Hi Everyone, Good news! Yesterday we launched a new version of our Japanese Graded Readers. This is our first public post about it! We completed rewrote the app, so that it now works on both iOS and Android devices. Additionally, stories are available as in-app purchases (previously, each story was a separate iPad app.)
For those of you who are new to the concept, “graded readers” are books especially written for language learners. They employ a limited set of grammar and vocabulary which allows learners to enjoy reading without struggling. Each story is handcrafted by a team of Japanese language teachers to be read without a dictionary. New vocabulary and difficult concepts are illustrated with carefully created artwork. Additionally, each story includes audio of the full-text narrated by professional Japanese voice actors.
We encourage you not to reach for a dictionary while reading Japanese Graded Readers. Try to skip words and phrases that you don’t understand and simply keep on reading. Their meanings will become apparent eventually from the context and illustrations. Finally, if the going gets tough, simply stop reading and try a different one.
Studies show learners who use graded readers improve reading speed, reading fluency, help develop and enrich already known vocabulary, and improve the ability to move from working with words to working with ideas when reading.
We do plan to add some new features—so please be kind with your ratings and feedback—but we wanted to get this “version 1” released to the public so that we can start gathering user feedback. Our top priority is to get more stories created. We’re also working on a free, sample story.
Try Japanese Graded Readers: