Unfortunately this post has been lost in the latest restore of Japanese Tease which may explain why the text differs a little from the one you may have read before. I picked these books up a while ago to have some more light reading material and even ordered some of the lower grades to give them away as presents. The Japanese Graded Readers series is just awesome hands down but it never hurts to try out some alternatives especially if they’re as charming as these little storie here.
Easy stories in Japanese which you can read in 10 minutes (１０分で読めるお話), the title of the book explains it all. You don’t a CD with the spoken text here (like with the graded readers) but each book just goes for the cost of a normal manga (700¥) so you can’t complain. In between the pages are some light color drawings thrown in and the protective wrapper gives the whole package a nice quality feel to it. I made pictures of all the books I bought. From grade 1 up to grade six. just have a look for yourself and decide how you enjoy the stories.
There is nothing more discouraging than a never ending story in Japanese. You really want some manageable pieces to read especially when you’re still constantly looking up new words. The Easy stories to read in Japanese series has several different sub lines as well. I picked up one of the stories which’er supposed to read with a friend of yours. I thought there would maybe be some back and forth dialogue in there but this edition is just centered around stories about friendship.
- Buy １０分で読めるお話 directly from Japan at CDjapan or from the US at WRJ
(If you buy the books through my links, I’ll get a small referral fee which will be used to buy even more awesome books for review)
I also tried out the １０分で読める話 series a while ago and found the lower class books excruciatingly difficult to read. I still think so. The problem is that they use nearly no kanji and sooooo many onomatopoeia that it’s hard to figure out all the words… Class 4 and above are much easier to read.
At the moment I am checking out http://www.ebookjapan.jp, where you can buy manga and books in electronic form, without requiring you to live or have an address in Japan, which is really comfortable. Now I just have to find manga, that are a challenge but not unreadable :)
you would be so kind to scan some manga to download freely. I can not buy them because they can not come to my country and are very expensive for me. please or maybe recommend me somewhere where I can download them. thanks