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Japanese Graded Readers for Japanese Learners: Level 1 (Early Beginner Level)


Early beginner level or Level 5 of Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) have roughly 400 to 1,500 characters per book. These books use the same 350 word vocabulary as Level 0 and です and ます endings. Early beginner books als feature the same vocabulary and grammar as Level 0 in longer stories.

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

Multiple Stories