舌切りすずめ The Cut-Tongue Sparrow
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The 舌切り雀 story 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, but hiragana and very basic Japanese is required.
The entire story is presented here at theJapanesePage.com with audio absolutely free. If you find it useful, you may want to purchase the instant download for only $5. Doing so will be a great way to support TJP and give you many extras (see box below)
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 31 Megs of:
In the flash file, click on any sentence in the story to hear it instantly read by a native speaker. Print the PDF for offline review. The PDF and Flash program contain the story, a running glossary, and extensive grammar and vocabulary notes. The Flash program also has a button to display a loose English translation if needed.
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