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30 Japanese Short Stories for Complete Beginners.

One of the smartest ways to improve fluency is to listen to stories in your chosen language. Finding appropriate literature can be tough when you’re just starting out, but this collection of 30 short stories is a fun and entertaining way of learning Japanese vocabulary and grammar. Each story is around 300 words, making them very quick reads without overwhelming you. Crafted for beginners, this is ideal for newcomers who are trying to approach fluency in a natural way.

Rapidly Learn New Vocabulary
These stories will help you learn how Japanese is commonly written and conveyed with natural dialogues and expressions.

Grasp the Grammar
Each story has a mixture of simple dialogue, descriptive sentences and everything in between. This allows you to pick up how sentences are commonly written along with how to describe scenery, items, and people, giving you an overall and detailed way of understanding the written language.

Reading and Listening Skills
Each story is only 300 words, giving you an engaging yet simple story that you can quickly read through. We also supply you with a free audio file so that you can follow along and understand how each word is said and how the sentences should be read. This is narrated by a native Japanese speaker, ensuring every inflection is correct.

If you want to improve your reading fluency as quickly and naturally as possible, then this audiobook is ideal. Not only that, but each story is interesting, and you can listen to them in a matter of minutes.

Please note: This audiobook is in Japanese.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Talk in Japanese (P)2019 Talk in Japanese

What listeners say about Japanese Short Stories for Beginners: 30 Captivating Short Stories to Learn Japanese & Grow Your Vocabulary the Fun Way!

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Good info.

This book allows them both to happen at the same time. Once I read over these stories a few times, I started to be able to recognize characters and words and it allowed me to naturally learn! I'm a beginner, but I think it would be great for intermediate level learners as well.

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The whole book feels authentic.

the whole book feels authentic to Japanese culture and language learning. I would recommend this storybook to any serious student of the language and connoisseur of the culture. Also, the selected vocabulary including the Kanji is way better than what could be expected from a language textbook like this one. Excellent material!

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Many thanks,

Nicely adapted and well put together for the beginning audience, not to mention quite fun! Haven't found better Japanese learning material for the price anywhere for English speakers. With the high-quality supporting audio and all the formats available with this single purchase, it provides an amazing value. Many thanks,

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Very good!

I would recommend that readers have at least a little background in the Japanese language before buying, the sentence-by-sentence structure is actually very good!

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This book straight to the point on those methods

This audio book breaks everything down so perfectly by short stories for learning Japanese language easily. Very good for someone with some previous experience at learning Japanese.

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Great study material for Japanese learners

Full transparency, this book should have been called English stories in Japanese, since they were all clearly written for or about the UK. It is nicely narrated so it’s easy to understand both in Japanese and English for non-natives, but the logic of translation is beyond me: English translation can either come after one sentence of Japanese text or after an entire paragraph of text with up to 10 sentences. Having more consistency would be nice.
Also it has glitches, maybe it’s just on my device, but it feels like some small parts of texts are missing, I tried playing from the start hoping it was something on my side, but it doesn’t seem so.
Overall a great study material, I am so happy to find it

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Will there be revisions published?

Currently the English only tracks go straight from Story 3 to Story 5. There is one less track in actuality then shown in the contents in the PDF. ...technically yes the content is there in the Japanese-English version, but for the study method I'm using I was hoping to have it split out separately.

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This book is eye-opening.

This Japanese Short Stories for Beginners audio book is absolutely amazing, not only for listening, but speaking as well.

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Great for beginners in Japanese.

Product is helpful for learning the language, and the English translations are a great reference. Nicely laid out and compared with the English. Useful words and phrases. Great buy

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Excellent tool for beginners in Japanese language.

This book is great because the grammar and vocabulary are both to a level which one can read without too much effort while also picking up new words. The english translations are really useful, as are the additional vocab notes. it’s easy to read and there’s not just translations but also vocabulary and some exercises to improve your learning lessons.

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  • 05-18-20

Not for beginners

It seems good, but it's not for beginners. I have been studying Japanese for years, (am between N5 and N4 level) and this is too hard for me. Way too much unfamiliar vocab and grammar structures. Look forward to the day I reach 'beginner' level and this book is of some use to me!

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  • Tinsiuol
  • 12-30-19

Idea is good but the content is disappointing

When I purchased the product I actually expected what the title says: Japanese Short stories. Instead I get a mundane rundown of a life of an ordinary woman in England. The content doesn't even have a storyline! It is so boring I really struggle to stick to it. To say the stories are "Captivating" is not just misleading, it is almost a betrayal!

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  • Phil
  • 07-29-21

Disappointing

Firstly, the number of 5 star reviews all posted on the same date in April 2019 should be cause for suspicion. There's nothing "captivating" about these short stories, in fact it's misleading to even call them stories. The content includes things like recipes, directions given by a satnav and an excruciatingly detailed account of two people buying clothes. I've found myself laughing out loud at how mundane some of the narrative is.

To be fair, there is some reasonable listening practice to be salvaged here but don't expect to be drawn in by the narrative at all.

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  • N. Whiteford
  • 11-17-19

Dull

The “story” is a diary of everyday middle class British life. Absolutely nothing of interest happens. It’s really 30 diary entries/chapters. 50% of the running time is the same text repeated without English translation.

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  • Kairi Chan
  • 06-15-22

Absolutely not beginner friendly

Wow this was a struggle. Not easy listening as it was not only absolutely mind numbingly boring, the narration was terrible. The level is far too high to be beginner friendly as the dialogue was extremely fast with high level vocabulary and grammar structures. The Japanese voice actor was fine *though a bit fast* the English voice however was terrible. I'm unsure if it was a machine or an actual person, but it was unnaturally janky and highly irritating, as they interrupted the Japanese too frequently and would pronounce words oddly. The stories also weren't stories at all but more like a laundry list of mundane topics like recipes and how to use the channel tunnel. I usually fall asleep to Japanese stories but I couldn't get into this at all. It irritated me so much that I had to turn it off. I'm definitely not one to complain usually but whoever created this truly needs to rethink their teaching strategy as this is not a helpful resource for beginners whatsoever.

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  • Oceanflower
  • 12-11-21

Dire

Read the one star reviews - everything they say is true. ‘Boring’ doesn’t even begin to describe the sheer mundanity of the dreary prose in this book. When I got to the horrible boringness of a recipe posing as a story I gave up. Don’t buy it!