Japanese Graded Readers, Level 3, Volume 1

Japanese Graded Readers, Level 3, Volume 1


Japanese Graded Readers Level 3 Volume 1 is designed for students with a proficiency level equivalent to JLPT Level N4. The boxed set of 5 booklets comprises 7 stories. Each story covers approximately 800 vocabulary words and ranges in length from 2500-5000 characters. Beautiful illustrations accompany each story to support learners' understanding, and all kanji are coupled with furigana. The grammar points introduced in Level 3 include: kanou-kei, meirei-kei, ukemi-kei, ikou-kei, ~toki, ~tara, ~ba, ~nara, ~sou, ~you, fukugou doushi. The companion audio CD contains a full-text narration by native Japanese speakers to give learners a benchmark for proper pronunciation and intonation.


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About the Series

No matter what your proficiency level, you can start reading Japanese today with this four-level, multi-volume reader series. Learners will experience Japanese culture, practice reading and listening skills, and expand their grammar knowledge—all while having fun! Each volume is a box set of five, beautifully-illustrated stories of a proficiency-appropriate length and vocabulary. Topics range from traditional Japanese folktales and fables to modern adventures and more. Grammar points and furigana (small kana written beside kanji to show the pronunciation) accompany the text. Each level includes an audio CD containing the full-text read by Japanese native speakers.

The Graded Readers increase in difficulty from easy in the Level 0 volume.

  • Level 0/JLPT N5 – 400 word length, 350 vocabulary words
  • Level 1/JLPT N4-5 – 400 to 1,500 word length, 350 vocabulary words
  • Level 2/JLPT N4 – 1,500 to 2,500 word length, 500 new vocabulary words
  • Level 3/JLPT N3-4 – 2,500 to 5,000 word length, 800 new vocabulary words
  • Level 4/JLPT N3-2 – 5,000 to 10,000 word length, 1300 new vocabulary words