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舌切りすずめ The Cut-Tongue Sparrow

Shitakiri Suzume at TheJapanesePage.com
(Support TJP! Purchase this as a $5 download to receive a slow and normal MP3, Interactive Flash e-book, and a printable PDF)

舌切り雀
Shitakiri Suzume
The Cut-Tongue Sparrow Story

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:

  • An E-Book in Flash for interactive reading and listening
    Click on ANY sentence to hear it read.
  • A 21 Page PDF (for printing)
  • A slow MP3 recording of the story
  • A normal speed MP3 recording
  • And as a special bonus, "10 Kotowaza You Should Know" with PDF and 10 MP3s of each example sentence
  • 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)

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.

ALL ONLY $5!

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...

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