Audiobooks and Parallel Texts

One of the best ways to study a language is through the use of audiobooks. Simply read the book in your native language while listening to it in the language you want to learn.

This is no more complicated than watching a foreign movie with English subtitles and is a far more efficient way to learn. The sheer volume of words you hear in an audiobook far outweighs the dialogue you will hear in a movie.

You can take this study method one step further by creating a parallel text of the book you want to study. To do this you will need to cut and paste the English and Japanese so they sit side by side. This allows you to cross reference unknown words as you listen.

Without further ado, here is a list of audiobooks and parallel texts. This will be updated!

Alice in Wonderland Parallel Text

Alice in Wonderland Japanese     Alice in Wonderland English

Alice in Wonderland Audio (Japanese)

(To download click (or right click "save link as") on the 聞く, to go to the next part click on the line at the top with 1 at the end and click on the 聞く. The audio comes in about 45 parts.)

 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Parallel Text

 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Japanese     English

Jekyll and Hyde Audio (Japanese)

The audio is available over two pages, one of which contains files 1-3 and the other of which contains files 4-23. It's a little confusing. Right click on the download button and save target as to save the files to your computer.