Japanese Graded Readers, Level 0, Volume 1

Japanese Graded Readers, Level 0, Volume 1


Japanese Graded Readers Level 0 is designed for the ambitious novice learner. It utilizes a vocabulary of 350 words, beginner-level kanji (coupled with furigana), and verb conjugations including ~desu, ~masu, present tense, past tense, and question form. The language is natural and carefully controlled, and each word, paragraph has been chosen to help learners steadily improve their Japanese.

The six stories in Level 0 Volume 1 are entertaining and offer insight into Japanese culture. Follow down-on-his-luck schoolboy Ichiro through his day, or explore the myriad ways soybeans are enjoyed in Japan. Each story is accompanied by beautiful illustrations that support learners' comprehension.

Japanese Graded Readers Level 0 is the perfect resource for learners who have mastered hiragana and katakana and are ready to move on to kanji!


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Paperback w/ Audio CD
Color illustrations
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