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Children's books? (Or any low level reading material)

Postby econobeing » Tue 07.14.2009 3:03 am

I was talking to my cousin a while ago and she said when she took French they had them read children's books. I was thinking that might be something good to have for learning Japanese. I'm not taking classes anymore, but I'm still kind of retaining my study habits, which unfortunately don't include reading anything.

I'm thinking being able to read something in Japanese that I haven't written myself would be a good change by including materials (sentences and whatnot) that I haven't created myself. Which may also help me realize if any of my grammar is wrong. The whole learning grammar and vocabulary, then practicing myself kind of feels like I could be skewing off on a different tangent than actual Japanese, and that any habits I form early could wind up becoming a much harder problem to deal with once they're cemented into my mind and have other knowledge built upon or derived from incorrect knowledge.

So, might this be something that would be worth investing in? If so, which should I purchase? Because I'm a novice I'd prefer something around the level that Dr. Suess books or so are in English.
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Re: Children's books? (Or any low level reading material)

Postby Valatunda » Tue 07.14.2009 3:28 am

I would recommend the Japanese Graded Readers series. They are a four level set, 1 being the lowest, which with each volume offer five books. They have furigana and come with a CD for listening comprehension.
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Re: Children's books? (Or any low level reading material)

Postby econobeing » Tue 07.14.2009 7:55 am

That's perfect! It's exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. Thanks a ton for linking that :D
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Re: Children's books? (Or any low level reading material)

Postby two_heads_talking » Tue 07.14.2009 9:24 am

Valatunda wrote:I would recommend the Japanese Graded Readers series. They are a four level set, 1 being the lowest, which with each volume offer five books. They have furigana and come with a CD for listening comprehension.



your link shows 3 books in level 1 and 2 and 2 books in level 3 and 4, if what you said above is correct, they aren't sshowing all the books.
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Re: Children's books? (Or any low level reading material)

Postby Valatunda » Tue 07.14.2009 9:43 am

No those are volumes. In each volume are five books.
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Re: Children's books? (Or any low level reading material)

Postby clay » Tue 07.14.2009 1:43 pm

It is a great series, but they couldn't have made the titles more confusing if they tried. :) There are four graded levels:

Beginner - Around a 350 Word Vocabulary; Each story has 400-1,500 characters
Upper Beginner - Around a 500 Word Vocabulary; Each story has 1,500-2,500 characters
Pre-Intermediate - Around a 800 Word Vocabulary; Each story has 2,500-5,000 characters
Intermediate - Around a 1300 Word Vocabulary; Each story has 5,000-10,000 characters

And each level has at least two volumes. So Level 1 volume 3 is for beginners and Level 3 volume 1 is Pre-intermediate level.

And as Valatunda mentioned, it comes in a cardboard case with five mini-books and CDs.
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Re: Children's books? (Or any low level reading material)

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Tue 07.14.2009 1:53 pm

clay wrote: Each story has 400-1,500 characters


Just to clarify this for people who might be confused, this doesn't mean 400-1,500 *distinct* characters (i.e. that you need to know 400-1500 kanji to read them), it just means the length of the story is 400-1,500 characters of Japanese text.
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Re: Children's books? (Or any low level reading material)

Postby astaroth » Tue 07.14.2009 2:59 pm

Yudan Taiteki wrote:
clay wrote: Each story has 400-1,500 characters

Just to clarify this for people who might be confused, this doesn't mean 400-1,500 *distinct* characters (i.e. that you need to know 400-1500 kanji to read them), it just means the length of the story is 400-1,500 characters of Japanese text.

Actually I thought that at first, that is beginner level would require to know roughly 1000 kanji and for the upper beginner the entire jouyou kanji would be needed. :shock: Then I read that intermediate is 10,000 kanji ... which sounds a tidbit too much :wink:
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Re: Children's books? (Or any low level reading material)

Postby two_heads_talking » Tue 07.14.2009 5:02 pm

Valatunda wrote:No those are volumes. In each volume are five books.


I appears that I completely misunderstood what you had written.. My apologies..
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Re: Children's books? (Or any low level reading material)

Postby jcdietz03 » Wed 07.15.2009 7:15 pm

Sorry, posted this in the wrong thread.
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Re: Children's books? (Or any low level reading material)

Postby keatonatron » Wed 07.15.2009 7:56 pm

Posts moved (see link in Valatunda's post, below).
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Re: Children's books? (Or any low level reading material)

Postby Valatunda » Thu 07.16.2009 4:41 am

Can you move posts? Here is the appropriate thread.

Anyway, apparently there is a level 0 and there are some which are waiting to be published too. The ones on wait can still be obtained I believe.

Also, here is a sample page.
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