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Learn Japanese Through Audio Stories Shitakiri Suzume (Includes PDF + MP3s)

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NOTE: The story is available in the Complete Japanese Reader Collection Bundle. This product is for the AUDIO-ONLY VERSION (with the PDF of the book included)

The Shitakiri Suzume is a traditional Japanese folk tale about a kind old man, his mean wife, and a sparrow. Beginners can get a lot out of this product, but hiragana and very basic Japanese is required. Audio Only–listen while you drive, jog, or while relaxing.

  • Audio includes the story read at normal speed and at a slow speed
  • Audio also includes spaces for repetition and key vocabulary
  • Works with PCs or Macs; Total Runtime: 1:06:30
  • All Japanese have furigana (printed version) and romaji for those starting out.
  • 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.
  • Download the FREE MP3s to listen while you study.

Learn Japanese through Audio Stories: Shitakiri Suzume

Perfect for beginning and upper beginning students of Japanese. This affordable Japanese reader will help you build your Japanese vocabulary, reading skills, and listening comprehension.

Shitakiri Suzume follows a common theme in Japanese fairy tales: a childless old couple raising a son or daughter. But instead of a human, the story revolves around a sparrow, the loving pet of the old man. Also common with other tales, there is a moral to the story. Don't be greedy!

The second story, Kobutori Jiisan, teaches that a happy disposition often leads to happy conclusions.
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!

Please note: you will receive a zip file which must be opened with a PC or Mac. Later, you can send the files to your phone or tablet.

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Excellent, Fun Way to Learn Japanese

Entertaining and great for those of us in the not-so-advanced stages of learning Japanese. I found having the audio read at normal and slow speed very helpful. I could listen on slow and catch things I wasn't as familiar with for further study and then on normal to check my comprehension after studying.

Thank you! I'm glad to hear the two speeds for the audio helps. If you have any questions or suggestions for improvement, please let me know.
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Great Way to Learn Japanese

An interesting story is written in kanji but with furigana makes it easier to read for us who are not familiar with many kanji. The vocabulary is nicely made by words from story and grammar form explanations. I like the most the all-Japanese part story, without vocabulary on the bottom of the page where I can test my knowledge.
The audio materials are a very good way to become friendy with the way Japanese is spoken and the fact that the book contains a few audio version, leveled by speed, is just awesome.

ありがとう! Yumi and I are thrilled you find the material helpful. More volumes will be added soon. You will, of course, get those for no extra charge.
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I love how there are different forms of listening to a Japanese story, since that truly helps to break down the words and to learn some of the vocabulary! Also, I enjoy the voices for the audio in Japanese and English, both sound beautiful.

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Quality content with really helpful explanations

Firstly, I'm glad the dialogues feel like conversations I would actually have. That makes it so much easier to relate to and remember.

Secondly, the explanations about appropriate politeness level are really helpful and put the different ways of saying things in context. I also like that the books tell you if a word or phrase is very common.

Last but definitely not least, I am impressed by the quality of these books. This isn't the first bundle by Clay & Yumi Boutwell that I've purchased and I will certainly buy more in the future. The content is consistently great. Even the files are well thought out with three different formats included for each book.

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What can I say? I am obsessed with Hello Kitty and these items have found a happy home :-)!!!

Amazing

I've been searching for beginner-intermediate Japanese books and graciously came across this bundle (thanks fb). It offers more than just a simple read with crackdown explanation sentence-by-sentence which is extremely helpful. I began to notice myself picking up the pace and the ability to understand without reading the explanation.

TL;DR : Worth it for beginners. Take advantage of the price before it goes off!

I wish there are more books like these to read, and I will purchase other bundles in the future. ありがとうございます。

Excellent ro start your learning experience!

A must read to pick up on the correct way to pronounce and write hiragana with tips for easy memory work and follow up. Greatly recommended!

Excellent listening practice

The vocabulary package is worth the price of entry alone. The pronunciation is so precise, and clear.