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Japanese Stories for Language Learners

Bilingual Stories in Japanese and English (MP3 Audio Disc Included)

Anne McNulty, Eriko Sato, Rose Goldberg (Illustrator)


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A great story can lead a reader on a journey of discovery--especially if it's presented in two languages

Beautifully illustrated in a traditional style, Japanese Stories for Language Learners offers five compelling stories with English and Japanese language versions appearing on facing pages. Taking learners on an exciting cultural and linguistic journey, each story is followed by detailed translator's notes, Japanese vocabulary lists, and grammar points along with a set of discussion questions and exercises.

The first two stories are very famous traditional Japanese folktales: Urashima Taro (Tale of a Fisherman) and Yuki Onna (The Snow Woman). These are followed by three short stories by notable 20th century authors:
  • Kumo no Ito (The Spider's Thread) by Akutagawa Ryunosuke (1892-1927)
  • Oborekaketa Kyodai (The Siblings Who Almost Drowned) by Arishima Takeo (1878-1923)
  • Serohiki no Goshu (Gauche the Cellist) by Miyazawa Kenji (1896-1933)
Reading these stories in the original Japanese script--and hearing native-speakers read them aloud in the accompanying free audio recording--helps students at every level deepen their comprehension of the beauty and subtlety of the Japanese language. Learn Japanese the fun way--through the country's rich literary history.

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Tuttle Publishing, 9784805314685, 192pp.

Publication Date: August 21, 2018

About the Author

Anne McNulty is a senior at Stony Brook University. She is enrolled in the Honors College and majors in Linguistics with a concentration in Asian and Asian American Studies. She has been studying Japanese since 2011, and her research interests include translation theory and Japanese and Korean linguistics. Eriko Sato received her Ph.D. degree in linguistic from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies. She is also the Executive Director of the Japan Center as well as the Founding Director of the Pre-College Japanese Language Program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has written other Japanese titles, including the best-selling Japanese for Dummies and Japanese Phrases for Dummies. Illustrator Rose Goldberg is a senior at Stony Brook University. She majors in Studio Art and Asian and Asian American Studies, and minors in Art History and Japanese Studies. Art has been her passion since her childhood, and Japanese-style illustrations have been capturing her interest. She has taken many art courses at the university and enjoys working with many types of mediums.