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Japanese Websites: Japanese AudioBooks with Transcripts

I saw this page from How To Learn Any Language a while ago (it might be that someone put it in comments) but neglected to link to it despite how cool it is: a headshot jackpot mother lode of Japanese audio materials with transcripts. They range from children’s books to some more, what’s the word, anyway, there’s a lot of range. What’s exciting to me about this is that it has links to all those European fairy tales you and I grew up with (yay!). I’ve been listening to Snow White and The Emperor’s New Clothes this morning. Anyway, give it try. AFAIK, it’s all free! Freeee!

  17 comments for “Japanese Websites: Japanese AudioBooks with Transcripts

  1. Christina
    June 23, 2008 at 10:25

    humph. I havent seen many links for Chinese websites….. lol. When are they coming?

  2. June 23, 2008 at 11:29

    I’ve found that my local library (Vancouver, Canada) has chinese audio books in both mandarin and cantonese. I haven’t yet had time to go down there and check them out (due to work taking up all my time), but they’re in the online catalogue. I don’t think they’ll be transcripts of a book, probably abridged for the audio version.

    there are some audio podcasts with transcripts over at lingq . check out the chinese section. i just listened to a podcast about the sichuan earthquake, and there’s an exact transcript for it on the site.

  3. Roki
    June 23, 2008 at 12:19

    Someone has also done something similar for audiobooks in Chinese (Mandarin):

  4. Mike
    June 23, 2008 at 16:06

    Khatzumoto, just wandering, did you do the audio in the story “Not Yet”? Like is that your voice?

  5. khatzumoto
    June 23, 2008 at 16:14

    俺だ。I hate that story…

  6. captal
    June 23, 2008 at 22:11

    Looks like it’s all in .rm- I believe that’s RealPlayer right? I had it a few years back and despised it- any suggestions on good players?

  7. aitsunodudosuito
    June 24, 2008 at 00:17

    That looks to be the holy grail of reading material! Thanks Khatz- thats gonna be pretty useful!

  8. X3R0
    June 24, 2008 at 04:12

    I use K-lite Codec Pack (google it) with Media Player Classic and that plays pretty much everything. There’s also CCCP or something and VLC Player but VLC is too bulky imo

  9. Mike
    June 25, 2008 at 04:37

    “俺だ。I hate that story…”

    If it makes you feel better, they really help beginners. Your Japanese is really awesome (obviously). You are a huge inspiration.

    Any who, on a less melodramatic note, I posted the link to your blog on another site (one of the learn Japanese in 5 minutes sites) and they said that you were just “posting amazon links to pimp readers money”. Yes, they actually said “pimp”. Even if you were a complete fake, I wouldn’t care, because your advice is so useful.

    I realize why you recommended staying away from internet forums now….
    Anyways, keep up the good work.

  10. toadhjo
    June 25, 2008 at 16:45

    This probably isn’t the proper place for this, but I can’t contain myself…

    やった!I just finished Heisig Vol. 1! Took me a little under two months (my goal was actually to finish by the end of this month, but I started speeding up when I could tell the end was near…) I definitely don’t have them all “in my head” yet, and I probably (mmm…make that definitely) need to touch up a few of my stories, but Anki should take care of most of that within the next few months as long as I continue to do my reps.

    Anyway, I have a few questions/comments, I might shoot you an e-mail sometime in the near future. And thank you for the inspiration!

  11. Mike
    June 26, 2008 at 02:44

    Lol I am jealous of you toadhjo. Great job! I just reached the half way mark (1022) yesterday, so I hope to be done soon too. Anyways, I am going to quit writing and go do my reps instead.

  12. July 8, 2008 at 10:59




    In English: Alice in Wonderland? In Japanese!
    Wow, thank you so much!

    Congratulations, toadho! You kick ass. =P (=P for the silly English translation)

    I’m an American, but I plan to start a language-learning blog in French. I don’t yet know when I’ll start, but I’m sure I can do it.

  13. Noah
    October 27, 2008 at 07:15


    I am hoping you can comment on some of these audio books and which use modern language, as opposed to old language used to reflect the time/context of the story.


  14. Grophrane
    March 10, 2009 at 14:49

    This is great for night-time listening since it hasn’t got any beats in it (Like music).
    First time I tried to listen to something in Japanese, as I slept, I dreamt a weird dream in Japanese, even though it was limited to an eating situation since I’m still only doing kanji (555). Was fun as heck though, dreamt I had a Japanese family and that my normal family had come to visit, and that their manners sucked and I had to be a diplomat and explain everything to them. Lol….

    Anyways, thanks for posting, you cheeky rascals ^_^

  15. Goshinbi
    May 4, 2009 at 12:47

    Thanks, it’s great to have audio with transcripts.

    on another note,I recently found something called key hole TV. ( It seems to have been started by the government. It has japanese tv channels and radio in live streams. Perhaps you can add it to your site. Sorry it’s a bit out of place but I don’t know where to post it.

  16. Ronald
    June 19, 2009 at 18:48

    Like serious KHATS wtf would we do without you? Ive been looking for audio books since i first began my journey but you discovered a site where we can download them for free along with their text scripts? *SNIFF SNIFF* “I promised myself i wouldn’t cry”

  17. April 26, 2014 at 07:41

    u guys have to check this out its a gold mine, short stories ranging from hard to medium to easy peasy, ive been spending 2 hours a aday reading, its improved my reading and comprehension to no end, its perfect,

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