Level 1, Volume 1

Let's Read Japanese

AuthorsAkiko Yamanaka Binns, Shinsuke Takasaki, Bambi Morino, and Yumi Katoh

IllustratorsKotaro Chiba, Nancy Lane, Pana Stamos, and Kit Wagstaff

RRP: £19.99


The collection of beautifully-illustrated stories in this new elementary level reader includes re-told traditional Japanese stories Yamata no Orochi and Setsubun no Oni and the classic tale, Alice in Wonderland, plus two new stories, The Three Friends and Mari’s Blue Pot.

With a vocabulary range of 500 words and 500–1,500 characters per story, Level 1 Volume 1 of Let’s Read Japanese is equivalent to Level A1 (CEFR) and Novice (ACTFL).

The text has been carefully graded, ie vocabulary and grammar are controlled, so that learners of Japanese can start enjoying reading a ‘story’ from the early stage of their learning. The Let’s Read Japanese series provides the ideal complement to the student's Japanese learning with a selection of books which can be read for pleasure.

Level 1 Volume 1 book cover

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Product details

Publisher: Oxford Brookes University; July 2015

Language: Japanese

Levels: A1 (CEFR) / Novice (ACTFL)

Vocabulary range: 500

Characters per story: 500-1500

ISBN-13: 978 0992929947

Format: 234 x 156mm, 84 pages, with full colour illustrations throughout

Editor: Dr Irène Hill

Japanese Supervisor: Suzuko Anai

Design: Syndicut


"I absolutely recommend this product if you're working through your JLPT N5 and would like to read and expand your vocabulary using Japanese text in a real book." 

"I love the level system that they are implementing in this series. I'm looking forward to the rest of the books."

"The sentence structure is simple but the stories are interesting. Perfect for a late elementary or early intermediate Japanese student to practice their reading skills.… Is there a better way to learn new vocabulary than through a story?"

"I've had a hard time finding something simple enough for me to tackle, yet interesting enough to want to read. This is a winner."