About Books & Levels

Books from Earle sensei’s Japanbooks:

  • are not just “made easier” for the non-native readers, but contains carefully selected words and phrases that teach authentic Japanese
  • have photographs and illustrations as visual clues to assist readers in following the story    
  • contains cultural aspects for the readers to ‘feel’ and experience the Japanese culture
  • have level 1 to 10, so a reader can progress at one’s own pace
  • are in alignment with the Australian Japanese Curriculum and the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
  • Include over 250 Kanji with furigana (all kanji from the Senior Japanese Syllabus)
  • use the textbook fonts or similar ones for beginner’s level, which are used in the most of learning materials for the Japanese language worldwide

My wishes are the learners of Japanese to become confident and avid readers, and enjoy what they read, feeling “I enjoy reading Japanese books now!” and “I could read a story by myself!” 


BOOK LEVEL DESCRIPTION

Beginners Level
Level 1
 words and phrases
 written in Hiragana, Katakana and basic Kanji with furigana

Level 2
 factual description, literacy description, information report
 written in Hiragana, Katakana and basic Kanji with furigana
Sentence Pattern:
 present form, interrogative
 です ending

Level 3
 factual description, literacy description, information report, recount etc.
 written in Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji with furigana
Sentence Pattern:
 present form, past form, interrogative
 basic sentence withですand ます ending

Intermediate Level
Level 4
 factual description, literacy description, information report, narrative, explanation, recount etc
 written in Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji with furigana
Sentence Pattern:
 sentence including additional information with ます ending
 present form, past form, interrogative

Level 5
 factual description, literacy description, information report, narrative, explanation, recount etc
 written in Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji with furigana
Sentence Pattern:
 sentence including additional information with ます, て and たい form

Level 6
 factual description, literacy description, information report, narrative, explanation, recount etc
 written in Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji with furigana
Sentence Pattern:
 ます, てform and たい form
 present form, past form, dictionary form, interrogative, plain negative form, potential form, command form, volitional form

Level 7
 description, factual description, literacy description, information report, narrative, explanation, recount etc
 written in Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji with furigana
Sentence Pattern: equivalent to the required grammar of level 5 JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) e.g. ~のがすき、~たことがある、~より~のほうが、~でしょう、~にする

Advanced Level
Level 8
 All text types
 written in Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji with furigana (Some books currently do not have furigana)
Sentence Pattern: equivalent to the required grammar of level 4 JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) e.g. ~かもしれない、~ことができる、~みたいに、~のように、~にくい

Level 9
 All text types
 written in Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji with furigana (Some books currently do not have furigana)
Sentence Pattern: equivalent to the required grammar of level 3 JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) e.g. ~ば~ほど、~ばよかった、~によって、べつに~ない、~たらいい、~くせに

Level 10
 All text types
 Books published in Japan, written by our talented author and photographer, Mitsuko Tashiro
 written in Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji with furigana
Sentence Pattern: equivalent to the required grammar of level 1& 2 JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test)
e.g., ばあいによっては、~ではすまない、~はおよばない、なるべく、~ですら (Level 1)
e.g., ちっとも~ない、~だけのことはある、~かのようい、~にもとずいて、~ごとに (Level 2)