Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com

Inch High Samural Part 1

clay's picture

Issunboushi at TheJapanesePage.com
(Support TJP! Purchase this as a $2.99 download to receive a slow and normal MP3, Interactive Flash e-book, and a printable PDF)


おじいさんとおばあさんには、子供がいなかったので、神様に「子供をください。」とお祈りしました。すると、とても小さな男の子が生まれました。小指くらいの背丈しかありませんでしたから、 一寸法師と名づけられました。小さいけれど、おじいさんとおばあさんが大事に育てたので、とても元気な若者に成長しました。



むかしむかし mukashi mukashi A long time ago
あるところに aru tokoro ni Some place
おじいさん ojiisan An old man
と to And
おばあさん obaasan An old woman
住んでいました sunde imashita Lived —
子供 kodomo Children
いなかった inakatta Didn’t have (children)
ので node Therefore
神様に kamisama ni To God 「」 Quotation marks
子供をください kodomo o kudasai Please give us children
と to Ends quotation
お祈りしました oinori shimashita Prayed
すると suruto Thereupon; in doing so…
とても totemo Very 小さい chiisai Small (na adjective)
小さな男の子 chiisana otoko no ko A small boy
生まれました umaremashita Was born
小指 koyubi Pinky; Small finger くらいkurai About
背丈 setake Stature; heigh
tしか shika only [used with negative verbs —ありません]
~から ~kara Because (he was only the size of a finger)
一寸法師 issun boushi Issunboushi (Name)
名づけられました nazukeraremashita Was named
小さいけれど chiisai keredo Even though small…
大事に daiji ni Took care of
育てた sodateta Raised (a child)
ので node Therefore
元気 genki Healthy; Energetic (na Adjective)
若者 wakamono Youth 成長 sei chou Growth —
ある日 aru hi One day
~に言いました ~ni iimashita Said to…
私 watashi I
都 miyako Capital, city [Kyoto]
~に行く ~ni iku Go to
~ えらい erai Great; famous
なりたい naritai Want to...
行ってえらくなりたい itte eraku naritai Go and want to become great
どうか douka Please (let me); I beg of you
行かせてください ikasete kudasai Please let me go

This story is from the $5 Instant Download Japanese Readers collection at TheJapanShop.com.

While the complete story is here for free, If you purchase the pack you will get 25 Megs of:

  • An E-Book in Flash for interactive reading and listening
  • A 13 Page PDF (for printing)
  • A slow MP3 recording of the story
  • A normal speed MP3 recording
  • And as a special bonus, "6 Common Counters You Should Know" with PDF and MP3s of each example
  • Works with PCs or Macs (the only difference is PC users use the .exe file for the Flash E-Book and Mac users use the flash embedded HTML file in the Data folder)


If you like this story, please consider purchasing the $5 download. Not only will you be GREATLY helping support TheJapanesePage.com, but you will also recieve all the extras above. More...

Support those who Support TJP!

Click here to learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com