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June 08 , 2008

Japanese Reader Collection Volume 2: Momotaro, the Peach Boy


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** Recommended for Beginners of Japanese **

Read the most famous Japanese fairy tale in real Japanese! Every line and every word is explained and defined.

As an added bonus, we are also including a second story: Usagi to Kame, otherwise known as The Tortoise and the Hare.

Included at no extra charge are two MP3s of each story. One is read at the normal speed and the other at a slow, easy to follow speed. You will find the link to download the MP3s on the last page.

Momotaro is a boy born from a peach (momo) who grows up to be a strong, brave man. Oni (ogres) are attacking the village. The villagers beg their hero, Momotaro, to purge their lands of the evil Oni. He sets off with aid from three unusual allies.

This ebook contains several versions of the story. First, we have the story broken down line by line with every vocabulary word defined and explained. Next, we go through major grammatical patterns found in the story. After that, read the story with no English, both in hiragana only (with spaces) and in natural Japanese (kanji included). Lastly, we are including a simple English translation, which should be avoided until you are sure you understand the story or find it too difficult to figure out on your own.

You may want to try to read the story either in Hiragana or in natural Japanese first. Or if you are a beginner, it may be better to go through the vocabulary first. Any way you do it, this ebook offers several ways to read, listen, and learn.

Momotaro is designed for those new to Japanese. We recommend learning hiragana first, but we are also including romaji so you can be sure you are reading with the correct pronunciation.
See also our popular Hiragana, the Basics of Japanese ebook for quickly mastering hiragana.

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