Japanese Reader Collection Vol 2: Momotaro, the Peach Boy

Momotaro, the Peach Boy
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Newly updated and soon to come out in paperback, Japanese Reader Collection Volume 2 now includes a revised Momotaro story and The Tortoise and the Hare. A download link for the MP3s of the story is also included.

Just for fun, see how CJ Martin went from this:

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to this:

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Click to read about the process on his blog.

(The Temporal, a thriller by CJ Martin and in English is FREE now for Kindle.)

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MangaLand Series on Sale at TheJapanShop.com

Today we are spotlighting a popular series that uses manga to teach Japanese.

If you are a beginner to Japanese, you may want to consider the Japanese in MangaLand books (3 textbooks) as your textbook or to supplement (probably a better idea) you current textbook.

The Kanji in MangaLand books are also on sale.

All books 32-35% off today.

Click here to learn more.

Kanji Look and Learn Video

It has been a while, but here is a new video showcasing a popular new book for learning kanji.

Kanji Look and Learn 512 Kanji with Illustrations and Mnemonic Hints.

This fairly new book is published by The Japan Times and is brought to you by the people behind the highly popular Genki

textbook series. It covers 512 kanji–all kanji in the old levels 3 and 4 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. This should basically be the same as the new N4 and N5 levels. It has 244 pages and a workbook that is sold separately.

This book is for those new to kanji–or those who have studied some kanji, but would like a kanji textbook with more eye candy.

You will need to know hiragana since there is no romaji. Since most kanji study guides and kanji dictionaries list the readings in romaji, I think this is a good thing. Also all kanji in the book have furigana.

Each kanji is presented with a *usually* helpful mnemonic in both Japanese and English. Some mnemonics are simplistic. For example, there are many “This is a picture of a such and such” or “This is in the shape of…” Still, most are very helpful and the illustrations are superb. By the way, every kanji has its own illustration.

Every kanji has four or five example words. I usually suggest forgetting about trying to memorize the readings themselves and learn words instead. That way you will kill two birds with one stone and actually feel like you are accomplishing something.

The back has several indexes to quickly find kanji by stroke count, on/kun reading, and by kanji part. There is also a list of all vocabulary words found in the book.

All in all, this is an excellent book that any beginner to kanji can appreciate.

Nihongo Resources Grammar Book

Mike Kamermans over at NihongoResources.com has been working on a project for years now.  In all likelihood, you’ve seen his site and you may have even downloaded his book-in-progress.  It is a comprehensive book on Japanese grammar and available here to download for free.  He told me he is almost ready to publish a non-digital version* and would love any comments or corrections.

What are you waiting for?  Download it, grab a cup of coffee, and read!

* You know, the kind you can actually hold, see the ink, and smell the glue in the binding.

FREE Shogi Software with Board Purchase

New Promo at TheJapanShop.com!  Buy the wooden Shogi Board and Piece set for $30 and get the Shogi for You & Me software for free.

Shogi is often called “Japanese chess” and the similarities are there, but there are twists.  You play with kanji pieces that can resurrect!

For more information go a-clickin’ this a way.