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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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Finally!

Just what I was looking for. Thank you very much! Although I just bought the first 6 issues but I will - eventually - subscribe for future issues.
Did you consider adding QR codes after each hyperlink? I am reading this via my Kindle and listening to the MP3 on my phone. With the QR I could easily open the link without having to type in each time ;)

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Great books!

These books are a fantastic learning aid. The dialogues are extremely useful and well supported. The best part is that they are actually fun to use. You can perform role playing with a partner so two can learn Japanese. The downloads that come with the books are a special bonus. The MP3s are easy to use and provide sound to the written language. Books. MP3 files. What more can you ask for?

A great, and fun, educational tool.

The idea to combine stories written in hiragana with an audio recording of the text is a simple idea but very effective. There are kanji in each story too (with furigana) but the story is broken down line by line with explanations for particles, kana and each kanji. The audio recordings are great and the lady who reads them has beautifully precise and crystal clear pronunciation, that is easy to absorb and a delight to listen to! All in all I’m very satisfied and my kanji knowledge has increased with each one. Highly recommended, just bear in mind you will need to be able to read hiragana.

Great for beginners!

These are amazing! Every sentence is broken down, it comes with audio, but to me the best part is these feel like real conversations. This feels like a natural way to learn a language. Learning through real everyday conversations. Thank you Clay and Yumi!

A fun tool!

These stories are much shorter than the Japanese Reader collection, but are just as fun. They are full of grammar, vocabulary and listening comprehension as well. These may be harder for beginners but are a great tool and I will be coming back to them more than once!