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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Japanese Graded Readers for Japanese Learners: Level 0 (Starter Level)


Starter level with approximately 400 characters per book using a vocabulary of around 350 words.  These books use predominantly the です and ます verb endings and are printed from left to right instead of top to bottom for starting beginners. Look carefully at the pictures and illustrations and the story will become self evident.

present form, past form, interrogative, ~たい, etc.
※ です and ます verb endings.

Multiple Stories