Serious and fun ways to practice your reading comprehension.
These readers are made especially for new Japanese learners. Each volume is a box-set of very short stories and comes with a CD so you can hear them read aloud.
A selection of short stories and texts, with definitions displayed in a sidebar. Choose "Reading Materials (Eng)" to get the definitions in English or challenge yourself with "Reading Materials (Jpn)".
These collections present Japanese short stories together with English translations on facing pages. If you have not read much prose fiction in Japanese before, and constantly stopping to look up words makes you lose track of the story, this is a good way to ease into it.
Short stories by some of Japan’s best authors, with the Japanese text and corresponding English translation on facing pages.
6 short stories along with an audiobook CD. To encourage readers to follow the Japanese, the facing pages feature translations of only the trickier phrases, not the whole text. Also includes a dictionary of all the words used in the stories and detailed translation notes for each story.
A collection of short readings (about a page each) for learners of Japanese, with a vocabulary list and comprehension questions for each reading.
A collection of reading exercises to build your reading speed and skimming skills. The readings use real-world materials such as ads and news articles. Each one is followed by questions, with the answers in a separate booklet.
On the one hand, manga (comics) is full of pictures to help you along. On the other, it’s often equally full of colloquialisms and references that won’t come up in your classes. A good combination of fun and challenge.
Note that the books are shelved by the subject of the story, so they will not all be in the same place.
The Language Resource Center (in the basement of North Quad) also has a manga collection. Check out their catalog (choose Print-Manga from the Material Type box.)
In Japan, these books are aimed at the higher grades of elementary school. Our library has series on history and biographies. Pick a person or subject you are already familiar with and learn to talk about them in Japanese!
We have some of the same textbooks used in Japanese schools. Test your grade level!
This is an educational children’s program from NHK, with lots of songs and word games.
Kabuki actor Ichikawa Somegorō teaches kabuki dancing and singing for fun and exercise.
Folk stories from Japan and elsewhere that you can listen to while you read along in both English and Japanese. (Requires a small download for each story.)
“Learn Business Japanese Through Images”
All the latest news from Japan's major network. If you click on a video, a transcript is displayed beside it so you can follow along.
Short animated films based on some of the great works of Japanese literature.
All the textbooks used in classes here at the University of Michigan. Most are available from the Reserves Desk at the Askwith Media Library, inside Shapiro Undergraduate Library.
JSA was founded to bring both Japanese and non-Japanese students together to foster a better understanding between the cultures. It is a social and educational group dedicated to providing a means for members to learn the different aspects of Japan; the people, culture, and the land.
(From JSA’s Maize Pages profile)
The HKC exists to promote Japanese culture in the University of Michigan community by expanding interest in a traditional Japanese artform and sport.
(From the HKC’s Maize Pages profile)
The HKC has compiled their own list of Karuta-related resources.
Members participate in anime related social events and put on monthly screenings for the general public including our annual convention Con Ja Nai!
(From Animania’s Facebook page)
Part of the Midwest Kendo Federation (MWKF).
Aikido Club affiliated with the Genyokan Dojo in Ann Arbor.
*Acknowledgement: This lib-guide of "Learning Japanese" was created by Cecilia Caride. April 23, 2015.