Reading Troubleshooter: The Tool that Explains the Tricky Grammar and Vocab in Famous Japanese Texts
Many classic works of Japanese literature are easy enough to find both in the original and in translation, including freely accessible online versions. When it comes to such texts, you already have two of the basic ingredients for bilingual reading — so the texts do not require their own full-scale Reajer bilingual version.
But what about the third important ingredient — language notes? So far there have been almost no available resources that provide in-depth annotation to help you read those Japanese texts successfully, and the lack of learner-oriented explanations makes it difficult to cross the gap between casual reading and serious study.
Bridging this gap is the purpose of the new Reading Troubleshooter series: each ebook troubleshoots all the challenging parts that are likely to puzzle the reader in a particular Japanese text, providing clear and thorough language notes that are specially written for self-learners.
In other words, a Reading Troubleshooter ebook is an add-on that turns an original text into a highly effective study reader. You can use each Troubleshooter on its own, or in combination with any other versions and translations of the original text.
The series focuses on well-known authors and texts that are commonly read by learners. The first ebook in the series troubleshoots Akutagawa Ryunosuke's (芥川龍之介) famous short story The Spider's Thread (蜘蛛の糸).
The Troubleshooters page also has recommendations on additional resources you can use while studying with the annotated Troubleshooter version of The Spider's Thread. You will find links to the original text, an English translation available online, and audio recordings of the story read aloud in Japanese.
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