Learn Japanese with Stories Volume 1: Hikoichi [Paperback + Digital Download]
133 Pages | Includes Digital Files | 5.5 x 8.5 inch Paperback
Japanese Reader Collection: Learn Japanese with Stories Vol 1
Note: this is a physical paperback that will be shipped to you. You'll also receive the digital files by email immediately after ordering.
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 both slowly and at normal speed. Listen while reading. A link to download the files will be emailed to you immediately after ordering.
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
- Four full traditional Japanese stories about the legendary Hikoichi.
- Every sentence is broken down word-for-word and with an 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 the 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. If you are brand-new to Japanese, we recommend our Beri- Beri- Shoshshinsha digital bundle first.
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!