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hiragana text to practice reading

Postby mimmomorello » Mon 12.12.2005 1:40 pm

Someone know where to find hiragana text (like short story or something like that) to practice reading?

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RE: hiragana text to practice reading

Postby sgtkwol » Mon 12.12.2005 2:07 pm

Yeah, I was looking for the same thing. I put it in the shoutbox last night.
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RE: hiragana text to practice reading

Postby Txkun » Mon 12.12.2005 6:11 pm

Cocosan gently gave me this link some time ago: (http://www.portals.co.jp/isopp/)
I traslated with her help ねずみのそうだん (nezumi no soudan) and I'm continuing with the others. It's not bad as an exercise and tales are written in 'easy' japanese (but often I stumble on things I don't know).

Have fun!
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RE: hiragana text to practice reading

Postby sgtkwol » Mon 12.12.2005 10:35 pm

At long last http://www.digital-lib.nttdocomo.co.jp/ ... index.html. Written with furigana and in traditional up and down style. Children's stories, but hey, how did you learn english (or whatever your first language may be). That other site is awesome, too, just couldn't view it from work ;). thanks
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RE: hiragana text to practice reading

Postby lucky419 » Tue 12.13.2005 2:06 pm

Wow, great links sgtwol/Txkun I have been looking for something exactly like this! Much thanks.
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RE: hiragana text to practice reading

Postby OT86 » Wed 01.04.2006 8:45 am

You absolute LEGENDS!! I too have been searching for this kinda stuff for ages.

It'll be a great help so thanks a million times over ;)
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RE: hiragana text to practice reading

Postby danvx6 » Wed 01.04.2006 9:14 pm

I started reading Momotarou from the site above (http://www.digital-lib.nttdocomo.co.jp/kikakuten/mukashi/mukashi1/index.html) and I'm having a little trouble with certain things. Some of the words I can't find in my dictionary and some of the grammar doesn't make complete sense to me. I get the gist of most sentences, but some of the grammar elements I can't fully grasp.

In the first sentence, "とんと昔あったと。" the only thing I can recognize is the kanji for むかし. The other words weren't in my dictionary.


これがまたなんともおいしい。
This means something like "This is the most delicious (peach) ever.", right?
I don't know the word(s) またなんとも from that sentence.
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RE: hiragana text to practice reading

Postby richvh » Wed 01.04.2006 11:06 pm

あった is the simple past of ある. I asked about this phrase myself on Tae Kim's forum here, and Yokohama said that
As for とんと昔あったと.

This sentence is a sort of set phrases starting tales of old Japan, and the same as 「むかし、むかし、あるところに。」 or 「むかし、むかし、とんとむかし。」. It means as same as "Once upon a time." in English, I think.

The とんと means まったく、すっかり、ぜんぜん in modern Japanese, but the とんと in とんとむかし doesn't have a specific meaning it self. It seems to mean as about "ずっとむかし: far long time ago", I think.
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RE: hiragana text to practice reading

Postby danvx6 » Thu 01.05.2006 5:09 pm

Thanks for the info, that とんと was bugging me. The particle と seems to be excessively used in these stories, but I'm not sure how exactly to connect phrases that use it. Is it simply a form of "and"?
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RE: hiragana text to practice reading

Postby richvh » Thu 01.05.2006 5:36 pm

A lot of the places it's used in these stories is right after sound effects, where it's used as a quote. Other places, where it comes after a verb, it's used as a conditional and can be translated as "when".

とんと昔あったと。"When it was a very long time ago." or "It was a long time ago they say."

See Tae Kim's articles here and here.
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RE: hiragana text to practice reading

Postby ayaito » Mon 01.16.2006 11:37 am

wow, these websites are great! ive been looking for things like this forever. thanks!!
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Re: hiragana text to practice reading

Postby ainutexx » Sat 10.11.2014 4:32 pm

Well I like to use this webpage : http://life.ou.edu/stories/ it really helps me out :) :mrgreen:
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