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sheetz
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 Message 33 of 197
03 August 2007 at 12:35pm | IP Logged 
Generally, you're not going to find free audiobooks for contemporary novels because the copyrights on them are still active. If you're wanting to purchase some I don't know of too many which are available to those living outside Japan, but then it could be that it's difficult for me to find them because my Japanese language skills are so rudimentary. If you know the Japanese titles of books you're interested in you might try doing a search at Amazon Japan or YesAsia.com and see what you come up with. Offhand I know that the first two Harry Potter books are available on CD.



Thuan
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 Message 34 of 197
03 August 2007 at 4:04pm | IP Logged 
Hm, wouldn´t mind reading/listening to Harry Potter in Japanese. A friend of mine is going to Japan soon, will ask him to look out for audiobooks.

Natsume Soseki is great, but I would prefer some contemporary novels as a follow-up to his works.

BTW, I just began listening-reading to The Little Prince. I had the book at hand and it´s really easy to read. Going to move on to Miyazawa Kenji this weekend.



reineke
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 Message 35 of 197
03 August 2007 at 9:17pm | IP Logged 
Thanks for the audiobooks links! Awesome! I'm curious how the listening-reading approach works for you. Good work with the "slow and steady" approach. Are you collecting sentences for your own version of the "10,000" sentence approach?



sheetz
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 Message 36 of 197
03 August 2007 at 9:40pm | IP Logged 
reineke, Assimil should take care of the first 1000 or so sentences. After that, I'll go through the Dictionaries of Basic and Intermediate Japanese Grammar.If I need more sentences after that I'll use the sentences in Japanese: A Comprehensive Grammar.



FSI
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 Message 37 of 197
04 August 2007 at 12:25am | IP Logged 
sheetz wrote:
If you know the Japanese titles of books you're interested in you might try doing a search at Amazon Japan or YesAsia.com and see what you come up with.


A good way around this is to go to the wikipedia page of the book you want, and scroll down on the lower-left side until you reach the link for the page in Japanese. Once you hit that, the entire book page will be in Japanese, and you can just highlight the title, right-click (if on Firefox), and google it.



sheetz
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 Message 38 of 197
04 August 2007 at 11:44am | IP Logged 
I think I found a way to buy and download Japanese audiobooks from iTunes Japan. The titles there are quite reasonably priced (the complete "I am a Cat" can be purchased for only ¥2700 yen). There are some titles I haven't seen elsewhere, and even a couple of translated romance novels by Linda Howard and Diana Palmer. The trick to buying them is that if you live outside of Japan, you have to first purchase an iTunes Japan prepaid card. Directions for doing this can found here:

http://www.jlist.com/SEARCH/itunes/1/

Edited by sheetz on 04 August 2007 at 11:48am



siomotteikiru
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 Message 39 of 197
05 August 2007 at 10:17am | IP Logged 
I've figured out how to download the audio files of Soseki Natsume "Ten Nights of Dreams".

There's a handy proggy ASFRecorder that can do it.
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Nordlicht
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 Message 40 of 197
05 August 2007 at 2:26pm | IP Logged 
Thank you a lot for all the links to the audiobooks and transcripts. This is very helpful!
In ran into a problem however while trying to go through "le petit prince". The transcripts for the first 22 chapters don't load. It seems like there uploaded to a different server which doesn't work.
Could anyone think of another way of finding these transcripts?   



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