Japanese Graded Readers

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About this app

Enjoy reading in Japanese without a dictionary. Japanese Graded Readers are stories specially written for language learners. They employ a limited set of grammar and vocabulary so learners can 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.

Download the app and enjoy reading in Japanese today!

Japanese Graded Readers levels:

Level 0: Beginner level using very basic Japanese. Each graded reader includes less than 400 words. These stories are suitable for students starting to learn Japanese and trying to pass JLPT N5.
Level 1: Stories with length between 400 and 1500 words. They are perfect for both JLPT N5 and N4 students.
Level 2: Elementary level using basic Japanese vocabulary. The length of these Japanese texts is between 1500 and 2500 words. These stories are tailored for learners trying to pass JLPT N4.
Level 3: Intermediate level stories using everyday Japanese. Level 3 graded readers are made for learners between JLPT N3 and N4. They include 2500 to 5000 words per story.
Level 4: Upper-intermediate level texts using standard Japanese vocabulary. This level has the longest stories with 5000 to 10000 words per text. Those graded readers are perfect for people at JLPT N3 or N2.

More Information:

• Visit the White Rabbit Press website to learn more: https://www.whiterabbitpress.com
Updated on
Oct 4, 2018

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135 reviews
A Google user
June 3, 2019
There are no ads. You get part of a level 1 story as a free demo. Each story costs three or four dollars, which is less than a fast food meal, and much better for you : ) The interface is simple and clean. Perfect for my easily distracted mind. The stories are interesting, and the audio is at a good pace, and pronounced clearly. This app is helping improve my Japanese so much. I wish they would put all of the Graded Readers on this app!
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chris carter
April 24, 2022
I really like the stories on this app, and found them to be a good level- not too difficult like some other graded readers I've tried. Really like the way you can turn the furigana on or off and listen to the stories too. Only criticism is that when you minimise the app to check a word in the dictionary, when you reopen the app you're back at the start. Otherwise great. Love White Rabbit Press' kanji flashcards too by the way!
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Halvir Hroptr
June 20, 2022
It's good, but the stories are a bit expensive for me for what they are (length, interest), and there aren't that many yet. Could use an integrated dictionary. Maybe find a way for people to earm points to unlock stories too for those that can't afford it, like regular reading apps. Otherwise Amazon's KU or other language reading apps are still far more worthwhile.
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What's new

- Bug fixes