る
* Prefecture Spotlight: Shimane
* Etymology : キモイ
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