One objective of The Complete Japanese Reader Series is to make learning fun and therefore increase motivation to stick with it! It is designed to be a fun supplement to your textbook
Your textbook is great for guiding you through grammatical patterns, new kanji, and vocabulary in a step-by-step fashion. But sometimes you need extra material to solidify old knowledge and introduce new vocabulary and grammatical patterns in a more engaging way.
Perhaps the best way to gain new vocabulary, master hiragana and katakana, and learn new kanji is to read, read, and then read some more. But finding high quality reading material at your level can be a major challenge especially for beginners and upper beginners of Japanese.
This course includes 12 Beginner to upper beginner level stories, fully annotated with a running gloss and detailed grammar explanations. Plus each story includes two MP3s—slow and normal speed—recorded by a native Japanese voice actress so you can be sure you are getting the correct pronunciation and context.
"The stories are fun and interesting, and the grammar and vocabulary is just challenging enough without being frustrating for my students. They remember these stories months after we’ve read them, and really enjoy re-reading them in whole or in part for tests and other exercises. It pushes them just a little, for example by not repeating the definitions for vocab from previous pages and (in the Kindle version), not glossing kanji, but that only seems to increase their satisfaction when they can read and understand by themselves. I only wish there were more of these fun and lighthearted stories to… Read more…