Japanese Graded Readers

White Rabbit Press has some Japanese Graded Readers for the iPad.  As of this writing there are 9 of them with three more “coming soon”.  They are graded according to the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency  Test) level that they are meant to accompany.

I downloaded the first one, which is at level 0 (JLPT level 5) and it is definitely easy reading.  It is in Kanji with furigana.  In case you’re wondering, it is a six page children’s story telling the fable of the grasshopper and the ant.  Each page has a picture as well as text, and the text has a lot of repetition in it.

However, each text is also read aloud by a professional voice actor and native speaker and, on the first book, she actually does a really great job.

The download was $2.99 in the app store.  You’ll have to decide for yourself if that’s a good price or not.  Opinion on that point seems mixed in some of the reviews I’ve read.

If you go to the website you can check out a free demo and see what you get.  At the very least, depending on you language level, it’s worth a look.

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