Storyteller Book

A collection of Japanese stories with audio files.

Crazy for Kanji: A Student’s Guide to the Wonderful World of Japanese Characters

“Crazy for Kanji” provides the context sorely missing from most classes and books about kanji. Jam-packed with exhibits, the book supplies background information, explores fun themes, and challenges readers with games. Novices will gain the basic knowledge needed to grasp kanji, and advanced students will come to understand the system of kanji as they’ve never understood it before.

Students often stop learning Japanese because of kanji. … [ Read more ]

Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication

To communicate effectively in Japanese》o speak one’s mind and be understood, and respond appropriately to what is said(s a goal for most beginners, but not an easy one to achieve quickly. This book brings this goal within reach, teaching 142 essential sentence patterns for daily life‖ll the ones an intermediate student should know, and all the ones a beginner should study to become minimally proficient … [ Read more ]

Breaking into Japanese Literature

Reading great books in the original should be the culmination of language study, but reading Japanese literature unassisted is a daunting task that can defeat even the most able of students. Breaking into Japanese Literature is specially designed to help you bypass all the frustration and actually enjoy classics of Japanese literature.

Breaking into Japanese Literature features seven graded stories covering a variety of genres: whether … [ Read more ]

Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don’t Tell You

This book was formerly available under the more intriguing title Gone Fishin’: New Angles on Perenial Problems. I highly recommend this book for all intermediate- or higher students of Japanese. It has been one of the most helpful books I have ever read since it deals with perennial problems that Japanese students deal with.

Instant Business Japanese: Real Life Skills for Real Life Situations

Instant Business Japanese was published in March 1997. It was praised by the Financial Times as “a down-to-earth insight into Japanese business” and by the Asahi Evening News for “decoding many of the idiomatic words and expressions common in the Japanese business world, but which are not taught at language schools.” Centered around the story of a word-processor maker reinventing itself as a maker of … [ Read more ]