By Sato, Eriko, Ph.DIllustrated by Sato, Anna
Learn about Japanese culture while improving your language skills! Japanese Folktales for Language Learners introduces 22 traditional Japanese folktales in bilingual Japanese and English versions, along with detailed notes and exercises aimed at beginners. The book can be used as... a reader by Japanese students or by any folktale-lover wishing to learn about Japanese culture. This elegantly illustrated volume is designed to help language learners expand their vocabulary and grammar. The stories gradually increase in length and complexity as the reader's language skills improve. The 22 fascinating stories include: The Candy-Buying Ghost--A female ghost mysteriously buys candy every night from a small village candy shop, until one night she reveals her true identity and her tragic story. The Old Man Who Made Trees Blossom--Regarded as one of the five great Japanese folktales, this is the touching story of a kind old man who uses his magical powers for good. The Granny-Dumping Mountain--An elderly woman is abandoned on top of a mountain by her own son, a reference to the mythical practice of senicide in Japan. And many more! Cultural notes, comprehension exercises, and discussion questions further reinforce understanding of the stories and bolster language skills. There is also an overview of the Japanese hiragana and katakana scripts, and of verb and adjective forms. Japanese Folktales for Language Learners is sure to delight students and readers of all kinds.Read more
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Eriko Sato is Associate Professor of Japanese and translation studies at the State of University of New York at Stony Brook, where she is also the Director of the Japanese Teacher Education Program. She has authored and co-authored over a dozen books, including Japanese Stories for Language Learners, Essential Japanese Grammar, and Learning Japanese Kanji. She has also authored or co-authored Contemporary Japanese, Japanese Demystified, Japanese for Dummies, Complete Japanese Grammar, Japanese Phrases for Dummies, Basic Japanese, and My First Japanese Kanji Book. Anna Sato is co-author and illustrator of My First Japanese Kanji Book. She is also the translator of 100 First Words for Toddlers and the illustrator of Reading & Writing Japanese.
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